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Publication numberUS20040134808 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 10/743,790
Publication dateJul 15, 2004
Filing dateDec 24, 2003
Priority dateDec 27, 2002
Publication number10743790, 743790, US 2004/0134808 A1, US 2004/134808 A1, US 20040134808 A1, US 20040134808A1, US 2004134808 A1, US 2004134808A1, US-A1-20040134808, US-A1-2004134808, US2004/0134808A1, US2004/134808A1, US20040134808 A1, US20040134808A1, US2004134808 A1, US2004134808A1
InventorsMasanao Yamagishi, Takao Terasaka, Sohichi Ishizuka
Original AssigneeMasanao Yamagishi, Takao Terasaka, Sohichi Ishizuka
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Cover case of recording medium for rental or sale use
US 20040134808 A1
Abstract
To make it possible to keep a recording medium for rental or sale use accommodated in a cover case under a stable state without shaking and to take it out without applying excessive force, a receiving table having a support surface on which a center portion of the disk-like recording medium is put is so formed at a base center of a main body as to protrude from a base. Two slit grooves are formed at the center of the support surface of the receiving table with a predetermined gap between them. Engagement protuberances protrude from distal ends of arms formed between both slit grooves in such a fashion as to protrude from the arms and to form a pair. An outer peripheral edge extends from the base surface with the receiving table as the center and the engagement protuberances fit into a center hole of the disk. The outer periphery of the disk is put on and supported by the outer peripheral edge.
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What is claimed is:
1. A cover case of a recording medium for rental or sale use, for accommodating therein a disk-like recording medium such as a CD, comprising:
a main body;
a cover connected to the main body through a connection portion;
a receiving table protruding from a center of a base of said main body and having a support surface on which a center portion of said disk-like recording medium is put;
slit grooves formed on the support surface of said receiving table;
engagement protuberances formed at and extending from distal ends of arms formed in such a fashion as to be interposed by said slit grooves; and
an outer peripheral edge having notches formed at places thereof with said receiving table as its center and extending from the base.
2. A cover case of a recording medium for rental or sale use according to claim 1, wherein two slit grooves are formed at a center of the support surface of said receiving table with a predetermined gap between them.
3. A cover case of a recording medium for rental or sale use according to claim 2, wherein fall-off prevention pawls engaging with the outer periphery of said disk-like recording medium are formed by cutting off said outer peripheral edge in such a fashion as to erect from said base surface.
4. A cover case of a recording medium for rental or sale use according to claim 1, wherein it further comprises engagement pawls independently undergoing deflection and provided to said arms in such a fashion as to form pairs with said engagement protuberances.
5. A cover case of a recording medium for rental or sale use according to claim 2, wherein it further comprises engagement pawls independently undergoing deflection and provided to said arms in such a fashion as to form pairs with said engagement protuberances.
6. A cover case of a recording medium for rental or sale use according to claim 4 or 5, wherein said engagement pawls are provided to positions at which a part of said engagement protuberances is cut off.
Description
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0001] 1. Field of the Invention

[0002] This invention relates to a cover case that accommodates a disk-like recording medium such as a CD, a DVD, game software, or the like.

[0003] 2. Related Art

[0004] A disk-like recording medium such as a CD has a thin disk-like outer shape and a small round hole at its center that penetrates through the disk. The disk-like recording medium is accommodated in a thin cover case. The cover case includes a box-shaped main body having the widest surface on a base side and a cover having the widest surface on a cover side. The cover is connected to the main body through a connection portion and can cover the main body. Needless to say, a cover case not having the connection portion is available, too. Further, a cover case of the type in which the main body can be pulled out in a pullout system is known.

