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Publication numberUS20090013566 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 11/777,206
Publication dateJan 15, 2009
Filing dateJul 12, 2007
Priority dateJul 12, 2007
Also published asCN101342836A
Publication number11777206, 777206, US 2009/0013566 A1, US 2009/013566 A1, US 20090013566 A1, US 20090013566A1, US 2009013566 A1, US 2009013566A1, US-A1-20090013566, US-A1-2009013566, US2009/0013566A1, US2009/013566A1, US20090013566 A1, US20090013566A1, US2009013566 A1, US2009013566A1
InventorsCarl Cetera
Original AssigneeCarl Cetera
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Desktop organizer
US 20090013566 A1
Abstract
A rotatable desktop organizer for holding a plurality of writing instruments and desk items such as paperclips. The desktop organizer has a platform having a plurality of concentric receptacles along the circumference of the top platform surface for securely holding, in each of the receptacle, a single writing instrument in a substantially upright position, a hollow column with an open top protruding upward from the center of the platform for storing desk items therein, a flat base rotatably connected to the bottom of the platform to allow, by rotating the platform, easier access to a particular writing instrument selected, and a removable plug for inserting into the column which has a magnet at its distal end for thereby picking up metallic items stored in the column. The desktop organizer may further have advertising material disposed on the side surface of either the column or the platform.
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1. A desk organizer comprising:
a) a platform for removably retaining a plurality of writing instruments therein, having substantially planar opposing top and bottom surfaces and a circumferential side surface extending therebetween, the top surface defining a plurality of spaced-apart receptacles thereon adjacent a circumferential edge thereof, each being sized and configured to removably retain a respective writing instrument therein in a substantially upright position; and
b) a hollow column protruding perpendicularly upward from a central portion of the top surface of the platform for storing desk items therein, the column having an open upper column end and an opposing closed lower column end.
2. The desk organizer in claim 1, further comprising a substantially flat base upon which the platform is rotatably mounted for unobstructed rotation relative thereto.
3. The desk organizer in claim 1, further comprising a plug sized and configured to removably cover the open upper end of the column.
4. The desk organizer in claim 3, wherein a portion of the plug is magnetized for attracting metallic items thereto.
5. The desk organizer in claim 4, wherein the plug comprises:
a) an elongated protrusion perpendicularly protruding from a central portion of a bottom surface of the plug, the protrusion having a length such that a distal end thereof substantially extends toward the lower column end when the plug is inserted into the hollow column; and
b) a permanent magnet disposed adjacent the distal end of the protrusion.
6. The desk organizer in claim 1, wherein the lower column end extends into an interior of the platform below the top surface thereof.
7. The desk organizer in claim 1, wherein advertising material is disposed on an outer surface of the column.
8. The desk organizer in claim 1, wherein advertising material is disposed on the side surface of the platform.
9. The desk organizer in claim 1, wherein each of the plurality of receptacles defines a substantially circular circumference on the top surface of the platform.
10. The desk organizer in claim 1, wherein the receptacles are substantially equal-spaced from one another.
11. The desk organizer in claim 1, further comprising paper clips retained in the hollow column.
12. The desk organizer in claim 1, wherein the platform and the column have substantially cylindrical shapes.
13. The desk organizer in claim 12, wherein the plurality of receptacles is concentrically located.
14. The desk organizer in claim 1, wherein each of the plurality of receptacles has a depth such that at least half of the writing instrument retained therein is exposed out of the each receptacle.
15. The desk organizer in claim 1, wherein the number of the receptacles is at least six.
16. A desk organizer comprising:
a) a platform for removably retaining a plurality of writing instruments therein, having same sized, substantially planar and circular opposing top and bottom surfaces and a side surface extending between circumferential edges of the top and bottom surfaces, the top surface defining a plurality of spaced-apart receptacles thereon adjacent the circumferential edge thereof, each being sized and configured to removably retain a respective writing instrument therein in a substantially upright position;
b) a substantially cylindrical column protruding perpendicularly upward from a central portion of the top surface of the platform, the column having an upper column end and an opposing lower column end; and
c) first advertising material disposed on an outer surface of the column.
17. The desk organizer in claim 16, further comprising a flat base upon which the platform is rotatably mounted so as to rotate unobstructively relative thereto.
18. The desk organizer in claim 16, wherein the cylindrical column defines a cylindrical hollow extending between the upper and lower column ends for retaining desk items therein, the hollow being open at the upper column end and closed at the lower column end.
19. The desk organizer in claim 18, further comprising a plug sized and configured to removably cover the upper end of the column.
20. The desk organizer in claim 19, wherein the plug is magnetized so as to attract metallic items thereto.
21. The desk organizer in claim 20, wherein the plug comprises:
a) a cylindrical protrusion perpendicularly protruding from a central portion of a bottom surface of the plug, the protrusion having a length such that a distal end thereof substantially extends toward the lower column end when the plug is inserted into the column; and
b) a permanent magnet disposed adjacent the distal end of the protrusion.
22. The desk organizer in claim 16, wherein the lower column end extends into an interior of the platform below the top surface thereof.
23. The desk organizer in claim 16, wherein the first advertising material is imprinted on the outer surface of the column.
24. The desk organizer in claim 16, further comprising a transparent sleeve sized and configured to fit around the column wherein the first advertising material is imprinted on a cylindrical piece of paper disposed between the outer surface of the column and the transparent sleeve.
25. The desk organizer in claim 16, further comprising second advertising material disposed on the side surface of the platform.
26. The desk organizer in claim 16, wherein each of the plurality of receptacles has a substantially circular circumference on the top surface of the platform.
27. The desk organizer in claim 26, wherein the receptacles are concentrically arranged and substantially equal-spaced from one another.
28. The desk organizer in claim 16, further comprising paper clips retained in the column.
29. The desk organizer in claim 16, wherein each of the plurality of receptacles has a depth such that at least half of the writing instrument retained therein is exposed out of the each receptacle.
30. The desk organizer in claim 16, wherein the number of the receptacles is at least six.
31. A method of advertising comprising the steps of:
a) providing a desk organizer comprising:
1) a platform for removably retaining a plurality of writing instruments, having same sized, substantially planar and circular opposing top and bottom surfaces and a side surface extending between circumferential edges of the top and bottom surfaces, the top surface defining a plurality of spaced-apart receptacles thereon adjacent the circumferential edge thereof, each of being sized and configured to retain a respective writing instrument therein in a substantially upright position,
2) a cylindrical column protruding perpendicularly upward from a central portion of the top surface of the platform, the column having an upper column end and an opposing lower column end, and
3) a flat base upon which the platform is rotatably mounted so as to rotate unobstructively relative thereto; and
b) disposing advertising material on a visible outer surface of the desk organizer.
32. The method of advertising in claim 31, wherein the step of disposing advertising material comprises the step of imprinting first advertising material around an outer surface of the column.
33. The method of advertising in claim 32, wherein the step of disposing advertising material further comprises the step of imprinting second advertising material around on the side surface of the platform.
34. The method of advertising in claim 31, wherein the step of disposing advertising material comprises the steps of: p1 a) imprinting the first advertising material on a cylindrical piece of paper sized and configured to fit around the column;
b) disposing the piece of paper around the column; and
c) disposing a transparent shell over the piece of paper so that the first advertising material may be visible therethrough.
Description

