DESKTOP VERTICAL FILE ASSEMBLY
1. Field of the Invention
The present invention relates generally to the field of vertical file assemblies. More particularly, the invention relates to a modular vertical file assembly supported by a base.
2. Background of the Invention 10 Desk organizers are a popular office item which allow a
user easy access to commonly used office items. Additionally, file trays are commonly used to organize the flow of paper work within an office. For example, desk trays are often utilized both to coordinate the flow of paper as well 15 as to organize files based on various classifications.
Desk trays may be stacked in a multi-tiered manner permitting additional trays to be added as required. This type of desk tray is exemplified in U.S. Design Pat. No. Des. 325,222 entitled MULTI-TIERED DESK TRAY issued Apr. 20 7,1992, to Brussing. This type of stacked desk tray requires desk space equivalent to the base tray.
Another type of file organizer is the vertical file holder in which files or papers are supported in a vertical position. The vertical file holders are often desktop units which include a series of compartments located adjacently. This type of file holder is often combined with a desk organizer of some sort as exemplified in U.S. Pat. No. Des. 330,047 entitled COMBINED VERTICAL FILE AND ORGANIZER FOR ASSORTED DESK ACCESSORIES issued Oct. 6, 1992, to 30 Evenson. The Evenson patent discloses a plurality of vertical files located one in front of the other and attached to a desk organizer. This design, however, requires significant desk space since the files are located in series one behind the other. Similarly, U.S. Pat. No. Des. 270,256 entitled DESK 35 ORGANIZER issued Aug. 23, 1983, to Sankey, discloses a series of vertical files located next to one another and attached to a desk organizer. This concept also requires significant desk space.
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Files are often attached vertically to a wall in a cascading manner as exemplified in U.S. Pat. No. Des. 349,131 entitled STACKABLE TRAY UNIT FOR WALL MOUNTING issued Jul. 26, 1994, to Nystrom, et al. In this type of arrangement the files are arranged vertically and take up 45 minimal office space. In one arrangement each file is individually attached to the wall. In another arrangement the top file is typically attached to the wall or a partition hanger and the subsequent files are hung from the top file. This type of arrangement is disclosed in U.S. Pat. No. 4,162,014 entitled 5Q VERTICAL FILE CONSTRUCTION issued on Jul. 24, 1979, to Bobrick. However, these type of arrangements require a wall or partition.
Accordingly, it would be desirable to have a modular vertical file assembly that could be combined with a desk 55 organizer that did not require the attachment to a wall, partition or construction of a supporting frame.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
A modular desktop vertical file assembly in accordance 60 with one aspect of the present invention comprises a base including a support surface and a base attachment region. The base attachment region includes at least one resilient attachment member having an aperture. The vertical file assembly further includes a plurality of vertical files where 65 each vertical file includes a bottom panel, a rear panel perpendicular to the bottom panel, a pair of side panels and
a front panel. The front panel extends from the bottom panel at a non perpendicular angle. Additionally, the rear panel and each side panel include a top attachment region having at least one resilient attachment member including an aperture, and a bottom region including at least one tab.
The plurality of vertical files includes a first vertical file and at least one subsequent file, the first vertical file is attached to and supported by releasable engagement of the tabs of the first vertical file in the plurality of apertures in the top attachment portion of the base. The tabs of the subsequent files are releasably engaged in the plurality of apertures in the top attachment portion of the previous vertical file.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
These and other features of the invention will be more fully understood by reference to the following description and the appended FIGURES, wherein like reference numerals designate like elements and in which:
FIG. 1 is a front perspective view of the modular vertical file assembly in accordance with the present invention;
FIG. 2 is an exploded front perspective view of the base, vertical files and cap of the vertical file assembly of FIG. 1;
FIG. 3 is an exploded rear perspective view of the base, vertical files and cap of the vertical file assembly of FIG. 1;
FIG. 4 is a side sectional view generally along line 4—4 of FIG. 1;
FIG. 5 is a fragmentary side view generally along line 5—5 of FIG. 1;
FIG. 6 is a fragmentary perspective view of the cap and vertical file of FIG. 1;
FIG. 7 is a rear view of the cap and vertical file tab and aperture generally along line 7—7 of FIG. 6;
FIG. 8 is an exploded rear perspective view of an attachment region of the base and vertical file; and
FIG. 9 is a perspective view of the bottom of the base of the vertical file of FIG. 1.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE
Turning now to the drawings and referring first to FIG. 1, a file assembly 10 comprises a base 12, a plurality of vertical files 14 and a cap 16. Vertical files 14 include a first vertical file 18 releasably attached to and supported by base 12 and a subsequent vertical file 20 releasably attached to and supported by first vertical file 18. Although not shown, additional vertical files may be attached as will be described in greater detail below. Cap 16 is attached to the last to be supported vertical file.
Base 12 includes a pair of side walls 22, a back wall 24 and a top panel 26. Top panel 26 has a curvilinear profile such that a front portion 28 of top panel 26 slopes downward. Each side wall 22 includes a bottom edge 30. Similarly, back wall 24 and front portion 28 of top panel 26 include bottom edges 32, 34 respectively. Base 12 further includes four feet 35 which extend beyond bottom edges 30, 32 and 34 (See FIG. 8). Feet 35 define a bottom support surface 36. Top panel 26 further includes a support region 37 which is substantially parallel to bottom support surface 36.
In the preferred embodiment, base 12 further includes a number of desk organizer features such as a writing implement well 38, a disk support section 40, a business card well 42 and a pad well 44. Writing implement well 38 extends longitudinally intermediate side walls 22 proximate front portion 28 of base 12.