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Title:
A SUITCASE CONFIGURATION, WHERE A SINGLE SUITCASE IS TRANSFORMED INTO TWO SEPARATE EQUAL SUITCASES
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2016/209185
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
The invention is related to a suitcase configuration wherein a single and large capacity suitcase is transformed into two separate suitcases having equal capacity, easily, practically and rapidly.

Inventors:
YASAR, Serhan Kaptan (Cagdas Caddesi No:23, Balcova/Izmir, 35330, TR)
Application Number:
TR2016/050187
Publication Date:
December 29, 2016
Filing Date:
June 21, 2016
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
YASAR, Serhan Kaptan (Cagdas Caddesi No:23, Balcova/Izmir, 35330, TR)
International Classes:
A45C7/00; A45C5/14
Foreign References:
US20120285781A12012-11-15
US20130175129A12013-07-11
EP2710916A12014-03-26
US20080128231A12008-06-05
TR200807568A22010-04-21
TR201111103A22012-03-21
TR201409645A
GB161117A1921-04-07
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
CANKAYA PATENT MARKA VE DANISMANLIK LIMITED SIRKETI (Tunus Caddesi 40/9, Kavaklidere, Ankara, 06680, TR)
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Claims:
CLAIMS

1. A method which enables to transform a single suitcase into two separate suitcases having equal capacity, characterized in that it comprises the following steps:

The lock of the rear shells (10,11) at both sides which are coupled to each other by locking means (12) provided in a single suitcase are opened;

The rear shells (10,11) are separated from each other as the coupling means (22) located on the rear long surface are uncoupled following the unlocking of the shells, thereby being no longer characterized as a single suitcase;

Each of the front shells (16 or 17) that are pressed into the inner surface of each said rear shell (10,11), in the opposite direction and inwards, are pulled out;

d) The front shells (16 or 17), in which an empty volume is created by pulling them out, are connected by means of the peripheral zipper (18) which is either in an unzipped or zipped state and wherein half of the zipper encircles the front shells (16 or 17) and the other half is mounted on the outer edge of the rear shells (10 or 11).

2. Method according to claim 1, characterized in that following the connection described in step d) the suitcases can be separately locked by means of the perforated metal zipper pullers located at the ends of the zipper (18) which can be inserted into the zip lock (20) located at the side surfaces of each rear shell (10,11)

3. A suitcase configuration (1) from which two separate suitcases having equal capacity can be obtained according to the method of claim 1 characterized in that each suitcase comprises;

· A rear shell (10 or 11)

A front shell (16 or 17) which has been pressed inward in opposite directions into the inner surface of said rear shell (10 or 11),

A peripheral zipper (18) which connects the rear shell (10 or 11) to the front shell (16 or 17),

· A pull along handle (14)

A carrying handle (13)

Wheels that can freely rotate in any direction (15).

4. A suitcase configuration (1) according to claim 3, characterized in that, said pull along handle (14) is provided as a single handle.

5. A suitcase configuration (1) according to claim 3, characterized in that, said carrying handle (13) is provided as two handles. 6. A suitcase configuration (1) according to claim 3, characterized in that, said wheels (15) are provided as a pair of wheels.

7. A suitcase configuration (1) according to claim 3, characterized in that, each suitcase comprises rubber feet (21) which enable each suitcase to stand upright without being damaged.

8. A suitcase configuration (1) according to claim 3, characterized in that, said rubber feet (21) are provided as four rubber feet. 9. A suitcase configuration (1) according to claim 3, characterized in that, it comprises a zip lock (20) which locks the rear shell (10 or 11) and the front shell (16 or 17) that have been coupled to each other.

10. A suitcase configuration (1) according to claim 3, characterized in that, said front shell (16 or 17) comprises a front pocket (19) provided on the front face thereof.

