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Publication numberUS20050045685 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 10/649,114
Publication dateMar 3, 2005
Filing dateAug 27, 2003
Priority dateAug 27, 2003
Publication number10649114, 649114, US 2005/0045685 A1, US 2005/045685 A1, US 20050045685 A1, US 20050045685A1, US 2005045685 A1, US 2005045685A1, US-A1-20050045685, US-A1-2005045685, US2005/0045685A1, US2005/045685A1, US20050045685 A1, US20050045685A1, US2005045685 A1, US2005045685A1
InventorsAdrian Sesto
Original AssigneeAdrian Sesto
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Retaining clip for personal articles
US 20050045685 A1
Abstract
A retaining clip for holding a personal article such as a condom has a planar central member with a first end and a second end extending transversely. From the first end, a retaining arm extends outward and proximate to the central member for holding a personal article. To attach the clip, an attaching arm extends outward from the second end and is proximate to the central member for affixing the retaining clip to an article of clothing.
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1. A retaining clip for holding a personal article, comprising:
a planar central member having a first end and a second end extending transversely;
a retaining arm originating from about the first end of the central member for holding a personal article; and
an attaching arm originating from about the second end of the central member for affixing the retaining clip to an article of clothing.
2. The retaining clip of claim 1 wherein the retaining arm and the attaching arm extend from the first and second ends such that the retaining arm and attaching arm project convergingly on opposite sides of the planar central member.
3. The retaining clip of claim 2 wherein each end of the retaining arm and the attaching arm has a tab extending upward and away from the planar central member.
4. The retaining clip of claim 1 wherein the retaining arm holds the personal article with spring compression and the attaching arm holds the retaining clip to an article of clothing with spring compression.
5. The retaining clip of claim 1 wherein the central planar member, the retaining arm, and the attaching arm comprise a contiguous unit.
6. The retaining clip of claim 1 further comprising a dimple formed in the retaining arm with a protrusion of the dimple facing the central planar member.
7. The retaining clip of claim 6 wherein the protrusion of the dimple is proximate to a surface of the central planar member and aids in retaining the personal article.
8. The retaining clip of claim 1 wherein the personal article is a packaged condom.
9. A retaining clip for holding a condom, comprising:
a planar central member having a first end and a second end extending transversely;
a retaining arm originating from about the first end of the central member for holding a condom; and
an attaching arm originating from about the second end of the central member for affixing the retaining clip to an article of clothing wherein the central planar member, the retaining arm, and the attaching arm comprise a contiguous unit with the retaining arm and the attaching arm extending from the first and second terminal ends, such that the retaining arm and attaching arm project convergingly on opposite sides of the planar central member.
10. The retaining clip of claim 9 wherein each end of the retaining arm and the attaching arm has a tab extending upward and away from the planar central member.
11. The retaining clip of claim 9 wherein the retaining arm holds the condom with spring compression and the attaching arm holds the retaining clip to an article of clothing with spring compression.
12. The retaining clip of claim 9 further comprising a dimple formed in the retaining arm with a protrusion of the dimple facing the central planar member wherein the protrusion of the dimple is proximate to a surface of the central planar member and aids in retaining the personal article.
13. A method of using a retaining clip for a condom having a planar central member a planar central member having a first end and a second end extending transversely; a retaining arm originating from about the first end of the central member for holding the condom; and an attaching arm originating from about the second end of the central member for affixing the retaining clip to an article of clothing wherein the central planar member, the retaining arm, and the attaching arm comprise a contiguous unit with the retaining arm and the attaching arm extending from the first and second terminal ends, such that the retaining arm and attaching arm project convergingly on opposite sides of the planar central member, wherein the method comprises:
inserting a packaged condom between the retaining arm and the central planar member whereby the packaged condom is then compressively held between the retaining arm and the central planar member; and
affixing the retaining clip to an article of clothing whereby the retaining clip compressively holds a portion of the article of clothing between the attaching arm and the central planar member.
14. The method of using a retaining clip of claim 13 wherein the inserting the packaged condom further comprises lifting a tab disposed at an end of the retaining arm upward and away from the planar central member, placing the condom into position for retaining, and releasing the tab.
15. The method of using a retaining clip of claim 13 wherein the affixing the retaining clip further comprises lifting a tab disposed at an end of the attaching arm upward and away from the planar central member, positioning the retaining clip into position for the affixing to the article of clothing, and releasing the tab.
16. The method of using a retaining clip of claim 14 wherein the retaining arm holds the condom with spring compression.
17. The method of using a retaining clip of claim 15 wherein the attaching arm holds the retaining clip to an article of clothing with spring compression.
Description
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Technical Field

The present invention relates to a clip for retaining one or more personal articles. More particularly, the invention relates to a clip for retaining articles such as condoms and concealing the articles beneath clothing.

