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Title:
CART FOR WATER PIPE
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2019/173388
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
In an aspect of the present disclosure, a stand is described that allows for hookah pipes or other water pipes to be installed and easily removed from the stand. In another aspect of the present disclosure, the stand may be portable and may be moved easily with the hookah installed. In another aspect of the present disclosure, the stand also may include a shelf or other table-like surface for placing various items on while using the hookah pipe. In another aspect of the present disclosure, the stand may accept different sizes and/or shapes of hookah pipes.

Inventors:
HOTCHANDANI, Mohan (4616 Willis Avenue, Apt. 111Sherman Oaks, California, 91403, US)
Application Number:
US2019/020821
Publication Date:
September 12, 2019
Filing Date:
March 05, 2019
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
HOTCHANDANI, Mohan (4616 Willis Avenue, Apt. 111Sherman Oaks, California, 91403, US)
International Classes:
A24F9/14; A24F1/30; A24F21/00; B62B3/02; B62B3/04
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
ORLER, Anthony J. et al. (BUCHALTER, 1000 Wilshire Blvd. 15th Floo, Los Angeles California, 90017-1730, US)
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Claims:
WHAT IS CLAIMED IS:

1. A cart for a water pipe, comprising:

a first shelf comprising at least one opening;

a second shelf;

at least one stanchion coupling the first shelf to the second shelf;

wherein the opening of the first shelf is arranged such that a neck of a water pipe is located within the opening while a base of the water pipe is proximate to the second shelf.

2. The cart of claim 1, in which the first shelf further comprises an edge, coupled to the outer perimeter of the first shelf.

3. The cart of claim 1, further comprising at least one foot, coupled to the second shelf.

4. The cart of claim 1, in which the first shelf further comprises an access plate.

5. The cart of claim 4, in which the access plate is removable from the first shelf.

6. The cart of claim 5, in which the access plate is removed for insertion and/or removal of the water pipe from the cart.

7. The cart of claim 1, further comprising at least one base, in which the base is structured such that the cart can be rolled on a floor.

Description:
CART FOR WATER PIPE

BACKGROUND

Field

[0001] Aspects of the present disclosure generally relate to water pipes, and, more particularly, to a cart for a water pipe.

Background

[0002] Hookah pipes, also known as qalyan, argilah, nargile, and/or other types of pipes, are a single or multi-stemmed instrument for vaporizing and smoking flavored tobacco. In a hookah pipe, the vapor or smoke from the tobacco is passed through a water basin before inhalation. Although hookah pipes have been in existence in the Middle East since at least the early 1600’s, in the past fifty years or so hookah lounges have become more popular in other parts of the world.

[0003] The hookah pipe may be a glass, metal, ceramic, and/or other type of material, with one or more tubes that are used for inhalation by those using the hookah pipe. The hookah pipe may sit in the center of a group of people, and the tubes may be placed on a saucer and/or other shelf that is attached near the top of the hookah when not being held or not otherwise in use. However, the hookah pipe is often stationary; the people who wish to use a particular hookah must move to be within reach of the hookah pipe tubes. Tipping the hookah pipe to extend the reach of the hookah may be a safety hazard, as the burning tobacco is usually near the top of the hookah pipe. Further, moving the hookah pipe is inconvenient, as the hookah pipe may be tall and often heavy. [0004] Other approaches to extend the range of hookah pipes may include longer tubing such that a user may sit farther away from the hookah. This approach, however, requires quite a bit of extra volume in the tube, such that a user may need to inhale two or three times before any vapor and/or smoke reaches the end of the tube. Further, any smoke and/or vapor that enters such a long tube may not be of the same quality as hookah pipes using shorter tubes.

SUMMARY

[0005] In an aspect of the present disclosure, a stand is described that allows for hookah pipes to be installed and easily removed from the stand. In another aspect of the present disclosure, the stand may be portable and may be moved easily with the hookah installed. In another aspect of the present disclosure, the stand also may include a shelf or other table-like surface for placing various items on while using the hookah pipe. In another aspect of the present disclosure, the stand may accept different sizes and/or shapes of hookah pipes.

[0006] A cart for a water pipe in an aspect of the present disclosure comprises a first shelf comprising at least one opening, a second shelf, and at least one stanchion coupling the first shelf to the second shelf, wherein the opening of the first shelf is arranged such that a neck of a water pipe is located within the opening while a base of the water pipe is proximate to the second shelf.

[0007] Such a cart further optionally includes the first shelf having an edge coupled to the outer perimeter of the first shelf, at least one foot, coupled to the second shelf, the first shelf further comprising an access plate, the access plate being removable from the first shelf for insertion and/or removal of the water pipe from the cart, and at least one base, in which the base is structured such that the cart can be rolled on a floor.

