Having Plural Diverse Receivers Or Supports For Diverse Articles Patents (Class 294/146)
  • Patent number: 11368567
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for using a case and/or skin having various components for improving and/or enhancing a camera (e.g., photographic, video, etc.) feature of a portable electronic device, such as a smartphone. The system preferably includes a case and/or skin having a lens (e.g., focusable lens) that is aligned with a lens on the smartphone, a light (e.g., a flash, etc.), and at least one shutter release button. An application operating on the smartphone may then be used to control the light (or flash) and to capture an image in response to a user depressing the shutter release button. Communications between the smartphone and the case can be accomplished via either a wired or wireless communication link, which may involve the inclusion of at least one transceiver (e.g., Bluetooth transceiver) and/or processor on the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Inventor: Conor Penfold
  • Patent number: 9949460
    Abstract: A storage garment stores a liquid in an interior bladder providing facilitated access to the liquid while it is carried inside the storage garment. A jacket is configured to be worn by a user, such as a dog. The jacket forms a substantially contoured fit over the user and has a harness portion that fastens around the user. At least one pocket portion in the jacket holds at least one bladder portion. The bladder portion holds liquid, such as water, to hydrate or clean. A pocket fastener regulates access to the bladder. A tube portion carries liquid to the user and a valve portion regulates the liquid flow. A pump portion forces the liquid out of the bladder through an outlet. A secondary pocket holds a container that folds for stowage and expands into a bowl shape for holding liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Inventor: William L. Austin
  • Patent number: 9101753
    Abstract: The invention is a hollow electrode implantation device for inserting a flexible electrode, such as a Memberg electrode, in living tissue. The inserter has a longitudinal slot that accepts the electrode into the hollow center of the electrode implantation device. The slot is offset at least once forming one or more offset slots, where retainer tabs define the slots and assure retention of the electrode in the implantation device during insertion of the electrode into living tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Alfred E. Mann Foundation For Scientific Research
    Inventors: Joseph L. Calderon, Ross Davis, Delta Mishler
  • Publication number: 20150035305
    Abstract: A carrying aid for t-shirt bags (aka plastic grocery bags) and other similar bags is disclosed. When carried without the use of some assistive device, the weight of the bags can cause an unpleasant cutting sensation across the user's fingers. This device wraps around the bags' handle loops and reversibly attached to itself forming a flattened tube containing the handles. The carrying aid cushions the finger stress caused by the bags and keeps the bags linked together when placed down. A strip of a rigid material may be included to further distribute the bags' weight. Further, the carrying aid may be imprinted with advertising or loyalty program insignias, and may also be linked by a carabineer or similar. The device can be removed and reused as needed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Jason V. Jones
  • Patent number: 8839741
    Abstract: A litter box cleaning kit includes a litter shovel having a nonporous bottom section for collecting non-solid waste, a curved section having a plurality of openings for collecting and sifting solid waste, a bag holder for positioning disposal bags in an open configuration and a caddy for storing each of the shovel, bag holder and disposal bags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Inventor: Bradley Cheek
  • Publication number: 20140225390
    Abstract: The invention provided in one aspect a holder suitable for holding at least one or more items which includes at least one support member for supporting at least one or more items. This holder also includes a body member which defines at least one side wall and at least one handle by which the holder may be supported by a user. This at least one handle is defined by two or more apertures formed in at least one side wall, where any side walls forming a single handle are not opposed to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2012
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Inventor: George Timothy TAULEALEAUSUMAI
  • Patent number: 8439415
    Abstract: A reusable, hand-held carrier for transporting and storing a pair of ski boots includes: (a) a handle portion; (b) a shank including two opposite longitudinal first sides, an upper shank end being attached to a base handle section of the handle portion; (c) a hanger portion extending from a lower shank end and including at least two elongate hook elements, each of the hook elements including an open topped channel and a set of corresponding shoulder portions on opposite walls of the channel that form a pinched zone at the top of the channel. The boot carrier preferably also includes at least one carrier pin for holding a sole guard ski boot accessory within a recess in the carrier shank. A carrier wall mount and boot carrier set is also contemplated. This simplified abstract is not intended to limit, and should not be interpreted as limiting, the scope of the claims.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Inventor: Laura Aubrey Valaas
  • Publication number: 20130076054
