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Publication numberUS20090194209 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 12/259,167
Publication dateAug 6, 2009
Filing dateOct 27, 2008
Priority dateOct 26, 2007
Publication number12259167, 259167, US 2009/0194209 A1, US 2009/194209 A1, US 20090194209 A1, US 20090194209A1, US 2009194209 A1, US 2009194209A1, US-A1-20090194209, US-A1-2009194209, US2009/0194209A1, US2009/194209A1, US20090194209 A1, US20090194209A1, US2009194209 A1, US2009194209A1
InventorsPasquale DE FILIPPIS, Rocco RUSO
Original Assignee1747108 Ontario Inc.
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Laptop computer case
US 20090194209 A1
Abstract
A mobile workstation is provided. The mobile workstation provides dual functions of transporting a mobile computer, such as a laptop, and providing a functional workspace. The bottom surface of the workstation includes two indented portions. This bottom surface is intended for placement on a user's legs and to allow for a more comfortable use of a laptop in that position. One or more extensions can be provided, such as a surface for using a computer mouse. The lid of the workstation can include rigid and non-rigid portions, which can be folded to compact the lid when the workstation is open and used as a workstation. A power supply compartment provides separate storage of a power supply from the laptop while allowing connection between the laptop and the power supply to permit use while in the laptop compartment.
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1. A mobile workstation comprising:
a base defining two contoured indented surfaces extending along the entire length of the base arranged to engage ergonomically with legs of a user;
an outer frame comprising side walls, a top wall and a bottom wall;
a lid hinged to the base, the lid comprising a plurality of substantially rigid sections and a plurality of non-rigid sections separating the plurality of substantially rigid sections, the plurality of rigid sections arranged to be compactly folded upon one another to permit use of the laptop computer while in the case; and
a retractable working surface tray engaging with and extending from a first side of the base,
the base, the outer frame, and the lid defining a laptop compartment.
2. The mobile workstation of claim 1 further comprising a power supply compartment, provided adjacent the laptop compartment, arranged to provide separate storage of a power supply from the laptop, and defining a power supply passage arranged to permit a computer end of a power cord to be connected to the laptop to permit use while in the laptop compartment.
3. The mobile workstation of claim 2 wherein the power supply compartment further defines a second power supply passage arranged to permit access to the power supply without opening the laptop compartment.
4. The mobile workstation of claim 1 further comprising a pair of exterior protective feet provided at a bottom end of the mobile workstation.
5. The mobile workstation of claim 1 further comprising a shoulder strap, wherein the mobile workstation comprises a shoulder strap retainer to receive the shoulder strap when in a non-operational position.
6. The mobile workstation of claim 4 further comprising a shoulder strap, wherein the mobile workstation comprises a shoulder strap retainer provided between the pair of protective feet, to receive the shoulder strap when in a non-operational position.
7. The mobile workstation of claim 1 further comprising a removable file sleeve arranged to be removably mated with the lid to provide additional storage.
8. The mobile workstation of claim 1 further comprising a retractable handle disposed at a top of the mobile workstation and integrating with the base when in an unretracted position.
9. The mobile workstation of claim 1 wherein the plurality of non-rigid sections are arranged to provide hinging movement when one or more of the plurality of rigid sections are compactly folded upon one another.
10. The mobile workstation of claim 1 further comprising a second retractable tray engaging with and extending from a second side of the base opposite the first side.
11. The mobile workstation of claim 10 further comprising a base foam support and storage unit provided in the base, a storage portion of the storage unit being housed between the first and second retractable trays when the trays are in a closed position.
12. The mobile workstation of claim 1 further comprising a finned foam liner arranged to dissipate heat and secure a laptop in a closed position in the laptop compartment.
13. The mobile workstation of claim 1 further comprising a lid gel foam and a base gel foam provided within the lid and the base, respectively, for securing a laptop computer within the laptop compartment.
Description
CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

This application relates to prior U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 60/982,876 filed Oct. 26, 2007, the disclosure of which is expressly incorporated herein by reference in its entirety.

