BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
1. Field of the Invention
The present invention relates generally to a desktop organizer, and more particularly, to a desktop organizer composed of a flexible and pliable material comprising at least one container element, at least two vertical partitions for receiving paper and the like, and at least one magnetic element disposed on the surface, or just below the surface, thereof for attracting and retaining paper clips and the like. In the preferred embodiment, the desktop organizer is composed of a foam rubber-type material, which material allows pushpins or needles to be safely and conveniently stored therein by merely inserting the pin into the surface of the organizer, without damaging the organizer in the process.
2. Description of the Prior Art
Devices to aid in the organization of desktops are of particular concern in the modem age, where the available work surface on desks is diminishing as a result of computers, telephones, and the like taking up a large percentage of the desk surface. In addition, peripheral items such as mouse pads, lamps, staplers, pictures and books all compete for space on the desktop. Desk drawers may be used to store some of these items; however, such items tend to get lost in the clutter of the drawers.
Desktop organizers and other means for storing and organizing papers, stationery, pens, pencils, paper clips and other items typically found on a desk or in a desk drawer have long been known in the industry. These devices typically take the form of devices for holding and organizing papers, such as stackable trays, or means for storing pens and pencils, such as writing instrument holders. Each of these storage devices is designed with the goal of organizing and storing such desktop items so as not to clutter the desk surface, but still be readily accessible by an individual sitting at the desk.
For example, U.S. Pat. No. 5,775,521 which issued to Tisbo on Jul. 7, 1998 for an “Office organizer” discloses an office organizational apparatus constructed of interlocking slat wall sections adapted to receive one or more organizational accessories which may be removably placed on the slatwall as needed and positioned upon consumer preference.
Similarly, U.S. Pat. No. 5,765,697 which issued to Soong on Jun. 16, 1998 for a “Desktop organizer” discloses a desktop organizer, particularly for CD's and computer discs, comprising an elongated base having a track with a slot extending axially therealong, end walls supporting the base and a rear wall extending perpendicularly between the end walls and parallel to the base. A support member includes a coiled spring mounted within an upper recess and affixed at its lower end within the base slot for spring urged movement of the support member to and fro along the base.
Further examples of desktop organizers include U.S. Pat. No. 5,601,193 which issued to Santoya on Feb. 11, 1997 for a “Desk organizer,” which discloses a base plate supporting a plurality of spaced vertical stands, each supporting a plurality of note clips thereon, and thereby providing a means for isolating notes placed in such clips to permit designating areas of urgency of action denoted by such notes, and U.S. Pat. No. 5,040,681 which issued to Grusin on Aug. 20, 1991 for a “Desk organizer or the like,” which discloses a desk organizer including a plurality of vertically stackable trays having partitions formed therein for storing articles of various sizes and shapes. Each of Grusin's trays has a hollow upright center post which is received within the center post of the tray positioned immediately on top of it.
In addition, U.S. Pat. No. 4,991,712 which issued to Wagner on Feb. 12, 1991 for a “Desk organizer” discloses a desk organizer for office supplies including first and second sidewalls joined at their common ends and an endwall connecting opposite ends of the first and second sidewall. This desk organizer also includes a bottom wall and means for dividing the organizer into a plurality of successive bins.
A flexible desktop organizer is disclosed in U.S. Pat. No. 4,802,593 which issued to Romanos on Feb. 7, 1989 for a “Flexible desktop organizer” comprising: a gridded planar base having a plurality of openings therein and a plurality of functional modules capable of being located in various positions on the base, the modules being adapted to function as containers for a variety of desk implements or serving other functions.
Still other examples of desktop organizers include U.S. Pat. No. 4,700,829 which issued to Goodyear on Oct. 20, 1987 for an “Office organizer for desks” discloses an office organizer for desks having multiple compartments or containers, trays, slots and cups for retaining or storing tools and materials used in office work and for easy access thereof and U.S. Pat. No. 4,429,932 which issued to Brennan on Feb. 7, 1984 for a “Desk top organizer” discloses an office organizer comprising a sub-assembly of folded partitions perpendicularly to one another to form double walled compartments, a tray folded around the sides, top and bottom of the sub-assembly of partitions and a wrap, having a rectangular center portion and curved end sections and attachable to the sides and bottom of the tray, being so dimensioned as to provide forwardly projecting winged sides for and an extension of the bottom surface of the tray.
In addition to the above-references U.S. utility patents, there are also numerous design patents for desktop organizers and the like, including U.S. Pat. Nos. D407,753; D393,455; D393,455; D391,295; D377,951; D373,794 and D369,620, just to name a few.
However, the prior art desktop organizers fail to offer the unique advantages contemplated by the present invention.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
Against the foregoing background, it is a primary object of the present invention to provide a desktop organizer for efficiently storing papers and stationery, writing implements, paper clips, pushpins and other common desktop accessories.
It is another object of the present invention to provide such a desktop organizer that includes a container for storing pens, pencils and similar elongated desktop accessories.
It is yet another object of the present invention to provide such a desktop organizer that includes at least two vertical partitions for separately storing and organizing papers, files and stationery.
It is another object of the present invention to provide such a desktop organizer that includes at least one magnetized element disposed on the surface thereof or just below the surface thereof, for attracting and retaining paperclips and other metallic desktop accessories.
It is still another object of the present invention to provide such a desktop organizer that is composed of a resilient and flexible material.
It is but another object of the present invention to provide such a desktop organizer that allows for the safe storage of pushpins, pins, needles and the like without damaging organizer.
It is another object of the present invention to provide such a desktop organizer that is inexpensive to manufacture.
To the accomplishments of the foregoing objects and advantages, the present invention, in brief summary, comprises a desktop organizer composed of a flexible and pliable material comprising at least one container element, at least two vertical partitions for receiving paper and the like, and at least one magnetic element disposed on the surface, or just below the surface, thereof for attracting and retaining paper clips and the like. In the preferred embodiment, the desktop organizer is composed of a foam rubber-type material, which material allows pushpins or needles to be safely and conveniently stored therein by merely inserting the pin into the surface of the organizer, without damaging the organizer in the process.