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a service tray comprising a top surface, a first side, a second side opposing the first side, and a housing being disposed beneath the top surface. The top surface is configured for transporting food and beverage items. A first drawer is configured to be retractable into the housing through an opening in the first side. The first drawer is further configured for retaining a plurality of items. A second drawer is configured to be retractable into the housing through an opening in the second side. The second drawer is further configured for retaining a plurality of items in which the service tray with the first drawer and the second drawer is balanced about a midline along a width of the service tray between the first drawer and the second drawer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Inventor: Ilona M. Graham
  • Patent number: 8286957
    Abstract: A concrete test-cylinder carrying apparatus includes a handle, a base-plate, a plurality of anchor rods engaged with the handle and a plurality support rings horizontally aligned above the base plate. Concrete test cylinders are removably positioned through the support rings and rest on the base plate such that test cylinders are swiftly transported between remote locations. In an alternate embodiment, a first mechanism may be provided for uniformly reciprocating a male handle portion along a linear travel path to absorb operating forces exerted on the concrete test cylinders during transport procedures. A second mechanism may be provided for uniformly articulating the male handle portion along clockwise and counter clockwise arcuate paths to further absorb operating forces exerted on the concrete test cylinders during transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Inventor: Debra Leedy
  • Patent number: 7896416
    Abstract: A deer carcass transport assembly including a handle member to which are attached two U-shaped hooks in planar relationship, one leg of each hook secured to an end of the handle member, the legs of the U-shaped hook spaced apart sufficiently so as to engage the hind hock of the rear legs of a deer carcass so as to permit the hunter to drag the deer carcass, by means of the hind hooves, from the kill site to a suitable means of transportation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Inventor: Gregory Carter
  • Patent number: 7588277
    Abstract: A caulk carrying device includes a plurality of compartments for holding tubes of caulk, a handle, and a cavity for receiving and holding a caulk gun. Preferably integrally molded from plastic, the carrying device may include a projection for piercing tubes of caulk and bores in the compartments that are centrally located to facilitate stacking of multiple carrying devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Inventor: Thomas Crown
  • Publication number: 20090224562
    Abstract: A deer carcass transport assembly including a handle member to which are attached two U-shaped hooks in planar relationship, one leg of each hook secured to an end of the handle member, the legs of the U-shaped hook spaced apart sufficiently so as to engage the hind hock of the rear legs of a deer carcass so as to permit the hunter to drag the deer carcass, by means of the hind hooves, from the kill site to a suitable means of transportation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2009
    Publication date: September 10, 2009
    Inventor: Gregory Carter
  • Patent number: 7543869
    Abstract: A one-handed support for a plate and a beverage container includes horizontally oriented parallel upper and lower supports having a vertical hand-grippable connecting member attached therebetween. The lower support is adapted to rest on a planar support surface. The upper and lower supports each having approximately circular front and rear sections with a narrow connecting portion therebetween with the connecting member being anchored in the narrow connecting portions. The upper support is sized to hold a disposable plate and includes a clip to hold the plate in place. The rear sections each have an aperture therein defining annular grips sized to receive a beverage container. The support includes a removable beverage container holder which is adapted to hold stemware in an inverted position. An alternative embodiment includes a rotatable stemware holder attached to the upper support and a rotatable auxiliary plate support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Assignee: Handitray, Inc.
    Inventors: Theodore E. Davis, Edwin A. Davis, Jonathan T. Davis
  • Patent number: 7464975
    Abstract: An improved book holding device is disclosed that enables a user to carry a plurality of books as well as related articles such as electronic devices, calculators, cell phones, electronic organizers, PDAs, digital music players and the like. The apparatus features an “x” shaped sheeted material having elongated straps. One of the straps carries a larger pouch that has a length that is about equal to or greater than the half of the length of its strap. Smaller pouches can be provided for holding smaller articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Inventor: Philip Cox
  • Publication number: 20080088144
    Abstract: A caulk carrying device includes a plurality of compartments for holding tubes of caulk, a handle, and a cavity for receiving and holding a caulk gun. Preferably integrally molded from plastic, the carrying device may include a projection for piercing tubes of caulk and bores in the compartments that are centrally located to facilitate stacking of multiple carrying devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2007
    Publication date: April 17, 2008
    Inventor: Thomas Crown
  • Patent number: 7040681
    Abstract: A tool kit for a radio controlled vehicle holds any desired parts and equipment for that vehicle in a desired position, especially a position adjacent to a racing area. The tool kit contains elements for storing items such as a screw driver, plug wrench, glow plug igniter, electric vehicle starter, and an engine stopper. Spare parts, such as glow plugs, are also capable of being stored in the tool kit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: Du-Bro Products, Inc.
