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Title:
TRAVEL CLOTHES HANGER
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2019/195228
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
The present invention provides a garment hanger intended to be packed into a suitcase with shirts left on the hangers. The clothes hanger has a hook section that is substantially C-shaped to hang on a closet rod or other means. The body portion is generally triangular for holding a shirt or other garment. The strap-like section is generally in the same plane as the hook and body sections. The arms of the shirts can be folded across the front of the shirts on top of the hanger section. The shirts is folded again from the bottom. The strap section is folded about 180 degrees to place the hook portion on top of the hanging portion with the bend in the strap section even with the top of the triangular hanging section and if a shirt is on the hanger, even with the collar of the shirt.

Inventors:
JOHANSSON, Ronald, Carl (10241 Mendel Rd. N, Stillwater, MN, 55082, US)
Application Number:
US2019/025307
Publication Date:
October 10, 2019
Filing Date:
April 02, 2019
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
JOHANSSON, Ronald, Carl (10241 Mendel Rd. N, Stillwater, MN, 55082, US)
International Classes:
A47G25/40; A47G25/02; A47G25/14; A47G25/32
Foreign References:
CN201243911Y2009-05-27
EP0972681A22000-01-19
US2997217A1961-08-22
GB2480283A2011-11-16
US20150157155A12015-06-11
US5383588A1995-01-24
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
BUHLER, Kirk, A. (Buhler & Associates Patenting, 1101 California Ave. Suite 20, Corona CA, 92881, US)
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Claims:
CLAIM OR CLAIMS

[Claim 1 ] A travel clothes hanger comprising:

a hook section;

a hanging section;

with said hook section and said hanging section spaced apart, and

said hook section and said hanging section connected by a flexible strap section.

[Claim 2] The travel garment hanger of claim 1 , wherein said flexible strap section both

maintains said hook section and said hanging section in a same plane and is configured to fold over at least a second travel clothes hanger while leaving hook sections of said at least two travel clothes hangers on a same side of said hanging section.

[Claim 3] The travel garment hanger of claim 1, wherein said flexible strap section is a

fabric.

[Claim 4] The travel garment hanger of claim 1 , wherein said flexible strap section is a loop of fabric.

[Claim 5] The travel garment hanger of claim 1 , wherein said flexible strap section is a strip of fabric that is joined at each opposing end of said flexible strap section to said hook section and said hanging section.

[Claim 6] The travel garment hanger of claim 1, wherein said flexible trap section is made of a same material as said hook section and said hanging section.

[Claim 7] The travel garment hanger of claim 1 , wherein said flexible strap section is

attached to said hanging section and to said hook section.

[Claim 8] The travel garment hanger of claim 1 , wherein said flexible strap section is formed by at least two spaced members.

[Claim 9] The travel garment hanger of claim 8, wherein said at least two spaced members are rope, cord, chain or cable. [Claim 1 0] The travel garment hanger of claim 1 , where said flexible strap section is one rope material.

[Claim 1 1 ] The travel garment hanger of claim 6, where said flexible strap section has areas that are thinner than said hook section and said hanging section.

[Claim 1 2] The travel garment hanger of claim 1 , where said flexible strap section is insert molded.

[Claim 1 3] The travel clothes hanger according to Claim 1 , wherein said hook section has a support arm whereby said flexible strap section is supported and said hanging section has a support arm whereby said flexible strap section is supported.

[Claim 1 4] The travel clothes hanger according to Claim 13, wherein said support arm in said hook section and said support arm in said hanging section each have a void whereby said flexible strap section is configured to pass through each of said voids to secure said flexible strap section between said hook section and said hanging section.

[Claim 1 5] The travel clothes hanger according to Claim 1, wherein said flexible strap section passes through said hook section and said hanging section.