2. Description of Related Art

With the prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases, people who are sexually active and wish to have the protection that condoms provide are frequently carrying condoms on or near their person. However, it is often inconvenient for a person to have to carry a condom on their person in social situations. One way to carry a condom is to keep a package in one's pocket. This though may lead to damage to the condom and is inconvenient for a person to search through his pocket at a time just prior to engaging in physical contact with another person. Alternatively, a man may wish to carry a condom in his wallet which often leads to damage to the condom. This may result in a person not carrying a condom who then engages in unprotected sexual contact.

To inconspicuously carry a packaged condom, other prior art have use cases designed to appear as jewelry. The disadvantage to this is that at the moment when a person wishes to use the packaged condom, she must remove the condom from the faux jewelry. This can be difficult and may lead to frustration.

Therefore, a condom carrying device is needed that can carry a condom and keep it concealed but yet make the condom readily available for use. Also, the device should be able to be attached to a person's clothing so that the device will not be used.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

A retaining clip for holding a personal article in accordance with the present invention comprises a planar central member having a first end and a second end extending transversely. A retaining arm originates from about the first end of the central member for holding a personal article. Also, an attaching arm originating from about the second end of the central member is provided for affixing the retaining clip to an article of clothing.

In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the attaching arm and retaining arm have ends that are bent upward away from the central member. Thereby, a user of the clip can easily place a package such as a packaged condom between the retaining arm and the central member. Also, a user can attached the clip to an article of clothing by positioning the clothing such that it held between the attaching arm and the central member.

In a further embodiment, the retaining arm is provided with a dimple. The dimple is formed such that it extends outward from a central portion in the retaining arm toward the central member. This allows the clip to retain a package such as a packaged condom.

With the clip made in accordance with the present invention, a person who wishes to carry a packaged condom discreetly can do so. The clip can be retained beneath the person's clothing while retaining the packaged condom. Additionally, the condom is readily accessible to the person when he or she wishes to remove it from the clip.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The novel features believed characteristic of the invention are set forth in the appended claims. The invention itself, however, as well as a preferred mode of use, further objectives and advantages thereof, will be best understood by reference to the following detailed description of illustrative embodiments when read in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, wherein:

FIG. 1 is a front side perspective view of a retaining clip in accordance with the present invention shown holding packaged condom;

FIG. 2 is side cross-sectional view of the retaining clip shown in FIG. 1;

FIG. 3 is a back side perspective view of the retaining clip shown in FIG. 1 without any package being retained;

FIG. 4 is a front side perspective view of an alternative embodiment of the present invention shown with a surface member affixed to a package retaining beam of a retaining clip; and

FIG. 5 is a perspective view of the retaining clip shown in FIG. 1 being utilized by a subject.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

A retaining clip in accordance with a preferred embodiment of the invention discreetly holds a selected article or package while located substantially beneath a person's article of clothing. Thereby, the retaining clip can be secured to the person's article of clothing to ensure the unobtrusive retention of the selected article or package.

FIG. 1 shows a retaining clip 10 holding a package 40, which as depicted here contains a condom 42. Clip central member 12 forms a central support of clip 10 from which cantilevered arms depend. Preferably, central member 12 is a rectangular strip with a length greater than its width. The thickness of member 12 is minimal in comparison to its length and width. As to the composition of clip 10, it may be comprised of metal, plastic, other similar material, and combinations thereof.

Depending from central member 12, are attaching arm 20 and retaining arm 30. These arms are cantilevered and are formed transversely at about the longitudinal terminal ends of central member 12. Bend 14 connects attaching arm 20 to central member 12 while bend 16 connects retaining arm 15 to central member 12. Further, bends 14 and 16 are initially bent in divergent directions relative to each other until bends 14 and 16 pass a mid-point and begin to converge toward a central portion of central member 12. Bends 14 and 16 are bent until a portion on each arm 20 and 30 is in proximate contact with a non-terminal portion of central member 12. Hence, arms 20 and 30 are formed as opposing elastic and resilient members. Attaching arm 30 is primarily provided for affixing clip 10 to an article of clothing such as the waistline of a pair of trousers, a belt, an undergarment, and others. Retaining arm 20 is primarily provided for retaining packages such as package 40.