[0005] The disk-like recording medium is fitted as a holding portion so formed at the center of the base of the main body as to protrude from the base is fitted into a hole formed at the center of the disk-like recording medium. Various forms of the holding portion are known. However, the holding portion must satisfy the requirements that the disk-like recording medium fitted into the hole does not shake but remains stable, does not naturally fall off from the hole and can be easily removed at the time of removal. “Apparatus for Holding a Compact Disk” disclosed in U.S. Pat. No. 20030052024A1 employs the following construction. The device includes a base, radial direction arms flexibly cantilevered from the base and extending inward and disk engagement means formed at an inner end portion of each arm, for engaging with a center hole of a disk in such a fashion as to be capable of releasing the center hole and for supporting the center portion of the disk in a spaced-apart relation from the base. Each of the arms includes first rotation means positioned inside a region in which it is connected to the base and second rotation means positioned inward relative to the first rotation means in the radial direction. When the disk engagement means is pushed down towards the base, the inner end of each of the arms and the center portion of the disk are pushed down towards the base. Each arm first rotates with the first rotation means as the center and then keeps its rotation with the second rotation means as the center until the holding force of the disk by the disk engagement means is released.

[0006] The disk is fitted while its center hole engages with the engagement means. To remove the disk, the engagement means engaging with the hole must be pushed from above to release it from the hole. When the engagement means is pushed, however, a load acts simultaneously on the disk and the disk undergoes deflective deformation. As a result, the disk is sometimes broken when it is taken out. In case the engagement means is loosely fitted to the center hole of the disk to make it easier to remove the disk, however, the disk falls off by itself under the accommodation state.

[0007] Such problems similarly occur not only in “Apparatus for Holding a Compact Disk” of US 20030052024A1 described above but also in “Apparatus for Holding a Compact Disk” disclosed in U.S. Pat. No. 20020130056A1 and U.S. Pat. No. 005788068A, respectively.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0008] The cover case of the disk-like recording medium according to the prior art is not free from the problems described above. The present invention is directed to solve these problems and to provide a cover case of a recording medium for rental or sale use that keeps a disk-like recording medium accommodated under a stable state without shaking and makes it possible to easily remove the disk-like recording medium without applying excessive force.

[0009] The cover case of a recording medium for rental or sale use according to the present invention includes a main body and a cover. The cover can cover the main body accommodating the disk-like recording medium and its concrete form is not limited, in particular. A receiving table is so disposed at the center of a base of the main body as to protrude from the base and a center portion of the disk-like recording medium such as a compact disk (CD) is put onto the receiving table. An outer peripheral edge having notches at places thereof extends from the base with the receiving table as the center and the outer periphery of the disk-like recording medium is put on and supported by the outer peripheral edge.

[0010] Two slit grooves are formed at the center of a support surface of the receiving table with a predetermined gap between them. An engagement protuberance is formed at a distal end of each of arms so formed as to be interposed between both slit grooves and engages with the center hole of the disk-like recording medium. Engagement pawls are formed, whenever necessary, on the engagement protuberances in such a fashion as to erect from the engagement protuberances and to form a pair. Each engagement pawl extends from the arm. The engagement pawl is formed by cutting off a part of the engagement protuberance, can independently undergo deflection and fits into the center hole of the disk-like recording medium with the engagement protuberance. Here, the number of slit grooves is not limited to 2 and three or more arms can be disposed by forming three or more slit grooves.

[0011] The disk-like recording medium is put on the receiving table and the engagement protuberance fits into and engages with the center hole of the disk-like recording medium. When the engagement pawl is disposed, both engagement pawls engage with the center hole together with the engagement protuberances and fix the disk-like recording medium while preventing the recording medium from falling off from the receiving table. When the engagement pawl is not provided, any fall-off prevention means is sometimes disposed, whenever necessary. When the disk-like recording medium fixed is removed, the engagement protuberances are merely pushed from above and the arms undergo downward deflection and come off from the hole.

