|Publication number||US20060151344 A1|
|Application number||US 11/173,954|
|Publication date||Jul 13, 2006|
|Filing date||Jul 1, 2005|
|Priority date||Jul 2, 2004|
|Publication number||11173954, 173954, US 2006/0151344 A1, US 2006/151344 A1, US 20060151344 A1, US 20060151344A1, US 2006151344 A1, US 2006151344A1, US-A1-20060151344, US-A1-2006151344, US2006/0151344A1, US2006/151344A1, US20060151344 A1, US20060151344A1, US2006151344 A1, US2006151344A1|
|Inventors||Cache Mundy, Mark Phillips|
|Original Assignee||Cache Mundy, Phillips Mark E|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Referenced by (3), Classifications (6), Legal Events (1)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This application claims the benefit of U.S. Provisional Patent Application Ser. No. 60/585,485, filed Jul. 2, 2004, and is related to U.S. Pat. Nos. D487,050; D474,732; D453,728; D432,490; D415,731; D381,947, and 5,762,246, all pending and issued patents are incorporated by reference in their entirety herein.
The present invention pertains generally to storage wallets that secure a plurality of electronic media. One embodiment of the present invention includes a removable auxiliary storage device for securing a number of the plurality of electronic media secured by the storage wallet. Herein, the term electronic media shall include compact discs (CDs), digital video discs (DVDs), tapes, 8-track tapes, mini discs, MP3 data file storage devices, floppy discs, or any other electronic media storage device employed to store audio, video, data or other information.
Storage wallets for securing and transporting electronic media are well known in the art. Electronic media purchased in stores are usually sold packaged in a rigid jewel box containers that are often prone to breakage and are cumbersome to transport. Thus, it is common to transport a large number of electronic media, such as CDs or DVDs, in wallets that provide a plurality of storage locations, usually embodied in sleeves or pockets. Storage wallets are generally comprised of a front cover and back cover that are hingedly interconnected similar to a book. In addition, some binding devices are adapted to secure a plurality of removable sheets with media storage compartments. Thus, the consumer is provided with the ability to selectively alter the amount of storage locations for the electronic media by adding or removing storage sheets.
It has become very common for consumers to use wallet-type storage containers to transport electronic media in their vehicles. However, accessing the electronic media while driving is potentially dangerous. For example, locating and accessing a favorite CD from the large media storage device, which may contain hundreds of CDs, will lead to potentially dangerous distractions. Similarly, trying to open a jewel box to disengage a disc from a securing hub is often difficult and may distract the driver. To substantially alleviate distractions, visor devices may be employed, wherein the storage device is selectively interconnected to a sun visor generally found in vehicles. Thus, the driver may easily view and identify their media of choice, disengage it from the storage device, and insert it into the vehicle's playing device without a great amount of distraction.
One drawback of large media storage devices is that they are often cumbersome to transport. More specifically, some media storage devices provide locations to store hundreds of discs. Accordingly, many consumers do not wish to constantly transport a large number of discs, which may store important data or their favorite music, wherein the theft of the storage device would be devastating. Thus, users often remove a few of their favorite CDs from the storage device for listening in their automobile or at work, thus exposing the new unprotected media to possible damage.
Thus, it is a long felt need in the field of electronic media storage to provide a device for the storage of a vast amount of electronic media, wherein a plurality of said electronic media may be selectively removed from the larger storage device and still be protected. It is also a long felt need to allow a consumer to easily select and access their electronic media while operating a vehicle that increases the general safety of the public at large. The following disclosure describes an improved media storage device that employs a selectively interconnecting auxiliary storage device.
It is one aspect of the present invention to provide a device for securing and protecting a plurality of electronic media. One embodiment of the present invention is a wallet comprising a front cover hingedly interconnected to a rear cover that selectively opens to reveal a binding device that is adapted to selectively secure a plurality of storage sheets. The storage sheets of this embodiment of the present invention are adapted to secure a plurality of electronic media such as CDs, DVDs, tapes, etc. In addition, one embodiment of the present invention includes a closure that selectively secures the front cover to the back cover to prevent unwanted opening of the storage device. Closures may be zippers, hook and loop fasteners, buttons, clasps, zip lock type fasteners, etc.