Description:
DESCRIPTION

A SUITCASE CONFIGURATION, WHERE A SINGLE SUITCASE IS TRANSFORMED

INTO TWO SEPARATE EQUAL SUITCASES

Technical Field

The invention is related to a suitcase configuration to be used during travelling wherein a single suitcase can easily be transformed into two separate suitcases having equal capacity. The invention is particularly related to a suitcase configuration wherein a single and high capacity suitcase can be easily transformed into two separate suitcases having equal carriage capacity.

Prior Art

Nowadays when people are going on a trip or coming back from a trip they take along with themselves a plurality of suitcases having different sizes in order to carry more clothing etc or to bring back more stuff (clothing etc.) with them. When a person intends to bring back more stuff, sometimes they carry an empty suitcase with them unnecessarily when they are travelling. Moreover when they are returning, if they do not have extra stuff with them to put in the suitcase they carry back nearly empty suitcases unnecessarily.

If they do not prefer to carry extra or empty suitcases another choice is for them to use a suitcase which can be widened to make room for extra space, by means of a zip located on the suitcase which when opened can widen the suitcase at a small scale. However as this can provide a very minimal amount of volume (only 20-25% inner volume increase), and as it shall be difficult to carry such a suitcase due to heavy weight and instability, the users generally do not prefer such suitcases.

Another disadvantage in using such a suitcase is that, for example some airlines, allow the passenger luggages to be 40 or even 50kg although the passenger would need to pay extra luggage fee.

However in international airports, probably for the health and safety of porters legally it is allowed for each suitcase to weigh maximum 32kg's. In such a case, when a suitcase whose capacity is increased by opening the zip of said suitcase, if the capacity of the weight increases more than 32kg's, it may be required for the person to unpack some of the stuff at the airport and then to obtain a second suitcase in order to put the stuff back in, or the person might have to leave the excess luggage behind. Another similar disadvantage of said suitcases is that the sections that open up to provide extra space with a zip are made of soft materials such as fabric even if the suitcases themselves are hard case suitcases or are made of rigid (plastic etc.) materials. In cases of the movement of the two hard covers of a suitcase in different directions during loading etc or as a result of jamming, said sections made of soft materials can be damaged, or even ripped. A third option is to use suitcases that are a set having different sizes which can be placed inside each other and which allow to start travelling with a single suitcase and returning back with more than one suitcase. However this situation also brings about some disadvantages with it. One of these disadvantages is that when these three suitcases are placed inside each other, the wheels of the suitcases take up too much space. Another disadvantage is that, as only the small suitcase at the center shall be empty, a very small amount of stuff can be carried in terms of weight ratio. Yet another disadvantage is, when one needs to change the stuff inside the suitcase, the person needs to open and close all suitcases. Finally another disadvantage is that as the suitcases shall be carried one within the other, there will be at least four at most 8 wheels and two telescopic handles which shall lead to extra and unnecessary weight. This situation may cause the traveller to fulfil his/her suitcase weight limit during air travels.

During the research carried out in Literature, we can come across some other applications related to suitcases:

One such application is the patent application numbered TR2008/07568, titled "A suitcase". The abstract of this invention is as follows: "This invention is related to a lifting system applied on a suitcase. The suitcase is enabled to rise up to a certain height by means of the invention. Moreover when the suitcase is being elevated to the desired height, the weight of the suitcase does not affect the back or arms of the user."

Another one of these applications is the patent application numbered TR201111103, and titled "A Suitcase which can expand and contract". The abstract of this invention is as follows: The invention comprises two pulleys, being a lower pulley and an upper pulley. The lowest possible level of height is preferred for the lower pulley. The lower pulley is close to the bottom and is short and the upper pulley is located above the lower pulley and is longer in length in comparison to the lower pulley. The reason for this is that the front body section which can be opened and closed in order to load stuff in our out, starts from the bottom alignment of the upper pulley. In order to ensure that packing or unpacking stuff is carried out easily, the lower pulley needs to be as short as possible and the upper pulley needs to be as long as possible. The reason for this is that the front body operates on the upper pulley. The front body length is the same as the length of the lower pulley. The bottom section of the mechanism is placed on the lower pulley. Following this, the mechanism is mounted onto the upper pulley. The height adjustment mechanism which is movable between the upper pulley and the lower pulley can be lengthened or shortened by means of its telescopic structure. The invention is related to a suitcase which can be provided with different dimensions according to the aims or requirements of the user.'