    Inventor: James E. Broberg
  • Patent number: 6896164
    Abstract: A purse caddy for supporting a purse in an upright condition upon a vehicle seat. The purse caddy includes an open-topped box dimensioned to receive a purse and a strap for supporting the open-topped box. The open-topped box has: a bottom panel, a front panel hingedly secured to the bottom panel and extending upwardly from the bottom panel, a back panel hingedly secured to the bottom panel at a location remote from the front panel and extending upwardly from the bottom panel, and at least one elastic strip connecting the front panel and the back panel together at a height above the bottom panel. The opposed ends of the strap are connected to the back panel so as to form a loop for encircling a support like the headrest of a vehicle seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Inventor: Eva H. Fialla-Dori
  • Patent number: 6390347
    Abstract: An in-line skate carrier is provided including a rack having a plurality of recesses formed therein along a length thereof. Also included is a carrying assembly mounted on the rack for carrying the same. Next provided is a securement assembly coupled to the rack for encompassing a pair of in-line skates and securing the same to the rack with the wheels of the skates situated within the recesses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2002
    Inventor: Marcus Phillips
  • Patent number: 6213529
    Abstract: A carrier for storing and carrying a pair of cylindrical-shaped canisters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2001
    Inventors: Marcia L. Kurcz, Chris L. Anderson
  • Patent number: 6183027
    Abstract: A foldable fast-food carrying device includes: a paper board having a front and a rear wall upwardly folded from a bottom wall, at least a side cover hingedly secured to a side portion of the carrying device, a circular hole cut out in the bottom wall for loading a cup of soft drink in the circular hole, at least a partition member bent upwardly from an edge portion of the circular hole to serve as a partition between the soft drink and a hamburger or French-fries container stored in the carrying device, and several bottom locations provided on or in the bottom wall for storing the hamburger and French-fries container to be shielded by the side cover, and a pair of handle members respectively protruding from the front and rear walls for confining the fast foods within the carrying device. The two handle members are interlocked for conveniently carrying the fast foods as stored within the carrying device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2001
    Inventor: Chung-Piao Tsao
  • Patent number: 6044985
    Abstract: A tool suspension rack includes an elongated flat rack body having two opposite end portions and two opposite sides, a handgrip formed on one of the two end portions of the rack body, a plurality of coupling bars formed on each of the two sides of the rack body, and two juxtaposed upright clamping pieces each having a first end portion formed on the rack body and a second end portion formed with an arcuate limiting flange facing each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2000
    Assignee: Tai E International Patent & Law Office
    Inventor: Jui-Chien Kao
  • Patent number: 6032999
    Abstract: A lightweight golf club and accessory carrier for transporting and retaining a plurality of golf clubs, tees, balls marker and score keeping pencil in a compact package size. The carrier is made out of a flexible plastic material in the form of a single injection molded body comprising a handle connected to the inside surfaces near the top of two downwardly extending end walls. Near the bottom of the device, a ball carrier extends between the inside surface of each end wall. The ball carrier is design to hold three golf balls within a flexible plastic structure that enables the balls to be installed or removed from either the from or back of the carrier. A plurality of flexible club holding clips extend off of the outside and inside surfaces of each end wall and are configured to retain the shaft of a typical golf club.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2000
    Assignee: Progressive Concepts, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael T. York, Richard K. Harris, Steve Yockey
  • Patent number: 6017072
    Abstract: A handguard comprises a key holder component and a purse component fastened to, and separable from, each other. Each component fits in a user's hand, and when used while carrying a plastic shopping bag, protects the hand from irritation etc. caused by heavily laden bags. Key holder component has a back piece and front piece stitched together to form a key compartment between them, the key compartment being open at its top edge, but closed by a flap on the back piece. Purse component has two members stitched together to form a purse compartment, which is open at the top and closed by fasteners inside the purse compartment. Each component has fasteners on their outer surfaces which fasten the key holder component to the purse component. The preferred fasteners are hook and loop fasteners. Key holder compartment has a key ring retained inside by a strap that slides through an opening at the key compartment bottom. A snap hook or D-ring is secured towards the other end of the strap by a fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2000
