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(12) Patent Application: (11) CA 2305111
(54) English Title: CONVERTIBLE DISPLAY STAND AND TRAVEL CASE
(54) French Title: COMBINAISON PRESENTOIR ET CAISSE DE VOYAGE
(51) International Patent Classification (IPC):
  • A45C 9/00 (2006.01)
  • A45D 27/22 (2006.01)
  • A45D 27/29 (2006.01)
  • A47F 7/03 (2006.01)
(72) Inventors :
  • COFFIN, DAVID C. (United States of America)
  • PEYSER, MARK (United States of America)
  • DOMBROWSKI, DAVID (United States of America)
(73) Owners :
  • WARNER-LAMBERT COMPANY (United States of America)
(71) Applicants :
  • WARNER-LAMBERT COMPANY (United States of America)
(74) Agent: SIM & MCBURNEY
(74) Associate agent: SIM & MCBURNEY
(45) Issued:
(22) Filed Date: 2000-04-12
(41) Open to Public Inspection: 2000-11-26
Examination requested: 2002-03-13
(30) Availability of licence: N/A
(30) Language of filing: English

(30) Application Priority Data:
Application No. Country/Territory Date
09/320422 United States of America 1999-05-26

English Abstract





A combined display stand and travel case which may be utilized with items such
as
razors, jewelry or tools. The case is movable from a closed position which
encloses the
item to be carried and protects that item during transit or storage. The case
is movable to a
second, open position in which the item may be removed from the case or
maintained in a
standing, uncovered position within the case. Preferably, the case comprises
one piece and
does not require any assembly by the user.


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



We claim:

1. A combined travel case and display stand for storing and displaying an
object
comprising:
A base having a cavity for storing an object;
A lid; and
Means for allowing the lid to open away from the base;
Wherein the lid is movable between a closed position and a display position
and wherein
when the lid is in the display position the travel case provides a display
stand for the object
contained therein.

2. A combined travel case and display stand according to claim 1, wherein at
least one of
the lid and the base contains one or more openings to allow an object
contained within the
case to extend outward beyond the cavity within the base.

3. A combined travel case and display stand according to claim 2, wherein the
lid contains
at least one opening which supports the object in the display position.

4. A combined travel case and display stand according to claim 3, wherein the
base
comprises at least one cut-away portion to support the object in the display
position.

5. A combined travel case and display stand according to claim 4, wherein the
means for
allowing the lid to open comprise one or more flanges attached to the lid and
one or
more mating hinges affixed to the base.

6. A combined travel case and display stand according to claim 5, wherein the
mating
hinges comprise one or more detents for securely holding the lid in a desired
position.

7. A combined travel case and display stand according to claim 6, wherein the
mating
hinges comprise two detents and the for securely holding the lid in an open
position or
in a closed position.

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8. A combined travel case and display stand according to claim 3, wherein the
base and the
lid comprise means for securing the lid in a closed position.
9. A combined travel case and display stand according to claim 8, wherein the
means for
securing the base and lid comprise a latch, snap, or detent and protrusion.
10. A combined travel case and display stand according to claim 9, wherein the
lid further
comprises grip means to aid in opening the lid.
11. A combined travel case and display stand for storing and displaying a wet
shave razor
having an upper handle, a lower handle and a razor head comprising:
A base having a cavity for storing the razor;
A lid; and
Means for allowing the lid to open away from the base;
Wherein the lid is movable between a closed position and a display position
and wherein
when the lid is in the display position the travel case provides a display
stand for the razor
contained therein.
12. A combined travel case and display stand according to claim 11, wherein at
least one of
the lid and the base contains one or more openings to allow the lower handle
of the razor
contained within the case to extend outward beyond the cavity within the base.
13. A combined travel case and display stand according to claim 12, wherein
the lid
contains at least one opening which supports the upper handle of the razor in
the display
position.
14. A combined travel case and display stand according to claim 13, wherein
the base
comprises at least one cut-away portion to support the lower handle of the
razor in the
display position.
15. A combined travel case and display stand according to claim 14, wherein
the means for
allowing the lid to open comprise one or more flanges attached to the lid and
one or
more mating hinges affixed to the base.
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16. A combined travel case and display stand according to claim 15, wherein
the mating
hinges comprise one or more detents for securely holding the lid in a desired
position.

17. A combined travel case and display stand according to claim 16, wherein
the mating
hinges comprise two detents and the flanges comprise two protrusions which are
removably positioned within the detents for securely holding the lid in an
open position
or in a closed position.

18. A combined travel case and display stand according to claim 13, wherein
the base and
the lid comprise means for securing the lid in a closed position.