The present invention relates to field of an aesthetically designed, rotatable desktop organizer that can hold a plurality of wring instruments, each held in a separate receptacle, and retain metal desktop articles such as paperclips which can be conveniently picked up for use by a magnet.

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION

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STATEMENT RE: FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH/DEVELOPMENT

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BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Desktop organizers are widely used for organizing various kinds of desktop items such as writing instruments, paper clips, staples, flag or roll tapes, note pads, erasers, alarmers, clocks, or even graphic images. What users of such desktop organizers consider in making a purchase decision is not merely the variety in kinds or number of desktop items that can be held in an organizer or the utility aspect relating how conveniently and efficiently an individual desktop item can be accessed and removed from the organizer. Often they consider the aesthetics, freshness, attractiveness, or compactness of the overall design since such a desktop organizer also may serve as an important portion of office decoration.

Among others, several kinds of desktop organizers that can hold both one or plurality of pens and paperclips, most frequently used desk items, have been disclosed in the art, each of which has one or more shortcomings. U.S. Pat. No. 5,524,101 discloses an organizer having a circular base and a hollow circular tower with an open top protruding upward therefrom, where writing instruments such as painting brushes may be either retained in the tower or gripped, respectively, by a spring mechanism formed around the top of the tower, and desk items such as paperclips can be retained in a tray on the base. The drawbacks of this invention, however, are that the paperclips, being exposed on the tray, may pick up dirt and be lost, and further, that disengaging each writing instrument off the grip of the spring mechanism may require exertion of considerable force, and in so doing, cause scratches on the body of the writing instruments inflicted from the spring. U.S. Design Pat. No. D504,157 discloses a pen holder and paperclip container combination where paperclips can be removed, being attached to a magnet on the container plug. The invention, however, appears to hold only a single pen.