[0012] Because the disk-like recording medium is put on and supported by the support surface of the receiving table in this instance, the recording medium does not undergo deflective deformation. It is also possible to nip and pull the outer periphery of the disk-like recording medium. Because the engagement protuberances are formed at the distal ends of the arms, they can undergo deformation independently of the receiving table. Therefore, the disk-like recording medium can be removed from the hole without applying excessive force. The disk-like recording medium can be removed easily particularly when the engagement pawls are provided. Preferred embodiments of the invention will be hereinafter explained in detail with reference to the accompanying drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING

[0013]FIG. 1 is a perspective view showing a cover case of a disk-like recording medium according to an embodiment of the invention;

[0014]FIG. 2(a) is a top plan view of a receiving table provided to a main body and

[0015]FIG. 2(b) is a sectional view of the receiving table when a disk is fitted;

[0016] FIGS. 3(a) and 3(b) are sectional views of the receiving table when a disk is fitted and removed;

[0017]FIG. 4 is a schematic view of disk fall-off prevention means provided to the main body;

[0018]FIG. 5 is a perspective view showing a cover case of a disk-like recording medium according to another embodiment of the invention;

[0019]FIG. 6 is a top plan view of a receiving table of the cover case shown in FIG. 5;

[0020]FIG. 7 is a sectional view of a state in which an engagement protuberance is fitted into a disk center hole and is mounted to the receiving table;

[0021] FIGS. 8(a) and 8(b) are schematic views, wherein 8(a) shows the state in which the disk is fitted to a receiving table and 8(b) does the state in which the disk is removed from the receiving table;

[0022]FIG. 9 is a perspective view of another form of the cover case; and

[0023] FIGS. 10(a) and 10(b) are a perspective view of still another form of the cover case, wherein FIG. 10(b) shows the main body is drawn out.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

[0024]FIG. 1 shows a cover case of a recording medium according to an embodiment of the invention. Reference numeral 1 denotes a main body and reference numeral 2 does a cover. The main body 1 has a box-shaped shape having the widest surface on a base side and the cover 2 has the widest surface on a cover side. The cover 2 is connected to the main body 1 through a connection portion 3 and can cover the main body 1. A receiving table 5 protrudes from a base surface 4 at the center of the main body 1. An outer peripheral edge 6 extends with the receiving table 5 as its center and notches 7, 7 and so on are formed at four positions of the outer peripheral edge 6.

[0025] Arms 8 a and 8 b are formed on a support surface 13 of the receiving table 5 and are separated from the receiving table 5 through slit grooves 9 and 9, respectively. Engagement protuberances 10 a and 10 b that have a shape of a substantially semi-circular cylinder protrude from the distal ends of the arms, respectively. A gap is defined between the engagement protuberances 10 a and 10 b so that these protuberances 10 a and 10 b can undergo extension and contraction. When combined with each other, the engagement protuberances 10 a and 10 b form a low cylinder and fit into the center hole of the disk. A fall-off prevention pawl 11 protrudes from the base surface 4 on the side of the connection portion. The distal end of the pawl 11 is situated at a position at which a part of the outer peripheral edge 6 is cut off. The pawl 11 can engage with the outer periphery of the disk placed on the outer peripheral edge 6. When the cover 2 is closed, the back of the fall-off prevention pawl 11 is pushed and the disk is prevented from falling off.

[0026]FIG. 2(a) shows the receiving table 5. Because the arms 8 a and 8 b are cut off from the receiving table 5 by the slit grooves 9 and 9, the engagement protuberances 10 a and 10 b can undergo deflective deformation when they are pushed. FIG. 2(b) shows the section of the disk 12 when it is fitted to the receiving table 5. The disk 12 is put onto the support surface 13 of the receiving table 5 and the engagement protuberances 10 a and 10 b fit into and engage with the center hole of the disk 12.

[0027] The disk 12 is put onto the receiving table 5 in such a fashion that the engagement protuberances 10 a and 10 b fit into the center hole. FIG. 3(a) shows the state in which the disk 12 is put and fitted to the receiving table 5. When the disk 12 is put to the receiving table 5, the edges of the engagement protuberances 10 a and 10 b strike the inner peripheral surface of the center hole of the disk and are pushed down by the latter and the arms 8 a and 8 b undergo deflective deformation as shown in the drawing. As a result, the engagement protuberances 10 a and 10 b undergo shrinkage and can fit into the center hole. Because the slight gap exists between both engagement protuberances 10 a and 10 b, they can undergo shrinkage as described above.