    Inventor: John Junior Grant
  • Patent number: 5992912
    Abstract: A tray for storing, transporting and presenting various articles. The tray includes a storage platform and a handle member extending therethrough. The storage platform includes an array of variously shaped receptacles. The handle is movable between a first position wherein the platform is maintained in a first orientation and a second position wherein the platform is maintained in a second orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Inventor: George E. Zimm
  • Patent number: 5967340
    Abstract: A tool rack includes a body having a head portion and a board extending from the head portion, the board having two rails extending from two sides thereof so that a plurality of connectors are slidably mounted to the two rails. Each of the connectors has two plates and each of the plates has a recess defined therein so that a tool is received in the recesses of the two plates. A stop member is connected to the free end of the board and blocks the two rails to prevent the connectors from being removed from the rails. A limit member is mounted to the board so as to keep the tools on the connectors from being removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Inventor: Jui-Chien Kao
  • Patent number: 5957518
    Abstract: A device for use by an individual for carrying garments hung on hangers is provided. The device includes a straight shaft member entirely padded having a hanger receiving hook at one end and a hand grip at the opposite end thereof. The hanger receiving hook is swingably movable relative to the straight tubular shaft and is capable of receiving the hook portion of a garment hanger. A tubular money holder that is smaller in diameter than the shaft member is insertable within one end of the straight shaft member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Inventor: Glenwrick A. Elliott
  • Patent number: 5901998
    Abstract: A multi-functional ladder-top tool and parts carrier which has rubber legs for non-damaging support on flat surfaces and a bottom recess conforming to the upper surface of a ladder, a wide handle for easy one-handed or two-handed movement of the carrier to the upper surface of the ladder, and at least one strap attached to the carrier to secure it to the upper surface of the ladder. The carrier also has a variety of different sized openings through its top surface through which different types of tools and parts may be placed which allow for organized storage and ease of access by a person working on or adjacent to the upper surface of the ladder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 11, 1999
    Inventor: Joseph A. Gallo, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5899514
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an apparatus for carrying in-line skates and accessories. The in-line skates have blades that have at least two adjacent wheels and at least one substantially enclosed opening. The apparatus comprising a continuous plastic molded body consisting of a support structure with an extending member forming a handle. The support structure has a pair of outwardly extending flexible tabs sized to secure a hockey puck or ball between them. On the opposite side of the handle are two outwardly extending flexible extensions that are opposed to each other forming a channel that is sized to tightly fit the shaft of a hockey stick allowing the user to secure a hockey stick to the apparatus. In addition, the support structure includes a first and second vertical member appropriately spaced apart that extend downward from the main body of the support structure and are opposed to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1999
    Assignee: Progressive Concepts, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael T. York, Richard K. Harris
  • Patent number: 5863088
    Abstract: An article carrier formed from a rectangular sheet made of flexible, foldable material folded along a midline of the longer sides of the sheet forming first and second sides having inner and outer faces, a plurality of cooperating adjustable length fasteners attached to juxtaposed surfaces at spaced apart locations on each of the three free edges of the sides of the carrier such that when the adjustable fasteners are joined together, a carrying space is formed between the sides of the carrier. A plurality of article carriers are arrayed across the outer surface of one of the sides and adapted to fit and transport articles of various sizes and shapes, and a pair of handles are attached along the shorter edge of the rectangular sheet used to form the carrier. The carrier also has a plurality of external attachments for securing and carrying bulky articles and an internal pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1999
    Inventors: Charles J. Kelly, Sr., Ann K. McGeary
  • Patent number: 5839771