[Claim 1 6] The travel clothes hanger according to Claim 1 , wherein said travel clothes hanger is configured to allow for removal of a plurality of clothing articles wherein each article of clothing is on a separate hanging section from on a storage rod;

folding all of said hook sections on the same side of said plurality of clothing articles;

packing said plurality of clothing articles on said plurality of travel clothes hanger, and

lifting said all of said hook sections collectively and hanging said plurality of travel clothes hangers as a collective group from said hook sections.

[Claim 1 7] The travel clothes hanger according to Claim 1, wherein said hanging

section further includes a pants rod or a strap hook. [Claim 1 8] The travel clothes hanger according to Claim 7, wherein said attachment is with a loop of cloth that is attached with glue, rivets, mating posts and holes, ultrasonic welding, or heat staking.

[Claim 1 9] The travel clothes hanger according to Claim 1 , wherein said flexible strap section is configured to allow said hook section to fold beyond a bottom of said hanger section.

[Claim 20] The travel clothes hanger according to Claim 1 , wherein said hanging

section includes a central opening whereby said hook section is passed through said central opening to loop said flexible strap section to shorten a length of said flexible strap section between said hook section and said hanger section.

AMENDED CLAIMS

received by the International Bureau on 23 July 2019 (23.07.2019)

Claim 1 A travel clothes hanger comprising:

a hook section;

a hanging section;

said hanging section having a triangular opening with a horizontal pants rod, an upper strap arm that is parallel to said horizontal pants rod and a lower keeper that is parallel to said horizontal pants rod;

with said hook section and said hanging section spaced apart, and said hook section and said hanging section connected by a flexible strap section;

whereby said flexible strap section is configured to pass said hook section through said triangular opening to wrap said flexible strap around said upper strap arm and said lower keeper to shorten said flexible strap section, thereby bringing said hook section is contact with said hanging section to maintain a parallel relationship between said hook section is contact with said hanging section.

Claim 2 The travel garment hanger of claim 1 , wherein said flexible strap section both maintains said hook section and said hanging section in a same plane and is configured to fold over at least a second travel clothes hanger while leaving hook sections of said at least two travel clothes hangers on a same side of said hanging section.

Claim 3 The travel garment hanger of claim 1, wherein said flexible strap section is a fabric.

Claim 4 The travel garment hanger of claim 1, wherein said flexible strap section is a loop of fabric. Claim 5 The travel garment hanger of claim 1 , wherein said flexible strap section is a strip of fabric that is joined at each opposing end of said flexible strap section to said hook section and said hanging section.

Claim 6 The travel garment hanger of claim 1, wherein said flexible strap section is made of a same material as said hook section and said hanging section.

Claim 7 The travel garment hanger of claim 1 , wherein said flexible strap section is attached to said hanging section and to said hook section.

Claim 8 The travel garment hanger of claim 1, wherein said flexible strap section is formed by at least two spaced members.

Claim 9 The travel garment hanger of claim 8, wherein said at least two spaced members are rope, cord, chain or cable.

Claim 1 0 The travel garment hanger of claim 6, where said flexible strap section has areas that are thinner than said hook section and said hanging section.

Claim 1 1 The travel clothes hanger according to Claim 7, wherein said

attachment is with a loop of cloth that is attached with glue, rivets, mating posts and holes, ultrasonic welding, or heat staking.

Claim 12 The travel garment hanger of claim 1, where said flexible strap section is insert molded.

Claim 1 3 The travel clothes hanger according to Claim 1 , wherein said

flexible strap section is configured to allow said hook section to fold beyond a bottom of said hanger section. Claim 14 The travel clothes hanger according to Claim 1, wherein said travel clothes hanger is configured to allow for removal of a plurality of clothing articles wherein each article of clothing is on a separate hanging section from on a storage rod;

folding all of said hook sections on the same side of said plurality of clothing articles;

packing said plurality of clothing articles on said plurality of travel clothes hanger, and

lifting said all of said hook sections collectively and hanging said plurality of travel clothes hangers as a collective group from said hook sections.

