Convertible Patents (Class 383/4)
  • Patent number: 10561213
    Abstract: A containment device that opens to form a mat or work surface that has a raised lip or edge structure that contains items on the mat or work surface. The containment device closes or converts from the mat configuration to create a bag or flexible container for holding the items inside, where the lip is gathered or compacted to form an annular passage. In some embodiments, the containment device may include a cinch cord that runs inside the lip, which can be used to gather or compress the lip and change from the open mat configuration into an essentially or mostly closed bag configuration. In such embodiments, the cinch cord may include a cord lock that may be adjustably deployed to clamp the cinch cord and the lip in a position that maintains the device in the bag configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Inventors: Amy S. Fazackerley, Adam D. Fazackerley
  • Patent number: 10231560
    Abstract: A furniture pillow convertible to and from a personal blanket device. The device comprises a first pillow configuration with an upholstery fabric exterior, a zipper, and stuffed with a blanket attached to an interior side of the pillow. The pillow is configured so that it may be turned inside out, releasing the interior blanket. The blanket and the interior of the pillow are typically constructed using a plush fabric. The blanket may be configured with optional features such as a pockets or nooks for the user's feet and hands. Various alternative designs are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: NORTH FIELDS TRADING COMPANY LLC
    Inventor: Alison J. Carlile
  • Patent number: 10085901
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a field transport system that converts readily from a litter or stretcher to a gear bag for carrying loose items. The invention includes a base layer strengthened and supported by a frame that permits the use of litter poles. The invention also includes a novel zipper arrangement whereby the litter can be quickly folded and zipped into a bag having a drawstring closure at a top end thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Matbock, LLC
    Inventors: Zachary L. Steinbock, Sean M. Matson
  • Patent number: 10016036
    Abstract: A containment device that opens to form a mat or work surface that has a raised lip or edge structure that contains items on the mat or work surface. The containment device closes or converts from the mat configuration to create a sealed bag or sealed flexible container for holding the items inside, where the seal is formed by the lip or edge structure. In some embodiments, the containment device may include a cinch cord that can be used to change from the open mat configuration into the closed bag configuration. In such embodiments, the cinch cord may include a cord lock that may be adjustably deployed to clamp the cinch cord and the lip in a position that maintains the convertible luggage device in a closed bag configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Inventors: Amy S. Fazackerley, Adam D. Fazackerley
  • Patent number: 9635914
    Abstract: A sling bag is provided with a bag body; a carrying handle secured to the bag body and adapted to wear over the shoulder of a wearer; and a chest strap having one end secured to the bag body and the other end releasably secured to the carrying handle. The carrying handle is adapted to wear over the shoulder of the wearer with the chest strap winding around the chest of the wearer and resting the bag body on the back of the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: KRONGTHIP INNOVATION INC.