Another one of these applications is the patent application numbered TR201409645 and titled "A suitcase having an adjustable intermediate plate". The abstract of the invention is as follows: This invention is related to a suitcase according to the preamble of Claiml. Such a suitcase known from the state of the art (GB 161 117 A) comprises a suitcase panel, a lid, and four side panels formed from rigid or flexible materials. Moreover such a suitcase may have an intermediate plate of alternatively a suitcase harness. The intermediate plates and the suitcase harnesses that are used alternatively, have been fixed for example to the suitcase panel, the suitcase lid or at a plurality of sides on the side panels. The intermediate plates are suitable to divide the volume of a suitcase. The suitcase harnesses are convenient in ensuring that the clothes inside the suitcase are kept in place.'

Suitcase embodiments having different characteristics have been described above. While some of these examples provide functions such as elevating the suitcase to a certain height; other examples comprise an intermediate plate in order to divide the volume of the suitcase.

As a result, due to the above mentioned disadvantages, and as the present solutions provided are insufficient, there has been a need to develop a suitcase configuration, wherein a second suitcase is obtained from a single suitcase; having the same dimensions and capacity as the first suitcase.

Aim of the Invention

The present invention is related to a suitcase configuration to be used during travelling wherein a single suitcase can easily be transformed into two separate suitcases having equal capacity. The present invention is particularly related to a suitcase configuration, which meets the above mentioned requirements, eliminates all disadvantages mentioned above and provides additional advantages, by means of converting a single suitcase into two separate suitcases both having equal carriage volume.

The primary aim of the invention is to provide a second suitcase from a single suitcase having the exact dimensions and capacity as the first suitcase.

The aim of the invention is to ensure that the carriage capacity (inner volume) of a single suitcase is increased nearly up to a 100%, by means of separating a suitcase into two suitcases. Said capacity increase, is provided by obtaining two separate suitcases having the same dimensions and looking exactly identical.

Another aim of the invention is to provide two separate suitcases which can be used by either a single traveller or by two travellers, without causing any health problems, safely and easily by means of the telescopic handles and the wheels (reduced to two wheels on each suitcase) located on each suitcase.

Another aim of the invention is to avoid extra costs at the travel destination by eliminating the need to purchase a second suitcase. Another similar aim of the invention is to eliminate the disadvantages of the suitcases having additional zippers which provide extra space when opened, known in the state of the art, as each of the present suitcases can be filled with 20kg or if possible with 25kg luggage, as the single suitcase can be converted into two separate suitcases both having equal and full capacity. By this means, both regulations and laws are complied with and emergency or undesirable situations and delays are prevented; moreover a carrying solution which is more suitable and safer in terms of the health of the travellers is provided.

Another aim of the invention is that it comprises shells formed of soft (fabric, nylon etc.) material, which can comprise flexible front pockets with one or two additional zippers, that can be fixed to each other by means of a zipper around the periphery of the outer shells having rigid edges, which are pressed inward (toward the hard shells) when the suitcase is a single suitcase. These inward facing soft shells, consume very little space and are very lightweight as they are like an additional lining when the suitcase is in the single suitcase configuration; thereby nearly 95% capacity of the suitcase subject to the invention can be used to carry stuff. Another aim of the invention is that the conversion of a single large suitcase into two separate suitcases having equal capacity is easy, practical and fast.

Another similar aim of the invention is that the rubber feet located at the rear longer corners of both the soft and hard shells enable the suitcases to stand stably without the suitcases being damaged. Besides this, two wheels at the lower narrow edge of the hard shell and the rubber feet at the lower narrow edges of the soft shells which are aligned with the wheels ensure the suitcase to be balanced vertically upright without said suitcase being damaged. Another aim of the invention is to provide a suitcase which is easy to use, made of natural materials, wherein the inside contents of the suitcase can be reached easily even when the suitcase is filled with clothing etc., when it is in a single suitcase configuration, as opposed to the suitcases known in the state of the art, which are nested within each other.