As further shown in FIG. 2, condom 42 is retained by retaining arm 20 with the aid of dimple 34. Dimple 34 is shown formed within arm 30. To form dimple 34, stamping could produce an indentation into a planar portion of clip 10. As shown, the position of dimple 34 is strategically located on arm 30 so that a planar center portion 44 of condom 42 is disposed between dimple 34 and central member 12 when clip 10 is being used to retain a package 40. The surface of dimple 34 facing central member 12 is preferably formed to be relatively rounded to form a smooth contact surface that would not substantially degrade the packing material of a retained package 40. Additionally, dimple 34 will aid in retaining condom 42 to clip 10 because rolled edge 46 forms a ridge relative to planar center portion 44. Thereby, rolled edge 46 acts as a wedge to aid in preventing package 40 from being unintentionally separated from clip 10.

At a terminal longitudinal end of attaching arm 20, tab 22 is slightly angled or bent upward and away from central member 12 along transverse edge 28 as shown in FIGS. 2 and 3. When no article is between attaching arm 20 and central member 12, edge 28 is proximate to or is in contact with a portion of the surface of central member 12. Raised tab 22 renders attaching and detaching clip 10 from an article of clothing easier to perform because it provides a surface for a user to manipulate arm 20. For example, a user who wishes to wear clip 10 on the inside seam of his waistline of the trousers would need only to align tab 22 over the outside portion his waistline. Once the opening formed between central member 12 and tab 22 is positioned over the top of the waistline, the user need only apply a minimal amount of pressure to force clip 10 down to engage the trousers waistline between attaching arm 20 and central member 12.

Retaining arm 30 at its terminal end has a tab 32 that is angled similarly like tab 22 along transverse edge 38 as shown in FIGS. 1 and 2. Because arm 30 has dimple 34, which is preferably formed along edge 38, dimple 34 is proximate to or is in contact with a portion of the surface of central member 12. Raised tab 32 extends upward from central member 12 rendering the insertion and removal of package 40 easier. Tab 32 performs similarly to tab 22 when being manipulated to and from arm 20. For example, a user who wishes to affix a package 40 between dimple 34 of arm 30 would apply pressure to force arm 30 up and away from central member 12. Once package 40 is in the proper position, the user may release the lifting pressure from arm 30. Dimple 34 would then engage and retain package 40 in a secured position between arm 30 and central member 12. To remove package 40, a user would apply sufficient pressure to tab 32 to cause arm 30 to move outward from central member 12.

In FIG. 4, an optional planar surface 36 is affixed longitudinally to the outer surface of arm 30 along a central portion. Planar surface 36 serves to smooth the outer surface of arm 30. This embodiment is useful for a person wearing clip 10 such that the outer surface of arm 30 is directed against a person's skin. With planar surface 36, a larger amount of surface area on arm 30 will contact the person's skin rendering clip 10 more comfortable to wear.

FIG. 5 shows an example of retaining clip 10 being worn by a person. Therein, the person has positioned clip 10 discreetly such that a majority of clip 10 is disposed beneath the person's clothing. Top edge 58 of clip 10 at about bend 14 is positioned above the top edge of trousers 50 for a secured attachment. While clip 10 can be easily attached to other areas around waistline 52 of trousers 50, a convenient location is to locate clip 10 between front pocket 51 and back pocket 53. As shown, clip 10 is positioned on trousers 50 so that a portion of waistline 52 is between attaching arm 20 and central member 12. A section of belt 54 extends over the outer portion of attaching arm 20 so that belt 54 substantially covers a significant portion of attaching arm 20. Only a small area of the clip should be visible, if at all, at around bend 14. To assure that none of clip 10 is visible to the public, shirt 60 may be allowed to extend down and flow over the top of belt 52. Package 40 is securely maintained in position between retention arm 30 and central member 12. Should the person wish to remove package 40 a sufficient pull, and optionally lifting raised tab 22, should cause the removal

Clip 10 provides the advantage of being able to securely retain a personal article such as condom 40 while secured to a person's article of clothing. Thereby, a person can discreetly carry a condom while having the condom readily available for use. This convenient clip 10 can be worn while substantially hidden beneath a person's clothing. While clip 10 is shown in FIG. 5 attached to a person's waistline, clip 10 can be worn on any article of clothing such as a pair of underwear or a shirt. With the use of clip 10, a person can carry a personal article such as a condom so that the person can avoid embarrassment or any stigma associated with carrying a condom.

While the invention has been particularly shown and described with reference to a preferred embodiment, it will be understood by those skilled in the art that various changes in form and detail may be made therein without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention.

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US7219373 *Sep 14, 2004May 22, 2007Mcnamara ChristopherReusable carrier with expandable, disposable insert
US7926149 *Oct 2, 2007Apr 19, 2011Keith WestonMoveable towel clip for golf bag
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Classifications
U.S. Classification224/587, 224/269
International ClassificationA45F5/02
Cooperative ClassificationA45F5/02, A45F5/021
European ClassificationA45F5/02