|Publication number||US20050262634 A1|
|Application number||US 11/139,239|
|Publication date||Dec 1, 2005|
|Filing date||May 27, 2005|
|Priority date||May 28, 2004|
|Publication number||11139239, 139239, US 2005/0262634 A1, US 2005/262634 A1, US 20050262634 A1, US 20050262634A1, US 2005262634 A1, US 2005262634A1, US-A1-20050262634, US-A1-2005262634, US2005/0262634A1, US2005/262634A1, US20050262634 A1, US20050262634A1, US2005262634 A1, US2005262634A1|
|Original Assignee||Gottlieb Patricia R|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (21), Referenced by (42), Classifications (13)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This application claims the benefit of provisional U.S. Patent Application Ser. No. 60/575,742, filed May 28, 2004.
A portion of the disclosure of this patent document contains material that is subject to copyright protection. The copyright owner has no objection to the facsimile reproduction by anyone of the patent document or patent disclosure as it appears in the Patent and Trademark Office patent file or records, but otherwise reserves all copyrights.
1. Field of the Invention
The present invention relates to comfort systems, and more particularly to a comfort system adapted for conversion from a pillow configuration to a blanket configuration.
2. Description of the Background Art
Articles used to provide humans comfortable resting environments are well known in the art. The use of blankets, comforters, quilts, duvets, sleeping bags and the like are well known. Furthermore, the background art reveals a number of comfort devices that may be converted into pillows by use of various pockets, strings, zippers and other fastening means. U.S. Pat. No. 5,457,829, issued to Elliot discloses a comforter having a pocket which is permanently secured to one side thereof in a position located substantially centrally along the side edge. The pocket is sized so as to be turned inside out and have the comforter folded, rolled and tucked therein to form a pillow structure. U.S. Pat. No. 5,850,643, issued to Brumfield, discloses a blanket that folds into a pillow configuration with the aid of a pocket. U.S. Pat. No. 5,987,667, issued to Haverly et al., discloses a blanket having a pocket permanently attached to the top surface along one edge thereof such that the blanket can be foldably stored within the pocket.
The convertible blankets of the background art, however, are burdened with a number of inherent shortcomings and disadvantages. For example, many of the references of the background art disclose blanket-type articles that, when in the pillow configuration, reveal folds, tucks, and crevices that detract from the overall appearance. Accordingly, there exists a need for an improved convertible comfort system that is configurable from a conventional looking pillow configuration to a blanket-type configuration without generally revealing folds or tucked portions. In addition, many commercial airlines have recently stopped providing passengers with pillows and blankets. Accordingly, air travelers have an immediate need for a carry on accessory comprising a blanket and pillow combination.
The present invention provides an improved comfort system comprising a seemingly ordinary pillow that easily unfolds into a quilt, comforter, or blanket (hereinafter “blanket”). A blanket according to the present invention comprises a sheet of material having an external pocket centrally located along at least one peripheral edge thereof. The blanket may be easily converted into a pillow configuration by a folding method that transforms the blanket into a compact configuration and includes pulling the folded blanket through the pocket, in an inside out manner, such that the folded blanket is contained within the external pocket and the pocket opening is generally concealed by forming an edge of the pillow structure. The comfort system is further provided with a conventional pillow sized for insertion within the pocket, and a detachable shoulder strap to facilitate carrying.
Accordingly, it is an object of the present invention to provide an improved convertible blanket and pillow combination.
Yet another object of the present invention is to provide a seemingly conventional pillow without external pockets or flaps that is capable of conversion into a blanket-type structure.
Still another object of the present invention is to provide a seemingly conventional blanket that coverts to a pillow configuration wherein there are no visible folds, tucks or pockets.
Yet another object of the present invention is to provide a convertible pillow capable of being selectively converted into a pillow configuration having a fabric style and/or pattern that differs from the primary pattern seen in the blanket configuration.
Still another object of the present invention is to provide a decorative pillow capable of conversion to a blanket structure.
Yet another object of the present invention is to provide in combination a blanket that folds into a compact carry-on configuration adapted to carry a conventional pillow.
These and other objects will become are achieved with the apparatus and folding method disclosed in detail below.
Turning now to the drawings,
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When configured as pillows, a plurality of the comfort systems may be stacked, such as in a closet, thereby minimizing storage space. As should be apparent, a number of comfort system devices may be used on sofas as conventional decorative pillows, and converted as needed into blankets for use by people sitting or relaxing on or near the sofa.
Additional variations and advantages will be obvious to those skilled in the art. This includes those based on combinations of the above-referenced mentioned variations. The instant invention has been shown and described herein in what is considered to be the most practical and preferred embodiment. It is recognized, however, that departures may be made therefrom within the scope of the invention and that obvious structural and/or functional modifications will occur to a person skilled in the art.
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|U.S. Classification||5/482, 5/502, 5/420|
|International Classification||A47G9/00, A47G9/10, A45F3/02, A47G9/06, A45F4/06|
|Cooperative Classification||A47G9/1045, A45F4/06, A45F3/02|
|European Classification||A45F4/06, A47G9/10H|