|Publication number||USRE39728 E1|
|Application number||US 10/259,104|
|Publication date||Jul 17, 2007|
|Filing date||Sep 26, 2002|
|Priority date||Dec 13, 1999|
|Also published as||US6123238|
|Publication number||10259104, 259104, US RE39728 E1, US RE39728E1, US-E1-RE39728, USRE39728 E1, USRE39728E1|
|Original Assignee||Elsa Dumplet|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (10), Referenced by (4), Classifications (21), Legal Events (2)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This invention relates to apparatus for hanging clothing and accessories and the like and more particularly to apparatus that are hung on any projecting member, such as a peg on the door or wall of a clothes closet.
Clothes closets have limited space. Items such as hats, ties, belts, shoes, bras etc. are hard to store. It would be very helpful to have a device for the storage of all of these items.
Sometimes, a hanging device is satisfactory but there is no room for it because it is too long. It would be advantageous to have a device for hanging items such as hats, ties, belts, shoes, bras, etc. that is adjustable in size and shape.
Various devices may be available on which to hang clothing and accessories such as hats, ties, belts, bras etc. but the cost of manufacturing them makes their price less attractive, they are too complex and/or they are not adjustable in size and shape. For example, U.S. Pat. No. 4,034,865 to Batts et al., U.S. Pat. No. 4,709,838 to Campbell, U.S. Pat. No. 4,863,043 to Bowen, U.S. Pat. No. 5,282,553 to Ibled and U.S. Pat. No. 5,642,841 to Beaty disclose various apparatus for hanging accessories.
The present invention can be made out of standard metal clothes hangers and a chain and is adjustable. It consists of a main body made of a chain and has hooks protruding from various links in the chain. The apparatus of the present invention can be held up and hung from its end hook or from various intermediate hooks. The selection of the hook will determine the size and shape of the apparatus while it is in operation.
The following important objects and advantages of the present invention are:
In order to better understand the present invention in conjunction with the drawings of
As seen from
End hook 30a projects from the first end link 20a. Hooks 30 each contain a straight portion 32 and a curved portion 34. Curved portion 34 is shaped so as to receive articles and to be hung on a projecting member such as a peg or other rodlike projection (not shown). Accordingly, end hook 30a projects from first end link 20a such that the straight portion 32 of end hook 30a is aligned collinearly with an imaginary axis of the segment 24 of the series of intermediate links 20b, 20c, 20d, 20e etc. that is nearest end hook 30a.
Apparatus 10 can be hung up on a wall or door or elsewhere where there is a peg or other projection by placing one of the hooks 30 of apparatus 10. Apparatus 10 is adjustable in length and shape and is configurable so that more than one hook can be selected to hang the apparatus on and still allow either all of the remainder or, in some configurations most of the remainder, of the plurality of hooks 30 to face upward and thereby allow articles to be hung easily on the curved portions thereof. Depending on which hook 30 is used to hang apparatus 10 on, the shape or configuration of apparatus 10 changes. The apparatus 10 of the present invention permits one to select a hook 30 that allows all or most of the remaining hooks 30 to be facing upward and be able to receive articles for hanging. Due to the configuration of the hooks on apparatus 10, most of the hooks 30 of apparatus 10 are suitable for this.
It should be noted that the best position of hooks 30 for hanging accessories or clothing is that with the curved portions 34 of hooks 30 facing upward. When curved portion 34 of a particular hook 30 is facing downward, the item can still be hung but the possibility of slipping off the hook 30 is much greater.
In its primary configuration as seen in
Thus apparatus 10 can be configured in length and shape depending upon how much room exists where the apparatus is being hung. For example, if apparatus 10 is hung near the floor, configuration depicted in
It is contemplated by the present invention that apparatus 10 of the present invention can be designed with additional or fewer links 20 from those links 20 shown in
It is to be understood that while the apparatus of this invention have been described and illustrated in detail, the above-described embodiments are simply illustrative of the principles of the invention. It is to be understood also that various other modifications and changes may be devised by those skilled in the art which will embody the principles of the invention and fall within the spirit and scope thereof. It is not desired to limit the invention to the exact construction and operation shown and described. The spirit and scope of this invention are limited only by the spirit and scope of the following claims.
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|U.S. Classification||223/1, 223/DIG.4, 211/113, 223/DIG.1, 223/DIG.2|
|International Classification||A47G25/74, A41H43/00, A47F5/00, A47G25/10, A47G25/00|
|Cooperative Classification||Y10S223/02, Y10S223/04, A47G25/74, A47G2025/1492, A47G25/005, A47F5/0006, A47G25/10|
|European Classification||A47F5/00B, A47G25/10, A47G25/74, A47G25/00B|
|Apr 7, 2008||REMI||Maintenance fee reminder mailed|
|Sep 28, 2008||LAPS||Lapse for failure to pay maintenance fees|