Also, magnetic paperclip dispensers have been disclosed in U.S. Pat. No. 6,783,033 in which paperclips are retained in a spherical barrel, being attached to a magnet near its opening for easy access and removal, and in U.S. Pat. No. 4,058,209 in which paperclips, retained in a container, can be removed off from a magnetic stem sliding through the container via a top and a bottom holes defined thereon. These inventions, however, fail to disclose a capacity of holding any writing instrument.

In light of limitations and shortcomings of prior art, it is desirable to provide a desktop organizer that has plurality of receptacles each of which can hold only a single writing instrument for easier and quicker access to a particular kind of writing instrument selected out of potentially several different kinds, and for easier removal thereof. It is also desirable to provide a mechanism in such a pen-holding organizer that can facilitate the access and removal of each selected writing instrument by, for instance, rotating the organizer. It is yet desirable to combine such a pen-holding organizer with a container that stores common metal desk items such as paperclips, hiding them from view when not in use for aesthetics and protection against dirt. It is further desirable to provide, in such a desk organizer, a mechanism that can facilitate easy removal of metal desk items, such as a magnetic dispensing mechanism. Lastly, it would be further desirable if such desktop organizer can provide a surface of considerable size to place advertising materials thereon.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The present invention provides a rotatable desktop organizer that can hold a plurality of writing instruments, each one in a separate receptacle, and store common desk items made of metal, such as paperclips, that can be conveniently removed, one by one, via a magnet.

The desktop organizer made in accordance with the present invention is largely comprised of: in the preferred embodiment, a platform having a plurality of receptacles defined along the circumference of the top surface of the platform for securely holding, in each of the receptacle, a single writing instrument in a substantially upright position; a hollow cylindrical column with an open end disposed perpendicularly upwardly at the center of the platform top surface for storing desk items therein; a flat base on which the platform is pivotally mounted so that a particular pen-holding receptacle is easily accessible by rotating the platform thereon; and a plug for removably closing the open end of the column, which has a magnet formed on the bottom thereof for picking up metal desk items on the bottom of the column.

The desktop organizer may also have advertising material or indicia imprinted on the round outer surface of the cylindrical column or on the side surface of the platform.

One of the advantages of the present invention is that, while having the capacity of retaining several writing instruments, since each writing instrument is retained in a separate receptacle defined on the platform, it is easy to single out and access a particular kind of writing instrument in contrast to other common types of pen-holding containers where multiple writing instruments are mixed to make it cumbersome to spot and select a particular desired one.

Another advantage of the present invention is that each selected writing instrument can be easily and conveniently removed form the receptacle by rotating the platform on the base.

Yet another advantage of the present invention is that metal desk items such as paperclips can be easily picked up one by one when needed, using the magnet formed on an end of the plug closing the desk-item container.

Still another advantage of the present invention is that while retaining all the above-described utilities, the desktop organizer has a unique compact and aesthetic appearance that would suit the aesthetic need of a user as well in an office environment.

Lastly, the desktop organizer in the present invention has a further advantage that it can be used as an effective vehicle for advertisement by providing rather ample surfaces, the outer surface of the central column or the side walls of the platform, for placing advertising materials thereon.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the desktop organizer made in the preferred embodiment of the present invention with writing instruments held in the exemplary way;

FIG. 2 is a top plan view of the desktop organizer made in the preferred embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 3 is a perspective view of the desktop organizer made in the preferred embodiment of the present invention, showing paperclips attached to the removable magnetic plug;

FIG. 4 is a perspective view of the desktop organizer made in the preferred embodiment of the present invention with writing instruments held in the exemplary way;

FIG. 5 is an exploded view, in the perspective, of the desktop organizer made in the preferred embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 6 is a side elevational view of the desktop organizer made in the preferred embodiment of the present invention; and

FIG. 7 is a bottom plan view of the desktop organizer made in the preferred embodiment of the present invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

The present invention generally relates to a rotatable desktop organizer that can hold a plurality of writing instruments, each one in a separate receptacle, and store common desk items made of metal, such as paperclips, that can be conveniently removed, one by one, via a magnet.

