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(12) Patent Application: (11) CA 2747882
(54) English Title: APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SELF-STABILIZED ROLLABLE LUGGAGE ASSEMBLY
(54) French Title: APPAREIL ET PROCEDE POUR ENSEMBLE BAGAGE ROULANT AUTO-STABILISE
(51) International Patent Classification (IPC):
  • A45C 5/04 (2006.01)
  • A45C 13/20 (2006.01)
  • A45C 13/26 (2006.01)
  • A45C 13/38 (2006.01)
(72) Inventors (Country):
  • HEROLD, JEFFREY (United States of America)
(73) Owners (Country):
  • WEST COAST TREND, INC. (United States of America)
(71) Applicants (Country):
  • WEST COAST TREND, INC. (United States of America)
(74) Agent: GOUDREAU GAGE DUBUC
(45) Issued:
(86) PCT Filing Date: 2009-11-20
(87) PCT Publication Date: 2010-07-08
Examination requested: 2014-11-19
(30) Availability of licence: N/A
(30) Language of filing: English

(30) Application Priority Data:
Application No. Country Date
12/348,857 United States of America 2009-01-05
12/408,649 United States of America 2009-03-20

English Abstract





A luggage assembly includes a first piece of luggage and a second piece of
luggage. An attachment member couples
the second piece of luggage to the first piece of luggage so that the first
and second pieces of luggage are self-stabilized while
upright and inclined, and while in motion and while stationary.





French Abstract

La présente invention porte sur un ensemble bagage, qui comprend un premier élément de bagage et un second élément de bagage. Un élément de fixation couple le second élément de bagage au premier élément de bagage, de telle sorte que les premier et second éléments de bagage sont auto-stabilisés tandis qu'ils sont en position verticale et inclinée, et tandis qu'ils sont transportés et immobilisés.


Note: Claims are shown in the official language in which they were submitted.




What is claimed is:


1. An apparatus comprising:
a first attachment member configured to fit under a handle on a first
suitcase, the handle is sized to accommodate a person's hand;
an extension portion coupled to the first attachment member, the extension
portion is configured to extend between the first suitcase and a
second suitcase and to retain the first suitcase adjacent to the
second suitcase when the first and second suitcases are upright,
tilted, moving, and stationary, and the extension portion is
configured to fold over the handle on the first suitcase and the
attachment member is configured to adjustably engage a section of
the extension portion to couple the first and second suitcases
together; and
instructions for creating a luggage assembly with the first and second
suitcases using the apparatus.

2. An apparatus according to claim 1, further comprising:
a series of slots along the length of the extension portion, at least one end
of the apparatus being configured to engage a handle on the second
suitcase and the slots are spaced to accommodate different sizes of
the first suitcase and the second suitcase, the handle on the second
suitcase is sized to accommodate a person's hand.

3. An apparatus according to claim 1, further comprising:
the first attachment member includes at least one of the group consisting
of: a cotter pin, and a U-shaped end, to engage an edge of a slot in
the extension portion.

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4. An apparatus according to claim 1, further comprising:
the extension portion is further configured to engage at least half of a
handle on the second suitcase, the handle on the second suitcase is
sized to accommodate a person's hand.

5. An apparatus according to claim 1, further comprising:
the extension portion includes a slot that engages a handle on the second
suitcase, the handle on the second suitcase is sized to
accommodate a person's hand.

6. An apparatus according to claim 1, further comprising:
the first attachment member includes an end that is shaped to engage an
edge of a slot on the extension portion.

7. An apparatus according to claim 1, further comprising:
a second attachment member configured to engage at least half of the
length of a handle on the second suitcase, the second handle is
sized to accommodate a person's hand.

8. An apparatus according to claim 1, further comprising:
the stabilizer is built into the second suitcase.

9. A luggage stabilizing apparatus, comprising:
a stabilizer configured to engage a first piece of wheeled luggage and a
second
piece of wheeled luggage so that the first and second pieces of luggage
remain self-stabilized and adjacent to one another while upright and
inclined, and while in motion and stationary, the stabilizer including:
a first connector configured to retain a portion of the first piece of
luggage;
a second connector configured to retain a portion of the second piece of
luggage; and
an extension portion coupled between the first and second connectors;
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the first connector is attachable at different positions along the extension
portion to adjust the length of the extension portion between the first
and second pieces of luggage; and
the stabilizer is removable from the first and second pieces of luggage.
10. A luggage stabilizing apparatus according to claim 9, further comprising:
the first connector is configured to wrap around a handle on top of the first
piece
of luggage.

11. A luggage stabilizing apparatus according to claim 9, further comprising:
the extension portion is configured with a series of slots, one of the slots
is
configured to fit over a retractable handle on the second piece of luggage
and the other slots are configured to be engaged by the first connector
based on the dimensions of the first and second pieces of luggage.

12. A luggage stabilizing apparatus according to claim 9, further comprising
the
second connector is configured to engage a substantial portion of a handle on
top
of the second piece of luggage.