[0028] The state in which the engagement protuberances 10 a and 10 b fit into the center hole is shown in FIG. 2(b). When the arms 8 a and 8 b return to the original positions and the engagement protuberances 10 a and 10 b that have once undergone shrinkage again expand, they fit into the center hole. Because the arms 8 a and 8 b undergo deflective deformation in this way, the disk 12 can be fitted to the receiving table 5 without the application of excessive force. The outer periphery of the disk is put on and supported by the outer peripheral edge 6 and the outer peripheral edge 6 has a support surface for supporting the outer periphery of the disk.

[0029] To remove the disk 12 from the receiving table 5, on the contrary, the engagement protuberances 10 a and 10 b are pushed from above as shown in FIG. 3B. When the engagement protuberances 10 a and 10 b are pushed, the arms 8 a and 8 b undergo deflective deformation whereas the engagement protuberances 10 a and 10 b undergo shrinkage. In this instance, the disk 12 is put on the support surface 13 of the receiving table 5 and its center portion does not undergo deflection even when the engagement protuberances 10 a and 10 b are pushed.

[0030] Once the engagement protuberances 10 a and 10 b undergo shrinkage and come off from the center hole of the disk 12, they do not again fit into the center hole and the disk 12 can be easily removed. When the center portion of the disk 12 is put and fitted to the receiving table 5, the outer periphery of the disk 12 is put on and supported by the outer peripheral edge 6 that protrudes on the base surface 4 of the main body 1. Because the notches 7, 7 and so on are formed at several positions of the outer peripheral edge 6, it is possible to put fingers to the notches 7 and to lift up and remove the disk 12.

[0031]FIG. 4 shows the state in which the disk 12 is put and fitted to the receiving table 5 with its outer periphery being put to and supported by the outer peripheral edge 6 and the fall-off prevention pawl 11 for preventing fall-off the disk is engaged with the outer periphery of the disk 12. The outer periphery of the disk is put to and supported by the outer peripheral edge 6 and at the same time, is engaged with the fall-off prevention pawl 11 erecting from the base surface 4 as shown in the drawing. When the cover 2 is closed, a support plate 14 formed in such a fashion as to protrude from the connection portion 3 strikes the back of the fall-off prevention pawl 11 and can support this pawl 11. In consequence, the disk 12 does not by it self come off from the engagement protuberances 10 a and 10 b. Here, it is not always necessary to provide the support plate 14 to the connection portion 3 but may be formed on the cover itself depending on the form of the cover case.

[0032]FIG. 5 shows a cover case of the disk-like recording medium according to another embodiment of the invention. The basic form is the same as that of the cover case shown in FIG. 1. The main body 1 has a box-shaped shape having the widest surface on the base side and the cover 2 has the widest surface on the cover side. The cover 2 is connected to the main body 1 through the connection portion 3 and can cover the main body 1. The receiving table 5 protrudes from the center of the base surface of the main body 1. The outer peripheral edge 6 extends from the receiving table 5 as the center and the notches 7, 7 and so on are formed at four positions of the outer peripheral edge 6.

[0033]FIG. 6 is an enlarged view of the receiving table 5 of the cover case shown in FIG. 5 and is a plan view. The arms 15 a and 15 b are cut off from the support surface 13 of the receiving table 5 by the slit grooves 16 and 16 and the engagement protuberances 17 a and 17 b protrude from the distal ends of the arms, respectively. The engagement protuberances 17 a and 17 b are connected to each other through a soft resin and respectively have engagement pawls 18 a and 18 b that erect and form a pair. The engagement pawls 18 a and 18 b extend as a part of the engagement protuberances 17 a and 17 b from the arms but can undergo deflection independently of the arms 15 a and 15 b.

[0034] The engagement pawls 18 a and 18 b erect from the notches formed in the engagement protuberances 17 a and 17 b on the receiving table 5 but can undergo deflection independently of the arms 15 a and 15 b and can engage with the center hole of the disk 12. When the disk 12 is put to the receiving table 5 and is pushed, the engagement pawls 18 a and 18 b erecting while forming the pairs with the engagement protuberances 17 a and 17 b undergo deflection and fit into the center hole to thereby prevent the disk 12 from falling off.

