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Title:
CONVERTIBLE SCOOTER RIDE-ON
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2015/051176
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
The present invention relates to a convertible scooter ride-on and, more particularly, to a convertible toy that converts between a scooter and ride-on toy. The convertible scooter ride-on includes a base (100) with a plurality of wheels (102) attached thereto and a seat portion (104) pivotally attached with the base. A handle pole (106) is pivotally attached with the seat portion. Notably, the seat portion and handle pole are convertible between a first ride-on configuration in which the seat portion operates as a seat for a rider and a second scooter configuration in which the seat portion and handle pole are pivoted up and securely locked into an erect position, whereby in the scooter configuration, a user can stand on the base.

Inventors:
MUCARO DAMIAN (US)
Application Number:
US2014/058900
Publication Date:
April 09, 2015
Filing Date:
October 02, 2014
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
JAKKS PACIFIC INC (US)
MUCARO DAMIAN (US)
International Classes:
B62K3/00; B62K9/00; B62K13/00
Domestic Patent References:
WO2013090953A12013-06-27
Foreign References:
CN201980351U2011-09-21
US8523193B12013-09-03
US6089586A2000-07-18
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
TOPE-MCKAY, Cary, R. (30745 Pacific Coast Highway #420Malibu, CA, US)
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Claims:
A convertible scooter ride-on, comprising;

a base with a plurality of wheels attached thereto;

a seat portion pivotally attached with the base;

a handle pole pivotally attached with the seat portion; and wherein the seat portion and handle pole are convertible between a first ride-on configuration in which the seat portio operates as a seat for a rider and a second scooter configuration in whic the seat portion and handle pole are pivoted up and securely locked into an erect position, whereby in the scooter configuration, a user can stand on the base.

The convertible scooter ride-on as set forth in Claim 1 , wherein when in the scooter configuration, an upper surface of the base is exposed to operate as a platform upon which a rider can stand to operate the scooter.

The convertible scooter ride-on as set forth in Claim 2, further comprising a scooter locking mechanism, the scooter locking mechanism operable for allow a user to selectively lock the seat portion and handle pole in the scooter configuration.

The convertible scooter ride-on as set forth in Claim 3, wherein the scooter locking mechanism includes a first latch system and a second latch system, the first latch system being operable for latching the handle pole in an erect position with respect to the seat portion, and wherein the second latch system is operable for latching the seat portion in an erect position with respect to the base.

The convertible scooter ride-on as set forth in Claim 4, wherein the first latch system includes a pair of spring-loaded retractable pins tha are slidably positioned within a first latch and lockahle with one or more retaining walls, and wherein the handle pole includes a first catch for selectively locking against the first latch, whereby a user can selectively withdraw the pair of spring- loaded retractable pins from the retaining wal ls and. thereafter, slide the first latch out of locking engage with the first catch, which allows the handle pole to unlock and pivot into the ride- on configuration.

6. The convertible scooter ride-on as set forth in Claim 5, wherein the second latch system includes a pair of spri g- loaded retractable pins that are slidably positioned within a second latch and loekab!e with one or more retaining walls, and wherein the base includes a second catch for

selectively locking against the second latch, whereby a user can selectively withdraw the pair of spring-loaded retractable pins from the retaining walls and. thereafter, slide the second latch out of locking engage with the second catch, which allows the seat portion to unlock and pivot into the ride-on configuration.

Description:
CONVERTIBLE SCOOTER RIDE-ON

[0002] CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELA TED APPLICATIONS

[0003] This is a non-provisional application of U.S. Provisional Application No. 61/886,520, filed on October 03, 2013, entitled, "Convertible Scooter

Ride-On."

[0004] BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0005] (1) Field of Invention

[0006] The present invention relates to a convertible scooter ride-on and, more particularly, to a convertible toy that converts between a scooter and ride-on toy.

[0007] (2) Descii ption of Rel ated Art

[0008] Ride-on toy vehicles have long been known in the art. Ride-on

vehicles are typically miniature vehicles or toys with a seat thai a child can sit on and push themselves around on. Alternatively, a scooter is a toy vehicle that allows a user to stand while scooting about. Each of the ride- on and scooter provide for a distinct and unique riding experience.

Traditionally, if a child wanted a scooter or ride-on, they would need to obtain two separate items which, as can be appreciated, can be costly.

[0009] Thus, a continuing need exists for a single convertible toy that

converts between a scooter and a ride-on toy.

[00010] SUMMARY OF I VENTIO

[0001 i ] The present invention relates to a convertible scooter ride-on and, more particularly, to a convertible toy (i.e., convertible scooter ride-on) that converts between a scooter and ride-on toy. The convertible scooter ride-on includes a base with a plurality of wheels attached thereto and a seat portion pivotally attached with the base. A handle pole is pivotally attached with the seat portion. Notably, the seat portion and handle pole are convertible between a first ride-on configuration in which the seat, portion operates as a seat for a rider and a second scooter configuration in which the seat portion and handle pole are pivoted up and securely locked into an erect position, whereby in the scooter configuration, a user can stand on the base.