    Abstract: The subject invention comprises a tote for cleaning utensils and supplies which has a base that includes an open internal compartment to be used to contain cleaning supplies and tools. A pair of sidewalls is attached to the base and extends upwardly therefrom in a spaced-apart relationship. Between the sidewalls is to be mounted on brackets a roll of paper towels. Mounted on the sidewalls is a hanger with this hanger to support a bag within which is to be deposited waste. Connected between the upper end of the sidewalls is a carry handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1998
    Inventor: Robert A. DeMars
  • Patent number: 5800001
    Abstract: An article carrier adapted for carrying a pillow includes a flexible sheet of material which defines two slotted openings adjacent to opposed edges of the material. Two flexible carrying elements are connected to the material adjacent to the slotted openings. A pillow or other item can be placed onto the material and the material folded in a predetermined manner with carrying elements extending through the slotted openings so that the pillow or other item is retained within the carrier while the carrier is held by the carrying elements. Pillows of different sizes can be accommodated by folding the material of the article carrier in different ways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1998
    Inventor: Marguerite V. Anastasi
  • Patent number: 5755477
    Abstract: A tote device for carrying equipment and accessories to and from recreational areas such as the beach. The tote device contains at least one sleeve element that defines an open central region. A handle element is coupled to each sleeve element present and provides an element for carrying each sleeve element. The open central region defined by each sleeve element is sized to receive a large piece of equipment such as a folded beach umbrella or the like. On the exterior of each sleeve element is disposed a plurality of spring clamps sized to selectively receive and engage cylindrical objects, such as the tubular framing of beach chairs, umbrella poles, fishing poles, bag handles or similar items. By placing a large object, such as a beach umbrella, in the center of the tote device and attaching other bulky items, such as bags, poles and chairs to the exterior of the tote device, an element is provided for carrying a large number of bulky items in a space efficient and ergonomically efficient manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1998
    Inventor: Kevin J. McKnight
  • Patent number: 5732847
    Abstract: A mealtime aid device comprises a handle and a plurality of containers which are removably secured to the upper end of the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1998
    Inventor: Michel Caldi
  • Patent number: 5702140
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed for carrying hockey articles and equipment. The apparatus includes a base having a plurality of compartments configured to carry hockey articles and equipment, at least one of the compartments being adapted to carry a container, at least one of the compartments being adapted to carry hockey pucks, and at least one of the compartments being adapted to carry at least one information retaining article; and a handle coupled to the base. According to alternative embodiments, the carrier includes at least one compartment having a substantially circular cross-section and at least one compartment having a substantially rectangular cross-section. The base of the carrier may also be formed of a substantially open frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 30, 1997
    Inventor: Thomas S. Radja
  • Patent number: 5664719
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an apparatus for carrying in-line skates. The in-line skates have blades that include at least two adjacent wheels. The apparatus comprises a base member having a front, back and bottom. The base member defines first and second slots, each open to the bottom and extending from the front to the back. The first and second slots are each sized to receive the blade of an in-line skate so that the base member is substantially perpendicular to the in-line skate blades.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 9, 1997
    Assignee: David W. Bigham
    Inventors: David Wynn Bigham, George David Stickler
  • Patent number: 5579947
    Abstract: An organizer which includes a body formed with a cavity and ribs which divide the cavity into two or more chambers. The organizer further includes a number of partitions which are perpendicular to the ribs so as to define a number of chambers. The organizer includes a permanent divider which extends perpendicular to the ribs and which is permanently connected to, or formed with, the body the ribs of the organizer. The organizer additionally includes a cover which is hingedly engaged to the body. A latch mechanism is mounted on the cover and partially extends through the cover for reversibly connecting the cover to the body through the engagement of a portion of the latch mechanism with said permanent divider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 3, 1996
    Assignee: Zag Ltd.
