Through Bag Openings Patents (Class 383/76)
  • Patent number: 10940987
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a carry bag, the carry bag includes a body having sidewalls and at least one handle disposed on the body. The body is hollow and dimensioned to receive one or more objects that are to be kept either cooler or warmer than the ambient temperature surrounding the body. The sidewalls of the body are constructed from an outer layer that corresponds to an exterior side wall of the body, a heat reflective layer that corresponds with an interior side wall of the body, and an insulative and pliable foam filling disposed between the outer layer and the heat reflective layer. The at least one handle is adapted to swing out of the way when not in use, so that the opening of the bag is unobstructed, thereby allowing the easy placement or removal of items to/from the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Inventor: Suzanne Joan Carroll
  • Patent number: 10730730
    Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include cover assemblies for baskets of aerial work platforms and methods of fabricating a cover assembly for a basket of an aerial work platform. In an illustrative embodiment given by way of non-limiting example, a cover assembly for a basket of an aerial work platform includes a flexible cover. The flexible cover includes an interior guardrail portion and an exterior guardrail portion. The interior guardrail portion is configured to be received adjacent an interior surface of a guardrail of a basket of an aerial work platform. The exterior guardrail portion surrounds the interior guardrail portion, and the exterior guardrail portion is configured to be received adjacent an exterior surface of a guardrail of a basket of an aerial work platform. A retrieval mechanism is configured to draw the exterior guardrail portion toward the interior guardrail portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: MCF Distributing, LLC
    Inventor: Mark S. Mueller
  • Patent number: 9931927
    Abstract: Containment systems are provided. In one example embodiment, a containment system is provided, the containment system comprising: a container; and a skeletal reinforcement comprised of flexible fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Material Engineering and Technical Support Services Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Heater, Donald M. Bigg, Jonathan L. Macarus, Daniel E. Badowski
  • Patent number: 9469440
    Abstract: A protective pouch apparatus includes an outer pouch having a continuous sidewall with an open end and a closed end. An inner pouch is applied to the outer pouch and includes a continuous sidewall with an open end and a closed end. The outer pouch is constructed of a material having a water-resistant and a fire-resistant material characteristic, and the inner pouch is constructed of a fabric having an insulative material characteristic. Seams are formed in the sidewalls of each of the inner and outer pouches between the respective open and closed ends. When the inner pouch is applied to the outer pouch such that the inner pouch is nested within the outer pouch, the seam in the inner pouch is offset from the seam in the outer pouch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Inventor: Roberta D. Flood
  • Patent number: 9296556
    Abstract: An apparatus for shipping a flowable material in a cargo compartment of a transport includes an enclosure forming a chamber therein to house the flowable material. The enclosure is made of braided or woven fabric. The inner surface of the fabric is coated whereby the fabric is impermeable to the flowable material. The enclosure has at least one closable opening serving as an inlet or outlet to the chamber, and is pliable such that it can be housed within the cargo compartment in any orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Utilequip, Inc.
    Inventors: Phillip Lynn Townsend, Gary Dale Krch
  • Patent number: 9131749
    Abstract: Woven textile structures constructed using dual-loom technology are provided. Filaments are woven in such a way as to create a first set of different discrete layers of the same fabric in some regions of the textile and a second set of discrete layers of the same fabric at other regions of the same textile. The different layers are used to construct various textile structures such as a woven bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Julia Roether, Thomas G. Bell, Tory M. Cross
  • Publication number: 20140119680
    Abstract: An improved liner having an elastic securing mechanism that may be placed in a vessel to form and maintain a barrier between the vessel and objects contained therein. The liner includes an elastic securing band secured around the perimeter of the open top end of the liner using a plurality of spaced-apart tack welds or rivets. In one embodiment, the liner material is folded over the elastic and ultrasonic sealing is used to burn through the elastic and seal the folded liner material to itself thereby securing the elastic to the liner. In use, the liner is placed within a receptacle of the vessel and the open top end is folded outward and downward over a rim of the vessel such that the elastic engages an outside of the vessel to form a secure and snug fit of the liner to the vessel. Advantageously, a failure to a portion of the elastic is limited to that portion of the elastic only and propagation of the failure is limited by the rivets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: M&Q IP LEASING, INC.