The preferred embodiment of the present invention will now be described with reference to FIGS. (‘FIGS.’) 1-7, wherein like components are designated by like reference numerals throughout the figures. With regard to means for fastening, mounting, attaching or connecting the components of the present invention to form the assembly as a whole, unless specifically described otherwise, such means are intended to at least encompass conventional fasteners such as machine screws, machine threads, snap rings, hose clamps, rivets, nuts and bolts, toggles, pins and the like. Components may also be connected by friction fitting, snap fitting, adhesives or by welding or deformation, if appropriate. Unless specifically otherwise disclosed or taught, materials for making components of the present invention are selected from appropriate materials such as metal, ceramics, metallic alloys, natural or synthetic fibers, plastics and the like, and appropriate manufacturing or production methods including casting, extruding, injection molding and machines may be used.

Although the present invention is generally described in terms of the preferred embodiments, it should be understood that it is shown and described, only by way of illustration of the best mode contemplated in carrying out the invention, but not intended to limit in any way the spirit and scope of the invention to the particular embodiments described.

Now referring to FIGS. 1-7, the desktop organizer 10 made in the preferred embodiment of the present invention comprises largely a platform 20, a hollow column 30, a plug 40, and a base 50. The platform 20 has a substantially cylindrical shape having a flat circular top surface 20 a, an opposing identically sized bottom surface 20 b, a round circumferential side surface 20 c extended therebetween, and a hollow interior surrounded thereby. The platform, however, may have other geometrical shapes where the flat top and bottom surfaces have the shape of squares, rectangles, or other polygons and the side surface is correspondingly angled. The top surface 20 a defines a circular aperture 21 at the center thereof extending into the interior of the platform 20 in which the hollow column 30 is to be removably inserted. While the aperture 21 is preferably circular, it may be formed having a other geometric shapes according to design and style preferences. Further, the top surface 20 a defines a plurality of concentric circular apertures 22 around the circumferential edges of the top surface 20 a, which are, preferably, equally spaced from one another. Each aperture 22 is connected into the interior of the platform 20 and sized, preferably, to retain only a single writing instrument of a standard size therein in a substantially upright orientation, as shown in FIG. 4, so as to form a single pen-holding receptacle 22. As described herein, the term receptacle refers to the implement-holding portion of the platform 20 which is defined by the apertures. In this respect, the receptacle 22 may be formed without an aperture according to design choice. The types of standard sized writing instruments include, but are not limited to, pens, pencils, highlighters, pen-shaped erasers or PDA stylus implements, laser pointers, or painting brushes. For easier and quicker removal of a writing instrument from the receptacle 22, the depth of each receptacle 22 or the height of the platform 20 is chosen, in the preferred embodiment, such that at least half of the body of a standard sized writing instrument is exposed out of the receptacle. Also, For more secure retention of a writing instrument and for protection of its surface against potential scratches from the edge of a receptacle during its removal therefrom, a leaf 22 a made of smooth fabrics and having a cross-shaped slit at its center may be formed around the opening of each receptacle 22, whereby a writing instrument, inserted into the central slit, may be frictionally retained against the surrounding leaf 22 a. Prefereably, the leaf 22 a may be fabricated from a foam material or a rubber material that allows for frictional engagement to implements.

Moreover, in order to facilitate easy access and removal of a particular writing instrument selected, it is desirable that the platform 20 is freely rotatable. This is achieved in the preferred embodiment by connecting a thin flat base 50 under the bottom surface 20 b of the platform 20 as shown in FIGS. 6 and 7, wherein the platform 20 and the base 50 are pivotally connected at their centers so that the platform 20 may freely rotate on the base 50. The method and means for such pivotal connection are well known to those skilled in the art and not described herein further.

Now referring to FIG. 5, the hollow column 30 is used in the present invention for containing various desk items such as paperclips therein and has an open upper end 30 a and closed lower end 30 b. It is sized to removably fit into the circular aperture 21 at the center of the platform 20, with a substantial portion of it protruding upward therefrom. Although the column 30 is shown to have the shape of a right-angle cylindrical shell in the preferred embodiment, it may have in another embodiment other geometrical shapes in which the upper end 30 a and lower end 30 b may be squares, rectangles, or any other polygons, in which case, the aperture 21 at the center of the platform 20 is accordingly shaped to receive the lower column end 30 b.