[0001.2] in another aspect, when in the scooter configuration, an upper surface of the base is exposed to operate as a platform upon which a rider can stand to operate the scooter.

[00 13] in yet another aspect, the convertible toy includes a scooter locking mechanism, the scooter locking mechanism operable for allow a user to selectively lock the seat portion and handle pole in the scooter

configuration.

[00014] in another aspect, the scooter locking mechanism includes a first latch system and a second latch system, the first latch system being operable for latching the handle pole in an erect position with respect to the seat portion, and wherein the second latch system is operable for latching the seat portion in an erect position with respect to the base.

[00015] Additionally, the first latch system includes a pair of spring-loaded retractable pins that are siidabl positioned within a first latch and lockabSe with one or more retaining walls. Further, the handle pole includes a first catch for selectively locking against the first latch, whereby a user can selectively withdraw the pair of spring-loaded retractable pins from the retaining walls and, thereafter, slide the first latch oat of Socking engage with the first catch, which allows the handle pole to unlock and pivot into the ride-on configuration. [0001 ] Additionally, the second latch system includes a pair of spring-loaded retractable pins that are slidably positioned within a second latch and lockable with one or more retaining walls. Further, the base includes a second catch for selectively locking against the second latch, whereby a user can selecti vely withdraw the pair of spring-loaded retractable pins from the retaining walls and, thereafter, slide the second latch out of locking engage with the second catch, which allows the seat portion to unlock and pi vot into the ride-on configuration.

[00017] Finally, as can be appreciated by one in the art, the present, invention also comprises a method for forming and using the invention described herein.

[00018] BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS [000.1 ] The objects, features and advantages of the present invention will be apparent from the following detailed descriptions of the various aspects of the invention i conjunction with reference to the following drawings, where:

[00020] FIG. 1 A is an illustration of a convertible scooter ride-on according to the principles of the present invention, depic ting the convertible scooter ride-on in the ride~o.n configuration;

[0002.1 ] FIG. I B is an illustration of the convertible scooter r ide-on according to the principles of the present invention, depicting the converiibie scooter ride-on in the scooter configuration;

[00022] FIG, 2A is an illustration of the convertible scooter ride-on according to the principles of the present invention, depicting the con vertible scooter ride-on in the ride-ο» configuration; [00023] FIG. 2B is an illustration of the convertible scooter ride-on according to the principles of the present invention, depicting the convertible scooter ride-on in the scooter configuration; [00024] FIG, 3 is a rear-view illustration of the con vertible · scooter tide-on according to the principles of the present invention;

[00025] FIG. 4 is an interior-view illustration of the convertible scooter ride-on according to the principles of the present invention; and

[00026] F G. 5 is an interior-view illustration of the convertible scooter ride-on according to the principles of the present invention.

[0002?] DETAILED DESCRIPTION

[00028] The present invention relates to a convertible scooter ride-on and, more particularly, to a convertible toy thai converts between a scooter and ride-on toy. The following description is presented to enable one of ordinary skill in the art to make and use the invention and to incorporate it in the context of particular applications. Various modifications, as well as a variety of uses in different applications will be readily apparent to those skilled in the art, and th general principles defined herein nvay be applied to a wide range of embodiments. Thus, the present invention is not intended to be limited to the embodiments presen ted, but is to be accorded the widest scope consistent with the principles and novel features

[00029] In the following detailed description, numerous specific details are set forth in. order to provide a more thorough understanding of the present, invention. However, it will be apparent to one skilled in the art that the present invention may be practiced without necessarily being limited to these specific details, in other instances, well-known structures and devices are shown in biock diagram form, rather than in detai l, m order to avoid obscuring the present invention.

[00030] The reader's attention is directed to ail papers and documents which are filed concurrently with this specification and which are open to public inspection with this specification, and the contents of ail such papers and documents are incorporated herein by reference. All the features disclosed in this specification, (including any accompanying claims, abstract., and drawings) may be replaced by alternative features serving the same, equivalent or similar purpose, unless expressly stated otherwise. Thus, unless expressly stated otherwise, each feature disclosed is only one example of a generic series of equivalent or similar features.

[00031 J Furthermore, any element in a claim that does not explicitly state "means for" performing a specified function, or "step for" per forming a specific function, is not to be interpreted as a "means" or "step" clause as specified in 35 U.S.C. Section 1 12, Paragraph 6. In particular . , the use of "step of or "act of in the claims herein is not intended to invoke the provisions of 35 U.S.C. 1 12, Paragraph 6.

