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Publication numberUS20060113345 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 10/995,781
Publication dateJun 1, 2006
Filing dateNov 23, 2004
Priority dateNov 23, 2004
Also published asCA2501257A1
Publication number10995781, 995781, US 2006/0113345 A1, US 2006/113345 A1, US 20060113345 A1, US 20060113345A1, US 2006113345 A1, US 2006113345A1, US-A1-20060113345, US-A1-2006113345, US2006/0113345A1, US2006/113345A1, US20060113345 A1, US20060113345A1, US2006113345 A1, US2006113345A1
InventorsDeborah Zoullas, Elizabeth Faraut
Original AssigneeLa Loop, Llc.
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Lanyard assembly
US 20060113345 A1
Abstract
A lanyard assembly includes a lanyard having an openable hook and an attachment member attachable to an article. The attachment member includes a longitudinal portion having adhesive thereon for attaching to the article such that the longitudinal portion is aligned longitudinally relative to the article. A connecting portion is disposed on the longitudinal portion, extends longitudinally relative to the article and is configured to support the article. The connecting portion is attached to the hook of the lanyard and the lanyard is configured to be placed around a person's neck to support the article in response to the attachment member being attached to the article.
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1. A lanyard assembly, the assembly comprising:
a lanyard having an openable hook; and
an attachment member attachable to an article, said attachment member comprising:
a longitudinal portion having an adhesive thereon for attaching said longitudinal portion to the article such that said longitudinal portion is aligned longitudinally relative to the article;
a connecting portion having an opening configured to receive said hook;
said connecting portion disposed at an end of said longitudinal portion, said connecting portion extending longitudinally relative to the article and configured to support the article;
said connecting portion attached to said hook of said lanyard, said lanyard configured to be placed around a person's neck to support the article, in response to said attachment member being attached to the article.
2. The assembly of claim 1 further comprising a cord receiving portion disposed on said longitudinal portion.
3. The assembly of claim 2 wherein said connecting portion comprises a cord attached to said cord receiving portion.
4. The assembly of claim 3 wherein said cord comprises a flexible cord.
5. The assembly of claim 1 further comprising a telephone wherein said attachment member is attached to said telephone closer to a bottom end of said telephone than to a top end of said telephone.
6. The assembly of claim 1 further comprising an identification card wherein said attachment member is attached to said card.
7. The assembly of claim 1 further comprising a handheld electronic device wherein said attachment member is attached to said handheld electronic device.
8. The assembly of claim 1 wherein said lanyard further comprises a hollow for receiving communication wires.
9. The assembly of claim 8 further comprising a microphone wire and an ear phone wire received in said hollow, said microphone wire and said ear phone wire being connectable to a telephone, when the telephone is attached to said attachment member.
10. A telephone assembly, the assembly comprising:
an attachment member fixedly attached to a telephone, said attachment member comprising a longitudinal portion and a connecting portion;
said longitudinal portion having an adhesive thereon, said adhesive attached to said telephone such that said longitudinal portion is aligned longitudinally relative to said telephone;
said connecting portion disposed at an end of said longitudinal portion;
said connecting portion extending longitudinally relative to said telephone and configured to support said telephone; and
said connecting portion attachable to a hook of a lanyard configured to be placed around a person's neck to support said telephone in response to said attachment member being attached to the lanyard by attachment of said connecting portion to the hook.
11. The assembly of claim 10 further comprising a cord receiving portion disposed on said longitudinal portion.
12. The assembly of claim 11 wherein said connecting portion comprising a cord attached to a longitudinal end of said cord receiving portion,
13. The assembly of claim 12 wherein said cord comprises a flexible cord.
14. The assembly of claim 10 further comprising a lanyard having a hook, said hook attached to said connecting portion.
15. The assembly of claim 14 wherein said lanyard comprises a hollow for receiving communication wires, and further comprising at least one communication wire having a first end extending from a first end of said hollow and connecting to said telephone, and said at least one communication wire having a second end extending from a second end of said hollow to allow communication between a user and said telephone.
16. An article holder, the holder comprising:
an attachment member attachable to an article, said attachment member comprising a disk portion;
said disk portion having an adhesive thereon for attaching said disk portion to an end of the article;
a cord attached to said disk portion, said cord extending longitudinally relative to the article, extending away from the article and configured to support the article in response to said disk portion being attached to the article; and
said cord attachable to a hook of a lanyard configured to be placed around a person's neck to support the article in response to said attachment member being attached to the lanyard by attachment of said cord to the hook.
17. The holder of claim 16 further comprising a lanyard having a hook, said hook attached to said cord.
18. The holder of claim 16 wherein the article comprises a lipstick holder.
19. The holder of claim 16 wherein said cord is attached to a center of said disk portion.
20. A lanyard assembly, the assembly comprising:
a lanyard having an openable hook;
an attachment member attachable to an article, said attachment member comprising a disk portion;
said disk portion having an adhesive thereon for attaching said disk portion to an end of the article;
a cord attached to said disk portion, said cord extending longitudinally relative to the article, extending away from the article and configured to support the article; and