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates generally to carrying cases. More particularly, the present invention relates to a carrying case for a portable, or laptop, computer.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

A portable computer, also known as a laptop computer, or laptop, provides a user with a convenient and transportable workstation. The laptop can be transported within a home or place of work, or be brought with a user on travel. The user does not have to worry about availability of a computer at an unfamiliar location, since they can take their own computer and files with them.

A carrying case for a laptop typically includes some padding or other protection to keep the computer safe from potential damage during transport. Many laptop carrying cases are simply modifications of existing carrying cases, such as briefcases or backpacks, with additional padding to protect the computer.

Other products address the use of laptop computers. For example, the LapDesk™ product provides a foam filled base that provides stability and comfort for the user while using a laptop computer. It is not designed for transporting the laptop.

U.S. Pat. No. 5,871,094 issued to Leibowitz on Feb. 16, 1999 provides a laptop computer case and stand. A lid is hinged to the base. A leg engaging facility is provided along the rear edge of a rear portion of the lid of the case, to fit upon the upper surface of a pair of legs of a person using the laptop computer. However, both the leg engaging facility and the base engage the user's legs, creating pressure points for the weight of the laptop and case on the user's legs. Moreover, while the leg engaging facility is contoured, the base is not contoured, thereby creating areas of discomfort.

It is, therefore, desirable to provide a laptop computer case that can be used to transport and use a laptop in a comfortable manner.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

It is an object of the present invention to obviate or mitigate at least one disadvantage of previous laptop computer cases.

In a first aspect, the present invention provides a mobile workstation, such as a laptop computer workstation case. The mobile workstation includes a base defining two contoured indented surfaces extending along the entire length of the base arranged to engage ergonomically with legs of a user. The mobile workstation includes an outer frame comprising side walls, a top wall and a bottom wall. A lid is hinged to the base. The lid includes a plurality of substantially rigid sections and a plurality of non-rigid sections separating the plurality of substantially rigid sections. The plurality of rigid sections are arranged to be compactly folded upon one another to permit use of a laptop computer while in the laptop compartment. A retractable working surface tray engages with and extends from a first side of the base. The base, the outer frame, and the lid define a laptop compartment.

The mobile workstation can further include a power supply compartment, provided adjacent the laptop compartment, arranged to provide separate storage of a power supply from the laptop. A power supply passage can permit a computer end of a power cord to be connected to the laptop to permit use while in the laptop compartment. The power supply compartment can further define a second power supply passage arranged to permit access to the power supply without opening the laptop compartment.

A pair of protective feet can be provided at a bottom end of the mobile workstation, for additional exterior protection. The mobile workstation can further include a shoulder strap. The mobile workstation can include a shoulder strap retainer to receive the shoulder strap when in a non-operational position. The shoulder strap retainer can be provided between the pair of protective feet.

The mobile workstation can further include a removable file sleeve arranged to be removably mated with the lid to provide additional storage. A retractable handle can be disposed at a top of the case and integrate with the base when in an unretracted position.

The plurality of non-rigid sections can be arranged to provide hinging movement when one or more of the plurality of rigid sections are compactly folded upon one another. A second retractable tray can engage with and extend from a second side of the base opposite the first side

The mobile workstation can further include a lid gel foam and a base gel foam provided within the lid and the base, respectively, for securing a laptop computer within the laptop compartment. A base foam support and storage unit can be provided in the base. A storage portion of the storage unit can be housed between the first and second retractable trays when the trays are in a closed position.

In another aspect, the present invention provides a laptop computer case and workstation including a base defining two contoured indented surfaces extending along the entire length of the base for engaging with legs of a user. A lid is hinged to the base. A first retractable tray engages with and extends from a first side of the base. A second retractable tray engages with and extends from a second side of the base, opposite the first side.

The case can further include a lid gel foam and a base gel foam provided within the lid and the base, respectively, for securing a laptop computer within the case. The case can further include a base foam support and storage unit provided in the base. A storage portion of the storage unit is housed between the first and second retractable trays when the trays are in a closed position.

Other aspects and features of the present invention will become apparent to those ordinarily skilled in the art upon review of the following description of specific embodiments of the invention in conjunction with the accompanying figures.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

Embodiments of the present invention will now be described, by way of example only, with reference to the attached Figures, wherein:

FIGS. 1A, 1B and 1C are bottom, front and in-use views of a mobile workstation according to an embodiment of the present invention.