    Inventors: Michael D. Schmal, ERNEST E. BACHERT, JOSEPH A. RADOSTA
  • Patent number: 8678707
    Abstract: An underwater oil well blowout spill containment system includes a folded curtain positioned in a magazine around a deep water well head and blowout preventer (BOP). The magazine is positioned around the well-head and BOP and leaves room for required construction and maintenance. In the event of a blowout, the curtain is drawn upward from the magazine and cinched to contain leaking oil. A hose is connected to a port on the magazine to draw the oil to a tanker on the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventors: John Powell, Kenneth L. Green
  • Patent number: 8469590
    Abstract: This product is an invented Handstrap (loop) for Casual Open-Bag. As the present invention is not composed by the two separated handstraps (loop), but by a single strap that goes through all four punctures forming the bag straps, firstly 1) in the production process of shopping bags, the current 2 strapĂ—2 knots=4 knots formation can be reduced to 1 strapĂ—2 knots=2 knots not only allowing for decrease in labor costs, but the ends are processed through a mechanized treatment instead of manual labor, productivity can also be increased, 2) for the convenience of the transporting person, the straps may be adjusted to be longer or shorter, furthermore, 3) as the opening of the carrying bag is closed, not only cosmetically is it aesthetically improved, but the risk of losing the contents decrease.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Inventor: Jin-Kul Yoo
  • Patent number: 8454236
    Abstract: A game bag defines an open mouth ringed by a drawstring passage. Suspending loops are sewn into stitching forming the drawstring passage and are positioned near opposite side edges of the bag. Light reflective loops are carried at a side edge and in a bottom seam near an opposite side edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Inventor: Ted Raymond Ramirez
  • Patent number: 8177087
    Abstract: A concrete washout bag system is disclosed that is easy to transport and to assemble at a construction site and includes a frame and a foldable washout bag which is assembled onto the frame by means of unitarily formed sleeves, and is manufactured from a strong, water-proof material that allows it to be hoisted for carrying away heavy loads without tearing and includes a drawstring closure for retaining of washout materials during the hoisting, removal process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Inventors: Robert Noble, John Calo
  • Patent number: 8132711
    Abstract: A container with an opening on one end, with an adhesive flap to seal the container once the desired information and objects are placed therein; said container may then be affixed to a surface, thereby creating a convenient way to keep necessary emergency information both readily available and private.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Inventor: Tamara Ann Clark
  • Patent number: 8016484
    Abstract: A convertible sport and recreational accessory which is easily convertible for use either as a towel or as a tote bag. The planar towel configuration has an elongate, fabric body with a pair of side panels. Two opposed pairs of drawstrings are encased in seams arranged longitudinally and transversely which, when pulled, will form a pouch. The ends of the body and the side panels may be used as a cover or flap extending into the pouch opening or may be tucked into the pouch. Handles are provided for convenience when the combination towel/tote is in the tote mode or configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Inventor: Beth Cross
  • Patent number: 7988681
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a portable waste containment device that is rapidly deployable. The waste containment device allows containment of liquid or semi-liquid waste until permanently disposed. The present invention also provides a portable waste containment system wherein the waste containment device is enclosed within a package for storage and when pulled from the package the waste containment device is ready for use. Still further, the present invention provides a method of using the portable waste containment device of the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Inventors: Kermetta M McGarity, Howard C McGarity, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20100237203
    Abstract: An apparatus for collecting and handling yard debris supports a flexible, reusable receptacle in an open configuration. The apparatus has a frame for supporting the receptacle, the frame having a shape that defines an opening through which the receptacle is draped, at least one straight member defining an opening for receiving the flexible receptacle, and a flexible, closed-loop member for securing the mouth of the receptacle to the frame. The frame also has at least two retaining surfaces extending from the frame for retaining the flexible, closed-loop member. The apparatus can be used as a tool to collect leaves or other yard debris directly. The receptacle has a hatch that can be opened to deposit the collected debris into another receptacle or other location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2010