    Inventor: Kazumi Fujikura
  • Patent number: 9241550
    Abstract: A portable carrier includes a sleeve including a cavity, a dispensing port disposed along a length of the sleeve, and a loading port disposed on a first distal end of the sleeve. The loading port is configured to load a plurality of reusable bags into the cavity of the sleeve. The cavity of the sleeve is configured to store a plurality of reusable bags. The dispensing port is configured to provide access to one or more reusable bags from the cavity of the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: BALANCED EARTH SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory D. James, Scott A. Chadwell
  • Patent number: 9167874
    Abstract: A system and method converts a mat between a first position and a second position. A perimeter of the mat may be weighted to maintain the mat in the first position wherein the mat is substantially flat in the first position. A rope may be provided that extends around the perimeter of the mat. The rope may be pulled to move the mat into the second position wherein the mat forms a bag in the second position. A locking mechanism may slide in a first direction on the rope to secure an opening formed by the mat in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Inventor: Jonathan Shlafer
  • Patent number: 9107519
    Abstract: A portable sleeping assembly includes a mat member having a top and a bottom and four sides. The sleeping assembly also includes a blanket secured to the mat member along two adjacent sides of the mat member, a pillow pocket secured to the top of the mat member, and a pair of spaced storing straps secured to the bottom of the mat member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Inventors: Elyse Clark, Kelley Ann Foley
  • Publication number: 20150104117
    Abstract: This is beach bag, which you can convert to beach blanket and the most important you can convert it to a changing cabin. When this beach bag is closed on both sides with zippers you can use it as comfortable beach bag to carry your things to the beach (towel, a book, an MP3 player, cell phone). After you open zippers on both sides of the bag and unclip magnetic clips inside of the bag, you can use it as beach blanket. And if you need to change from your underwear to a swimwear you can get inside of this bag and change with 100% privacy. This is the main purpose of this beach bag with unique design. Fold it again clip the clips, zip up the zippers and you have light weight, convertible beach bag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: Sergei Rachkovski
  • Publication number: 20150104118
    Abstract: A foldable, rectangular mat having two sides, a front end, and a rear end is provided with seams, panels, hook and loop fasteners, snap fasteners, and through holes. The mat is configured to fold into a bag for carrying effects or thereafter unfold into a flattened one for allowing person(s) to sit or lie on.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: HUI-CHUAN LEE
  • Patent number: 8978850
    Abstract: A reconfigurable bag is disclosed. The reconfigurable bag has a center expanding section and two bottom expanding sections, all of which may be moved between stored and open configurations. Opening one or more of the expanding sections changes the shape and configuration of the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Max Mirani Investments, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Bettua, Kiran Joseph
  • Patent number: 8973627
    Abstract: The invention is a modular pop-up purse shell, with an optional insert, wherein a rectangular swatch of material is removably attached to the purse shell to create a customized purse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventors: Julie Pynes, Jim McCafferty, Steve Delacy, Greg Leong
  • Publication number: 20150040301
    Abstract: A container for a potty seat includes a first end, a second end, a sidewall, and an internal flap. The first end includes an opening. The second end is opposite the first end and the opening. The sidewall extends between the first end and the second end, and defines an interior cavity between the first end, the second end, and the sidewall. The internal flap is disposed within the interior cavity and includes a first end coupled to and extending away from the second end of the container such that the internal flap is coupled to a portion of the potty seat. The configuration of the container allows the potty seat to be conveniently carried and operated with minimal contact with the potty seat as well as the portion of the multifunctional container touching the surface of a toilet seat, thereby decreasing the risk of contact with bacteria or contaminants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Kelly Leigh Smith
  • Patent number: 8944683