said cord attached to the hook of the lanyard, the lanyard configured to be placed around a person's neck to support the article.
21. The assembly of claim 20 wherein the article comprises a lipstick holder.
22. The assembly of claim 20 wherein said cord is attached to a center of said disk portion.
23. The assembly of claim 20 wherein the article comprises a cylindrical container.
24. A lanyard assembly, the assembly comprising:
a lanyard having an openable hook; and
an attachment ring attached to an article, said ring configured to support the article; and
said ring attached to said hook of said lanyard, wherein said lanyard is configured to be placed around a person's neck to support said article in response to said article being attached to said lanyard by attachment of said ring to said hook.
25. The assembly of claim 24 wherein said article comprises a lipstick holder.
26. The assembly of claim 24 wherein said article comprises a writing instrument.
27. The assembly of claim 24 wherein said article comprises a cylindrical container.
28. A lanyard assembly, the assembly comprising:
a lanyard having an openable hook; and
a container having a top and a bottom, said top having a loop attached to the hook, said bottom being releasably attachable to said top, said bottom configured to hold an article.
29. The assembly of claim 28 wherein said article comprises a lipstick holder.
30. The assembly of claim 28 wherein said article comprises a writing instrument.
31. The assembly of claim 28 wherein article comprises a cylindrical container.
32. A method for holding an article, the method comprising:
providing a user with a lanyard and an attachment member attachable to the lanyard;
the attachment member including an adhesive for attaching the attachment member to an article; and
the attachment member and the lanyard configured to be attached to each other to allow the article to be carried by a user in response to the lanyard being worn by the user.
33. The method of claim 32 wherein the providing the attachment member and the lanyard to the user comprises providing the lanyard and the attachment member when the attachment member is unattached to the article.
34. The method of claim 32 further comprising connecting the attachment member to a hook of the lanyard and attaching the adhesive to a telephone to allow the telephone to be carried by the user.
35. The method of claim 32 further comprising connecting the attachment member to a hook of the lanyard and attaching the adhesive to a lipstick to allow the lipstick to be carried by the user.
36. The method of claim 32 further comprising connecting the attachment member to a hook of the lanyard and attaching the adhesive to a handheld electronic device to allow the device to be carried by the user.
37. The method of claim 32 further comprising connecting the attachment member to a hook of the lanyard and attaching the adhesive to an identification card to allow the device to be carried by the user.
38. The method of claim 32 wherein the attachment member comprises a longitudinal portion and a cord receiving portion, the longitudinal portion having the adhesive thereon, the adhesive attachable to the article such that the longitudinal portion is aligned longitudinally relative to the article, and the cord receiving portion disposed on said longitudinal portion.
39. The method of claim 38 further comprising attaching a cord to a longitudinal end of the cord receiving portion, the cord extending longitudinally relative to the article and configured to support the article.
40. The method of claim 39 further comprising attaching the cord to a hook of the lanyard and placing the lanyard around the user's neck to support the article.
41. The method of claim 32 wherein the attachment member comprises a disk portion having an adhesive thereon for attaching the disk portion to an end of the article.
42. A method for holding an article, the method comprising:
providing a user with a lanyard having an openable hook; and
attaching the hook to a ring connected to a container for receiving an article.
43. The method of claim 42 wherein the container comprises a lipstick holder.
44. The method of claim 42 wherein the article comprises a writing instrument.
45. A lanyard assembly, the assembly comprising:
a lanyard having an openable hook;
an object holder connected to said hook, said holder comprising at least one cavity for receiving an object;
said object holder comprising a top side having a top opening, said top opening configured to allow the object to pass into said cavity; and
said object holder having a lateral side, said lateral side having at least one opening configured to allow access to said at least one cavity.
46. The assembly of claim 45 further comprising a first outer layer, an inner layer, and a second outer layer, and wherein said inner layer comprises an opening connectable to said hook.
47. The assembly of claim 45 further comprising an outer layer and an inner layer and wherein said at least one cavity is defined by said outer layer and said inner layer.
48. A method of holding an article, the method comprising:
providing a user with a lanyard having an openable hook; and
attaching an object holder to the hook, the object holder comprising at least one cavity for receiving an object, a top side having an opening configured to allow the object to pass into the at least one cavity, and a lateral side having at least a second opening configured to allow access to the object in the at least one cavity.
49. The method of claim 48 wherein the object holder comprises a first outer layer, an inner layer, and a second outer layer and wherein the hook connects to an opening in the inner layer of the object holder.
50. The method of claim 48 wherein the object holder comprises an outer layer and an inner layer and wherein the at least one cavity is defined by the outer layer and the inner layer.
51. The method of claim 48 further comprising inserting a music player into the at least one cavity.
52. The method of claim 48 further comprising inserting at least of money and a credit card into the at least one cavity.
53. The method of claim 45 further comprising a music player received in said at least one cavity.
Description
FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to lanyards and article holders and, more particularly, to lanyard assemblies utilized for carrying various articles.