The invention provides a method which enables to transform a single suitcase into two separate suitcases having equal carriage capacity in order to reach the aims described above, characterized in that it comprises the following steps:

The lock of the rear shells at both sides which are coupled to each other by locking means provided in a single suitcase are opened;

The rear shells are separated from each other as the coupling means located on the rear long surface are uncoupled following the unlocking of the shells, thereby being no longer characterized as a single suitcase;

Each of the front shells that are pressed into the inner surface of each said rear shell, in the opposite direction and inwards, are pulled out;

The front shells, in which an empty volume is created by pulling them out, are connected by means of the peripheral zipper which is either in an unzipped or zipped state and wherein half of the zipper encircles the front (soft) shells and the other half is mounted on the outer edge of the rear (hard) shells.

The structural and characteristics features of the invention and aims thereof shall be clearly understood by means of the attached figures and the detailed description provided by referring to said figures; therefore an evaluation of the invention should also be carried out by taking into consideration the figures and the detailed description of the invention.

Description of the Drawings

Figure 1: Is the view of the single suitcase providing the configuration of the invention Figure 2: Is the view of the inner volume of a single suitcase in its open state

Figure 3: Is the view of two separate suitcases that have been transformed from a single suitcase, in order to provide the configuration subject to the invention. The figures do not need to be scaled and the details that are not required when describing the present invention 5 do not have to be shown in the figures. Besides this, the parts that substantially provide similar functions or are similar with each other have been given the same reference numbers.

Description of the Reference Numbers

I. Suitcase configuration

10 10. 1 st rear shell

II. 2 nd rear shell

12. Locking means

13. Carrying handle

14. Pull along handle

15 15. Wheels

16. 1 st front shell

17. 2 nd front shell

18. Peripheral zip

19. Front pocket

20 20. Zip lock

21. Rubber feet

22. Coupling means

Detailed Description of the Invention

25 The preferred embodiments of a suitcase configuration is described in this detailed description without being limited thereto, wherein a single suitcase subject to the invention is transformed into two separate suitcases; said description is made in order to ensure that the subject of the invention is clearly understood.

The invention is related to a suitcase configuration (1) wherein a single and large capacity 30 suitcase is transformed into two separate suitcases having equal capacity, easily, practically and rapidly.

The suitcase configuration (1) subject to the invention is in the form of a single suitcase. When the suitcase configuration is a single suitcase, it is formed of a rear shell (10,11) having two sides, a carrying handle (13) and pull along handle (14) located on each side, 35 wheels (15) that can freely rotate in every direction, locking means (12) and coupling means (22) positioned on the sides, and 2 front shells (16,17) which function as a second lining that is formed at the inner surface of the suitcase. The preferred embodiment of the invention comprises 4 carrying handles (13), 2 pull along handles (14), 4 wheels (15), 2 locking means (12), and 2 coupling means (22). Another characteristic of said pull along handle (14) is that it is telescopic.

According to the preferred embodiment of the invention, the rear shells (10,11) are produced from hard materials such as plastic (ABS, polycarbon) or aluminium etc. However if desired, said shells can be produced from lightweight material or from leather. Said front shells (16,17) are produced from soft materials such as fabric, nylon (Cordura) etc.

The invention is characterized in that it aims to transform a single suitcase into two separate suitcases having equal capacity. When said suitcase is separated into two suitcases, it comprises a pair of rear shells (10,11) a pair of front shells (16,17), a pair of telescopic pull along handles (14), two carrying handles (13), a pair of wheels (15) which can rotate freely in any direction, four rubber feet (21), and a zipper (18) which connects the two rear shells (10 or 11) to the two front shells (16 or 17).