    Abstract: The invention disclosed herein is a fastener which is embedded into a sturdy fabric. Once embedded into a sturdy fabric the fastener may be joined making a bag which can be used to contain items such as yard debris, sporting equipment, and many other items. In another embodiment, the fastener may be embedded into a strap and used to secure items to trailers, boats, and cars or to securely bundle items such as sticks, firewood, baseball bats, hockey sticks, tools and the like. The invention disclosed herein is composed of a fastener spring and a fastener spring receiver embedded into the opposite corners of a sturdy fabric. The fastener spring consist of a spring from which two lateral struts extend. At the end of the lateral struts, circular stops are attached. The fastener spring receiver is rectangular. The lateral struts of the fastener spring are compressed and the circular stops are inserted into the spring receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventor: Karen Hickerson
  • Patent number: 8944682
    Abstract: A convertible clutch purse is disclosed that converts to a billowy sash and vice versa. The purse is formed of an elongated composite fabric structure having an inner sheet and an outer billowed sheet attached together to form, in one embodiment, a generally oval shaped body. A selectively closable pocket is sandwiched between the inner and outer sheets, wherein the pocket is accessible along one edge joining the inner and outer sheets, and wherein the sash may be folded into the pocket to convert the sash into the clutch purse. An alternative embodiment converts from the purse to a stole or scarf having free ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Uncaged, LLC
    Inventor: Angela A. Lee
  • Patent number: 8925771
    Abstract: A cover-type containing structure for flexible enclosures primarily includes a front cover sheet, a rear cover sheet and a flexible enclosure. The front cover sheet includes a first joining edge and a cover piece, whereas the rear cover sheet includes a cover assembly corresponding to the cover piece. The flexible enclosure includes a second joining edge and by engaging the first joining edge with the second joining edge, the front cover sheet and the flexible enclosure are fixed. Besides, the containing structure further includes a holding portion. Under a contained state, the holding portion is used to contain smaller objectives; whereas, in an unfolded state, in addition to using the flexible enclosure to contain larger objectives, the holding portion can be also used to contain smaller objectives. The present invention can be also applied to a piece of clothing combined with a bag unit or other flexible enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Che-Wen Lin
  • Publication number: 20150003756
    Abstract: A paint tray bag is provided. The paint tray bag comprises a bag comprising dimensions for containing a paint tray, and optionally painting tools, therein. The paint tray bag further comprises a sealing apparatus for releasably sealing the bag, the sealing apparatus around at least portion of a perimeter of the bag such that the bag comprises a closed position for containing the paint tray therein when the sealing apparatus is closed and an open position when the sealing apparatus is open, the bag enabled to lay flat in the open position to act as a drop sheet for the paint tray. The paint tray bag further comprises an extended drop sheet which unfolds from the bag to provide an extended area for the drop sheet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Applicant: KOVRD PRODUCTS INC.
    Inventors: Vance MACDONALD, Benjamin LEONARD
  • Patent number: 8887935
    Abstract: A collapsible durable outdoor adventure container is constructed of polymer sheeting having holes in flaps of the sheeting. The sheet is bendable and bent by a user to a selected tubular configuration to align through holes along a seam line in flaps of the sheet or sheeting assembly with cable tie clamping elements clamping said flaps together through the holes. A strap coupled to at least several of the clamping element running along the seam line acting as an outside wrapping and/or tensioning element to contain the clamped flaps and fully or partially contain the contents of the container providing a connection tensioning element between adjacent clamping elements as connected along the seam line of the flaps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Slingfin, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Steven Zemitis, Jonathan William Buck
  • Patent number: 8870457
    Abstract: A storage pocket (9) having a front panel (19), a rear panel (20), an inner surface (10), an outer surface (11), an upper edge (12), a lower edge (13) and side edges (22). A pliable attachment ring (14) extends through two apertures (15) located along the lower edge of the storage pocket. An opening (21) located along the upper edge allows access to the inner surface of the storage pocket. A loop (16) located on the inner surface may be used in conjunction with the attachment ring to attach multiple storage pockets together while storing articles. The storage pocket may be integral to an article, such as a foldable shopping bag (1), poncho, article of clothing, etc, attached to an existing article, or used as a separate storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventors: Mary Jane Deck, Daniel Gatto