[0008] In another aspect of the present disclosure, an ornamental design of the cart is shown and described.

[0009] This has outlined, rather broadly, the features and technical advantages of the present disclosure in order that the detailed description that follows may be better understood. Additional features and advantages of the disclosure will be described below. It should be appreciated by those skilled in the art that this disclosure may be readily utilized as a basis for modifying or designing other structures for carrying out the same purposes of the present disclosure. It should also be realized by those skilled in the art that such equivalent

constructions do not depart from the teachings of the disclosure as set forth in the appended claims. The novel features, which are believed to be characteristic of the disclosure, both as to its organization and method of operation, together with further purposes and advantages, will be better understood from the following description when considered in connection with the accompanying figures. It is to be expressly understood, however, that each of the figures is provided for the purposes of illustration and description only and is not intended as a definition of the limits of the present disclosure.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0010] For a more complete understanding of the present disclosure, reference is now made to the following description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings. [0011] FIG. 1 illustrates a perspective view of a stand in accordance with an aspect of the present disclosure;

[0012] FIG. 2 illustrates a top view of a stand in accordance with an aspect of the present disclosure;

[0013] FIG. 3 illustrates an access plate in accordance with an aspect of the present disclosure;

[0014] FIG. 4 illustrates a perspective view of a stand in accordance with an aspect of the present disclosure;

[0015] FIG. 5 illustrates a perspective view of a cart for a water pipe in accordance with an aspect of the present disclosure;

[0016] FIG. 6 illustrates a top plan view of a cart for a water pipe in accordance with an aspect of the present disclosure;

[0017] FIG. 7 illustrates a bottom plan view of a cart for a water pipe in accordance with an aspect of the present disclosure;

[0018] FIG. 8 illustrates a front elevation view of a cart for a water pipe in accordance with an aspect of the present disclosure;

[0019] FIG. 9 illustrates a right side elevation view of a cart for a water pipe in accordance with an aspect of the present disclosure; [0020] FIG. 10 illustrates a left side elevation view of a cart for a water pipe in accordance with an aspect of the present disclosure; and

[0021] FIG. 11 illustrates a rear elevation view of a cart for a water pipe in accordance with an aspect of the present disclosure.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

[0022] The detailed description set forth below, in connection with the appended drawings, is intended as a description of various configurations and is not intended to represent the only configurations in which the concepts described herein may be practiced. The detailed description includes specific details for the purpose of providing a thorough understanding of the various concepts. It will be apparent to those skilled in the art, however, that these concepts may be practiced without these specific details. In some instances, well-known structures and components are shown in block diagram form in order to avoid obscuring such concepts. As described herein, the use of the term“and/or” is intended to represent an“inclusive OR”, and the use of the term“or” is intended to represent an“exclusive OR”.

Overview

[0023] FIG. 1 illustrates a perspective view of a stand in accordance with an aspect of the present disclosure.

[0024] Stand 100 (also referred to as a“cart” herein) comprises an upper shelf 102, and upper shelf 102 may optionally include a raised edge 104. Upper shelf also comprises opening 106, and upper shelf may also comprise an access plate 108. Stand 100 also comprises a lower shelf 110. Lower shelf 110 is spaced apart from upper shelf 102 by stanchion(s) 112, and supported on the ground by feet 114.

[0025] Upper shelf 102 provides a table-like surface that may be lower to the ground than a plate that is on the hookah pipe. By removing access plate 108, a hookah pipe may be placed into stand 100 such that the bottom of the hookah pipe rests on lower plate 110, and extends through opening 106 in upper plate 102. Replacing access plate 108 then secures the hookah pipe in stand 100.

[0026] Although shown as a round surface, upper shelf 102 may be any shape, e.g., square, rectangular, oval, hexagonal, etc., without departing from the scope of the present disclosure. Further, upper shelf 102 and lower shelf 110 may be of different shapes without departing from the scope of the present disclosure.

[0027] Optional edge 104 may be added to stand 100 to reduce the possibility of items placed on upper shelf 102 from falling from upper shelf 102. Round or cylindrical shaped objects placed on upper shelf 102 may move when stand 100 is moved and/or used, and edge 104 may reduce and/or prevent such items from falling from stand 100.