FIGS. 2A and 2B illustrate a mobile workstation according to an embodiment of the present invention with a working surface in a retracted and operational position, respectively.

FIGS. 3A, 3B and 3C illustrate a mobile workstation according to an embodiment of the present invention showing a plurality of rigid and non-rigid portions in a lid thereof, in various states of retraction.

FIGS. 4A, 4B and 4C illustrate a mobile workstation according to another embodiment of the present invention two rigid and non-rigid portions in a lid thereof, in various states of retraction and positioning.

FIGS. 5A, 5B, 5C, 5D and 5E illustrate right front perspective, front open, left front perspective with retracted strap, top and side views of an embodiment of the present invention.

FIGS. 6A, 6B, 6C, 6D and 6E illustrate front left and right perspective, rear with retracted handle, top and side views of another embodiment of the present invention.

FIGS. 7A, 7B, 7C, 7D and 7E illustrate front perspective, front open, side opening positions, top and side views of an embodiment of the present invention.

FIGS. 8A, 8B, 8C, 8D and 8E illustrate front perspective, top, rear with retracted handle, end and side views of another embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 9A illustrates a top perspective view of a mobile workstation according to an embodiment of the present invention, with FIG. 9B being an enlarged detail view of a zipper point.

FIG. 10A illustrates a side cross-section view of a mobile workstation according to an embodiment of the present invention showing a laptop compartment and a power supply compartment, with FIG. 10B being an enlarged detail view of the joint between the two compartments.

FIG. 11A illustrates a front view of a mobile workstation according to an embodiment of the present invention.

FIGS. 11B and 11C illustrate side and top views of the embodiment of FIG. 11A.

FIGS. 11D, 11E, 11F and 11G illustrate bottom perspective, front, side, and bottom views of an embodiment of the present invention showing two different materials.

FIGS. 11E, 11F and 11G illustrate front, side, and bottom views of an embodiment of the present invention showing two different materials.

FIG. 12 illustrates an exploded view of an assembly of an exemplary mobile workstation according to an embodiment of the present invention.

FIGS. 13A and 13B illustrate front perspective and front views of an embodiment of the present invention in a closed position.

FIGS. 13C and 13D illustrate rear and front views of an embodiment of the present invention with the lid in an open position and a working surface in a retracted position.

FIG. 13E illustrates a side view of an embodiment of the present invention focusing on a zipper area.

FIG. 14 is a perspective view of a mobile workstation, such as a laptop computer case, according to an embodiment of the present invention in a closed position.

FIG. 15 is a top view of the mobile workstation of FIG. 14.

FIG. 16 is a front view of the mobile workstation of FIG. 14.

FIG. 17 is a side view of the mobile workstation of FIG. 14.

FIG. 18 is a perspective view of a mobile workstation according to an embodiment of the present invention in an open position, with a laptop housed therein.

FIG. 19 is a perspective view of a mobile workstation according to an embodiment of the present invention in an open position, with no laptop.

FIG. 20 is a bottom perspective view of a mobile workstation according to an embodiment of the present invention in an open position, with a laptop housed therein.

FIG. 21 is an exploded view of elements of a mobile workstation according to an embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 22 is a top view of a mobile workstation base according to an embodiment of the present invention with portions in section.

FIG. 23 is a top view of a mobile workstation according to an embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 24 is a cross-sectional view of the mobile workstation of FIG. 23 taken along line A-A.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

Generally, the present invention provides a mobile workstation for carrying a portable computer, such as a laptop. The mobile workstation, or laptop workstation case, provides dual functions of transporting a mobile computer, such as a laptop, and providing a functional workspace. The bottom surface of the workstation includes two indented portions. This bottom surface is intended for placement on a user's legs and to allow for a more comfortable use of a laptop in that position. One or more extensions can be provided, such as a surface for using a computer mouse. The lid of the workstation can include rigid and non-rigid portions, which can be folded to compact the lid when the workstation is open and used as a workstation. A power supply compartment provides separate storage of a power supply from the laptop while allowing connection between the laptop and the power supply to permit use while in the laptop compartment.