13. A luggage stabilizing apparatus according to claim 9, further comprising
at
least one of the group consisting of:
the second connector is a slot in the extension portion,
the first connector includes an end configured to engage a handle on top of
the first suitcase, and
the second connector configured to fit under a handle on top of the second
suitcase, the second handle is sized to accommodate a person's
hand and the second attachment member is further configured to
engage at least half of the length of the second handle.

14. A luggage stabilizing apparatus according to claim 9, further comprising
the first piece of wheeled luggage; and
the second piece of wheeled luggage.
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15. A method for forming a self-stabilized luggage assembly, the method
comprising:
coupling a first piece of luggage in contact with a second piece of luggage
using
an adjustable stabilizer configured to couple a handle on the first piece of
luggage to a handle on the second piece of luggage while wheels on the
bottom of the first and second pieces of luggage remain on the ground
when the first and second pieces of luggage are tilted, upright, moving, and
stationary.

16. The method of claim 15 further comprising:
engaging a handle on top of the first piece of luggage with one end of the
stabilizer; and
positioning a slot in another end of the stabilizer over a handle at the top
of the
second piece of luggage.

17. The method of claim 15 further comprising:
engaging a handle on top of the first piece of luggage with one end of the
stabilizer; and
engaging a handle on top of the second piece of luggage with another end of
the
stabilizer.

18. An apparatus comprising:
means for attaching two pieces of luggage to one another, the means including
one end configured to couple to a handle on top of a first piece of luggage,
another end configured to couple to a handle on a second piece of
luggage, and an intermediate portion configured to adjustably extend
between the handles.

19. The apparatus of claim 18 further comprising:
the means for attaching two pieces of luggage includes a series of rectangular

slots in the intermediate portion, the slots being spaced from one another
so that different slots are used to accommodate different sizes of the two
pieces of luggage.

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20. The apparatus of claim 18, further comprising:
the intermediate portion includes adjustable straps to accommodate different
sizes
of luggage.

21. The apparatus of claim 19, further comprising:
a first attachment member coupled to the intermediate portion and configured
on
the first end to fit under the handle on the first piece of luggage is
configured to engage at least half of the length of the handle.

22. The apparatus of claim 18, further comprising:
a first attachment member coupled to the intermediate portion and configured
on
the first end to fit under the handle on the first piece of luggage and to
engage at least half of the length of the handle on the first piece of
luggage;
and
a second attachment member coupled to the intermediate portion and configured
to fit under the handle on the second piece of luggage and to engage at
least half of the length of the handle on the second piece of luggage.

23. A method for forming a self-stabilized luggage assembly from luggage that
has wheels, the method comprising:
using an adjustable stabilizer to couple a handle on a first piece of luggage
to a handle on a second piece of luggage, wherein the adjustable stabilizer
is configured to retain the first piece of luggage in contact with a second
piece of luggage in a manner that tends to keep wheels on the bottom of
the first and second pieces of luggage on the ground when the first and
second pieces of luggage are tilted, upright, moving, and stationary.

24. A luggage stabilizing apparatus, comprising:
a central body with a first end, a second end, and at least one engagement
structure between the first end and the second end;
a first attachment member coupled to the first end of the central body; and
a second attachment member coupled to the second end of the central body;
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wherein the first attachment member is configured to engage a first handle
at an upper portion of a first suitcase;
the second attachment member is operable to pass under a second handle at an
upper portion of a second suitcase and then engage the engagement
structure of the central body, thereby causing the luggage stabilizing
apparatus to capture the second handle, the central body is configured to:
extend between the first and second handles when the first attachment
member engages the first handle and the second engagement
member engages the engagement structure of the central body and
subsequently retain the first suitcase adjacent to the second suitcase with
sufficient force to create a substantially stable luggage assembly
when the first and second suitcases are both tilted.

25. An apparatus according to claim 24, wherein:
the second end of the central body is configured to fold over the handle on
the
second suitcase and allow the second attachment member to engage the
engagement structure of the central body

26. A luggage assembly comprising:
a first piece of luggage comprising a top, a bottom, a front, a back, and one
or more wheels at the bottom of the first piece;
a second piece of luggage comprising an upper portion, a top, a bottom, a
front, a back, a left side, a right side, and one or more wheels at the bottom
of the
second piece; and
an attachment member affixed to the second piece of luggage, the
attachment member couples the second piece of luggage to the first piece of
luggage so that the first and second pieces of luggage are self-stabilized in
tilted
and upright orientations and while in motion and while stationary.

27. A luggage assembly according to claim 26, further comprising:
a handle at the top of the first piece of luggage; and
the attachment member couples to the handle.
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28. A luggage assembly according to claim 26, further comprising:
a handle at the top of the first piece of luggage; and
the attachment member comprises an attachment strap affixed to the
second piece of luggage that is wrapped around the handle at the top of the
first
piece of luggage.

29. A luggage assembly according to claim 28, wherein the attachment strap
comprises:
a left segment and a right segment, each extending from the second piece
of luggage to the handle of the first piece of luggage; and
an intermediate segment connecting the left and right segments and
extending across the handle.