BACKGROUND ART

A person often has several objects to carry and not enough storage capacity in his or her pockets to accommodate all such objects. Further, sometimes it is desirable for objects, e.g. telephones or personal digital assistants, to be readily accessible without the necessity of removing it from a pocket or bag. Also, it is desirable for objects (e.g. telephones or personal digital assistants) to be securely attached to a person to avoid such objects being lost.

Often lanyards are worn around one's neck or wrist to allow one to more efficiently carry an object and have immediate access thereto along with minimizing the possibility of losing such objects. Lanyards often attach to objects via clips or clasps. Sometimes objects are not configured to allow attachment to such clips, clasps, or other carrying means.

Thus, a need exists for facilitating the transportation of objects via lanyards even when such objects are not configured for attachment to such lanyards.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The present invention provides, in a first aspect, a lanyard assembly which includes a lanyard having an openable hook and an attachment member attachable to an article. The attachment member includes a longitudinal portion having an adhesive thereon for attaching the longitudinal portion to the article such that the longitudinal portion is aligned longitudinally relative to the article. A connecting portion has an opening configured to receive the hook and is disposed at an end of the longitudinal portion. The connecting portion extends longitudinally relative to the article and is configured to support the article. The cord is also attached to the hook of the lanyard and the lanyard is configured to be placed around a person's neck to support the article in response to the attachment member being attached to the article.

The present invention provides, in a second aspect, a telephone assembly which includes an attachment member fixedly attached to a telephone with the attachment member including a longitudinal portion and a connecting portion. The longitudinal portion has an adhesive thereon and the adhesive is attached to the telephone such that the longitudinal portion is aligned longitudinally relative to the telephone. The connecting portion is disposed on the longitudinal portion and extends longitudinally relative to the telephone and is configured to support the telephone. The connecting portion is attachable to a hook of a lanyard configured to be placed around a person's neck to support the telephone in response to the attachment member being attached to the lanyard by attachment of the connection portion to the hook.

The present invention provides, in a third aspect, an article holder which includes an attachment member attachable to an article, and the attachment member includes a disk portion. The disk portion has an adhesive thereon for attaching the disk portion to an end of the article. A cord is attached to the disk portion and the cord extends longitudinally relative to the article, extends away from the article and is configured to support the article in response to the disk portion being attached to the article. The cord is attachable to a hook of a lanyard configured to be placed around a person's neck to support the article in response to the attachment member being attached to the lanyard by attachment of the connecting portion to the hook.

The present invention provides, in a fourth aspect, a lanyard assembly which includes a lanyard having an openable hook and an attachment member attachable to an article with the attachment member including a disk portion. The disk portion has an adhesive thereon for attaching the disk portion to an end of the article and a cord is attached to the disk portion. The cord extends longitudinally relative to the article, extends away from the article and is configured to support the article. The cord is attached to the hook of the lanyard with the lanyard being configured to be placed around a person's neck to support the article.