While some existing approaches provide a combined laptop carrying case and stand, they do not provide contoured surface that extends along the entire length of the bottom of the case itself.

While embodiments of the present invention provide a mobile workstation, the terms “mobile workstation”, “laptop workstation case” and “laptop case” are used herein interchangeably to refer to a mobile workstation that provides both the ability to transport a mobile computer and use as a work surface, or work station. Embodiments of the present invention provide a laptop case that protects the laptop during transport and provides features that enhance the experience of using the laptop while it is actually in a user's lap. Embodiments of the present invention allow for easy access and set-up of the laptop without removing it from the case. The case can provide a comfortable and ergonomic laptop work area for use on the lap.

FIGS. 1A, 1B and 1C are bottom, front and in-use views of a laptop case and workstation according to an embodiment of the present invention. A case according to an embodiment of the present invention can be referred to as a laptop computer workstation case 10, as it combines the functions of a laptop case and a laptop workstation. As shown in FIG. 1A, the case 10 includes a base 12 defining two contoured indented surfaces extending along the entire length of the base arranged to engage ergonomically with legs of a user. The base, an outer frame, and a lid of the case can define a laptop compartment. The outer frame can include side walls, a top wall and a bottom wall. The view of FIG. 1B shows some of the curvature of the base, providing ergonomic engagement with legs of the user, providing an even distribution of pressure, thus avoiding concentrated pressure points. FIG. 1C shows the case in use on a user's lap.

FIGS. 2A and 2B illustrate a laptop workstation case according to an embodiment of the present invention with a working surface in a retracted and operational position, respectively. These figures show a retractable working surface tray 14 engaging with and extending from a first side of the base. The tray 14 is shown in FIG. 2A in a retracted position and in FIG. 2B in an operational position. The retractable working surface tray 14 can be a mousing surface, such as for use with a computer mouse, or can be used as a working surface for jotting notes or performing calculations. Also shown in FIGS. 2A and 2B, the lid can include a plurality of rigid sections and a plurality of non-rigid sections. A rigid section can also be provided to cover the power supply compartment.

FIGS. 3A, 3B and 3C illustrate a laptop workstation case according to an embodiment of the present invention showing a plurality of rigid and non-rigid portions in a lid thereof, in various states of retraction. The lid 10 is hinged to the base, and can a plurality of substantially rigid sections 16. The rigid sections 16 can provide protection and sturdiness to the case. A plurality of non-rigid sections 18 separate the plurality of substantially rigid sections 16. The plurality of rigid sections 16 are arranged to be compactly folded upon one another to permit use of the laptop computer while in the case. The folded up, or rolled up, rigid portions of the case can provide a stopping surface to prevent the top (or screen portion) of the laptop from being extended beyond a certain angle.

FIG. 3B shows how a non-rigid portion 18 of the lid can be made of a material suitable to be used to function as a hinge. Arrows in FIGS. 3A and 3B show the direction in which rigid and non-rigid portions of the lid can be rolled or flipped, to compact the lid to a compacted or open position. FIG. 3C shows a fully opened laptop bag with the lid in a fully open position 20, also referred to as a fully compacted position.

FIGS. 4A, 4B and 4C illustrate a laptop workstation case according to another embodiment of the present invention two rigid and non-rigid portions in a lid thereof, in various states of retraction and positioning. This embodiment is similar to the embodiment shown in FIGS. 3A-3C, and show that the rigid sections of the lid can be folded on to one another, rather than simply rolled into one another. The folded rigid sections can co-operate to provide a stand surface in a fully open position. The stand surface can be useful to prop up papers, or be used as a support for a book or magazine.

FIGS. 5A, 5B, 5C, 5D and 5E illustrate right front perspective, front open, left front perspective with retracted strap, top and side views of an embodiment of the present invention. In this embodiment, the case is a full hard shell with a hinged lid 10 that is a rigid lid. The lid 10 defines the top of a laptop compartment. A power supply compartment 22 is provided below the laptop compartment, and permits separate storage of the power supply. An additional exterior protective portion 24 can provide additional protection to a surface that is likely to be engaged with a floor or with the ground. The exterior protective portion 24 can be provided as a pair of rubberized feet.