Claim 1 5 A travel clothes hanger according comprising:

a hook section;

a hanging section;

with said hook section and said hanging section spaced apart, and said hook section and said hanging section connected by a removable flexible loop strap section;

a support arm whereby said flexible strap section is supported and said hanging section has a support arm whereby said removable flexible loop strap section is supported;

said support arm in said hook section and said support arm in said hanging section each have a void whereby said removable flexible loop strap section is configured to pass through each of said voids to secure said removable flexible loop strap section between said hook section and said hanging section.

Claim 1 6 The travel clothes hanger according to Claim 15, wherein said removable flexible loop strap section passes through said hook section and said hanging section.

Claim 1 7 The travel clothes hanger according to Claim 15, wherein said hanging section further includes a pants rod or a strap hook.

Claim 1 8 The travel clothes hanger according to Claim 15, wherein said hanging section includes a central opening whereby said hook section is passed through said central opening to loop said flexible strap section to shorten a length of said removable flexible loop strap section between said hook section and said hanger section. Claim 1 9 The travel clothes hanger according to Claim 15, wherein said travel clothes hanger is configured to allow for removal of a plurality of clothing articles wherein each article of clothing is on a separate hanging section from on a storage rod; folding all of said hook sections on the same side of said plurality of clothing articles;

packing said plurality of clothing articles on said plurality of travel clothes hanger, and

lifting said all of said hook sections collectively and hanging said plurality of travel clothes hangers as a collective group from said hook sections.

Claim 20 The travel clothes hanger according to Claim 15, wherein said removable flexible loop strap section is a fabric

Description:
Travel Clothes Hanger

CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

[Para 1 ] This application claim the benefit of Provisional Application Serial Number 62/653,763 filed April 6, 2018 the entire contents of which is hereby expressly incorporated by reference herein.

TECHNICAL FIELD

[Para 2] This invention relates to improvements in clothes hangers. More particularly, the present travel clothes hanger creates a clothes hanger where clothes can be placed onto the hanger, the hanger rod hook folded and the hanger with the clothes attached can be placed into luggage.

BACKGROUND ART

[Para 3] Clothes hangers are generally triangular in shape and have a hook shape at the top to hang from a bar or rod. When packing shirts into suitcases they generally have to be removed from the hangers because the hook portion extends well above the shirt collar and therefore the shirts cannot be folded compactly unless removed from the hanger. There have been many attempts to solve this problem by having the hook portion removable or hinged. Although this will make the hanger more compact, it takes a great deal of time to individually fold or remove the hooks and they must be reinstalled or bent back into position individually when being removed from a suitcase to rehang. This can be particularly difficult because the attachment point of the hooks is generally inside the collar of the shirts. Further, the individual folding of shirts creates sharp creases which become wrinkles when the shirts are once again opened and hung.

[Para 4] When people travel, they will typically remove cloths from hangers, fold the clothes and then place the folded clothes into a suitcase. When they arrive at their destination, they will remove the folded clothes and hang the clothes onto hangers that“may” exist at the hotel. This creates a number of additional steps for transporting clothing. Another option is to take clothes and the hangers from a closet and place the hanger and clothes into a suitcase. The problem is that the hook of the hanger extends beyond the top of the clothing and requires additional space in the suitcase.

[Para 5] A number of patents and or publications have been made to address these issues. Exemplary examples of patents and or publication that try to address this /these problem(s) are identified and discussed below.