30. A luggage assembly according to claim 28, further comprising:
the second piece of luggage comprises a longitudinal center between the
left and right sides; and
the attachment strap includes two ends, one end is affixed at a point
spaced between the left side and the longitudinal center and the other end is
affixed at a point spaced between the right side and the longitudinal center.

31. A luggage assembly according to claim 30, wherein the attachment strap is
affixed to the back of the second piece of luggage.

32. A luggage assembly according to claim 26, wherein a percentage of the
weight of the second piece of luggage is at or behind of at least one wheel on
the
bottom of the first piece of luggage when the first and second pieces of
luggage
are inclined in a rolling configuration.

33. A luggage assembly according to claim 26, further comprising:
a substantially rigid handle at the top of the first piece, wherein the handle

provides leverage for inclining the first and second pieces of luggage.

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34. A luggage assembly according to claim 26, further comprising the
attachment member is dimensioned to engage the first piece of luggage in a
manner that prevents the second piece of luggage from moving away from the
first piece of luggage when the first and second pieces of luggage are
inclined.
35. A luggage assembly according to claim 26, further comprising the second
piece of luggage has a weight, a portion of which rests in back of at least
one
wheel on the second piece of luggage when the second piece of luggage is
inclined, thereby tending to cause the back of the second piece of luggage to
press against the front of the first piece of luggage.

36. A luggage assembly according to claim 26, further comprising, when the
first and second pieces of luggage are inclined, at least a portion of the
front of the
first piece of luggage remains in contact with at least a portion of the back
of the
second piece of luggage while the luggage assembly is in motion.

37. A luggage assembly according to claim 28, further comprising the first
handle is a rigid extendable handle and the attachment strap is flexible.

38. A luggage assembly according to claim 26, further comprising:
at least one of the group consisting of:
a mating strap on the front of the first piece, the attachment member
comprises a mating hook to engage the mating strap; and
a set of straps with connector portions on the first piece of luggage that
engage connector portions on a set of straps on the second piece of luggage.
39. A method for forming a self-stabilized luggage train, the method
comprising:
standing a first piece of luggage upright, wherein the first piece of luggage
comprises a bottom with one or more wheels;
positioning a second piece of luggage substantially adjacent to the first
piece of luggage, wherein the second piece of luggage comprises a left side, a

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right side, a bottom with one or more wheels, an upper portion, and an
attachment
member affixed to the upper portion;
connecting the attachment member to the first piece of luggage in a
manner that will substantially prevent the second piece of luggage from moving

away from the first piece of luggage when the first and second pieces are
inclined
to form the self-stabilized luggage train, the luggage assembly remaining self-

stabilized while upright and inclined, and while in motion and stationary; and
leaning the first and second pieces to form the self-stabilized luggage train,

the self-stabilized luggage train having a weight which is substantially
supported
by at least one of the wheels on the bottom of the first piece of luggage and
at
least one of the wheels on the bottom of the second piece of luggage.

40. A method according to claim 39, the connecting the attachment member
further comprising at least one of the group consisting of:
a handle at the top of the first piece of luggage and the attachment member
comprises an attachment strap affixed to the second piece of luggage that is
wrapped around the handle at the top of the first piece of luggage;
a mating strap on the front of the first piece, the attachment member
comprises a mating hook to engage the mating strap; and
a set of straps with connector portions on the first piece of luggage that
engage connector portions on a set of straps on the second piece of luggage.
41. A luggage assembly comprising:
a first piece of luggage;
a second piece of luggage including an attachment member configured to
couple the second piece of luggage in contact with at least a portion of the
first
piece of luggage, and the first and second pieces of luggage are configured to
be
self-stabilized while the first and second pieces of luggage are assembled and

positioned in upright and inclined orientations, and while in motion and
stationary.
42. A luggage assembly of claim 41 further comprising:
the attachment member is a handle strap that is flexible and substantially
inelastic.

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43. A luggage assembly of claim 41 further comprising:
the first bag includes a top;
the second bag includes a top, and the relative positions of the tops of first

and second bags changes by less than five percent of the height of first bag
when
the first and second bags are in motion in an inclined orientation.

44. A luggage assembly of claim 16 further comprising:
the first bag includes a bottom and a back, and a set of wheels on the
bottom;
the second bag includes a bottom and a back, and a set of wheels on the
bottom;
a sufficient portion of the weight of the assembly rests in front of the
wheels
of the first bag to prevent the first and second bags from reverting from the
inclined orientation to the upright orientation.

45. A luggage assembly according to claim 41, the attachment member further
comprising at least one of the group consisting of:
a handle at the top of the first bag and the attachment member comprises
an attachment strap affixed to the second bag that is wrapped around a handle
on
the first bag;
a mating strap on the front of the first piece and a mating hook on the
second bag to engage the mating strap; and
a set of straps with connector portions on the first bag that engage
connector portions on a set of straps on the second bag.

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