Said carrying handles (13) are produced from flexible materials; and are located at the front long edge housing the locks and at the top narrow edge of both of the rear shells (10,11) in order to provide easy carriage and handling. According to the preferred embodiment of the invention, a zip lock (20) can be used in order to ensure secure connection of the rear shell (10 or 11) and the front shell (16 or 17).

The suitcase configuration (1) subject to the invention is provided by means of the following method steps:

First of all the rear shells (10,11) need to be separated from each other in order to transform the single empty suitcase into two separate suitcases. In order to enable this, the lock of the locking means (12) needs to be opened. The rear shells (10,11) need to be opened at an 180 degrees angle being aligned with each other in order to open the latch located in the coupling means (22); said latch has been provided to prevent said shells being separated from each other as a result of impact, or falling on the ground by accident when said suitcase is in a single suitcase configuration. Following the opening of the lock, the rear shells (10,11) are separated from each other by uncoupling the coupling means (22) that are produced from metal material, located at the rear surface, such that one of the hard shells is moved downward and the other hard shell is moved upward in opposite directions. According to a preferred embodiment of the invention, the couplings means (22) can be in the form of a hinge that may move up-down or may be inserted in order pulled out. According to another preferred embodiment, a coupling such as a hook/thread type connection which is uncoupled when it is rotated at 180 degrees (by being gently pulled up) can be used. According to another embodiment, a zip can be used as connection means.

Following the above mentioned process of separating a single suitcase into two suitcases, two suitcases having a pair of pull along handles (14), a pair of carrying handles (13), a pair of wheels (15), a pair of rear shells (10,11), and a pair of front shells (16,17) that are originally pressed into said rear shells (10,11) is obtained. In order to enable usage of said suitcases, front shells (16 or 17) that have been pressed in opposite directions, into the rear shells that have been inserted into the front pockets whose zippers have been opened, via the pair of fabric handles that have been stitched thereto, are pulled out. The front shells (16 or 17) in which an empty volume is created after they have been pulled out, are provided with peripheral zippers thereon, which connects the rear shells (10 or 11) to the front shells wherein the peripheral zipper (18) can either be in an unzipped or zipped state. Said zipper (18) ensures that the suitcases are closed, locked and safely used. As a result two large suitcases having equal capacity and the exact characteristics with each other is provided. The suitcases can be separately locked by means of the perforated metal zipper pullers which can be inserted into the zip lock (20) located at the side surfaces (In compliance with TSI standards) of each rear shell (10,11) in order to further secure the connection of said zippers.

Moreover the rubber feet (21) located both at the rear long edges of the rear shells (10,11) and the front shells (16,17) ensure that the two suitcases obtained stand stably without being damaged. The two pairs of wheels (15) at the narrow edge of the rear shell (10,11) and the rubber feet (21) aligned with the wheels at the narrow edges of the front shells (16,17) ensure that the suitcases can stand vertically upright without being damaged.

In an alternative embodiment of the invention, a pair of (or les or more if desired) front pockets can be formed at the external surface of the front shells (16,17). These pockets (19) can be closed or opened via a zipper (19) etc. As a result this small pocket may be used to carry objects without needing to open the whole suitcase during travelling.

According to another alternative embodiment of the invention a name tag can be provided at each surface of the 2 suitcases. Additionally the top corners can be reinforced. Apart from this, lining to protect clothing can be preferred to be used at the inner surface of the rear shells (10,11).

Besides the front shells (16,17) that face each other and are formed as thin shells, the only aspect that may lead to loss of space in comparison to a normal suitcase in the present invention is that the telescopic pull along handles (14) which are single in every suitcase is provided as a pair on each side of the suitcase according to the invention

In other words the loss of space may be created by the extra pull along handle (14). The front/external pockets located at the front face of the front shells (16,17) having zippers (19) can be additionally filled, apart from the internal capacity of the 2 suitcases that have been transformed from a single suitcase, thereby compensating any loss of capacity.