It is another aspect of the present invention to provide an auxiliary storage device that selectively interconnects to the storage wallet. More specifically, one embodiment of the present invention includes a rigid or semi-rigid device with a plurality of media storage sheets. Preferably, the auxiliary storage device includes hook and loop fasteners for selective interconnection to the inner or outer surface of the front cover or the inner or outer surface of the rear cover. Alternatively, the auxiliary storage device may interconnect to individual storage sheets inside the wallet. As one skilled in the art will appreciate, many other selectively interconnecting mechanisms may be employed without departing from the scope of the invention, such as clasps, zippers, snaps, buttons, latches, magnets, etc. Another related embodiment of the present invention employs pockets integrated into the front cover, rear cover, and/or sheets of the wallet that receive the auxiliary storage device.
It is yet another aspect of the present invention to provide an auxiliary storage device that is adapted for selective interconnection to the binding mechanism of the storage device. More specifically, one embodiment of the present invention includes a rigid panel that provides a location for a plurality of media storage compartments. The auxiliary storage device also includes a number of apertures positioned on an edge thereof such that the rings or straps of a binder may be threaded therethrough. This auxiliary storage device thus may be removed from the larger storage device and transported easily or transferred to another binder type storage device. In addition, a cover may be employed on the auxiliary storage device such that the discs stored therein will be protected once it is removed from the primary storage device. One skilled in the art will appreciate that the storage sheets of the present invention may be permanently affixed to the spine of the primary storage device without departing from the scope of the invention.
It is another aspect of the present invention to provide an auxiliary storage device that is adapted for selective interconnection to the sun visor of a vehicle. More specifically, one embodiment of the present invention includes an auxiliary storage device that is generally rigid with a plurality of pockets for receiving electronic media. This embodiment of the present invention may also include mesh or other secondary pockets for storage of items generally used while driving. As will be shown in more detail later, the pockets employed to secure the electronic media may be straight, curved, arcuate or any other aesthetically pleasing or utilitarian shape. In addition, the device may interconnect to the visor in any fashion with hook and loop fasteners, snaps, clasps, magnets, bands, straps, etc.
It is still yet another aspect of the invention to provide an auxiliary storage device that may be selectively inserted and removed from a pocket in a binding device, and subsequently removed and transported for use at a different location. More specifically, one embodiment is a binder device that includes a front cover and a rear cover interconnected with a spine. The auxiliary storage device resides in a pocket integrated into the inner or outer surface of the front cover or the inner or outer surface of the rear cover. The auxiliary storage device may also include a mechanism for securing it into place, such as hook and loop fasteners, snaps, latches, etc. A closure device, such as a strap with a hook and loop fastener or snap attached thereto, maybe employed such that the media in the folded auxiliary storage device is substantially protected from the outside elements. Alternatively, a securing mechanism, such as a zipper may be employed around an outer edge of the auxiliary storage device to provide additional protection.
Thus it is one aspect of the present invention to provide a storage wallet comprising:
a front cover having an inner and outer surfaces;
a rear cover having inner and outer surfaces interconnected to said front cover;
a sheet binding device interconnected to said wallet between said front cover and said rear cover; and
an auxiliary storage compartment for selective interconnection to at least one of said inner surface of said front cover, said outer surface of said front cover, said inner surface of said rear surface, and said outer surface of said rear cover; wherein said auxiliary storage compartment is adapted to secure at least one electronic media device which can be selectively removed to facilitate transportation.
The Summary of the Invention is neither intended nor should it be construed as being representative of the full extent and scope of the present invention. The present invention is set forth in various levels of detail in the Summary of the Invention as well as in the attached drawings and the Detailed Description of the Invention and no limitation as to the scope of the present invention is intended by either the inclusion or non-inclusion of elements, components, etc. in this Summary of the Invention.