The present invention provides, in a fifth aspect, a lanyard assembly which includes a lanyard having an openable hook. An attachment ring is attached to an article with the ring being configured to support the article. The ring is attachable to the hook of the lanyard with the lanyard being configured to be placed around a person's neck to support the article in response to the article being attached to the lanyard by attachment of the ring to the hook.

The present invention provides, in a sixth aspect, a lanyard having an openable hook and a container having a top and a bottom. The top has a loop attached to the hook and the bottom is releasably attachable to the top with the bottom being configured to hold an article.

The present invention provides, in a seventh aspect, a method for holding an article, which includes providing a user with a lanyard and an attachment member attachable to the lanyard. The attachment member includes an adhesive for attaching the attachment member to an article. The attachment member and the lanyard are configured to be attached to each other to allow the article to be carried by a user in response to the lanyard being worn by the user.

The present invention provides, in an eighth aspect, a method for holding an article, which includes providing a user with a lanyard having an openable hook and attaching the hook to a ring connected to a container for receiving an article.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The subject matter which is regarded as the invention is particularly pointed out and distinctly claimed in the claims at the conclusion of the specification. The foregoing and other objects, features, and advantages of the invention will be apparent from the following detailed description of preferred embodiments taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings in which:

FIG. 1 is a front elevational view of a lanyard having a hook connected to an attachment member connected to a telephone, which is worn around the neck of a user in accordance with the present invention;

FIG. 2 is an enlarged front elevational view of the attachment member connected to a portion of the telephone of FIG. 1;

FIG. 3 is a side elevational view of the attachment member of FIG. 1;

FIG. 4 is a front elevational view of a lanyard assembly having a hook connected to an attachment member and a lipstick case, which is worn around the neck of a user in accordance with the present invention;

FIG. 5 is a side elevational view of the attachment member, lipstick case and hook of FIG. 4;

FIG. 6 is a side elevational view of the attachment member of FIG. 4;

FIG. 7 is a front elevational view of another embodiment of a lipstick case which has a connecting ring connected to a hook of a lanyard assembly in accordance with the present invention;

FIG. 8 is a front elevational view of a lanyard assembly having a hook connected to a ring attached to a pen with the lanyard assembly worn around the neck of a user in accordance with the present invention;

FIG. 9 is a side elevational view of an alternative necklace for connection to the hook of the lanyard assembly of FIG. 1, FIG. 3, FIG. 7, or FIG. 8 in accordance with the present invention;

FIG. 10 is another alternative necklace for connection to the hook of the lanyard assembly of FIG. 1, FIG. 3, FIG. 7, or FIG. 8 in accordance with the present invention;

FIG. 11 is a front elevational view of another embodiment of a lanyard assembly which has communication wires threaded through hollow portions of such lanyard assembly in accordance with the present invention;

FIG. 12 is an enlarged front elevational view of another embodiment of an attachment member connected to a telephone;

FIG. 13 is a side elevational view of the attachment member of FIG. 12;

FIG. 14 is a front elevational view of another embodiment of a lanyard assembly having a hook connected to a sleeve for receiving an electronic device;

FIG. 15 is a front enlarged view of the assembly of FIG. 14;

FIG. 16 is a front elevational view of a further embodiment of a lanyard assembly having a hook connected to a wallet;

FIG. 17 is a front elevational view of an enlarged portion of FIG. 16;

FIG. 18 is a rear elevational view of the assembly of FIG. 16;

FIG. 19 is an enlarged view of a portion of the assembly of FIG. 18; and

FIG. 20 is a top elevational view of the wallet of FIG. 16.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

In accordance with the principles of the present invention, a lanyard assembly is provided. In an exemplary embodiment depicted in FIG. 1, a lanyard assembly 10 includes a lanyard 15, which includes a necklace 20 and a hook 30. Attachment member 40 is connectable to hook 30.

