US 20070193902 A1
A soft sided briefcase is disclosed which has typical compartments and further includes external pockets with secure flap closures. The pockets are affixed to the side of the briefcase, and the flap closures are suitably hinged to a portion of the pockets. Sections of the pockets as well as areas of the flaps include cooperating steel plate members and permanent magnets, or both having permanent magnets, to provide access faster than would be possible via conventional zipper closures and is reasonably secure in providing protective closure for internal contents.
1. A soft sided case constructed of suitable material, such as a strong fabric, plastic, leather or the like, and having suitable compartments for carrying various articles, such as a laptop computer, books, and other devices, and further comprising
at least one external pocket affixed to a side of the case for carrying smaller items such as cell phones, portable communication devices, calculators, pens, pencils and the like, and the pocket further including an attached flap configured to be opened for internal access and to completely enclose and cover the pocket, and the flap including an internal stiffening member to configure the top of the flap to overlay the top of the pocket, and sections of the flap and the pocket including cooperating metal pieces and magnets, or both including magnets, for mutually attracting the flap to the pocket.
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6. A soft sided case constructed of suitable material, such as a strong fabric, plastic, leather or the like, and having suitable compartments for carrying various articles, such as a laptop computer, books, and other devices, and further comprising
a plurality of external pockets affixed to a side of the case for carrying smaller items such as cell phones, portable communication devices, calculators, pens, pencils and the like, and the pockets each further including an attached flap configured to be opened for internal access and to completely enclose and cover the respective pocket, and each flap including an internal stiffening member to configure the top of the flap to overlie the top of the respective pocket, and sections of the flap and the pocket including cooperating metal pieces and magnets, or both including magnets, for mutually attracting each flap to the respective pocket.
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The present invention relates to luggage or cases, and more particularly to soft side cases or briefcases such as for carrying various items including laptop computers and other devices.
Typical cases of this nature are made from a strong cloth such as ballistic nylon, leather or the like, and usually include various compartments with openings closed by zippers, snaps or the like. Many cases of this nature include external pockets for carrying items like cellphones, portable communication devices, calculators, pens, pencils and so on. These external pockets, if they have any depth, are closed by zippers or secure snaps.
Carrying devices have been provided in the past with magnetic closures, but typically of the pocketbook or purse type. One example is a handbag shown in U.S. Pat. No. 5,749,447 which has a fastening mechanism that may be a magnetic closure mechanism. Another example is a bag closure system shown in U.S. Pat. No. 6,678,923. However, these devices are not suitable for external pockets on a briefcase or the like.
The present invention is directed to a portable carrying case of the nature described above but with relatively large external pockets having stiffened opening flaps and wherein the flaps can be securely and quickly closed through an arrangement of permanent magnets. In an examplary embodiment the case is in the form of a briefcase having a pair of handles, and with several compartments having external and internal zipper closures. External and relatively deep three-dimensional pockets are securely and integrally attached, and include flaps cooperating with sections of the pockets for closing the pockets and are retained closed by the magnets.
In the case of the present invention an exemplary embodiment has two external three-dimensional pockets securely attached, as by sewing, to a side of the briefcase. These pockets are gusseted to provide full rectangular pockets, not just flat partially open pockets as typically are found in a handbag or purse which have no significant depth to the opening. One particular advantage to a magnetic closure system is that the closure flaps close quickly and positively snap closed as soon as they are moved toward the closed position.
Accordingly, it is an object of the present invention to provide a new form of carrying case.
It is another object of the present invention to provide a new form of briefcase having pockets which are maintained closed by permanent magnets suitably located with respect to the pockets.
These and other objects and features of the present invention will become better understood through a consideration of the following description and drawings in which:
Turning now to the drawings, a case in the form of a soft sided briefcase 10 is illustrated, and having the usual sides 12 and 13 and ends 16 and 17 all integrally formed with a top 20. The case 10 as shown has internal compartments closed via zippers 22 and 24 and dividing the case into several compartments as is well known. The case 10 includes a pair of handles 28 and a handle closure wrap 30. The case 10 also includes if desired a shoulder strap 32.
According to the present invention, the case 10 includes one or more three-dimensional pockets 36 and 38 attached to side 12 and which are gusseted to provide full rectangular three-dimensional pockets and front sections 36 a, b and 38 a, b, and having respective closure flaps 40 and 42 for the pockets 36 and 38. The flaps 40 and 42 are hinged at 40 a and 42 a to the respective pockets 36 and 38. As can be seen from
According to the present invention, the pockets 36 and 38 are not only integrally fixed to the side 12 of the briefcase 10 to provide quick and easy access to the contents of the pockets, but they further utilize stiffened and configured flaps 40 and 42 and a magnetic closure system as best seen in
The second pocket 38 similarly includes four either steel or permanent magnet inserts 60 a through 60 b and a similar set 62 a - 62 d in the cover flap 42. In both of the external pockets 36 and 38, the steel and magnet members can be retained in the pocket and flaps 40 and 42 and any suitable manner as by stitching them within a sandwich of the material from which the pockets 36 and 38 and flaps 40 and 42 are constructed, that is between the shell and lining fabrics.
Another important structural feature of the pockets 36 and 38 and their respective flaps 40 and 42 is the inclusion of thin plastic strips 64 and 66 which are curved as illustrated in
While an embodiment of the present invention as been shown and described, various modifications may be made without departing from the scope of the present invention, and all such modifications and equivalents are intended to be covered.