[0028] Opening 106 allows the neck of a hookah pipe to extend through upper shelf 102 while the bottom portion of the hookah pipe rests on lower shelf 110. Opening 106 may be of different geometries (square, round, oval, hexagonal, etc.) and/or different sizes without departing from the scope of the present disclosure. [0029] Access plate 108 may be selectively removed from upper shelf 102 to allow for a hookah pipe to be placed into stand 100. When access plate 108 is removed, a passageway from edge 104 to opening 106 is created, allowing the neck of the hookah pipe to pass. When access plate 108 is returned to stand 100, access plate 108 may reduce the possibility of the hookah pipe from tipping out of stand 100. Further, as access plate 108 is returned to upper shelf 102, a substantially uniform surface may be created on upper shelf 102, e.g., a

substantially planar surface, such that items may be placed anywhere on upper shelf 102 in a relatively flat manner. If upper shelf 102 is curved, contains a design, or is otherwise somehow non-planar, access plate 108 may be formed in accordance with the geometries and/or designs of the remainder of upper shelf 102 to match the geometries and/or designs of the remainder of upper shelf 102.

[0030] Lower shelf 110 may also comprise an edge (not shown) and/or may also be shaped to accept the lower portion of one or more hookah pipes. For example, and not by way of limitation, one or more indentations may be placed on lower shelf 110 to accommodate the legs, bowl, and/or other features of one or more hookah pipes that may be placed in stand 100.

[0031] Stanchion(s) 112 may be rods, pillars, legs, or other shapes that separate upper shelf 102 from lower shelf 110. Further, stanchions 112 may have different lengths for different hookah pipes, or may be expandable to accommodate different types of hookah pipes. Further, stanchions 112 may be adjustable to allow for upper shelf 102 to be placed at different heights for use by those using a hookah pipe placed in stand 100. [0032] Legs 114 may be of any type, e.g., feet, wheels, riser, etc., without departing from the scope of the present disclosure. In an aspect of the present disclosure, legs 114 may be one or more types of wheels, e.g., casters, rollerballs, etc., to allow stand 100 to be easily moved from one place to another. A base which encloses legs 114, and/or wheels, casters, rollerballs, etc., may also be employed to provide additional stability for stand 100. When stand 100 is holding a hookah pipe, such wheels allow for the hookah pipe to be easily and/or safely moved around, which allows for easier transport of heavy hookah pipes. Using wheels for legs 114 allows for additional“reach” or“range” of a hookah pipe without employing longer tubes for inhalation. Further, stand 100, when using wheels for legs 114, allow for safe movement of a hookah pipe with a reduced chance of breakage. Stand 100 may be made of any suitable material, or any combination of materials, e.g., wood, metal, plastic, etc., without departing from the scope of the present disclosure.

[0033] FIG. 2 illustrates a top view of a stand in accordance with an aspect of the present disclosure.

[0034] In the perspective shown in FIG. 2, a top view of top shelf 102 is illustrated. Opening 106 is shown as being off-center with respect to the center of top shelf 102, although opening 106 may be in any position on top shelf 102 without departing from the scope of the present disclosure. Access plate 108 extends from optional edge 104 to opening 106, and includes a portion of optional edge 104. When access plate 108 is removed from top shelf 102, a through path from edge 104 to opening 106 is created, such that the neck or upper extension of a hookah pipe can pass through the path in top shelf 102. [0035] To allow access plate 108 to rest firmly on top shelf 102, extensions 200 may be included as part of access plate 108. Extensions 200 may be shaped in any way such that a part of access plate 108 sits upon a portion of top shelf 102. For example, and not by way of limitation, access plate 108 may be wider at the top (in the plane or geometry of top shelf 102) than at the bottom (the“underside” of top shelf 102) such that access plate 108 is a wedge shape and rests in the mating portions of the wedge in the top shelf 102. As shown in FIGS. 2 and 3, extensions 200 may only extend away from access plate for a portion of the thickness of access plate 108, such that the extensions 200 will rest in recesses on top shelf 102. Locking pins or latches may be attached to top shelf 102 and access plate 108 if desired to prevent accidental removal of access plate. Many different approaches, designs, and/or methods of attaching access plate 108 to top shelf 102 without departing from the scope of the present disclosure.

[0036] Extensions 200 may take any shape, and may be different shapes to allow for only one access plate 108 installation onto top shelf 102. Access plates 108 may also have different shaped extensions 200 to match a pattern, geometry, and/or design on the top shelf 102.

Further, different stands 100 may have different shaped access plates 108, which may prevent access plates 108 from being interchanged between stands 100.

[0037] FIG. 3 illustrates an access plate in accordance with an aspect of the present disclosure.