Attachment member 40 may be attached to a telephone 50 to allow telephone 50 to be carried by a user 60. As depicted in FIGS. 2-3, attachment member 40 may include an adhesive 70 to allow attachment member 40 to be attached to telephone 50. For example, adhesive 70 may be a strip having a cover (not shown) for maintaining adhesive 70 in a usable condition, which may be removed when it is desired to attach attachment member 40 to telephone 50. Attachment member 40 could be distributed to consumers with lanyard 15 thereby allowing a consumer to attach attachment member 40 to a telephone or other objects of choice already in the consumer's possession. For example, such objects could include a passport, identification card, personal digital assistant, or any other object which it is desired to retain securely on a person's body while still being readily accessible to the person. Accordingly, adhesive 70 may be strong enough to connect the attachment member 40 to such objects.

Attachment member 40 may also include a longitudinal body portion 80 aligned longitudinally relative to telephone 50 in response to attachment member 40 being attached to telephone 50. A cord receiving portion 90 may be disposed on longitudinal portion 80. For example, cord receiving portion 90 may be integral to longitudinal portion 80 or they may be attached to one another. Further, cord receiving portion 90 may be located at one end of longitudinal portion 80. A connecting portion, e.g., a cord 100, may be attached to cord receiving portion 90. For example, cord 100 may be connected to an end of cord receiving portion 90 such that cord 100 extends longitudinally relative to longitudinal portion 80. Also, cord 100 may extend longitudinally relative to telephone 50 in response to attachment member 40 being attached to telephone 50. Cord receiving portion 90 may include a cavity (not shown) to receive one or more ends of cord 100 and to hold cord 100 therein. In another example not depicted, attachment member 40 could be integral to telephone 50.

Attachment member 40 may be attached to a backside of telephone 50 near a bottom end 51 of telephone 50 or closer to bottom end 51 than a top end 52 thereof. Such positioning of attachment member 40 facilitates use of telephone 50. In particular, by attaching attachment member 40 near bottom end 51, the user may hold telephone 50 to the user's ear without assembly 10 interfering with the user's use of telephone 50. For example, lanyard assembly 10 hangs below the telephone and does not interfere with the user's hand or otherwise get in the user's way when attachment member 40 is attached to telephone 50 at a location closer to bottom end 51 than top end 52.

Cord 100 may be configured (e.g., shaped, dimensioned, and being of sufficient strength) to allow connection thereof to hook 30 and to allow cord 100 to support telephone 50 or other articles which a person may want to suspend from lanyard 15. Cord 100 may be flexible to facilitate manipulation of an article attached thereto (e.g., via attachment member 40) relative to hook 30. For example, if attachment member 40 is attached to telephone 50 and it is desired for the person to use (e.g., raise and talk into) telephone 50 while lanyard 15 is around his or her neck, the flexible nature of cord 50 allows telephone 50 to be rotated or moved in a variety of ways relative to hook 30 which may not be possible if cord 100 was rigid. Cord 100 may be formed of nylon, for example. Alternatively, cord 100 could be formed rigidly or semi-rigidly. Also, hook 30 may include an openable clasp 32 to allow attachment of cord 100 to hook 30, as depicted in FIG. 1.

Lanyard 15 may also include a lanyard-restraining member 25 to prevent movement of hook 30 along lanyard 15. Lanyard-restraining member 25 may include an aperture for receiving lanyard 15 therein to allow restraining-member 25 to be moved along lanyard 15 and to restrain hook 30 at a particular location along lanyard 15. As depicted in FIG. 1, restraining member 25 may be spherical, but it could be formed of any of various shapes having an aperture therethrough to allow it to be moved along lanyard 15 such that it may restrain movement of hook 30 along lanyard 15.

In another embodiment, lanyard assembly 10 may be attached to a disk attachment member 200 as depicted in FIGS. 4-6. Disk attachment member 200 may include disk 210 having an adhesive 220 attached thereto. For example, adhesive 220 may have substantially the same shape as disk 210 except for having a smaller diameter. A cover (not shown) for maintaining adhesive 220 in a usable condition may be attached to adhesive 220 and may be removed when it is desired to attach a disk attachment member 200 to an object which a user desires to attach to hook 30 of lanyard assembly 10. For example, disk attachment member 200 may be attached to a cylindrical lipstick case or holder 230 to allow a user to carry lipstick holder 230 using lanyard assembly 10. Also, disk attachment member 200 may be attached to a variety of objects, preferably those having a cylindrical shape. A cord 240 may be attached to disk 210 and may extend from disk 210 substantially perpendicular thereto. Cord 240 serves to attach lipstick holder 230 to hook 30 of lanyard assembly 10.