19. A combined travel case and display stand according to claim 18, wherein
the means for
securing the base and lid comprise a latch, snap, or detent and protrusion.

20. A combined travel case and display stand according to claim 19, wherein
the lid further
comprises grip means to aid in opening the lid.

21. A combined travel case and display stand according to claim 20, further
comprising one
or more drainage holes in the portion of the cavity adjacent to the razor
head.

22. A combined travel case and display stand according to claim 21, further
comprising a
widened cavity to allow for easy removal of the razor from the base.

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


A0000034-04-C WA
CA 02305111 2000-04-12
CONVERTIBLE DISPLAY STAND AND TRAVEL CASE
FIELD OF THE INVENTION
The present invention is directed to a combination display stand and travel
case for
holding an object such as a wet shave razor, hand tools, jewelry or the like
where it would
1 o be advantageous to provide a low profile travel case and a display stand.
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
~ s Stands for holding wet shave razors upright have been provided with
various
commercially available products for a number of years. In order to hold the
razor in the
upright position and be stable, the stands generally require a relative large
footprint. This is
especially true in the case of premium razors which can weigh in the range of
40 - 50 g. or
more. The large base which is required for stability becomes a detriment in
that it requires a
20 large and deep retail sales package. This increase in the depth of the
sales package reduces
the number of packages which may be placed on any given display prong at a
retail outlet.
Consequently, the display prongs containing the deep razor packages require
more frequent
refilling than those containing packages without stands. Further, some
commercially
available razor stands comprise two or more pieces which require assembly by
the user.
It would be advantageous to provide a combined razor display stand and travel
case
which has a relatively large footprint to avoid the disadvantages of stands
with small
footprints. Further, it would be advantageous to provide such a stand pre-
assembled in order
to avoid the disadvantage to the user of having to assemble the unit.


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SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
The present invention discloses a combined display stand and travel case which
may
be utilized with items such as razor, jewelry or tools. The case is movable
from a closed
position which encloses the item to be carried and protects that item during
transit or
storage. The case is movable to a second, open position in which the item may
be removed
from the case or maintained in a standing, uncovered position within the case.
Preferably,
the case does not require any assembly by the user.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
Figure 1 is a perspective view of the combined display stand and travel case
with a
razor within the case.
Figure 2 is a perspective view of the combined display stand and travel case
containing a razor and with the lid of the case open.
Figure 3 is a perspective view of the combined display stand and travel case
containing a razor in the standing position.
Figure 4 is a cut-away side view of the combined display stand and travel case
in
the closed position containing a razor.
Figure 5 is a perspective view of the combined display stand and travel case
in the
closed position.
Figure 6 is a top end view of the combined display stand and travel case in
the
closed position.
3o Figure 7 is a bottom end view of the combined display stand and travel case
in the
closed position.
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Figure 8 is a top view of the combined display stand and travel case in the
closed
position.
Figure 9 is a side view of the combined display stand and travel case in the
closed
position.
Figure 10 is a bottom view of the combined display stand and travel case.
Figure 11 is a bottom view of the combined display stand and travel case
having a
removable cartridge holder.
Figure 12 is a close-up view of the rotation mechanism of the combined display
stand and travel case.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS
Figure 1 illustrates the combined travel case and display stand (hereinafter
referred
to as the "case" or the "stand") of the present invention in the closed, or
travel, position.
Although the figures illustrate the case in combination with a wet shave
razor, it should be
2o understood that the case is also capable of use with any other item, such
as jewelry or tools,
which is desired to be placed alternatively within a safe travel case and in a
standing
position for display. As shown in Figure 1, case 10 comprises a base portion 1
and a lid
portion 2. The base and lid may be constructed from any suitable plastic
material such as
ABS and, in a preferred embodiment, the lid may be transparent to allow for
easy viewing
2s of the contents. Preferably, the base and lid are symmetrically curved as
shown in the
figures. This curving allows for the overall footprint of the base to be as
minimal as
possible while, at the same time, providing a sturdy base for holding the
razor in a display
position. The base is provided with cut-out 4 which, when the case is closed,
is aligned with
cut-out 3 of the lid. In this closed, aligned position, the portion of the
contents of the case
3o which does not fit within the case may extend through the opening. As shown
in Figure 1,
razor handle 20 may extend through the opening formed by cut-outs 3 and 4.
As shown in Figure 2, the lid 2 may be lifted upward into a second, open
position.
In this open position, the contents, in this case_a wet shave razor, are
exposed and may be


