|Publication number||US20070219023 A1|
|Application number||US 11/725,033|
|Publication date||Sep 20, 2007|
|Filing date||Mar 16, 2007|
|Priority date||Mar 18, 2006|
|Publication number||11725033, 725033, US 2007/0219023 A1, US 2007/219023 A1, US 20070219023 A1, US 20070219023A1, US 2007219023 A1, US 2007219023A1, US-A1-20070219023, US-A1-2007219023, US2007/0219023A1, US2007/219023A1, US20070219023 A1, US20070219023A1, US2007219023 A1, US2007219023A1|
|Original Assignee||Matthew Stanley|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Referenced by (3), Classifications (8)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This patent application is related to and claims priority from U.S. Provisional Patent Application Ser. No. 60/783,655 filed Mar. 18, 2006.
The present invention relates, in general, to devices for carrying and displaying small disks like tokens and coins and, more particularly, this invention relates to a C-shaped clip for holding tokens or small disks such that they are readily located and accessed by the owner.
There are instances in which a person wishes to carry a coin, token, ball marker or some ornamental disk or good-luck charm in a holder that partially displays the disk, but also allows it to be readily removed for closer examination or use.
The prior art discloses various devices for holding small disks subject to occasional removal and replacement. U.S. Pat. No. 986,158 discloses a coin receptacle wearable on clothing items such as gloves. U.S. Pat. No. 3,339,300 discloses a pendant for holding tokens and other disks, which must be tilted in a certain way for removal. Some patents teach incorporation of a disk-retention device at the short end of a golfing divot-repair tool. For example, U.S. Pat. No. 5,393,052 discloses a C-shaped slotted addition to the handle end of a divot repair tool whereby a ball marker can be held in place, but only by gravity. If the tool gets inverted, the ball marker would most likely fall out. In a similar divot repair tool design, U.S. Pat. Application No. 2004/0248674 discloses use of a retention clip disposed within the internal slot of the body. In all the aforementioned examples, the devices appear to be made from metal or a hard plastic.
The present invention provides a device for carrying and removably displaying small disk-like items consisting of a substantially planar body with a front, a back and a pair of arms made of a resilient material defining a C-shaped elastic opening, and an internal slot parallel to the front and the back and accessible from the C-shaped elastic opening for receiving a disk-like item wherein a portion of the body partially covers an area adjacent the periphery of the disk-like item when fully inserted into said internal slot.
In another aspect of the invention, the C-shaped disk retainer is incorporated into the handle of a golfer's divot repair tool to add the capability of also holding a ball marker such that it can be readily removed and replaced, but does not fall out in any position.
It is, therefore, one of the primary objects of the present invention to provide a convenient and versatile device that can be adapted to holding and carrying a variety of disk-like objects, such as tokens, coins, or poker chips in such a way that the disk is partially visible while being retained, but also readily removable when that is desirable.
Another object of the present invention is to provide a device that is capable of not only holding the token or similar item, but can be clipped to money or an item of clothing.
Still another object of the present invention is to provide a disk-holding means that can be incorporated into the handle end of a golfing divot-repair tool for retaining a ball marker.
In addition to the various objects and advantages of the present invention described with some degree of specificity above it should be obvious that additional objects and advantages of the present invention will become more readily apparent to those persons who are skilled in the relevant art from the following more detailed description of the invention, particularly, when such description is taken in conjunction with the attached drawing figures and with the appended claims.
Prior to proceeding to the more detailed description of the present invention it should be noted that, for the sake of clarity and understanding, identical components which have identical functions have been identified with identical reference numerals throughout the several views illustrated in the drawing figures.
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While a presently preferred and various alternative embodiments of the present invention have been described in sufficient detail above to enable a person skilled in the relevant art to make and use the same it should be obvious that various other adaptations and modifications can be envisioned by those persons skilled in such art without departing from either the spirit of the invention or the scope of the appended claims.
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|U.S. Classification||473/408, 473/406|
|Cooperative Classification||A63B55/008, A63B57/0075, A63B57/0068|
|European Classification||A63B57/00M, A63B57/00G|