  • Publication number: 20140270576
    Abstract: An ovenable bag that is convertible into a baking sheet for baking a food product is provided. The ovenable bag may include a front panel, a rear panel, and a closure disposed on the front panel. The front panel and the rear panel define an interior chamber for holding the food product, and the closure is configured to allow the ovenable bag to be openable into the baking sheet. A related ovenable blank and method of forming an ovenable bag are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: H.J. HEINZ COMPANY
    Inventor: John Gerard RYAN
  • Publication number: 20140212067
    Abstract: A convertible device that is transformable from a storage bag to a marine signal flag by providing water permeable open mesh body of hollow material with stitched edges and an access opening. Rods on the interior of the body are attached to diagonally opposed corners. The rods disconnect to provide a bag form. The rods connect to provide a rigid brace between the diagonally opposed corners of the interior of the material to provide a flag form. Eyelets along a stitched edge of the material are used to attach the device to a flag pole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: BGA INDUSTRIES LLC
    Inventor: Charlie Hicks
  • Patent number: 8783546
    Abstract: A reusable flexible sheet for wrapping an object is presented. The flexible sheet includes a center portion having a first side, a second side, a third side, and a fourth side, the first side being parallel to the third side and the second side being parallel to the fourth side. Flaps are connected to the first side and the third side, and bow portions are connected to the second side and the fourth side. The bow portions tie together to form a decorative bow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventor: Stacy Uyehara
  • Patent number: 8777076
    Abstract: A multipurpose organizer that can be quickly and easily converted into multiple articles such as but not limited to a carrying tote, a purse, a seat organizer and a head rest is provided. The method of making the multifunctional organizer and the methods of using the multifunctional organizer are also provided. In one embodiment the main body of consists of a single piece of material providing for low cost construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventor: Ann Marie Carrier
  • Publication number: 20140185961
    Abstract: An article, such as a bag, with an attached storage pouch or pocket is disclosed. The pouch can be directly attached to the article through an attachment, placing the pouch within close proximity, or coincident with a portion of the article. The pouch can be made from an elastic, flexible material. The pouch can be attached in an inverted state to an article. A user can place a portion of his hand in the pouch, compress the article with both hands, and then invert the pouch while encapsulating the compressed article in the pouch. The pouch can have a flap attached to the pouch. The flap can be used to close the opening of the pouch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2014
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: Flip & Tumble, LLC
    Inventors: Hetal N. JARIWALA, Eva E. BAUER, Lale TANERI
  • Publication number: 20140161370
    Abstract: A tow strap bag, including, an elongated tow strap with a top end and a bottom end for towing objects, two half zippers each having an elongated row of teeth coupled to the tow strap in parallel on a single side along the elongated axis of the tow strap with the teeth of each half zipper located near an edge of the width of the single side of the tow strap and facing opposite edges; wherein the two half zippers are coupled to the entire tow strap length except leaving the top end and the bottom end of the tow strap without the half zippers coupled thereon; and wherein the tow strap is configured to form a bag when zipping up the two half zippers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2014
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: ZIP IT LTD.
    Inventor: Shon TUCHMAN
  • Patent number: 8740457
    Abstract: A paint tray bag is provided. The paint tray bag comprises a bag comprising dimensions for containing a paint tray, and optionally painting tools, therein. The paint tray bag further comprises a sealing apparatus for releasably sealing the bag, the sealing apparatus around at least portion of a perimeter of the bag such that the bag comprises a closed position for containing the paint tray therein when the sealing apparatus is closed and an open position when the sealing apparatus is open, the bag enabled to lay flat in the open position to act as a drop sheet for the paint tray. The paint tray bag further comprises an extended drop sheet which unfolds from the bag to provide an extended area for the drop sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Kovrd Products Inc.
    Inventors: Vance MacDonald, Benjamin Leonard
  • Patent number: 8720462