The accompanying drawings, which are incorporated in and constitute a part of the specification, illustrate embodiments of the invention and together with the general description of the invention given above and the detailed description of the drawings given below, serve to explain the principles of these embodiments.
To assist in the understanding of the present invention the following list of components and associated numbering found in the drawings is provided herein:
Component # Electronic media storage device 2 Storage sheet 4 Binding device 6 Front cover 8 Rear Cover 10 Closure device 12 Auxiliary storage device 14 Electronic media 16 Outer surface of the front cover 18 Inner surface of the front cover 20 Electronic media storage compartment 22 Visor 24 28 Secondary storage location 32 Visor attachment devices 34 Front cover of the auxiliary storage device 36 Rear cover of the auxiliary storage device 38 Spine 40 Closure 42 Fastener 44 Pull tab 46 Hinge 48
It should be understood that the drawings are not necessarily to scale. In certain instances, details that are not necessary for an understanding of the invention or that render other details difficult to perceive may have been omitted. It should be understood, of course, that the invention is not necessarily limited to the particular embodiments illustrated herein.
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Alternate embodiments of the auxiliary storage device 14 known in the art may be employed that wraps around the sun visor 24 wherein both surfaces of the sun visor 24 provide media storage locations. More specifically, once deployed onto a visor 24 one side of the auxiliary storage device 14 is secured for storing a plurality of media 16, such as CDs, and the other side is provided with a plurality of secondary storage locations such as mesh pockets, zippered pockets, etc. It should be understood by one skilled in the art any combination of storage pockets is contemplated by the present invention.
The visor of the present invention may interconnect to the outer surface of a storage device 2, wherein half of the auxiliary storage device 14 selectively interconnects to the front cover 8 of the primary storage device 2 and a second portion of the auxiliary storage device 14 wraps around the primary storage device 2 and selectively interconnects to the rear cover 10. However, it should be appreciated by one skilled in the art that with the use of larger storage devices 2 that accommodate a large number of electronic media, the width and length of the covers may be such that the entire auxiliary storage device 14 may be capable of selectively interconnecting to one cover without having to wrap around. In addition, large storage devices 2 may provide location for interconnection of a plurality of auxiliary storage devices 14. Further, the inner and outer surfaces of the front cover 8 and rear cover 10 may be utilized in this fashion.
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Often, users store vast amounts of CDs in large catalog type storage devices 2 for home or office use. It is often undesirable to carry such a cumbersome storage device 2 from work or home to one's vehicle, for example. Thus, the present invention allows the user to selectively remove the auxiliary storage device 14 that secures the electronic media that are being used frequently. Alternatively, other consumers tend to store large numbers of CDs in devices 2 as generally shown herein in their vehicles, wherein transportation of such a large storage wallet into the home, work place, or other vehicle may not be desirable, thus the disconnection of auxiliary storage device 14 is performed, wherein only a few of the plurality of electronic media 16 are transported.
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Generally, three ring binder type binding devices are used to selectively secure a plurality of storage sheets 4 that have at least one compartment 22 for the storage of electronic media. As shown in
Storage wallets of this type are generally included with a closure device 12 such as a zipper that selectively interconnects three of the four sides of a generally rectangular storage wallet, for example. It must be stressed that although a rectangular storage wallet 2 is shown herein, one skilled in the art will appreciate that the present invention may employ various shapes and styles without departing from the scope thereof.
While various embodiments of the present invention have been described in detail, it is apparent that modifications and alterations of those embodiments will occur to those skilled in the art. However, it is to be expressly understood that such modifications and alterations are within the scope and spirit of the present invention, as set forth in the following claims.
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|U.S. Classification||206/308.1, G9B/33.012|
|International Classification||B65D85/57, B65D85/30|
|Oct 24, 2005||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: CASE LOGIC, INC., COLORADO
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNORS:MUNDY, CACHE;PHILLIPS, MARK E.;REEL/FRAME:016931/0565;SIGNING DATES FROM 20050907 TO 20050925