[Para 6] U.S. Patent Number 3,870,206 issued on March 11 , 1975 to Irvin Feinberg and is titled Garment Hanger Frame Having a Hinged Hook. This patent discloses a garment hanger or the like is molded of plastic material to provide a substantially rigid supporting frame and a substantially rigid hook hinged to the frame by a thin, flexible section of the plastic material. The hinge has an axis of rotation which extends substantially parallel to the plane of the supporting frame. The hook in this patent uses a plastic hinge that joins the hook to the hanger body. [Para 7] Patent Number 4,168,791 issued on September 25, 1979 to Frank Clark Jr. and is titled Folding Hanger. This patent discloses a garment hanger having a skirt bar with shoulder supports extending upwardly and toward each other from each end of the bar, terminating in the post and a hook with a spherical boss on it and the lower end of its stem interchangeably received in a recess in the post so that the hook can be swung from a folded position between the shoulder members and bar to a vertical U-position with the stem parallel to the post. In this hanger the hook pivots from the body of the hanger but also does not allow the hook to fold over multiple stacked articles of clothing that are on hangers.

[Para 8] U.S. Patent Number 4,932,571 issued on June 12, 1990 to Russell O. Blanchard and is titled Foldable Garment Display Device. This patent discloses a folding hanger for displaying garments has a polygonal outer frame shaped to support a garment to which outer frame an inner garment supporting frame is pivotally secured by an integral hinge whereby the inner garment supporting frame can be pivoted from a storage position nested within the outer frame to a garment display position in which it depends from and below the outer frame. This patent does not include a flexible connection between the hanger and the hook that can be folded over the garment.

[Para 9] U.S. Patent Number 5,085,357 issued February 4, 1992 to Ken-Wang Chen and is titled Collapsible garment hanger with hook recess. This patent discloses a foldable hanger of the present invention mainly comprises a hook portion, a frame and two shoulders. The hook portion is formed with an extended cylindrical post at its lower portion, from which extends a notch from half way of the cylindrical post down to its bottom, and two flanges at its two sides of the notch. While the hook in this patent can collapse when the hook folds over the garment area in increases the height of the packing.

[Para 1 0] U.S. Patent Number 9,392,897 issued on July 19, 2016 to Justin Howsey and is titled Retractable Reeled Garment Hanger. This patent discloses a garment hanger having a hook portion and a body portion connected by a retractable reel having a spring-biased spool with a cord wound thereon. The hook is substantially C-shaped and is designed to be hung on a closet rod or other means. The body portion is substantially triangular and designed to hang clothes thereon. The cord includes a proximal end permanently attached to the spring-biased spool and a distal end attached to the upper portion of the body portion. The retractable reel is configured to extend, retract, and latch the cord in a desired length. While the cord can be extended to any length it does not maintain a parallel relationship between the hanger and the hook. Also, the reel mechanism is very bulky and would take a great deal of space if packed.

[Para 1 1 ] U.S. Patent Number 9,687,099 that issued on June 27, 2017 and is titled

Collapsible hanger for use in-garment to reduce creasing, crushing, and wrinkling, while maintaining support, of upper garment during storage and transportation. This patent discloses a collapsible hanger includes a left arm, a right arm, and a hook. A hinge rotatably holds the left and right arms together. When in expanded state, the left and right arms extend opposite each other. When in collapsed state, the arms are rotated adjacent to each other. The hook is rotatably coupled to one of the arms, and rotatable between first and second positions.

[Para 12] What is needed is a travel clothes hanger with a flexible strap that connects between the garment hanger and the hanging hook. The flexible strap should allow for easy folding over one or multiple garments when stored in a suitcase and can be removed from the suitcase and hung on a hanger at a destination or in a home.

DISCLOSURE OF THE INVENTION

[Para 1 3] The subject invention provided a clothes hanger that can pack a number of shirts at one time while still on their hangers. Another purpose of this invention is to provide a travel hanger with which shirts can be very quickly removed from a suitcase and re -hung. A third purpose of this invention is to provide a travel hanger which reduces the number and size of wrinkles in shirts when packed in a suitcase.

[Para 14] Unlike conventional hangers and attempts to make hangers more compact, this invention spaces the hook from the hanging section and connects the hook to the hanging section with a flexible strap-like structure that can be bent over the shirts and it will take up very little additional space above the collars of the shirts. Further, several shirts can be folded at one time and all of the strap sections bent as a group and the hook sections placed on top of the shirts.