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are embodiments of an apparatus for use in securing or transporting a tarpaulin or other sheet of material. The apparatus may include a body, a securing device configured to secure the apparatus to the ground, a connecting member mechanically coupling the securing device to the body, a handle mechanically coupled to the body, and a joining device configured to removably join the apparatus to an object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Monahan Products, LLC
    Inventors: Michael C. Vieira, James Adamson
  • Patent number: 8672546
    Abstract: An article, such as a bag, with an attached storage pouch or pocket is disclosed. The pouch can be directly attached to the article through an attachment, placing the pouch within close proximity, or coincident with a portion of the article. The pouch can be made from an elastic, flexible material. The pouch can be attached in an inverted state to an article. A user can place a portion of his hand in the pouch, compress the article with both hands, and then invert the pouch while encapsulating the compressed article in the pouch. The pouch can have a flap attached to the pouch. The flap can be used to close the opening of the pouch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Flip & Tumble, LLC
    Inventors: Hetal N. Jariwala, Eva E. Bauer, Lale Taneri
  • Publication number: 20140023295
    Abstract: A combination insulated container and multipurpose mat and, in particular, a flexible, impermeable multipurpose mat that can be folded and secured to create an insulated bag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Inventor: Benjamin Wagner
  • Patent number: 8622205
    Abstract: A portable hand drying device incorporates a case foldable to form a vertex having an interior surface and a zipper closure for a peripheral edge. A multilayer liner having an outer permeable layer and an inner absorbing layer is attached to the interior surface of the case with hook and loop fastener and a towel, foldable to be encased within the case, is attached to the liner at the vertex.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Inventor: Alec Ramsey
  • Patent number: 8602651
    Abstract: A flexible shipping bag may be turned inside out to make a stylish cosmetic bag. Sealing flaps permit closing the flexible shipping bag. Sealing-flap top segments may be cut-off to open the flexible shipping bag and these fold into the flexible shipping bag when the flexible shipping bag is turned inside out. Cosmetic flaps are attached inside the flexible shipping bag below the sealing flaps. These invert and become visible when the flexible shipping bag is turned inside out. A zipper to close the cosmetic bag is attached to top edges of cosmetic flaps below the point where the top segment is cut off. Once the flexible shipping bag is turned inside out, the zipper is positioned below the top edge of, and inside, the cosmetic bag and the cosmetic-flap bottom edge is positioned at the top of the cosmetic bag to provide a finished edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Boss Licensing Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Anthony Nitti
  • Patent number: 8573373
    Abstract: Apparatuses convertible between at least a storage container in a first configuration and an activity mat in a second configuration. One apparatus includes a circular lid, a circular base, and at least one zipper pull that zips the lid and base to a wall. When zippered, the apparatus has a generally cylindrical shape. A carrying handle is provided on the lid. When unzippered, the apparatus becomes an activity mat and lies flat. Another apparatus includes two sides, a base, a flap, and at least one zipper pull that zips the sides to the flap. The sides resemble the outline of a car, such that the apparatus when zipped up resembles a car and when unzipped becomes an activity mat and lies flat. Backpack straps on the back allow the apparatus to be worn as a backpack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: International Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Wayne H Rothschild, Kevin McComb
  • Patent number: 8544922
    Abstract: A tarpaulin is configured to include handles, cinch ropes and fasteners to facilitate its use in hauling landscaping plants and materials. The tarp itself is formed of any suitable material as in conventional use today, with the sheet further configured to include a pair of cinch ropes included along a first pair of opposing edges, and a plurality of fasteners disposed along the remaining, opposing pair of edges. A set of four handles are formed at the four corners. The cinch ropes allow for the first pair of edges to be gathered, while the fasteners mate the remaining pair of edges to form an enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Inventor: Shawn Huzar
  • Publication number: 20130236127
    Abstract: A bag arrangement for conversion to a flag or vice versa, the arrangement comprising: a bag incorporating a volume for holding goods; and a pole to be provided with the bag and attached or attachable thereto to convert the bag into a flag having a flag pole extending therefrom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: BF INNOVATION LTD.