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easily removed from the case. As shown in Figure 2, means for releaseably
attaching the lid
and the base are provided on the edges of the lid and base. Virtually any
known form of
attachment means may be utilized, including latches, snaps or protrusions and
detents. As
illustrated, snaps 7 are provided on the edge of the lid 2 in order to provide
a snap-fit with
the ridges 6 provided on the edge of the base. Figure 3 illustrates the razor
and case in the
display position. In this position, the razor stands upright with the lower
end of the handle
20 contained within cut-out 4. Preferably, the bottom edge of the razor handle
20 may be
placed within cut-out 9 (illustrated in Figure 4) which may be provided in the
base adjacent
to cut-out 4 in order to accommodate the end of the razor and provide support
when the
to razor is in the display position. The upper end of the handle is placed
within cut-out 3 for
support and the razor cartridge portion 21 extends above the top of lid 2.
Figure 3 also
illustrates the opening 8 and cavity 5 which are adapted to receive the handle
20 and the
cartridge 21 respectively when the case is in the closed position. The cavity
8 may
preferably have widened portion 17 which extends outward from the cavity.
Widened
portion 17 allows the user to easily grasp the razor when the lid is open but
the razor is not
in the upright display position. When the razor is in the upright display
position of Figure 3,
the razor is easily accessible and removable for use.
Figure 4 illustrates a cut-away view of the razor contained within the case
10. As
2o shown, razor cartridge 21 is contained within cavity 5, while razor handle
20 fits within
opening 8 and extends outward through cut-outs 3 and 4. In the preferred
embodiment,
razor cartridge holder 30 is removably attached to the bottom of base 1 via
clips 31 and 32.
Also in the preferred embodiment, cut-out 9 is provided in base 1. When the
razor is in the
display position, the end of the razor handle 20 may be placed within cut-out
9 in order to
provide additional stability to the razor.
Figures 5 -11 illustrate various views of the case without any contents. In a
preferred embodiment, means are provided to aid the user in lifting and
lowering the lid.
Preferably the means for opening and closing the lid may comprise finger grips
10. With
3o regard to the razor cartridge holder, Figure 10 illustrates the underside
of the case without
the holder and Figure 11 illustrates the underside of the case with the
holder. As shown in
Figure 11, in a preferred embodiment, feet 15 may be placed on one or more
corners of the
bottom of the base. These feet provided added stability to the case. Also
preferred are one
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or more openings 16 on the bottom of the base adjacent to cavity 5. These
openings 16
provide drainage for any excess water remaining on the razor cartridge when it
is placed
within the case.
s Figure 12 illustrates the preferred mechanism for allowing the lid to be
placed in two
different positions. Flanges 14 are provided adjacent to mating hinges 11 at
the position in
the case for which it is desired to pivot the lid. The flanges are affixed to
lid 2 , while the
mating hinges are affixed to the inside wall of base 1. The flanges provide a
snap fit with
the mating hinges in order to firmly affix the lid to the base. The mating
hinges contain one
or more, and preferably two, detents 12 which aid in positioning the lid. The
end of the lid
contains protrusion 13 which fits within the detents 12. During use of the
case, the
protrusion may be placed within the appropriate detent in order to provide the
desired
position for the lid. Once the tooth is in the detent, the lid is held.
rigidly in position. In the
closed position, the detent/protrusion attachment acts in combination with the
snap-fit
means on the opposite end of the lid to firmly hold the lid closed. This
provides great safety
to the contents when the case is being moved or stored. When the user desires
to change
the position of the lid, the protrusion is removed from the detent and moved
to and placed
within the other to .allow the lid to remain firmly in the new position. With
this preferred
mechanism, the only moving part is the lid which moves between the detents.
The preferred
mechanism minimizes the number of moving parts and thus reduces the
possibility of
breakage and wear which could be caused by an excessive number of moving
parts.
While there have been described what are presently believed to be the
preferred
embodiments of the present invention, those skilled in the art will realize
that various
2s changes and modifications may be made to the invention without departing
from the spirit
of the invention, and it is intended to claim all such changes and
modifications as fall within
the scope of the invention.

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(22) Filed 2000-04-12
(41) Open to Public Inspection 2000-11-26
Examination Requested 2002-03-13
Dead Application 2005-04-12

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Payment History

Fee Type Anniversary Year Due Date Amount Paid Paid Date
Registration of Documents $100.00 2000-04-12
Filing $300.00 2000-04-12
Request for Examination $400.00 2002-03-13
Maintenance Fee - Application - New Act 2 2002-04-12 $100.00 2002-03-26
Maintenance Fee - Application - New Act 3 2003-04-14 $100.00 2003-03-27
Current owners on record shown in alphabetical order.
Current Owners on Record
WARNER-LAMBERT COMPANY
Past owners on record shown in alphabetical order.
Past Owners on Record
COFFIN, DAVID C.
DOMBROWSKI, DAVID
PEYSER, MARK
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