    Publication date: September 23, 2010
    Inventor: Melanie Romero
  • Publication number: 20100172601
    Abstract: A covering mesh bag used for planting fruit and vegetables is disclosed. The covering mesh bag includes a mesh bag and two cords separately disposed along two edges of opening of the mesh bag. Two ends of each of the two cords are outside the mesh bag. There is a zipper at the bottom of the mesh bag. The opening of the mesh bag can be girded by pulling the two cords and the cords can be tied to a branch of a fruit tree or treillage. The zipper is used as a closeable opening for observing the fruitage covered in the mesh bag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2009
    Publication date: July 8, 2010
    Inventor: Ming-Yun Lin
  • Patent number: 7624776
    Abstract: A handbag is substantially formed by a fabric piece (2) and closure hardware (11). The fabric piece (2) incorporates two alignments of passing openings (3), where each passing opening (3) is provided with a respective eyelet (4). The fabric piece (2) has its structure composed by an internal covering fabric (5), an internal structure fabric (gusset or similar) (6), and an external covering fabric (7). The fabric piece (2) has two mutually opposed borders (8) having an essentially arched contour. The two border portions (8) are joined by parallel mutually opposed rectilinear border portions (9). The two alignments of passing openings are respectively disposed along each one of the arched borders (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Inventor: Fabiola Andrade Zvirblis
  • Publication number: 20080063322
    Abstract: The invention teaches a new type of mesh bag suitable for machine packaging. The first end of the mesh bag is a reserved opening for filling and sealing. The second end of the mesh bag includes a one-pull, easy-open mechanism and a re-closing mechanism. The re-closing mechanism is a drawstring perforating around the second end of the mesh bag. The one-pull, easy open mechanism is a line of easy open stitches which sews a small strip of hard paper with the wall of the mesh bag at its second end. The two mechanisms can be pre-set in parallel or integrated in a same line with the small strip of the hard paper overlaid on the drawstring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2006
    Publication date: March 13, 2008
    Inventor: Hsiehyueh Wang Liang
  • Publication number: 20080047078
    Abstract: A device in which a garment with a crinkled appearance may be stored or laundered is taught comprising a washable bag with sufficient elasticity to retain the garment in a predetermined position so that the appearance of the garment remains crinkled. So that the washable bag can be dried as well as washed, the bag is preferably made from fabric that resists melting at temperatures conventionally experienced during the clothes drying process. The bag further has snag-free surface and at least one opening to receive the garment. Means for hanging may be provided so that the device can be easily stored.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2006
    Publication date: February 28, 2008
    Inventor: Minnie F. Gully
  • Patent number: 7275868
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a laundry retaining device comprising a strap and a bag. The strap is suitable for retaining larger articles of clothing that have openings to pass the strap through, such as shirts and shorts. The bag, preferably a mesh bag, retains smaller articles of clothing or articles that do not have openings to pass the strap through. The device allows for the washing and drying of a set or several sets of clothes at once without having to sort and recreate each set of laundered clothes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Inventor: David S. Miller
  • Patent number: 7235273
    Abstract: The present invention 10 discloses an infusion bag 18 having means for selectively inserting any desired dry beverage material 16. The disposable infusion bag 18 has spaced apart reinforced elements 20 fixedly attached to the bag material with a string 22 passing through the elements in predetermined positions whereby pressure applied to the distal ends of the string causes the top corners 30 to fold forward engaging the bag whereupon the remaining triangular center element folds over covering the previously folded corners preventing any of the inserted material from escaping. The bag 18 may be reusable by unfolding the bag, discarding the used contents, replacing with fresh material and refolding the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Inventor: Andrea Ruston
  • Patent number: 7021825