    Inventor: Philip Charles Brunger
  • Patent number: 8496107
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for grasping an object using a re-closable bag with integrated finger sleeves. The re-closable bag includes a flexible side panel, an opening on a top end of the bag, and at least two flexible finger sleeves connected to the side panel. The opening includes a closure adapted, when closed, to seal the bag. The at least two flexible finger sleeves, when in a first position, are disposed between a first portion and a second portion of the side panel. Each finger sleeve in the two or more finger sleeves is adapted to accept at least a portion of a human finger. In some aspects, an object grasped using the finger sleeves can be retracted into the re-closable bag with integrated finger sleeves and stored within the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Rockaway Tucker International, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Gallagher
  • Patent number: 8448828
    Abstract: A flexible shipping bag, which after use for shipping an item in commerce, can be turned inside out and transformed into a re-usable backpack with an open top. The flexible shipping bag includes sealing flaps configured to enable opening the flexible shipping bag by cutting off a portion of the sealing-flap. The sealing-flaps fold into the flexible shipping bag when the flexible shipping bag is turned inside out revealing backpack flaps each configured to define a draw-string tube-like passage therethrough. The flexible shipping bag includes a drawstring and a tab extending from an inside edge of the shipping bag, preferably near the bottom, and configured to secure the drawstring. The inside of the shipping bag may also include a separate pouch. The top of the pouch may include means to close the pouch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Boss Licensing Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Anthony Nitti
  • Patent number: 8439174
    Abstract: The combined suitcase and cushion apparatus provides a typical appearance for a portable suitcase, exteriorly. Within the top section provided by the first closure the second closure allows flap opening to reveal and release the mat. The mat is extendable from the top section to provide a cushioning material disposed above an inflatable chamber. Combining both forgiving resilient features provides a much more comfortable mat. Importantly, the first closure allows selective total separation of the top section. With this feature, the top section can be retained or separated for mat use. The apparatus provides all portability features to which users have become accustomed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Inventor: Susan L. Miranda
  • Publication number: 20130114915
    Abstract: A foldable bag for insulating a bottle or other beverage container comprises means for attaching the bag in its folded state wherein the bag can serve as a label on the outside of the bottle, and means for attaching the bag to the bottle in its unfolded state wherein the bag envelops the bottle to provide thermal insulation. A method for attaching a folded label to a bottle comprises: attaching a first side of the label to the bottle using a glue; wrapping the label around the bottle; attaching a second side of the label to the surface of the label using glue, in such a way that the label becomes attached to the bottle and the second side covers the side opening at the first side of the label.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Inventor: Daniel Marom
  • Patent number: 8425995
    Abstract: A high strength disposable debris bundling device including a sheet-like main body having a plurality of drawstrings running generally parallel and in spaced relation through separate channels associated with the wrap. The drawstrings preferably comprise elongate flexible thin rope or cord-like structures that run through hem channels formed in the wrap and function to compact and secure the debris in bundle with the wrap disposed in surrounding relation therewith. Providing at least 4 drawstrings allows the wrap to be pulled tightly around the debris and secured in contoured surrounding relation therewith. The wrap preferably has a length of approximately 4.0 feet so as to conform to modern trash removal standards and regulations. Handles are provided to assist in handling the wrapped debris bundle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Inventor: Stuart Shook
  • Publication number: 20130071046
    Abstract: Bags incorporating recycled sign material are described. The bags can comprise one or multiple layers, including an optional padding layer. The bags can comprise an advertisement of an entity associated with a manufacturer of the bags, thereby allowing entities to prolong the benefits associated with an advertisement. Contemplated bags can also have multiple functions, including for example, storage, transport, safe keeping, seat cushioning and drying mat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: RAREFORM LLC
    Inventor: Rareform LLC.
  • Publication number: 20130051705
    Abstract: A gift bag that is convertible to a gift box comprises a decorative bag that is foldable flat and openable to a substantially rectangular parallelepiped shape, and an insert for the bag that also folds flat but opens to a generally open-ended box inserted into to the bag to reinforce and stiffen the bag. The bag has an integral top flap that opens to cooperate with the insert to form a closed box, and has carry handles connected to the interior of the bag that are either removable or can be located within the bag when it is converted into a box.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Inventor: Inga-Lill Amoroso
  • Publication number: 20130016922
    Abstract: A container device employs a sheet transformable into a container. The sheet may include a drawstring laced within pockets along a perimeter of the sheet. Exposed portions of the drawstring may be pulled to draw edges of the sheet together transforming the sheet into the container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Inventor: DAVID LEON
