United States Patent
3,844,302  Oct 29, 1974
 COLLAPSIBLE UMBRELLA
 Inventor: Harry Klein, Ft. Lee, N.J.
 Assignee: Telesco Brophey Limited, Montreal, Canada
 Filed: Mar. 15, 1972  Appl. No.: 234,719
Related U.S. Application Data
 Continuation-in-part of Ser. No. 71,732, Sept. 14, 1970, abandoned.
 U.S. CI 135/26
 Int. CI A45b 19/06
 Field of Search 135/20 R, 25 R, 26, 33 R,
 References Cited
UNITED STATES PATENTS
2,258,196 10/1941 Siers 135/26
2,443,772 6/1948 Mappin 135/26
2,465,140 3/1949 Vila 135/20 R
2,475,446 7/1949 Cohen 135/36 TP
2,864,389 12/1958 Smith et al 135/36 TP
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3,177,883 4/1965 Militano 135/20 R
3,693,643 9/1972 Weber 135/26
Primary Examiner—Peter M. Caun
Attorney, Agent, or Firm—William R. Liberman, Esq.
A collapsible umbrella, of the type including framedefining two section ribs in which the outer rib sections are slideable along the inner rib sections between extended and contracted positions and a cover overlying the frame and secured to the umbrella notch and the inner and outer ends of the outer ribs, is provided with a spreader member including a hub mounted on the notch and outwardly sprung radially projecting resilient fingers underlying the crown of the cover. Advantageously, the hub and fingers are integrally formed of a synthetic polymeric resin and the fingers are interconnected by pliable flexible connectors which may be integrally formed with the fingers and are positioned between the unbrella ribs and cover, the fingers interdigitating the ribs. Upon contracting the closed umbrella ribs the fingers resiliently maintain the cover crown in an extended position permitting its manual shaping against the influence of the resilient fingers into a compact collapsed condition.
1 Claim, 15 Drawing Figures