The hooks are conveniently accessible to be grasped as a group and the shirts lifted from the suitcase as a group. A quick shake unfolds the arms and they fall to the normal hanging position to be hung up very quickly as a group.

[Para 1 5] It is an object of the travel clothes hanger to be used to hang clothes. A user can use the travel hanger to hang one or multiple articles of clothing onto the hanger. The hanger can be used to hang both shirts on the upper portion of the triangle and pants on the horizontal rod portion or a combination of both on the hanger. The configuration of the hanger allows for multiple articles of clothing on separate hanger packed at the same time.

[Para 16] It is an object of the travel clothes hanger to have a flexible connection between the rod hook hanging portion and the clothes triangle. The flexible connection can loop through an elongated opening in the bottom of the hook portion and through a complementary elongated opening in the top of the triangle portion of the hanger or the strap, without a loop can be attached to the hook and hanging section by other means. The flexible connection can be formed using a variety of materials from fabrics. The hook and hanging sections hold the flexible connection and resist rotation of the clothes triangle relative to the rod hook. This also maintains the clothes triangle perpendicular to a clothes rod. Although the strap urges the hanging section toward the same plane as the hook section, the hook can be easily rotated out of the plane of the hanging section. This permits the hanger to be hung on a bar that is parallel to the hanging section. Such as a top dresser drawer pulled open just a bit, the hook can be rotated and hooked the drawer opening at an angle of about 30 degrees to the hanging section.

[Para 1 7] It is an object of the travel clothes hanger for the hook portion of the hanger to fold over one or a stack of clothing on the hanger. The flexible connection is an elongated member that provides a distance from the rod hook to the top of the hanger triangle. This distance allows the rod hook to flex and extend over one or a plurality of clothes that is / are placed on the clothes triangle.

[Para 18] It is another object of the travel clothes hanger for the body of the hanger to be fabricated as an injection molded or fabricated in plastic, stamped metal or equivalent material.

A fabric or similar material connects the rod hook to the hanger triangle. Other embodiments are using a two-shot molding process where the hook and the hanger triangle or molded in one shot from a more ridged plastic and the second shot molds the connection between the two parts using a more flexible plastic or elastomer. Another embodiment is molding an elongated thin section between the rod hanger and the hanger triangle which may have holes or even thinner areas to add fl exability.

[Para 19] It is still another object of the travel clothes hanger to include clothes packing process where one or a plurality of articles of clothing are placed onto the hanger, folded, placed into a suitcase, transported and then hung onto a clothing rod without requiring the clothing to be removed from the travel clothes hanger.

[Para 20] Various objects, features, aspects, and advantages of the present invention will become more apparent from the following detailed description of preferred embodiments of the invention, along with the accompanying drawings in which like numerals represent like components. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING(S)

[Para 21 ] FIG. 1 shows a travel clothes hanger in a first embodiment.

[Para 22] FIG. 2 shows the travel clothes hanger is in the first embodiment with the rod hook section folded over.

[Para 23] FIG. 3 shows a group of shirts each on a separate travel clothes hanger.

[Para 24] FIG. 4 shows the same shirts of Figure 3 with both arms folded across the front of the shirts.

[Para 25] FIG. 5 shows the shirts in a suitecase with the rod hooks all placed over the stack of shirts.

[Para 26] FIG. 6 shows a second embodiment of the travel clothes hanger.

[Para 27] FIG. 7 shows a third embodiment of the travel clothes hanger.

[Para 28] FIG. 8 shows a fourth embodiment of the travel clothes hanger.

[Para 29] FIG. 9 shows a cross-seciton of the hanger using a single strap.

[Para 30] FIG. 10 shows a cross-seciton of the hanger using a loop strap.

[Para 31 ] FIG. 11 shows a fifth embodiment of the travel clothes hanger.