    Inventor: Zvi Yemini
  • Patent number: 5507543
    Abstract: A reusable, self-contained, multiple-cavity carrying container for transporting a number of baby bottles, nursers and/or jars of baby food from one location to another. The container has a basic basket-like shape with an adjustable, removable handle. The container at each cavity has a clamp-like holder with a diameter approximately the size of the smallest diameter of the conventional baby bottle currently on the market. The holder is yieldable and has an open space that vertically extends throughout the height of the container. This allows the holder to expand and contract to accommodate bottles of different sizes. The holder grips the bottle or a pair of baby food jars by self-adjusting to the diameter of the bottle or jar placed in the holder. Then, with friction lightly gripping the sides of the bottle or jar, the holder keeps the bottle or jar from falling out of the holder if the container were to tip over on its side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1996
    Inventor: Joanne Shefflin
  • Patent number: 5492384
    Abstract: A golfing equipment carrier has a one-piece housing having an inverted cup shape with four substantially upright walls and an upper wall, the four walls including two opposite longitudinal walls and two opposite transverse walls, each of the longitudinal walls being provided with a plurality of inwardly bent longitudinal portions each forming an inner channel for snappingly retaining a golf club, the inwardly bent portions of each of the longitudinal walls being spaced from one another in an upright direction and extending in a longitudinal direction so as to be open at both longitudinal ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 20, 1996
    Inventors: John A. Tarko, John B. Beyer
  • Patent number: 5487582
    Abstract: A detachable shopping bag handle comprising: a flexible member having a padded portion, and a fastening mechanism for fastening the flexible member about a handle of a shopping bag. The flexible member includes a first and second surface and is preferably constructed from a woven fabric material such as cotton. The padded portion is preferably enclosed between layers of the woven fabric and stitched into place in a quilted fashion. The fastening mechanism includes a first and second section of hook and pile type fastener. The first section is attached to the first surface of the flexible member. The second section is attached to the second surface. The first and second sections are located at opposite ends of the flexible member. The flexible member may also include an eyelet member and/or a pocket member attached to the second surface of the flexible member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 30, 1996
    Inventors: Barbara S. Bourgeois, Kim S. Dupuis
  • Patent number: 5474163
    Abstract: A container housing includes a zippered front wall for access to the container housing cavity, with support straps arranged for ease of manual manipulation and support of the container housing. The housing further includes a housing first side wall upon which a support loop spaced from a support flange is mounted. The support loop includes a loop opening coaxially aligned with a flange opening to receive and position an umbrella therealong. The invention employs ventilation openings to enhance ventilation through the container during storage for prolonged periods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 12, 1995
    Inventors: Lester O. West, Vertie C. West
  • Patent number: 5462328
    Abstract: The invention is to a utility carrier for carrying balls, and for dispensing balls and holding balls during a ball game, and for storage of balls and bats, and other equipment between games. The carrier is attached to a fence or other object. Balls are held in the carrier, and a rigid handle attached to and suspended below the carrier has clips thereon for holding bats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 31, 1995
    Inventors: Ricky D. Chandler, Dixie N. Chandler
  • Patent number: 5433373
    Abstract: A carrier for supporting and transporting shower related items comprising of a first major sheet of a semi-rigid plastic material, such sheet having a centrally disposed rectangular region constituting the base of the device, the base having parallel side edges and parallel front and rear edges formed by primary fold lines, rectangular end panels formed with the base on the sides thereof remote from the primary fold lines, the end panels extending laterally to form side panels and separated therefrom by secondary fold lines, the sheet adapted to have the end panels folded upwardly from the base at the primary fold lines and to have the side panels folded inwardly along the secondary fold lines to thereby form a rectangular shaped container with a closed lower surface and an open upper surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 18, 1995
    Inventor: Kenneth M. Zoeller
  • Patent number: 5409282
    Abstract: A container for supporting and transporting a plurality of stacked files comprising, in combination, a main body portion in a rectangular configuration having long side edges and short end edges, a horizontal base region extending a short distance from side edge to side edge with angled upper regions extending from side edge to side edge between the end edges to an intermediate location and longer vertical side regions intermediate thereof, a handle fixedly attached to each end edge with a ring strap releasably coupleable to join the handles, a plurality of snaps secured to the side regions of the main body portion for retaining a pair of straps with snaps adjacent to their ends cooperable with the snaps of the side regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 25, 1995
    Inventor: Jeffrey L. Bale
  • Patent number: 5393112
    Abstract: A formed unitary display device includes at least two concentric and stepped arcuate ledges for receiving and holding various fruits, nuts and other articles. The unitary display device also includes a rupturable top planar surface, which prior to rupture serves as an additional display surface. Upon rupturing of the panel, a lip surrounding the ruptured area serves as a support for various containers fitting therewithin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 28, 1995
    Inventor: Donald L. O'Connell
  • Patent number: 5348347
    Abstract: A pocketbook size organizer that can store a portable cellular phone. The organizer comprises a flexible book which has a first cover portion that can fold onto a center cover portion and a second cover portion that folds onto the first cover portion. The book has hook and loop material that fastens the second cover to the first cover to secure the organizer in a folded condition. The inside of the first cover has a pair of straps that secure the portable phone to the book. The straps are attached together by hook and loop material which allows the organizer to carry phones having different outer dimensions. The book also contains a pocket which can receive a calculator and a slit that can capture a note pad. The organizer can be carried by a handle which is attached to the book and has a free end that can be coupled to the outer surface of the center cover by hook and loop material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 20, 1994
    Assignee: Auto-Shade, Inc.