  • Patent number: 8287188
    Abstract: A bag includes a first portion. The first portion is attached to a second portion of the bag. The reusable bag also includes a mailing label having an addressee section preprinted with an address of a recycler. When the bag is in an unpacked state, the first portion is configured to carry items. When the bag is in a packed state, the first portion is secured in the packed state using the second portion such that the mailing label is visible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Hoyord, Angela L. Baer, Sohil Arora
  • Publication number: 20120237141
    Abstract: The Air Sport bag provides the user with a neat, convenient way to air out their sweaty sports gear. The Air Sport bag functions just like a regular sports bag in that it can be used to carry the equipment to games and home again. The new part about the Air Sport is that it can be zipped open. When zipped open the Air Sport can be propped up on a foldable, attachable plastic post or hung up by its hanger. Once this is done the gear, including helmet, shoulder pads, pants, kneepads and elbow pads may be hung on separate removable plastic hooks. Thus the Air Sport unfolds, hangs up the gear and allows it to air our more effectively and provides a convenient, organized means to do so.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Inventor: Carson Wade Muir
  • Patent number: 8256045
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention relate to a child sleeping system comprising a blanket, a pillow, pillow band and a carrying pouch. The blanket has a generally rectangular configuration and a length and a width. The pillow has a generally rectangular configuration filled with a non-allergenic material, and has a length and width, at least one of the pillow length and width in a predetermined dimensional relationship with at least one of the blanket length and width. The carrying pouch has a generally rectangular configuration, defines an opening at the first edge and communicates with the blanket second edge; the carrying pouch has a length and width in a predetermined dimensional relationship with at least one of the pillow length and width. The carrying pouch is adapted to receive the blanket and pillow when the pillow is folded over and the blanket side edges are folded over the pillow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Inventor: Ann Cruz
  • Patent number: 8235206
    Abstract: The present device is a reusable bag for laundry and laundry hangers. The reusable bag includes an enclosure made from a flexible web material having an open end and a closed end. The open end has a closure means, while the closed end includes an aperture adapted to receive a portion of each laundry hanger therethrough. With the open end of the enclosure facing upward in a hamper configuration, dirty laundry may be collected and, when the bag is full, the open end of the enclosure may be selectively closed with the closure means. The reusable bag may be transported to a laundry cleaning facility by carrying with a handle strap, and returned with clean laundry hanging on the laundry hangers inside the enclosure. The closed end of the enclosure may be facing upward in a garment bag configuration for protecting the clean laundry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Inventors: Rick Siegel, Jennifer Nigrosh
  • Publication number: 20120189228
    Abstract: The invention provides advances in the arts with useful and novel integrated packaging systems having a configuration readily convertible from a bag state to an envelope state and vice versa.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2011
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Applicant: MEROPAK INC.
    Inventor: Eric Grossman
  • Patent number: 8225934
    Abstract: A container system foldable into a placemat includes a front panel, a back panel, a center panel, and a border panel. The front, back, and border panels each include an inner edge and an outer edge. The center panel includes three inner edges and an outer edge. The center panel is foldably connected to the front, back, and border panels, such that a first inner edge of the center panel is adjacent to an inner edge of the front panel, a second inner edge of the center panel is adjacent to an inner edge of the back panel, and a third inner edge of the center panel is adjacent to an inner edge of the border panel. An attachment mechanism extends along the outer edges of the center, front, back, and border panels. The attachment mechanism allows closure of the container system to define the substantially enclosed interior space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Inventors: Carter T. Malcolm, Jacqueline K. Malcolm
  • Patent number: 8215838
    Abstract: A shopping bag having walls formed on their inner surfaces with indicia defining templates corresponding with the size of selected books.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Inventor: Frank Colonna
  • Publication number: 20120128269
    Abstract: An apparatus for collecting material is provided. The apparatus may include a flexible support structure having a first surface and a second surface, the first surface including a material collection area. The apparatus may further include a closure system including a first fastener member disposed on the first surface and a second fastener member disposed on the second surface. At least a portion of the closure system may be spaced from a peripheral edge of the support structure and/or may be configured to releaseably join the first surface and the second surface together. The support structure may include an open configuration and a rolled configuration, wherein in the rolled configuration the closure system may releaseably join the first surface and the second surface together and/or funnel shapes may be formed on either side of the material collection area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Inventor: Mari Rittenour