[0038] In the side perspective of access plate 108, extension 200 is shown with a surface 300. Extension 200 is shown as extending a distance 302 (or depth) away from top surface 304 of access plate 108. The entire thickness 306 of access plate may be the same as the thickness of top shelf 102, although access plate may have a different thickness 306 if desired without departing from the scope of the present disclosure. For example, and not by way of limitation, the entire thickness 306 of access plate may be the thickness 302 of the extension 200 if desired, and support portions of top shelf 102 would support a portion of access plate 108, i.e., extension(s) 200, on surface 300.

[0039] FIG. 4 illustrates a perspective view of a stand in accordance with an aspect of the present disclosure.

[0040] As shown in FIG. 4, legs 114 may have wheel(s) 400 attached such that stand 100 may be more easily moved. Further, although the perspective view of FIG. 1 illustrates three legs 114, stand 100 may have more than three legs 114, such as the four legs 114 shown in FIG. 4. Stand 100 may have additional legs 114 and/or additional wheels 400 as desired, which may allow for easier movement of stand 100 and may also provide more stability for stand 100 when being moved. Further, some legs 114 may have wheels 400, and other legs 114 may not have wheels 400, or a locking wheel 400, as desired, without departing from the scope of the present disclosure. Such an embodiment may allow for stand 100 to be stationary on a slightly tilted surface without rolling or moving in an undesired fashion.

[0041] In an aspect of the present disclosure, an ornamental design of a cart is shown and described. Although shown as solid lines herein, any line shown may be a“broken” line as defined in a design patent application, such that one or more of the features shown in the figures attached hereto may be an optional design feature of the ornamental design described. [0042] FIG. 5 illustrates a perspective view of a cart for a water pipe in accordance with an aspect of the present disclosure.

[0043] FIG. 6 illustrates a top plan view of a cart for a water pipe in accordance with an aspect of the present disclosure.

[0044] FIG. 7 illustrates a bottom plan view of a cart for a water pipe in accordance with an aspect of the present disclosure.

[0045] FIG. 8 illustrates a front elevation view of a cart for a water pipe in accordance with an aspect of the present disclosure.

[0046] FIG. 9 illustrates a right side elevation view of a cart for a water pipe in accordance with an aspect of the present disclosure.

[0047] FIG. 10 illustrates a left side elevation view of a cart for a water pipe in accordance with an aspect of the present disclosure.

[0048] FIG. 11 illustrates a rear elevation view of a cart for a water pipe in accordance with an aspect of the present disclosure.

[0049] Although the present disclosure and its advantages have been described in detail, it should be understood that various changes, substitutions and alterations can be made herein without departing from the technology of the disclosure as defined by the appended claims. For example, relational terms, such as“above” and“below” are used with respect to a view of the device as shown in the present disclosure. If the device is inverted, above becomes below, and vice versa. Additionally, if oriented sideways, above and below may refer to sides of a device. Moreover, the scope of the present application is not intended to be limited to the particular configurations of the process, machine, manufacture, composition of matter, means, methods and steps described in the specification. As one of ordinary skill in the art will readily appreciate from the disclosure, processes, machines, manufacture, compositions of matter, means, methods, or steps, presently existing or later to be developed that perform substantially the same function or achieve substantially the same result as the corresponding configurations described herein may be utilized according to the present disclosure. Accordingly, the appended claims are intended to include within their scope such processes, machines, manufacture, compositions of matter, means, methods, or steps.

[0050] Those of skill would further appreciate that the various illustrative logical blocks, modules, and algorithm steps described in connection with the disclosure herein may be implemented as various different types of materials and/or various different combinations of materials. To clearly illustrate this interchangeability, various illustrative components, blocks, modules, and steps have been described above generally in terms of their functionality. The various materials and/or combinations of materials employed to implement the present disclosure depends upon the particular application and design constraints imposed on the overall system. Skilled artisans may implement the described functionality in varying ways for each particular application, but such implementation decisions should not be interpreted as causing a departure from the scope of the present disclosure.

[0051] The description of the disclosure is provided to enable any person skilled in the art to make or use the disclosure. Various modifications to the disclosure will be readily apparent to those skilled in the art, and the generic principles defined herein may be applied to other variations without departing from the spirit or scope of the disclosure. Thus, the disclosure is not intended to be limited to the examples and designs described herein but is to be accorded the widest scope consistent with the principles and novel features disclosed herein.

[0052] Although several embodiments have been described in detail for purposes of illustration, various modifications may be made without departing from the scope and spirit of the present disclosure. Accordingly, the disclosure is not to be limited by the examples presented herein, but is envisioned as encompassing the scope described in the appended claims and the full range of equivalents of the appended claims.