|Publication number||US20080031551 A1|
|Application number||US 11/820,134|
|Publication date||Feb 7, 2008|
|Filing date||Jun 18, 2007|
|Priority date||Feb 5, 2003|
|Publication number||11820134, 820134, US 2008/0031551 A1, US 2008/031551 A1, US 20080031551 A1, US 20080031551A1, US 2008031551 A1, US 2008031551A1, US-A1-20080031551, US-A1-2008031551, US2008/0031551A1, US2008/031551A1, US20080031551 A1, US20080031551A1, US2008031551 A1, US2008031551A1|
|Original Assignee||Jones Ronald W|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (15), Referenced by (4), Classifications (10)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This is a divisional application of application Ser. No. 10/358,180 filed Feb. 5, 2003
Plastic containers used for the storage of foodstuffs are gaining in popularity and are ubiquitous in most American kitchens. These containers are frequently stored with the lids unattached because of limited storage space. While separating the lids from the containers may be a prudent use of limited space, it makes it difficult to pair the correct lid to the container. A multiplicity of different manufacturers with similar appearing containers complicates the issue, and additionally, lids are often lost or misplaced rendering the mating bottom part of the container useless.
Various types of hanging-type pockets for the storage of different items have been described in the past: U.S. Pat. No. 5,533,535 to Cariello, et al., Pat. No. D487,635 to Collins, Pat. No. D291,754 to Griswold, Pat. No. D300,399 to Krugman and U.S. Pat. No. 2,832,389; but none have been directed to the storage of plastic-ware lids, and none disclose a series of fabric panels folded back upon itself at least three times in a U-shape form, forming a plurality of open-top pockets, one in front of the other, and one behind the other; which is uniquely suited for storing a great number of low profile items such as plastic lids in a space conserving manner. Furthermore, past storage solutions being bulky, preclude their being stored in a cupboard or kitchen drawer as they are incapable of retaining their contents securely in this position because of a lack of securing means.
The present invention is a sewn cloth storage bag with a series of pockets formed by a unique and economic folding of fabric panels directed primarily to the storage of low profile containables such as plastic-ware lids associated with plastic containers commonly used to store foodstuffs in the kitchen and includes an inner panel of a opaque fabric like material, and an outer panel of a mesh-type material such as a nylon or polyester mesh, folded against each other in such a way to form multiple open top pockets, the formed inner pocket being opaque while the formed outer pockets have a presenting side of mesh-type material so that the contents of the outer pockets can be easily discerned. Additionally, the outer mesh panel forms a opening flap for the open top pockets that allows for easy insertion and removal of containables, but which once the user's hand is removed, readily resumes a position occluding the open top pockets thus providing a securing means without the use of a fastener as such, and whereby the contents of the bag are retained either in an inverted hanging position, or in the case of the bag resting on the side, as for example, when stored in a kitchen drawer.
Thus a primary object of the present invention is to provide a means of storing plastic kitchen lids in a convenient space saving manner.
A further object of the present invention is to provide a means for storing any small items of a substantially planar shape that may be storably positioned one in front of the other.
While the invention has been described in connection with only a single embodiment, it is not intended to limit the scope of the invention to the particular form set forth, but on the contrary, it is intended to cover such alternatives, modifications, and equivalents as may be included within the spirit and scope of the invention as defined by the appended claims.
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|Cooperative Classification||B65D33/14, A47J47/16, B65D31/12, B65D29/00|
|European Classification||B65D33/14, B65D31/12, B65D29/00, A47J47/16|