[Para 32] FIG. 12 shows a sixth embodiment of the travel clothes hanger.

[Para 33] FIG. 13 shows a perspective view of the travel hanger with the hook section wrapped around the top of the hanger section.

[Para 34] FIG. 14 shows a side view of the travel hanger from the previous view.

[Para 35] FIG. 15 shows the hanger section in an embodiment without a pants rod.

[Para 36] FIG. 16 shows a strap with end caps. BEST MODE FOR CARRYING OUT THE INVENTION

[Para 37] It will be readily understood that the components of the present invention, as generally described and illustrated in the drawings herein, could be arranged and designed in a wide variety of different configurations. Thus, the following more detailed description of the embodiments of the system and method of the present invention, as represented in the drawings, is not intended to limit the scope of the invention, but is merely representative of various embodiments of the invention. The illustrated embodiments of the invention will be best understood by reference to the drawings, wherein like parts are designated by like numerals throughout.

[Para 38] Item Numbers and Description

[Para 39] 101 travel hanger 102 rod 103 side-to-side

[Para 40] 104 shirt(s) 105 suitcase 107 sleeve(s)

[Para 41 ] 110 hook section 111 hook 112 hook opening

[Para 42] 114 opening 115 first side stop 116 second side stop

[Para 43] 117 upper strap arm 118 tip 126 arm opening

[Para 44] 127 first hook side arm 128 second hook side arm 130 hanger section

[Para 45] 131 lower keeper 132 pants rod 134 opening

[Para 46] 135 first side stop 136 second side stop 137 upper strap arm

[Para 47] 138 shoulder 139 shoulder 140 tab

[Para 48] 146 arm opening 147 first hanger side arm 148 second hanger side arm [Para 49] 150 strap section 151 cord section 152 living hinge

[Para 50] 153 holes 154 strap 155 cord

[Para 51 ] 156 single strap 157 loop strap 158 end cap

[Para 52] 159 multi-segment strap 161 holes 162 block

[Para 53] 165 hook section 166 pointed posts 167 cover

[Para 54] 170 strap 171 holes 175 strap

[Para 55] 180 hanger section 181 holes 182 block [Para 56] 183 pins 185 hanger section 186 pointed posts

[Para 57] 187 cover

[Para 58] Fig 1 shows a travel clothes hanger 101 in a first embodiment. The travel clothes hanger 101 has a hook section 110, a hanger section 130 and a strap section 150 connecting the hook section 110 to the hanger section 130. The different sections are described in more detail herein.

[Para 59] The hook section 110 has a hook 111 that is configured to hang the travel clothes hanger 101 on a rod 102 or other horizontal element like a clothes hook or door knob from the inside of the hook or on the tip 118 of the hook. The travel clothes hanger 101 can essentially be hung on anything that can pass though or into the hook opening 112. In this embodiment and opening 114 provides a clearance for the strap 154 in the strap section 150. While the opening 114 is shown in a triangular configuration, other shapes are contemplated. The opening 114 has a first side 115 and a second side 116 where the strap 154 is centered on within the opening 114. The strap 154 is supported on the top of the upper strap arm 117 of the hook section 110.

[Para 60] The hanger section 130 has a complementary opening 134 for the strap 154. The opening 134 is formed by a lower keeper 131 and an upper strap arm 137. The strap 154 is constrained from side-to-side movement 103 by the first side stop 135 and the second side stop 136. In addition to holding shirts, coats or other items on the shoulders 138 and 139 of the hanger section 130. Pants, ties and other items can be hung on the horizontal pants rod 132. While the pants rod is shown in this embodiment, the pants rod can be eliminated.

[Para 61 ] Figure 2 shows the travel clothes hanger 101 of the first embodiment with the rod hook section 110 folded over the same hanger with the strap section 150 folded over the hanger section 130 and the hook section 110 laying across the hanger section. This variation has the same or similar openings 114 and 134 to retain the strap 154. In this embodiment the interior of the hanger section has tabs 140 to allow for retention of other items.