    Abstract: A washable container made from soft flexible material, including open-weave fabric, with a top opening and optionally removable straps with fasteners that allow attachment to cribs and other baby-holding devices, such as portable play yards, swings, highchairs, and strollers. The top opening is configured for insertion of a large adult male hand, and the container height provides an interior volume sufficient for storing approximately one dozen or so pacifiers, several teething devices, or other small toys that babies and small children often drool on, drop on the ground, cover with food, and/or otherwise need cleaning prior to being returned to them. Thus, unsanitary pacifiers, toys, and teething devices can be placed in a disposable plastic bag, clothing pocket, diaper bag pocket, or other temporary storage place, with a clean pacifier, teething device, or other small toy being instantly substituted from the readily accessible and conveniently located present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Inventor: Heather Clare Schultz
  • Publication number: 20040252921
    Abstract: An oven bag and methods for using the same are disclosed. The oven bag may be used in a range of different ovens. The oven bag is characterized by pre-formed perforations that provide for both venting of hot gasses and a secondary opening. The oven bag may comprise different kinds of closure devices including, but not limited to, drawstrings and hand ties.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2003
    Publication date: December 16, 2004
    Inventors: Peggy B. Winiarski, Zain E.M. Saad
  • Publication number: 20030234201
    Abstract: A gift bag includes a bottom wall and side walls joined together to form a storage chamber therebetween having an top opening. The walls are made of paper or a paper-plastic laminate and are lined on the inside with a cellular cushioning material to protect a glass bottle or other fragile gift item from damage. The cellular cushioning material is a laminated material consisting of two thin sheets of flexible plastic, one of the sheets being formed with a plurality of spaced apart pockets of sealed air cells. A string is threaded through holes formed in the side walls near the top opening so that the bag can be closed off by pulling the string. The outer surface of the walls are decorated. The gift bag can be folded into a substantially flat configuration for storage and shipping.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2002
    Publication date: December 25, 2003
    Inventors: Kumud Shah, Ashok Chandaria
  • Publication number: 20030231810
    Abstract: The present invention is drawn to a device for holding an individual's garments that can be used to keep track of an individual's garments when multiple individuals' garments are being laundered together. The device provides privacy for personal garments, security of maintaining the garments together, and allows the garments to be effectively and efficiently washed and dried. The device includes a strap with a releasable fastener for fastening the ends of the strap to each other coupled to a mesh bag with an adjustable closing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2002
    Publication date: December 18, 2003
    Inventors: Michael J. Durney, Peggy R. Durney
  • Patent number: 6626570
    Abstract: A bag has one side wall of a synthetic resin mesh material and the other side wall of a synthetic resin film. Each of the side walls has a draw sleeve or top extending along its upper portion to receive a draw tape, draw string, draw band, draw cord or the like. The synthetic resin film side wall has a side wall portion which extends below the mesh wall, with a lower fold being formed in the film wall to form a bottom of the bag. The synthetic resin film side also has an extension from the lower fold which is folded upwardly to join with and enclose a lower portion of the mesh side wall. The bottom portion of the bag is thus formed of synthetic resin film which yields to the impact of articles entering the bag to fill it. No seam is present between the side walls of the bag in the bottom area of the bag where it would be subject to the impact of entering articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2003
    Assignee: Kenneth Fox Supply Company
    Inventors: L. Keith Fox, Kenneth S. Fox
  • Patent number: 6564838
    Abstract: A calabash shaped handbag for carrying personal effects. The handbag includes a dome shaped bottom portion connected with a band to a more pliant upper portion. The top opening would include a drawstring for closing the bag, which is attached to the exterior of the bag to form a handle or shoulder strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2003
    Inventor: Halsey Cruickshank
  • Patent number: 6527748
    Abstract: An infection preventive cover includes a sheath having at least one opening end, a binding thread to close the opening end of the sheath, and a cutting thread linked to the binding thread, the cutting thread being stronger than the binding thread.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2003