As shown in FIG. 5B, a compartment separator 26 is arranged to provide access between the compartments, such as to permit a power cable to be connected to the laptop when in the case, and to permit access to the power supply without opening the laptop compartment. A finned top foam liner 28, such as shown provided in the upper and lower portions of the laptop compartment, can dissipate heat and secure the laptop in a closed position. A lid opening 30 provides a strong and accurate feeling and provides a greater visual mass.

As shown in FIG. 5C, a shoulder strap 32, such as a rubberized shoulder strap, can be provided for comfort. An integrated latch 34 can provide a secure closing connection of the lid with the base, to close the laptop compartment. The ergonomic curvature of the base 12 is slightly visible from the front view, providing a visual cue to its ergonomic use as a workstation on a user's lap.

FIGS. 6A, 6B, 6C, 6D and 6E illustrate front left and right perspective, rear with retracted handle, top and side views of another embodiment of the present invention. In FIG. 6A, a file sleeve 36, such as a neoprene file sleeve, is shown as being removable attachable to the lid. For example, the sleeve can simply hook onto the lid and integrate into the design of the case.

FIG. 6B shows that a shoulder strap can mate with a shoulder strap retainer 38 to receive the shoulder strap when in a non-operational position. In the embodiment of FIG. 6B, the case comprises a shoulder strap retainer provided between the pair of protective feet, to receive the shoulder strap when in a non-operational position.

FIG. 6C illustrates a retractable handle 40 disposed at a top of the case and integrating with the base when in an unretracted position. A padded bottom surface 42 of the base 12 is preferably made with a material that is comfortable and grips the user's lap. The base 12 can also be provided as a louvered base 44 that allows breathability for the user's lap.

FIGS. 7A, 7B, 7C, 7D and 7E illustrate front perspective, front open, side opening positions, top and side views of an embodiment of the present invention. FIG. 7A is another illustration showing that the lid can include a plurality of rigid portions 16. The non-rigid portions can be provided of a fabric material, which allows greater possibility for inner volume, in addition to the folding of the rigid lid sections.

FIG. 7B illustrates a finned foam lower liner 42, similar to the liner described in relation to FIG. 5B, provided in the laptop compartment and arranged to dissipate heat. Different sizes and shapes of the liner 42, in either or both of the top and/or bottom of the laptop compartment, can allow for a greater range of laptop sizes to be housed in the case. FIG. 7C illustrates the case with a double-hinged lid in various states of opening, and shows that the lid crates a smaller visual mass when the lid is open.

FIGS. 8A, 8B, 8C, 8D and 8E illustrate front perspective, top, rear with retracted handle, end and side views of another embodiment of the present invention. In FIG. 8A, a removable file sleeve 46 is illustrated. This file sleeve is similar to the file sleeve 36 of FIG. 6A, but shows that the shape and coverage of the sleeve with respect to the size of the lid can be varied. Similarly, a retractable handle 48 is shown in FIG. 8C, which also integrated into the case when not in use, but with a slightly different design than the retractable handle 40 shown in FIG. 6C. The base 12 can be lightly curved, such as resulting in a height at the peak of the curve of about ⅛″, to allow ergonomic lap use with minimal volume or size increase. The padded bottom surface 42 and louvered base 44 are similar to FIG. 6C.

A shoulder strap retainer 50 in FIG. 8D is shown with a different design and manner in which to engage and retain the shoulder strap, as compared to the shoulder strap retainer 38 in FIG. 6B.

FIG. 9A illustrates a top perspective view of a laptop workstation case according to an embodiment of the present invention. This figure shows some detailing in an exemplary embodiment. In particular, FIG. 9B is an enlarged detail view of a zipper point of the case. A dual layer fabric can be arranged to surround and conceal the zipper and create an intuitive touch point.

FIG. 10A illustrates a side cross-section view of a laptop workstation case according to an embodiment of the present invention showing a laptop compartment and a power supply compartment. FIG. 10B is an enlarged detail view of the joint between the two compartments. While the rubber power door (described earlier as a compartment separator 26) is shown in a closed position, such a rubber separator can be used to provide wire access while separating the two compartments.