[Para 62] Figure 3 shows a group of shirts 104 each on a separate travel clothes hangers 101 where the travel clothes hangers 101 are supported by the hooks which are in turn supported by a rod 102. Note that the distance from the rod 102 to the shirts 104 is greater than those of a typical clothes hanger. This is a typical configuration how people will hang clothes both at home and at a hotel or other location where clothing is hung on a rod.

[Para 63] FIG. 4 shows the same shirts of Figure 3 with both arm sleeves 107 of the shirt 104 collectively folded across the front of the shirts 104. This can be accomplished by removing the plurality of shirts 104 as a collective group and then folding each side of sleeves 107 as a collective group without requiring the sleeves of each shirt to be individually folded over its respective shirt.

[Para 64] FIG. 5 shows the shirts 104 in a suitecase 105 with the rod hooks 110 all placed over the stack of shirts 104. The stack of shirts 104 can be placed into a suitcase 105 as shown. Note that the hooks are all available to be grasped together to remove the stack of shirts 104 from the suitcase 105. In lifting the group of hooks 110, the shirts 104 will all fall open and are ready to be once again hung up.

[Para 65] Note that compared to folding shirts individually, the bends of the fabric have a much larger radius and will, therefore, be less wrinkled when they are taken out of the suitcase. To reduce the wrinkling further, a T-shirt can be added on top of the other shirts. This extra T- shirt will serve to create an even greater radius in the fabric folds and thereby create even fewer wrinkles.

[Para 66] Manufacturing Construction:

[Para 67] There are several possible construction options for the travel hangers of this invention. These construction options relate to the type of strap material and how the strap material is attached to the hook section and the hanger section.

[Para 68] Fig 6 shows a second embodiment of the travel clothes hanger 101. In this embodiment there are at least two ropes, cords 155 or thin chain in the cord section 151 that connect the hook section 110 and hanger section 130. The cord will bend easily in this embodiment but introduces a potential tangling of the cord(s) 155 and the hook section(s) 110.

[Para 69] Although it is not shown, it is also contemplated to use a single cented cord to connect the hook and hanger portions. The design would be less likely to tangle than a two-cord embodiment, however, it would lose the feature of keeping the hook and hanger sections in one plane which could result in clothes being hung and twisting at different angles and the rotation of a group of shirts twisting out of the desired hanger-hook plane when carrying them.

[Para 70] FIG. 7 shows a third embodiment of the travel clothes hanger. In this embodiment the hook section 110, living hinge 152 strap section, and hanger section 130 are molded as a single part. Here the strap section is shown as a very thin part compared two the hook section 110 and hanger sections 130. In addition, many holes 153 have been added to make the strap section as flexible as possible while still being the same material as the hook and hanger sections. In another embodiment the molded section has thin horizontal sections that are living hinges that permit easy bending of the strap at the hinge locations.

[Para 71 ] It is also contemplated that the travel clothes hanger can be fabricated in a“two- shot mold” where the hook section 110 and hanger section 130 are of one material and then the strap section can be molded in a softer more flexible material such as a thermoplastic elastomer and have a finished travel hanger assembly as a completed product from one molding process. This could result in a very flexible strap with more rigid hook and hanger sections being “assembled” in one molding operation.

[Para 72] Yet another contemplated variation is to insert mold a flexible strap material. This will result in a complete assembly of the subject travel hanger as it comes out of the molding operation with a material such as cloth for the strap. This would be an attractive assembly because the strap material can“disappear” into the hook and hanger sections with no visible attachment means.

