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Title:
INTEGRALLY-FORMED SPECTACLE CASE AND METHOD
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2019/170902
Kind Code:
A4
Abstract:
An integrally-formed spectacle case manually configurable from a flat configuration to an assembled configuration, the spectacle case comprising: a first panel and a second panel; wherein the first panel and the second panel are moveably arranged to bring the spectacle case from the flat configuration to the assembled configuration; a first hook formed on the first panel, the first hook comprising a shank and a hook tip, wherein the hook tip has a surface extending from the shank and facing the first panel, the surface extending parallel to the first panel or diverging from the first panel in a direction away from the shank; a first catch formed on the second panel, wherein the first panel and the second panel are moveable to cause the first hook and the first catch to couple when the spectacle case is in the assembled configuration.

Inventors:
THORN DANIEL MATTHEW (GB)
CONWAY JAMES GARY (GB)
LAU KWOK DIN (GB)
Application Number:
EP2019/055933
Publication Date:
November 21, 2019
Filing Date:
March 08, 2019
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
MILLMEAD OPTICAL GROUP LTD (GB)
THORN DANIEL MATTHEW (GB)
CONWAY JAMES GARY (GB)
International Classes:
A45C11/04; A45C7/00; A45C13/00; B65D1/22; B65D5/36
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
APPLEYARD LEES IP LLP (GB)
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Claims:
AMENDED CLAIMS

received by the International Bureau on 7 October 2019 (07.10.2019)

1 An integrally-formed spectacle case (400) manually configurable from a flat configuration to an assembled configuration, the spectacle case (400) comprising:

a first panel (420, 430, 450, 470) comprising a first edge (424, 427, 434, 437, 454, 457, 474); a second panel (410, 420, 450) comprising a second edge (414, 416, 424, 457);

wherein the first panel and the second panel are moveably arranged to bring the spectacle case from the flat configuration to the assembled configuration,

a first hook (422, 426, 432, 436, 452, 479) formed on the first panel,

the first hook comprising a shank (512) and a hook tip (514), wherein the hook tip (514) has a surface (518) extending from the shank (512) and facing the first panel, the surface (518) extending parallel to the first panel or diverging from the first panel in a direction away from the shank (512), and

wherein the shank (512) extends substantially perpendicular to the first panel;

a first catch (412, 429, 456) formed OP the second panel,

wherein the first panel and the second panel are moveable to cause the first hook and the first catch to couple when the spectacle case (400) is in the assembled configuration.

2. The spectacle case according to claim 1 , wherein in the assembled configuration the spectacle case has:

a length in a range of 14cm to 18cm,

a width in a range of 4cm to 8cm, and

a height in a range of 3cm to 6cm.

3, The spectacle case according to claim 1 or 2, comprising: a top panel (460) comprising a first flange (468) extending proximate to an edge (467) of the top panel, wherein the first flange (468) is spaced from the edge (467) of the top panel by a distance corresponding to the thickness of the second panel.

4. The spectacle case according to any one of claims 1 to 3, wherein the first panel (420, 430) comprises a second flange (428, 438) extending along the first edge (427, 437) of the first panel (420, 430), wherein the second flange (428, 438) is spaced from the first edge (427, 437) of the first panel (420, 430) by approximately the thickness of the second panel (450).

5, The spectacle case according to claim 4, wherein the first panel (420, 430) is provided as a front panel (420) or a rear panel (430) of the spectacle case (400), and the second panel (450) is provided as a side panel (450) of the spectacle case (400),

6. The spectacle case according to any one of claims 1 to 3, comprising: a resiliently deformable slot (429) formed in the second panel (420) to define the first catch (429), the slot (429) being provided open-ended to extend through the whole thickness of the second panel (420); wherein the hook tip (514) is insertible through one end of the slot (429) and is locatabfe past the other end of the slot (429).

7, The spectacle case according to claim 5, wherein the first panel is provided as a closure panel (470) of the spectacle case (400) and the second panel (420) is provided as a front panel (420) of the spectacle case (400), wherein the closure panel (470) is configurable to engage the front panel (420).

8. The spectacle case according to any one of claims 1 to 3, comprising: a bottom panel (410) comprising a third flange (412) extending along an edge (414, 416) of the bottom panel (410), wherein the third flange (412) is located at the edge (414, 416) of the bottom panel (410).

9. The spectacle case according to claim 8, comprising a second hook (422, 432, 452) formed on the first panel (420, 430, 450) or the second panel (420, 450), the second hook (422, 432, 452) comprising a shank (512) and a hook tip (514), wherein the hook tip (514) has a surface (518) extending from the shank (512) and facing the panel on which the second hook is formed,

the surface (518) extending parallel to the panel on which the second hook is formed or diverging away from the panel on which the second hook is formed in a direction away from the shank (512);

wherein the second hook (422, 432, 452) and the third flange (412) are configured to couple when the spectacle case (400) is in the assembled configuration.

10. The spectacle case according to any one of claims 1 to 6, 8 or 9, wherein the first catch (456) defines a recess (612) configured to receive the hook tip (514) of the first hook (426, 436).

11. The spectacle case according to claim 10, wherein the first hook (426, 436) is formed at the first edge (427, 437) of the first panel (420, 430), and the recess (612) of the first catch (456) is defined at the second edge (457) of the second panel (450) and extends through the second panel (450).

12. The spectacle case according to any previous claim, wherein the spectacle case is formed from polypropylene.

13. A method of manufacturing a spectacle case manually configurable from a collapsed configuration to an assembled configuration, the method comprising: forming a mould cavity and inserting a retractable core, the mould cavity defining the shape of the spectacle case comprising a plurality of panels, the mould cavity and the retractable core cooperating to define a hook projecting from a panel of the plurality of panels, the hook comprising a shank substantially perpendicular to the panel and a hook top substantially parallel to the panel, and the mould cavity defining a catch on another panel of the plurality of panels, the catch configured to receive the hook; filling the mould cavity with a shot of moulding material; extracting the spectacle case by opening the mould and removing the retractable core.

14. The method as claimed in claim 13, forming a container according to any one of claims 2 to 12.