Cord 240 may be flexible to facilitate manipulation of an article attached thereto relative to hook 30. For example, if disk attachment member 200 is attached to lipstick holder 230, a top 232 of lipstick holder 230 may be separated from a bottom 234. In particular, lipstick holder 230 may be moved such that it is horizontal (i.e., rotated 90 degrees relative to its depiction in FIG. 6). The flexible nature of cord 240 may facilitate such rotation. Further, cord 240 may be formed such that it supports a weight of lipstick holder 230 or any other such objects that one would desire to suspend from lanyard assembly 10. Also, lipstick or another article desired to be carried may be attached to, or held by, either top 232 or bottom 234.

In a further embodiment, lanyard assembly 10 may be attached to a second lipstick holder 300 having an attachment member 310 attached thereto, as depicted in FIG. 7. More specifically, lipstick holder 300 may include a top portion 320 and a bottom portion 330. Top portion 320 may have one or more apertures 340 for receiving one or more ends of connector 310 to attach connector 310 to top portion 320. Connector 310 may be rigid and shaped to connect to top portion 320 and hook 30 as depicted in FIG. 7. For example, connector 310 may be triangular shaped as depicted in FIG. 7 or it could be ring-shaped (not shown).

Bottom portion 330 may be separated from top portion 320 to allow a user to access a lipstick held in bottom portion 330. In another example, bottom portion 330 may hold items other than lipstick for use by the user. In a further example, top portion 320 may hold lipstick or other items desired by the user.

In yet a further embodiment, lanyard assembly 10 may be attached to a pen 400 having an attachment member or connector 410 attached thereto, as depicted in FIG. 8. More specifically, pen 400 may include a top portion 420 and a bottom portion 430. Top portion 420 may have one or more apertures 440 for receiving one or more ends of connector 410 to attach connector 410 to top portion 420. Connector 410 may be rigid and shaped to connect to top portion 420 and hook 30 as depicted in FIG. 8. For example, connector 410 may be ring-shaped as depicted in FIG. 8 or it could be triangular shaped (not shown) or any of various other shapes. Further, connector 410 could be flexible as described above for connector 240 and it could be made of nylon, for example. Moreover, connector 410 could be attached to top portion 420 via adhesive or other means, instead of being received in apertures of top portion 420. Also, bottom portion 430 may be separated from top portion 420 to allow a user to access a stylus (not shown) for writing held in bottom portion 430. In another example, the stylus may be held in top portion 420.

Lanyard 15 (e.g., necklace 20) is depicted in the figures as a simple cord, and such cord may be flexible and/or resilient for example. Alternatively, lanyard 15 may include an ornamental jewelry chain, such as jewelry chain necklaces 16 and 17 shown in FIGS. 9-10 or a string of beads. For example, jewelry chain necklace 16 could be a jewelry chain made of gold, silver or other precious metal or of a mock-tortoise-shell or mock-ivory plastic material. Also, lanyard 15 could be a flexible and/or resilient cord having beads (not shown) strung along it. Further, lanyard 15 could be a ribbon. Moreover, lanyard 15 could have ends which are attachable to each other such as by a knot to allow lanyard 15 to be opened, e.g., to allow lanyard 15 to be tied around a user's neck.

In another embodiment depicted in FIG. 11, a lanyard assembly 500 includes a lanyard 515, similar to lanyard assembly 10. Also, lanyard 515 includes a necklace 520 and a hook 530. Lanyard 515 may include a hollow portion (not shown) for receiving communication wires, for example. As depicted in FIG. 11, telephone 550 may be connected to hook 530 via an attachment member 540 similar or identical to attachment member 40. Also, telephone 550 may be connected to an earphone wire 560 which may pass through lanyard 515 and may be connected to a earphone 565 held in a user's ear. Also, a microphone wire 570 may pass through lanyard 515 and a microphone 575 may be attached to lanyard 515 at a position to allow a user to speak into microphone 575. For example, the use of microphone 575 and earphone 565 may allow the user to utilize telephone 550 while telephone 550 is suspended from hook 530 as depicted in FIG. 11. Further, the communication wires (e.g., earphone wire 560 or microphone wire 570) may be connected to devices other than telephone 550, e.g. a personal digital assistant, pager, or other handheld electronic device.