FIG. 11A illustrates a front view of a laptop workstation case according to an embodiment of the present invention. In the exemplary embodiment shown in FIG. 11A, the base 12 is a scalloped base, or bottom, that has a height of about 0.125″. That height is measured at the peak of the curvature of the contoured indented surfaces extending along the entire length of the base, which are arranged to engage ergonomically with legs of a user.

FIGS. 11B and 11C illustrate side and top views of the embodiment of FIG. 11A. These figures show a total height of the case as about 2″, a total width of about 15.25″, and a total depth of about 14″.

FIGS. 11D, 11E, 11F and 11G illustrate bottom perspective, front, side, and bottom views of an embodiment of the present invention showing two different materials. In FIG. 11D, the base 12 is shown to curl slightly up at the front edge of the case. An upholstering material 52 can be provided on the base 12. FIGS. 11E, 11F and 11G show other views with the upholstering material shown as a darker material than the rest of the case material.

FIG. 12 illustrates an exploded view of an assembly of an exemplary laptop workstation case according to an embodiment of the present invention. A number of elements that are shown as separate elements can be provided as constituent parts of other elements described herein.

FIGS. 13A and 13B illustrate front perspective and front views of an embodiment of the present invention in a closed position. FIG. 13A illustrates an embodiment of a shoulder strap that has an engaging portion to engage with a shoulder strap retainer at the bottom of the case. FIG. 13B illustrates a front view of the case without the shoulder strap in use.

FIGS. 13C and 13D illustrate rear and front views of an embodiment of the present invention with the lid in an open position and a working surface in a retracted position. These figures show that when in an open position, the rigid portions of the lid can be provided with a lining material arranged to grip paper or other materials placed therein. The top edge of the lid can double as a retaining means to retain items in the “back” portion of the opened lid, while the front portion of the opened lid (which faces the user) can be used to store documents behind a laptop screen, or as a rest for the laptop screen.

FIG. 13E illustrates a side view of an embodiment of the present invention focusing on a zipper area. Similar to the embodiment shown in FIG. 9B, a zipper point area is shown, in which a dual layer fabric can be arranged to surround and conceal the zipper and create an intuitive touch point.

Therefore, in an aspect, the present invention provides a laptop computer workstation case. The case includes a base defining two contoured indented surfaces extending along the entire length of the base arranged to engage ergonomically with legs of a user. The case includes an outer frame comprising side walls, a top wall and a bottom wall. A lid is hinged to the base. The lid includes a plurality of substantially rigid sections and a plurality of non-rigid sections separating the plurality of substantially rigid sections. The plurality of rigid sections are arranged to be compactly folded upon one another to permit use of the laptop computer while in the case. A retractable working surface tray engages with and extends from a first side of the base. The base, the outer frame, and the lid define a laptop compartment.

The case can further include a power supply compartment, provided adjacent the laptop compartment, arranged to provide separate storage of a power supply from the laptop. A power supply passage can permit a computer end of a power cord to be connected to the laptop to permit use while in the case. The power supply compartment can further define a second power supply passage arranged to permit access to the power supply without opening the laptop compartment of the case.

A pair of protective feet can be provided at a bottom end of the case, for additional exterior protection. The case can further include a shoulder strap. The case can include a shoulder strap retainer to receive the shoulder strap when in a non-operational position. The shoulder strap retainer can be provided between the pair of protective feet.

The case can further include a removable file sleeve arranged to be removably mated with the lid to provide additional storage. A retractable handle can be disposed at a top of the case and integrate with the base when in an unretracted position.

The plurality of non-rigid sections can be arranged to provide hinging movement when one or more of the plurality of rigid sections are compactly folded upon one another. A second retractable tray can engage with and extend from a second side of the base opposite the first side

The case can further include a lid gel foam and a base gel foam provided within the lid and the base, respectively, for securing a laptop computer within the laptop compartment of the case. A base foam support and storage unit can be provided in the base. A storage portion of the storage unit can be housed between the first and second retractable trays when the trays are in a closed position.

FIG. 14 is a perspective view of a laptop computer case according to an embodiment of the present invention in a closed position. This view illustrates sleek lines of the case. The handle is shown as including a locking means, or securing means, to secure the laptop within the case.