[00032] Please note, if used, the labels left, right, front, back, top, bottom, forward, reverse, clockwise and counter clockwise have been used for convenience purposes only and are not intended to imply any particular fixed direction. Instead, they are used to reflect relative locations and/or directions between various portions of an object..

[00033] (1.) Description

[00034] As shown in. FlGs. 1 A through 5, described is a convertible toy that converts between a scooter and ride-on toy. As can be appreciated by those skilled in the art, the convertible toy can be formed In any suitable shape or manner that allows it to convert between a scooter configuration and a ride-on configuration , a non-limiting example of which is depicted in FIGs. LA through 5. For example and as shown in FIG. I A, the toy includes a base 100 with a plurality of rotatable wheels 102, a seat portion 104, and a handle pole 106. In the ride-on configuration as depicted i FIG. 1 A, the seat portion ί 04 rests upon the base 100 to provide a seat upon which a user can site and ride the toy. Alternatively and as shown in the scooter configuration as depicted in FIG.. IB, the seat portion 104 is pivotaiiy attached with the base 100. Further, the handle pole 106 is pivotaiiy attached with the seat portion 104. in this aspect, the both the seat portion 4 and handle p le 106 pivot up 1 10 and lock into place via a scooter locking mechanism (e.g., locking clips or any other suitable locking mechanism) to form an erect handle pole 106 tor a scooter.

Further and as illustrated in FIG. I B which depicts the scooter

configuration, an upper surface of the base 100 is exposed to operate as a platform upon which a rider can stand to operate the scooter. These aspects are further depicted in FIGs. 2A and 2B, which illustrate opposite view points from those as illustrated in. FIG. IA and IB. As shown in FIG. 2A, the seat portion 104 rests upon the base 100 to provide he ride-on configuration. The seat portion 104 is pivotaiiy connected with, the base .100 using an suitable connection technique or mechanism that allows for pivotai connection of two components. As a non-limiting example, the wheels 10:2 have an axle that passes through the base to connect at least two opposing wheels. In this aspect, the seat portion 104 includes brackets 200 (depicted as element 200 i FIG. iA) with holes passing through the brackets 200. The axle in this aspect passes through the brackets 200 and base 100 to connect the wheels 102 and seat portion with the base 100. Thus, because of the rotational connection with the axle, the seat portion 104 can pivot up 110 and away from the base 1 0, Further and as noted above, the handle pole 106 is pivotaiiy connected with the seat portion 104 using any suitable connection technique or mechanism that allows for pivotal connection of two components. As a non-limiting example, an axle 202 passes through handle pole 106 and into the seat portion 304 to pivotal iy connect the handle pole 106 with the seat portion 104.

[00036] As can be appreciated, when in the scooter configuration, the

convertible toy needs to be relatively stable to prevent it from

inadvertently collapsing to the ride-on configuration. To prevent such a collapse, the convertible toy includes a scooter locking mechanism to securely lock the handle pole L06 and seat portion 304 in the erect position during the scooter configuration. The scooter locking mechanism is any suitable mechanism or device that allows a user to selectively lock the handle pole 306 and seat portion 104 in the erect scooter configuration. As a non-limiting example and as shown in FIG. 3, the convertible toy includes a first latch system 300 and second latch system 302. More specifically, FIG. 3 provides a rear-view illustration of the convertible toy in the scooter configuration, showing the first and second latch systems 300 and 302. The first latch system 300 is operable for latching the handle pole 106 in an erect position with respect to the seat portion 104, whereas the second latch system 302 is operable for latching the seat portion 104 in an erect position with respect to the base 100.