In a further embodiment, FIGS. 12-13 depict an attachment member 600 which may be substituted for attachment member 40 or attachment member 540 to allow a telephone (e.g., telephone 50) to be connected to a lanyard assembly (e.g., lanyard assembly 10 or lanyard assembly 500). Attachment 600 may include a longitudinal portion 610 and a connecting portion, e.g., a rounded portion 620. Longitudinal portion 610 and rounded portion 620 may be formed of a same material, may be integral to one another, and may have a substantially same thickness as best depicted in FIG. 13. In another example, longitudinal portion 610 and rounded portion 620 may be formed of different thicknesses and/or be formed of different materials connected to one another. Longitudinal portion 610 may include an adhesive or an adhesive pad 630 attached to attachment member 600 and attachable to telephone 50, for example. Adhesive pad 670 may have a removable cover (not shown) which may be removed to expose adhesive pad 670 and allow attachment member 600 to be attached to telephone 50 or another object which it is desired to retain securely on a person's body utilizing a lanyard assembly (e.g., lanyard assembly 10 or lanyard assembly 500). As would be evident from the figures, rounded portion 620 includes an opening 625 to allow attachment member 600 to be attached to a hook (e.g. hook 30). Rounded portion 620 may also be semi-rigid or rigid.

In yet a further embodiment, FIGS. 14-15 depict a sleeve 700 having a cavity 705 for receiving an electronic device 710 (e.g., a digital music player such as an IPOD type player) attached to a lanyard assembly (e.g., lanyard assembly 10 or lanyard assembly 500). Sleeve 700 may include a top opening 707 for receiving electronic device 710 and side openings 720 aligned to correspond with displays of electronic device 710, such as a play list or a means for entering information into, or programming, the device.

In another un-illustrated embodiment, sleeve 700 could be connected to a lanyard assembly (not shown) which has one or more headphone wires threaded through one or more cavities thereof, similar to headphone wire 560 in lanyard assembly 500 depicted in FIG. 11.

In a further embodiment depicted in FIGS. 16-20, a wallet 800 attached to a lanyard assembly (e.g., lanyard assembly 10 or lanyard assembly 500) is configured to receive a credit card 810, money, small documents, or other items normally carried in a conventional wallet or purse. Wallet 800 may include a pocket 820 for receiving credit cards 810 or other small items. As depicted in FIG. 16, pocket 820 may be less than the longitudinal height of wallet 800. For example, pocket 820 may be about half the height of wallet 800, or it may be any other height relative thereto. Wallet 800 also includes a second pocket 840 which may receive credit cards, money, or any other documents normally carried in a conventional wallet as described for pocket 820. Further, on an opposite side of the wallet 800, an opening 830 (e.g., a circular opening) may be present to allow a user to access second pocket 840 therethrough. Also, pocket 820 may be defined by a first outer layer 850 and an inner layer 860, while second pocket 820 may be defined by inner layer 860 and a second outer layer 870. Further, inner layer 860 may include an aperture configured to receive hook 30 to connect wallet 800 thereto.

Sleeve 700 and wallet 800 may be formed of a textile, plastic, or other material configured to attach to hook 30 and hold an object such as electronic device 710 or credit card 810. Sleeve 700 and/or wallet 800 may be rigid, flexible, or semi-rigid.

Also, in an embodiment not depicted, lanyard 15 or lanyard 515 could include a ring or loop, instead of hook 30 or hook 530. Such ring or loop (not shown) may be attached to a hook (not shown) previously attached to articles (e.g., attachment members, pens, lipstick holders, electronic devices, wallets) desired to be attached to lanyard 15. In this manner, a hook attached to such articles may be opened to attach such articles to a lanyard instead of hooks attached to such lanyards being opened for attachment to the articles.

Although preferred embodiments have been depicted and described in detail herein, it will be apparent to those skilled in the relevant art that various modifications, additions, substitutions and the like can he made without departing from the spirit of the invention and these are therefore considered to be within the scope of the invention as defined in the following claims.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification224/600, 224/930, 224/617
International ClassificationA45F3/00, A44B99/00
Cooperative ClassificationA45F5/00, A45F2005/006
European ClassificationA45F5/00
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Effective date: 20041118