In the preferred embodiment, the plug 40 is generally shaped as a mushroom, as shown in FIG. 3, having a round and convex upper portion 41 sized to close the open upper end 30 a of the column 30 and a cylindrical protrusion 42 attached therebelow. The protrusion 42 has a length such that its distal end 42 a may substantially reach the bottom of the column 30 when the plug 40 closes upon the column 30. To pick up metallic desk items such as paperclips lying at the bottom of the column 30, a permanent magnet is disposed, preferably, within a cavity formed near the distal end 42 a of the plug 40. But in another embodiment, the same effect can be obtained by painting or coating the protrusion 42 proximate its distal end 42 a with magnetic material. Such method and material used are well known in the art.

The platform 20, the column 30, the plug 40, and the base 50 is fabricated of, preferably, plastics, ceramics, or polymeric compositions, but may be made of any rigid suitable material known to those in the art, including but not limited to, wood, metal, cardboard, synthetic fibers, fiberglass, hardboard, or the like, by using appropriate manufacturing or production methods such as casting, extruding, injection molding or other currently known means readily recognized by one skilled in the art.

Since the desktop organizer 10 would be more likely to attract attentions of the user and other viewers owing to its unique appearance, it can be an effective vehicle for advertisement. The unique design of the desktop organizer 10 in the present invention provides ample space for placing advertising material thereon. Since a substantial portion of the column 30 is exposed above the platform 20, the circumferential side surface 30 c thereof, which is of a substantial area, can be an excellent place to place advertising material 60 as shown in FIGS. 1 and 3-5. Such advertising material 60 may include, but not be limited to, a logo, trademark, advertisement, emblem, label, stamp, feature, brand, insignia, crest, token, seal, decal, pitch, announcement, slogan, monogram. Such indicia need not be limited to letters or words, but can be also a photo, design, or other pictorial representation. As shown in FIG. 5, the advertising material 60 may be imprinted on a piece of paper 61 attached to or removably wrapping around the side surface 30 c of the column 30. A circular flange 31 may be formed around the upper end 30 a of the column 30 to keep the piece of paper in place. Further, for protection of the advertising material 60 on the paper, a transparent sleeve 62 may removably sheathe the column 30 upon the advertising material 60. In another embodiment however, the advertising material 60 may be imprinted directly upon the side surface 30 c of the column 30. Furthermore, the side surface 20 c of the platform 20 also can be used to place another advertising material 60 thereon by, for example, imprinting as shown in FIGS. 1 and 3-5.

Although the column 30 is in the preferred embodiment a hollow shell with an open top to be used as a container, it may have in another embodiment closed upper and lower ends so that it may serve merely as an advertising tower upon which advertising material is disposed in various ways described above.

Accordingly, the present invention also includes a method of advertising using the desktop organizer made according to the invention. Such an advertising method comprises the steps of providing a desktop organizer made according to the present invention, and disposing advertising indicia on an external visible surface of the desktop organizer. The term “providing” is meant in a broad sense to include not only manufacturing but also acquiring from another source or selecting from available supplies. The term “disposing” is meant broadly to encompass any means for physically putting the advertising indicia on the device's surface, including but not limited to, imprinting, engraving, adhering, etc. The “disposing” step could even include sub-steps such as (a) imprinting the first advertising material on a cylindrical piece of paper sized and configured to fit around the column; (b) disposing the piece of paper around the column; and (c) sleeving a transparent shell over the piece of paper so that the first advertising material may be visible therethrough.

The present invention is capable of embodiments other than those described above, and its several details are capable of modifications in various respects apparent to those of ordinary skill in the art, all without departing from the essential spirit or attributes of the invention. Therefore, the embodiments described hereinbefore should be considered to be merely illustrative, not restrictive.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification40/124.06, 206/214
International ClassificationA45C11/34, B43M99/00
Cooperative ClassificationB43K23/001, B43M99/009, A45C11/36, A45C11/34, B43M99/006
European ClassificationB43K23/00B, A45C11/36, A45C11/34, B43M99/00B2C, B43M99/00E
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DateCodeEventDescription
Jul 26, 2007ASAssignment
Owner name: COTAPAXI CUSTOM DESIGN AND MANUFACTURING, LLC, NEW
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:CETERA, CARL;REEL/FRAME:019614/0835
Effective date: 20070702