    Inventor: Yutaka Suzuki
  • Publication number: 20030007704
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a laundry retaining device comprising a strap and a bag. The strap is suitable for retaining larger articles of clothing that have openings to pass the strap through, such as shirts and shorts. The bag, preferably a mesh bag, retains smaller articles of clothing or articles that do not have openings to pass the strap through. The device allows for the washing and drying of a set or several sets of clothes at once without having to sort and recreate each set of laundered clothes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2002
    Publication date: January 9, 2003
    Inventor: David S. Miller
  • Patent number: 6478464
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a laundry retaining device comprising a strap and a bag. The strap is suitable for retaining larger articles of clothing that have openings to pass the strap through, such as shirts and shorts. The bag, preferably a mesh bag, retains smaller articles of clothing or articles that do not have openings to pass the strap through. The device allows for the washing and drying of a set or several sets of clothes at once without having to sort and recreate each set of laundered clothes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2002
    Inventor: David S. Miller
  • Patent number: 6092702
    Abstract: A multi-purpose bag has a mesh pouch and a sleeve with a pair of ends. The pouch is attached along an annular seam to one of the ends of the sleeve. The other end of the sleeve has a closable mouth. Also included is a restricting feature for stowing the pouch to stop communication from inside the sleeve to inside the pouch. The multi-purpose bag can be used by stowing the pouch to stop communication from inside the sleeve to inside the pouch. The sleeve can at this time be at least partially filled before closing the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2000
    Inventor: Edward J. Cassidy, IV
  • Patent number: 6044878
    Abstract: A money purse for holding items such as money. The purse includes front and back panels coupled together to define therebetween a space with a top opening for holding items therein. The back panel has a cover flap extending therefrom for covering the top opening. The cover flap has a plurality of spaced apart holes therethrough while the front panel has a plurality of elongate flexible strings extending therefrom. Each of the strings is extended through an associated hole such that the strings extend across the top opening into the space between the front and back panels. Each of said strings has a free end coupled to a pull ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2000
    Inventor: Delphine Sedeno
  • Patent number: 5895118
    Abstract: Disclosure directed to the combination of a beach towel convertible to a bag for transporting items to and from the beach. The combination includes a uniquely constructed, circular mat having an inflatable peripheral bladder member that facilitates set-up of the mat, and ensures a maintenance of the components thereof. The combination further includes a removably detachable towel for the mat, and a security pouch for personal items on the mat underlying the towel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1999
    Inventor: Charles D. Hensley
  • Patent number: 5845994
    Abstract: A holding device includes a mesh container having a closed end and an opposite open end defining an interior. A tassel may hang from the container proximate the closed end. The mesh container may be formed by a plurality of strands braided and tied together in a series of knots such that a diamond-shape weave appears. A drawstring is inserted through the interstices of the mesh at the open end of the container. A cinching mechanism, such as a draw bead, slidably engages the drawstring for opening and closing the open end of the container. The drawstring may have a connecting ring for enhancing safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1998
    Inventor: Mark S. Rice
  • Patent number: 5679423
    Abstract: A method of welding at least two layers of a thin thermoplastic polyurethane elastomer (10A, B) to form a weld seam (12) to produce polyurethane barrier products such as, but not limited to, gloves (20), condoms (30), inflatable catheter balloon cuffs (48A, B), ostomy pouches (50), organ bags (60), and instrument covers (70) through a process of pre-heating a sealing die platen, the at least two layers of the polyurethane (10A, B) softened while under pressure from the preheated die platen, followed by welding the at least two layers of polyurethane (10A, B) film by transmission of a radio-frequency energy to the film (10A, B) to produce a weld seam (12) and then allowing the weld seam (12) to cool, the resultant product having seam integrity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 21, 1997
    Assignee: Polygenex International, Inc.