[Para 73] FIG. 8 shows a fourth embodiment of the travel clothes hanger. The components are similar to previoulsy disclosed embodiments with the exception of a slot 126 in the hook section 110 and a slot 146 in the hanger section 130. A loop strap (shown in broken lines) or a single layer strap that is sewn can pass through the slots 126 and 146 for assembling the hanger. [Para 74] FIG. 9 shows a cross-seciton of the hanger using a single strap 156 passing over (or around) the upper strap arm 117. The upper strap arm 117 is shown as a shape but other shapes are contemplated such as, but not limited to flattened, round, rectangular, ellipse or radiused rectangular. The strap material 156 is a single layer (not a continuous loop) that has small loops sewn onto the ends. The loop is wrapped around strap arm 117, and equivalently to the arm in the hanger section (not shown). The strap material can be sewn into a loop, glued or with some material that is ultrasonically or heat welded to itself.

[Para 75] FIG. 10 shows a cross-seciton of the hanger using a loop strap 157. In this construction the loop of strap material 157 can pass through a sewn circle of material and then assembled.

[Para 76] FIG. 11 shows a fifth embodiment of the travel clothes hanger. This embodiment uses a plurality of holes 161 in the hook section 165, holes 171 in the strap section 170 and holes 181 in the hanger section 180. Separate blocks 162 or 182 are shown, but they can both have the same configuration or be identical parts. The blocks have a plurality of posts 183 that are placed to correspond to the holes in the strap 170, hanger section 180 and hook sections 165. The posts 183 are shown as hexigonal, but other shapes such as round, square, triangular or multi-sided shapes that press fit the posts 183 in the block through the holes 171 in the straps and engage into the holes 161 and 181 in the hook section 165 and the hanger section 180 respectively. The blocks can alternatively be bonded, heat staked or ultrasonically welded onto the hook section 165 and the hanger section 180. The location of the holes and postes can be reversed from the orientation shown. Although not shownm the blocks could also be attached with screws, rivits or other fasteners.

[Para 77] FIG. 12 shows a sixth embodiment of the travel clothes hanger. This embodiment uses a plurality of pointed posts 166 in the hook section 165 and pointed posts 186 in the hanger section 185. Separate blocks 167 or 187 are shown, but they can both have the same

configuration. The blocks have a plurality of pointed posts or be flat. The fabric (or other) strap material 175 in placed over the hook section 165 or the hanger section 185, the block placed over the strap 175 and ultrasonically welded or bonded to join the assembly together to make the travel clothes hanger. During the ultrasonic welding, the posts will melt through the strap material and bond to the block plastic, trapping the strap. If the strap material is a plastic, the strap may also melt and bond to the hook and hanger section. It is also contemplated that the flat and the post sides in this embodiment can also be revered. [Para 78] FIG. 13 shows a perspective view of the travel hanger with the hook section 110 wrapped around the top of the hanger section 130 and FIG. 14 shows a side view of the travel hanger from the previous view showing the strap 150 wrapping or passing through the triangular opening of the hanger section 130 and around the top of the hanger section 130. This

configuration allows the overall height of the travel hanger to be essentially the same height as a standard clothes hanger.

[Para 79] FIG. 15 shows the hanger section in an embodiment without a pants rod. In this figure the flexible segment 159 between the hanger and the hook is molded at the same time and of the same material as the hook and hanging section. The strap is formed by a series of very thin strips between multiple thicker segments. These very thin areas serve as“living hinges” and because there are several of them, the entire strip area is very flexible. Living hinges of this type are best manufactured with a polypropylene polymner.

[Para 80] FIG. 16 shows a strap 150 with end caps 158. It is contemplated that the end caps 158 are insert molded onto the strap 150. This subassembly can then be slid or snapped into the hanger section and the hook section.

[Para 81 ] Thus, specific embodiments of a travel clothes hanger have been disclosed. It should be apparent, however, to those skilled in the art that many more modifications besides those described are possible without departing from the inventive concepts herein. The inventive subject matter, therefore, is not to be restricted except in the spirit of the appended claims.

INDUSTRIAL APPLICABILITY

[Para 82] The industrial applicability relates to clothes hangers.