[00037] For further understanding. FIG. 4 provides an interior view illustration of the convertible toy. showing an aspect where the first and second latch systems 300 and 302 are at least partially housed within the seat portion 104. As a non-limiting example, the first latch system 300 includes a first pair of spring -loaded retractable pins 400. When the first pair of pins 400 are drawn toward each other, they are disengaged from a retaining wall 402. in other words, when locked, the first pair of pins 400 are positioned through a hole or space in the retaining wall(s) 402 which locks the pins 400 i place and prevents the pins 400 from being drawn down 403, Alternatively, when the first pair of pins 400 are drawn toward each other (i.e., squeezed together), they are disengaged from the retaining wall 402, which allows a user to slide down 403 a first latch 406. it should be noted that in one non-limiting example, the first pair of pins 400 are slidably positioned within the first latch 406. In other words, the first latch 406 is molded in a manner that allows the pins 400 to slide wsthin the first latch 406. When the pins 400 are slid into the first latch 406 (i.e., disengaged from the retaining wall(s) 402). the user can force the first latc 406 down 403. To prevent the first latch 406 from freely sliding down 403 and as a second or redundant security feature, a spring-loaded latch hold 404 is positioned within the seat portion 104. The spring-latch hold 404 operates as a redundant lock to hold the first latch 406 in a locked position. Thus, the user can draw the first of pair of pins 400 toward each other and disengage the pins 400 from the retaining wa!l(s) 402; thereafter, the user can force the first latch 406 down 403, which simultaneously forces the latch hold 404 down and compresses the spring that holds the first latch 406 in place. By forcing the first latch 406 down 403, the first latch 406 is removed from a first catch 408 formed in the handle pole 106. In other words, the handle pole 106 includes a first catch 408 that locks against the first latch 406 when the handle pole 1 6 is positioned in the erect scooter configuration. The first catch 408 Is any suitable configuration, mechanism, device, etc., that is operable for locking against a first latch 406, non-iimiting example of which include brackets, slots, holes, etc. By sliding the first latch 406 down 403 and awa from the first catch 408, the handle pole 106 is free to pivot back to the ride-on configuration. ] Similarly, the second latch system 302 includes a second pair of spring-loaded retractable pins 410. When the second pair of pins 410 are drawn toward each other, they are disengaged from a retaining wall(s) 412. I other words, when locked, the second pair of pins 410 are positioned through a hole or space in the retaining wall(s) 412 which locks the pins 410 in place and prevents the pins 410 from being drawn up 13, Alternatively, when the second pair of pins 410 are drawn toward each other (i.e., squeezed together), they are disengaged from the retaining wal i(s) 412, whic allows a user to slide up 413 a second latch 416. It should be noted thai in one non-limiting example, the second pair of pins

410 are slidably positioned within the second latch 416. In other words, the second latch 416 is molded in a manner that allows the pins 41.0 to slide within the second latch 416. When the pins 410 are slid into the second latch 416 (i.e., disengaged from the retaining wall(s) 412), the user can force the second l tch 4 i 6 up 41 . To prevent the second latch 41 from f eely sliding up 413 and as a second or redundant security feature, a second spring-loaded latch hold 414 is positioned within the seat portion 104. The second spring-latch hold 414 operates as a redundant lock to hold the second latch 416 in a locked position. Thus, the user can draw the second pair of pins 410 toward each other and disengage the pins 4.10 from the retaining wallis) 412; thereafter, the user can force the latch 416 up 413, which simultaneously forces the second latch hold 414 up 413 and compresses the spring that holds the second latch 416 in place. By forcing the second latch 416 up 413, the second latch 16 is removed from a second catch 418 (e.g., a slot or hole) formed in the base 100. In other words, the base .100 includes a second, catch 418 that locks against the second latch 416 when the seat portion 104 is positioned in the erect scooter configuration. By sliding the second latch 4.1 up 413 and away from the second catch 418, the seat portion 104 is free to pivot down to the ride-on configuration, For further understanding, FIG . 5 provides another interior vie of the convertible toy in the scooter configuration, showing an interior of th handle pole 106. As shown, in this configuration, the first latch 406 is securely Socked in place against the first catch 408 to secure the handle pole 106 in the erect scooter configuration, in this non-limiting example and as shown, the first catch 408 is a plate which is secured within the handle pole 106. Similarly and as shown, the second latch 416 is securely locked in place against the second catch 418 to secure the seat portion 104 in the erect scooter configuration. In this non-limiting example, the second catch 418 is a slot molded into the base 100 that receives the second latch 41 . As noted above, when in the scooter configuration, the convertible toy needs to he relatively stable to prevent it from inadvertently collapsing to the iide-on configuration. Alternatively, when in the ride-on

configuration, the convertible toy may optionally include a. ride-on lock to prevent it from lifting and maintain its configuration securely in the ride- on position. The ride-on lock is any suitable mechanism or device that allows a user to selectively lock the convertible toy in the ride-on configuration. As a non-limiting example and referring again to FIG, 4, the ride-o lock includes spring-loaded pin 430 that lockhigiy engages with a pinhole formed on the side of the handle pole 106 when the handle pole 106 is in the ride-on configuration By withdrawing the pin 430 from the pinhole, the handle pole 106 is allowed to pivot up as desired Further, the handle pole 106 includes a base catch 432 formed therein.

Alternatively and as shown in FIG. 1 B, the base 1 0 includes a base latch 120, The base latch 120 is a protrusion formed in or otherwise attached with the base 100, while the base catch 432 is a recess that fits around and selectively locks with the base latch 120 when the seat portion 104 is in the .ride-on configuration and resting on the base 100. Thus, in one non- limiting example, the user draws t e pin 430 from the pinhole, which allows the user to pivot the handle pole 106 op, which withdraws the base catch 432 from the base latch .120, thereby allowing the user to selectively lift the seat portion 104 and handle pole 106 into the scooter configuration.