    Inventor: Tilak M. Shah
  • Patent number: 5673509
    Abstract: This invention relates to an adhesive type rodent trap that is disposable and has an opaque housing with a window, preventing unintended view of the trapped rodent but allowing quick intended viewing for checking if the trap is occupied. The trap further includes an entrance and a handle for closing the entrance to the trap and carrying the trap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 7, 1997
    Inventor: Askew W. Gatewood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5664886
    Abstract: A net for collecting leaves from a lawn. The inventive device includes a capturing web positionable in a flat orientation over a lawn. A closure assembly is mounted to the web and operates to pivot an outer peripheral edge of the web upwardly from the lawn and subsequently inwardly to trap debris in the net for disposal thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 9, 1997
    Inventor: Dan A. Hutchinson
  • Patent number: 5615769
    Abstract: A sports ball bag provides for the drying and warming care of a sports ball during the course of a ball game. The bag is particularly adapted for the care of one or more footballs placed therein, as would be used in the play of amateur and professional football games, but may be used for the care of balls used in other types of ball games as well. The bag is formed of a waterproof outer cover (e.g., vinyl) having an openable side closure and opposite openable end closures thereby allowing the cover to be laid out flat. A removable and replaceable moisture absorbent liner (e.g., a terry cloth towel) may be secured within the cover in order to dry the ball and to provide some thermal insulation properties. A warming device, such as a chemical hand warmer packet, may also be placed within the bag to warm any balls or other articles placed therein. The end closures are preferably draw strings in order to provide rapid access to the interior of the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 1, 1997
    Inventor: Stanley L. Stephenson
  • Patent number: 5580173
    Abstract: A folding bag according including front and rear pliable rectangular faces, each face including a rigid base panel region. When the bag is in its first, closed position, the front and rear faces lie flat against each other. When the bag is in its second, open position, the base panels, which are hingeably attached to each other, open up to form part of the bottom of the bag, with the pliable portion of the faces remaining substantially parallel to each other, separated by the two base panels. The sides of the bag are provided by pliable right and left faces that are pleated and mounted to the front and rear faces and to the bottom the base panels are hinged in such a way that when the bag is in its first, closed position, the right and left faces are tucked between the front and rear faces such that the closed bag is a rectangle of substantially uniform thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 3, 1996
    Inventor: James Sebastian
  • Patent number: 5518313
    Abstract: A flat wrapping container assembly adapted to be folded to form a container having a frame-like support structure disposed therein. The assembly includes a thin, flat sheet of flexible wrapping material and a foldable support structure, which has a center panel and a plurality of outer panels forming frame arms extending outward from the center panel adhered to an inside surface of the sheet. The support structure further has fold lines between the center panel and the outer panels that are adapted to allow the outer panels to pivot upward above the center panel about the fold lines. A pull cord is attached to the flexible wrapping material and to the support structure and is adapted to draw the outer panels and portions of the sheet extending therebetween upward above the center panel when opposite ends of the pull cord are pulled outward away from the center panel, thereby forming a container around an article positioned on the center panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 21, 1996
    Assignee: Indigo Corporation
    Inventor: Christine A. McAdam
  • Patent number: 5501358
    Abstract: A system for receiving, storing, and removal of waste, laundry or other items comprises a frusto-conically shaped holder and a bi-frusto-coically shaped holder liner. The holder is open at a narrower top end and at a wider bottom end. The liner is held in place in the holder by folding a top portion of the liner above a middle section of the liner over the holder's top end, and fastenign wit with snaps. The shape of the liner allows filling of the liner with waste or other items to approximately the entire volume of the holder. Once the liner is full, it can easily be removed by lifting the the liner's top portion to free it from the holder, and then lifting the holder away from the liner. In this way, the necessity for lifting a heavy bag of waste or other items is avoided. The liner's opening is secured in a closed configuration through use of twist ties or by a drawstring integral with the liner's middle section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 26, 1996
    Inventor: Robert Hobday
  • Patent number: 5291999
    Abstract: A Christmas tree bag for a cut evergreen tree is provided which consists of a flexible cone shaped enclosure having an entrance, so that the evergreen tree can be inserted therein. A structure is for sealing the entrance of the flexible cone shaped enclosure to prevent needles from the foliage of the evergreen tree to exit therefrom, especially when being transported from one location to another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 8, 1994
    Inventor: Walter E. Phair
  • Patent number: 5207508
    Abstract: A convertible sack is provided which alternatively functions as a sack or tote for carrying objects and as a surface usable for a variety of functions. The sack is formed of a sheet of a flat, subtle material with a hollow circular section, access openings and a cord secured therein. The sack is converted from a flat surface into a sack by pulling the cord through the access openings. The convertible sack has various applications including use as a combination beach tote/blanket, combination diaper bag/changing pad, combination meal tote/seat and combination sack/tent. At least one surface of the sack may be water resistant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1993