[0035] Because the engagement pawls 18 a and 18 b can undergo deflection independently of the arms 15 a and 15 b, they can easily fit into the center hole of the disk and can be engaged. In other words, FIG. 8(a) shows the state in which the disk 12 is put and fitted to the receiving table 5. When the disk 12 is put on the receiving table 5 the distal ends of the engagement pawls 18 a and 18 b strike the inner peripheral surface of the center hole of the disk and are pushed down, so that the arms 15 a and 15 b undergo deflective deformation as shown in the drawing. In consequence, the engagement protuberances 17 a and 17 b and the engagement pawls 18 a and 18 b undergo shrinkage and can fit into the center hole. Because the slight gap exists between both of the engagement protuberances 17 a and 17 b, such shrinkage can occur.

[0036] When the disk 12 is removed, on the contrary, the engagement protuberances 17 a and 17 b fitting into the center hole are pushed as shown in FIG. 8(b). The arms 15 a and 15 b then undergo deflective deformation and at the same time, the engagement pawls 18 a and 18 b move towards the center together with the engagement protuberances 17 a and 17 b and come off from the center hole. Once coming off from the center hole, the engagement protuberances 17 a and 17 b do not again engage with the center hole even when a user leaves his fingers and the engagement protuberances return to the original position.

[0037] The disk accommodation case of this embodiment includes the main body and the cover and the cover is connected to the main body through the connection portion. However, the form of the cover case according to the invention is not limited.

[0038]FIG. 9 shows still another embodiment of the cover case. This cover case does not have the connection portion but enables the cover to be opened and closed. For example, the main body and the cover can be connected by forming a hinge having a small thickness or through a shaft pin. In FIGS. 10(a) and 10 (b), the main body 1 can be accommodated in a cover case 19. Needless to say, the receiving table and the outer peripheral edge are formed in the same way in such a fashion as to protrude from the base surface.

[0039] As described above, the cover case according to the invention employs the construction in which the receiving table is formed at the center of the base surface of the main body, the center portion of the disk is put on the receiving table, the engagement protuberances fitting into the center hole are so formed as to protrude from the receiving table and the outer peripheral edge for supporting the outer periphery of the disk is so formed as to extend from the receiving table as the center. Therefore, the cover case of the invention can provide the following advantages.

[0040] In the cover case according to the invention, the center portion of the disk-like recording medium is put on the receiving table formed on the main body and the outer periphery of the disk is put on and supported by the outer peripheral edge. The arms forming the pair are provided to the receiving table and the engagement protuberances erect from the distal ends of the arms. Because the arms are separated from the support surface of the receiving table through the slit grooves, the arms can freely undergo deflective deformation.

[0041] When the engagement protuberances strike the center hole and are pushed down to fit the disk, the arms undergo deflection and both of the engagement protuberances undergo shrinkage and can fit into the center hole. To remove the disk-like recording medium, on the contrary, the engagement protuberances fitting into the hole are pushed. Consequently, the arms undergo deflection and the engagement protuberances undergo shrinkage and can come off from the center hole. In this instance, the disk is not curved because it is put on and supported by the support surface of the receiving table and can be prevented from being broken. Because the engagement pawls are provided to the engagement protuberances, fitting and removal of the disk can be made further smoothly and the disk fitted gets stabilized.

Classifications
U.S. Classification206/308.1, G9B/33.011
International ClassificationG11B23/03, G11B33/04, B65D85/57
Cooperative ClassificationG11B33/0427
European ClassificationG11B33/04D1B1
Legal Events
DateCodeEventDescription
Dec 24, 2003ASAssignment
Owner name: JUST CORPORATION CO., LTD., JAPAN
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNORS:YAMAGISHI, MASANAO;TERASAKA, TAKAO;ISHIZUKA, SHOHICHI;REEL/FRAME:014843/0119
Effective date: 20031216