    Inventor: Joe Shink
  • Patent number: 5335956
    Abstract: A carrier for circular articles such as hockey pucks, baseballs, softballs, golf balls, tennis balls, and the like, of integral construction in resilient material comprises an elongated hollow body having two side walls, a rear wall, and a partially open front wall. The rear wall has holes regularly spaced of a dimension to receive a portion of the circular object. Narrow flanges which define the partial front wall have notches associated with cooperating holes in the rear wall. The notches define a space to receive a portion of the circular object. The object is held in place secured by the hole in the rear wall and the notches in the front wall. Objects can be introduced or removed by spreading the side walls to permit the object to pass through the partial front wall. The resiliency of the material will then close the carrier securely around the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 9, 1994
    Inventor: Raffy Panossian
  • Patent number: 5297835
    Abstract: The invention provides an article carrier (10) having a handle (22) formed from flexible material at the top of the article that is to be carried (11). A pair of straps (18, 20) which form article-encircling loops are both connected to the handle (22). Where the straps (18, 20) are connected to the handle (22), each is twisted to make a half turn, i.e., 180.degree. twist, and each is folded against itself to define an oblique angle (A) between portions of each strap (18, 20) on opposite sides of the handle (22). The strap (18) at the front end of the handle (22) diverges forwardly and the strap (20) connected to the rear of the handle diverges rearwardly. Sewing between the straps and a cover (12) terminates on either side of the handle (22) to form a sleeve which serves as an opening into which a reinforcing plate (26) is placed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 29, 1994
    Inventor: James J. Wengler
  • Patent number: 5294163
    Abstract: The invention relates to a carrier for transporting "tip-up" devices used by ice fishermen. The invention includes a pair of opposite side supports having aligned inclined slots for receiving engagement of a plurality of ice fishing "tip-ups". The pair of side supports also include a plurality of aligned apertures for receiving engagement of a line for holding bobbers and/or sinkers. The carrier includes a handle attached to and traversing between the top of the side supports. The carrier also includes a base having braces affixed to the side supports proximal to the foot portions of the invention. The carrier provides an ice fisherman with the ability to transport a plurality of "tip-up" devices for use in fishing without fear of entanglement of the "tip-ups" to each other or the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 15, 1994
    Inventor: Jeffrey J. Lang
  • Patent number: 5224602
    Abstract: A case for carrying baseball bats and balls and which also serves as a bat rack and ball dispenser when opened at the playing field is disclosed. A rigid hinged case has bat racks which maintain the bats in parallel relationship when the case is being carried, and a gravity feed ball dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1993
    Inventors: Christopher J. Bettles, Ronald M. Buller, David G. Fiskar
  • Patent number: 5209539
    Abstract: A portable and collapsible golf club carrier and support device, capable of being stored in a conventional golf bag, for the retainment and transport of one or more golf clubs comprising a pair of downwardly extending, planar leg supports that are pivotally engaged with each other along the top portions thereof, preferably with a pin and hinge arrangement. The bottom portion of each leg support is contoured to accommodate the ground surface. The leg supports are movable between a collapsed position, wherein they are adjacent to each other, and a deployed position, wherein they are in a triangular relationship with a ground surface when resting thereon. The device also includes a handle that is pivotally and operatively engaged along the width of the leg supports, and adapted in size and shape to butt against the top portion of each leg support to allow the device to assume a predetermined triangular relationship with the ground surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 11, 1993
    Assignee: Edge Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Atalay