    Inventor: Philip Koutsis, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5195828
    Abstract: The present invention entails a convertible cover-tote apparatus that is positionable between a ground covering position and a tote or carrying position. The cover-tote apparatus includes a cover or blanket that is formed from a sheet of nylon, polycotton, cotton or other synthetic fabric. The cover has a plurality of eyelets fixed to the cover at a position approximately midway between the cover's center and outer border. A drawstring is interweaved through the eyelets and encircles the center of the cover at a location approximately midway between the cover's center and outer border. The drawstring defines the border between a center and outer section of the cover. In the ground covering position, the cover is extended over a surface that a user can sit or lie thereon. The cover-tote apparatus is positionable from the covering position to the tote position by drawing the eyelets together with the drawstring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1993
    Inventor: Jeffrey Bush-Rodriquez
  • Patent number: 5160196
    Abstract: A large plastic lawn or trash bag is provided including a tubular hem extending about its open end. An access opening is formed at one point about the hem opening thereinto and a plurality of pairs of registered openings are formed through the bag and the material defining the free marginal edge of the hem along the path the free marginal portion of the hem is secured to the bag. An elongated stiff but flexive reinforcing strip is provided of a length somewhat greater than the length of the periphery of the open end of the bag and the opposite ends of the strip are provided with coacting structure by which the opposite ends may be secured together in adjusted overlapped relation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1992
    Inventor: Joseph Curtis
  • Patent number: 5158220
    Abstract: A casino coin cup, slipper and shoe holder including a foldable container having a closable open top, a closed bottom and a body for accepting and holding a plastic-type coin cup in a manner enabling access thereto through the closable open top. A drawstring is provided near the closable open top for releasably closing and said closable open top to accommodate different size cups, adjustable shoulder straps, attached to the foldable container body, are provided for carrying the foldable container; and at least one compartment of the foldable container is provided for storing at least one pair of footwear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1992
    Inventor: Marne A. Glass
  • Patent number: 5150970
    Abstract: An open mesh carrying bag having a drawstring closure is constructed of an open mesh material provided with a hem at the closure, the hem including a folded-over portion of the material overlapping a further portion of the material, the folded-over portion and the overlapped further portion being secured together in the hem by the drawstring of the drawstring closure, which drawstring is threaded through registered mesh openings in the folded-over portion and in the overlapped further portion to secure together the folded-over portion and the overlapped further portion and to serve as a carrying handle while enabling selective contraction and closing of the drawstring closure by drawing upon the drawstring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1992
    Inventor: Joseph M. Albarelli
  • Patent number: 5135222
    Abstract: A multi-mode playball whose components are a shaped casing of flexible material having an opening therein that is closable by a drawstring whose end portions, when the string is drawn, then extend from the closed opening, and a toy balloon, which in its uninflated state is insertable into the casing and when then inflated stretches to conform to the shape of the casing to create a pneumatic playball. The playball is operable in any one of three modes, the first being a ball mode in which the end portions of the drawn string are inserted into the casing before the balloon is inflated and the resultant pneumatic ball can then be thrown, kicked and bounced. In the second or bop mode, the pneumatic ball is tethered by the end portion of the drawstring whereby the ball can then be punched back and forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1992
    Inventor: Donald Spector
  • Patent number: 5120108
    Abstract: A combination seat, equipment holder and ice skate protector device is provided and consists of a first cushioned panel hinged to a second storage panel having a plurality of pockets which is hinged to a third padded panel. The first cushioned panel is placed upon a dressing room bench so that an ice skater can sit in comfort. The second storage panel hangs down in front of the dressing room bench, so that the pockets can hold in an organized manner small equipment. The third padded panel sits upon the floor so that ice skates can rest upon it for protection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1992
    Inventors: John Watson, George Spector
  • Patent number: 5092681
    Abstract: A drawstring trash container which is characterized by a sheet of flexible, resilient material such as plastic, having a selected thickness and provided with peripheral loops, slits or a continuous channel for receiving a drawstring. The drawstring trash container is designed to be placed flat on the ground or other supporting surface, loaded with trash such as leaves and the like, and the drawstring tightened in the loops, slits or channel to secure the trash in the resulting bag. The drawstring ends may then be tied to secure the drawstring trash container for storage or trash pick-up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1992
    Inventor: William G. Ashley, III