FIGS. 15, 16 and 17 are top, front and side views, respectively, of the laptop computer case of FIG. 14. FIGS. 15 and 16 show exemplary dimensions, in inches, for the case. FIG. 16 also illustrates the base having two curved indentations that extend along the entire length of the bottom of the case. The dimensions and curvature of the indentations, or contoured surfaces, can be varied to suit adults and children having legs of different shapes and sizes.

FIG. 18 is a perspective view of a laptop computer case according to an embodiment of the present invention in an open position, with a laptop housed therein. The case can be described as having a lid hingedly attached to a base, and a retaining means. In FIG. 18, the retaining means comprises upper and lower gel foam portions provided in the lid and the base, respectively, to wrap around the laptop when closed. This retaining method allows for various sizes of laptops, while providing the same gel foam portions. FIG. 18 also shows a retractable tray that extends from the left side of the base of the case, preferably in a pull-out manner. The retractable tray can be used as a storage tray to store a variety of documents or other items, and can also be used as a work surface. A retractable mouse pad is also provided in the base of the case, on an opposite side from the retractable tray. The retractable mouse pad is advantageously used as a mouse pad, but can also be used as a further work surface, such as for using a calculator or jotting notes.

FIG. 19 is a perspective view of a laptop computer case according to an embodiment of the present invention in an open position, with no laptop. The lower gel foam portion in FIG. 19 is shown as defining a slit to allow access to storage, as well as to keep wires from coming to the surface where the laptop is used. A base foam support and storage area is also illustrated, which provides a storage area for a laptop power supply, wires, mouse and other cables or desired items. This storage area is preferably only accessible when the lower gel foam portion is removed.

FIG. 20 is a bottom perspective view of a laptop computer case according to an embodiment of the present invention in an open position, with a laptop housed therein. The embodiment in FIG. 20 shows non-slip comfort pads provided in the contoured surfaces that extend along the entire length of the bottom of the case. This provides for enhanced gripping and reduces slippage during use.

FIG. 21 is an exploded view of elements of a laptop computer case according to an embodiment of the present invention. A laptop is shown simply for illustration, and is not part of the case. FIG. 21 provides an illustration of the relationship between the lid, lid gel foam, base gel foam, base foam support and storage unit (or area), pull-out document storage drawer, base and retractable mouse pad.

FIG. 22 is a top view of a laptop computer case base according to an embodiment of the present invention with portions in section. The base in FIG. 22 is shown with the openings to receive the retractable storage drawer, or tray, and the retractable mouse pad. The dimensions shown in FIG. 22 are exemplary, and non-limiting.

FIG. 23 is a top view of a laptop computer case according to an embodiment of the present invention. FIG. 24 is a cross-sectional view of the laptop computer case of FIG. 23 taken along line A-A. Exemplary dimensions are provided, in inches, in FIG. 24 to illustrate the relative dimensions of various elements of the laptop computer case. For example, exemplary dimensions are provided for the height and width of the curved indented portions extending along the entire length of the base. Exemplary dimensions are also provided for the storage area, the base, the lid, and other previously-discussed elements.

In an embodiment, the case has no straps, cables or Velcro™, and provides a good use of space for storage, with a strong emphasis on ergonomic design.

In the above description, for purposes of explanation, numerous details have been set forth in order to provide a thorough understanding of the present invention. However, it will be apparent to one skilled in the art that these specific details are not required in order to practice the present invention. In other instances, well-known electrical structures and circuits are shown in block diagram form in order not to obscure the present invention. For example, specific details are not provided as to whether the embodiments of the invention described herein are implemented as a software routine, hardware circuit, firmware, or a combination thereof.

The above-described embodiments of the present invention are intended to be examples only. Alterations, modifications and variations may be effected to the particular embodiments by those of skill in the art without departing from the scope of the invention, which is defined solely by the claims appended hereto.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification150/107, 206/320
International ClassificationB65D85/00, A45C13/30
Cooperative ClassificationA45C2011/003, A45C11/00, A45C13/30
European ClassificationA45C11/00, A45C13/30
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