CA2636515A1 - Tubular organizer - Google Patents

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CA2636515A1
CA2636515A1 CA 2636515 CA2636515A CA2636515A1 CA 2636515 A1 CA2636515 A1 CA 2636515A1 CA 2636515 CA2636515 CA 2636515 CA 2636515 A CA2636515 A CA 2636515A CA 2636515 A1 CA2636515 A1 CA 2636515A1
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Matthew J. Carr
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    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B43WRITING OR DRAWING IMPLEMENTS; BUREAU ACCESSORIES
    • B43MBUREAU ACCESSORIES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • B43M99/00Subject matter not provided for in other groups of this subclass
    • B43M99/001Desk sets
    • B43M99/002Tubular fountain pen holders
    • B43M99/006Tubular fountain pen holders with more than one penholder
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
    • A47KSANITARY EQUIPMENT NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; TOILET ACCESSORIES
    • A47K1/00Wash-stands; Appurtenances therefor
    • A47K1/08Accessories for toilet tables, e.g. glass plates, supports therefor
    • A47K1/09Holders for drinking glasses, tooth brushes, hair brushes, or the like

Abstract

An organizer for storing items including at least three receptacles, each of the three receptacles having an upper section and a lower base section, each of the base sections having a non-planar bottom surface such that each of the receptacles is incapable of standing on its own when resting on a flat surface, wherein each of the at least three receptacles is fixedly secured to at least one other of the at least three receptacles, such that the at least three receptacles function to support one another in a standing orientation when placed on the flat surface.

Description

3 [0001] The present invention relates generally to organizers, and more particularly to 4 organizers comprising a plurality of individual receptacles secured to one another in such a way as to form a stable, free-standing structure, whereas no one individual receptacle would stand 6 freely on its own.

9 [0002] Organizers used to hold various items in a plurality of separate receptacles are well known in the art. For example, organizers are often used on desks for holding pens, 11 pencils, scissors, and the like. Organizers are also found in bathrooms for the purpose of 12 holding toothbrushes, hairbrushes, toothpaste, and other items. Such organizers generally 13 include a planar bottom surface, from which the plurality of receptacles extend upwardly.
14 [0003] One problem with these prior organizers is that they tend to be unhygienic when used in proximity of liquid, for example, on the counter top next to a sink in a bathroom or 16 kitchen. Since a planar bottom surface provides little to no space between the organizer and the 17 underlying surface, moisture is prevented from evaporating, which leads to its accumulation 18 beneath the organizer. The combination of trapped moisture and an anaerobic environment 19 provides many pathogenic microbes ideal conditions for growth.
Consequently, organizers with planar bottom surfaces are generally unsuitable for use near sinks and the like.
21 [0004] Another problem with prior organizers is that the growth of microbes and 22 accumulation of residue can go undetected by the user, especially when the receptacles are tall, 23 deep, and narrow, as is generally the case for receptacles arranged to hold toothbrushes. The 24 problem is exacerbated when the inner surface of a receptacle comprises corners or crevices, which facilitate such growth and accumulation.
26 [0005] Still another problem with prior organizers is that their receptacles generally have 27 the same dimensions, i.e., height, width, diameter, etc. This poses a predicament when the user 28 of the organizer wishes to store items of varying dimensions. For example, the optimal 29 dimensions for a receptacle arranged to hold a short, wide item, such as, a makeup brush, would not be optimal for a receptacle arranged to hold a long, slender item, such as a 31 toothbrush.
32 [0006] Thus, there is a longfelt need for an organizer which minimizes the potential for 33 trapping moisture underneath its bottom surface, provides a means for detecting and minimizing 21784941.1 1 unhygienic growth and/or accumulations within its receptacles, and includes receptacles of 2 various dimensions.

[0007] The present invention generally comprises an organizer for storing items, having 6 at least three receptacles, each of the three receptacles comprising an upper section 7 and a lower base section, each base section having a non-planar bottom surface such that each 8 of the receptacles is incapable of standing on its own when resting on a flat surface, wherein 9 each of the at least three receptacles is fixedly secured to at least one other of the at least three receptacles, such that the at least three receptacles function to support one another in a 11 standing orientation when placed on the flat surface.
12 [0008] The general object of the invention is to provide an organizer which minimizes 13 the potential for trapping moisture underneath its bottom surface.
14 [0009] Another object of the invention is to provide an organizer with a means for detecting and minimizing unhygienic growth and/or accumulations within its receptacles.
16 [0010] A further object of the invention is to provide an organizer which includes 17 receptacles of various dimensions.
18 [0011] Still another object of the invention is to provide a useful yet aesthetically 19 pleasing organizer.
[0012] These and other objects, features and advantages of the present invention will 21 become readily apparent to those having ordinary skill in the art upon reading the following 22 detailed description and claims in view of the several views of the drawings.

[0013] The nature and mode of the operation of the present invention will now be more 26 fully described in the following detailed description of the invention taken with the accompanying 27 drawing figures, in which:
28 Figure 1 is a front perspective view of a first embodiment of the present invention 29 organizer shown holding a plurality of items;
Figure 2 is a front perspective view of the organizer alone;
31 Figure 3 is a front elevational view of the organizer;
32 Figure 4 is a back elevational view of the organizer;
33 Figure 5 is a right side elevational view of the organizer;
34 Figure 6 is a left side elevational view of the organizer;
21784941.1 2 1 Figure 7 is a bottom plan view of the organizer;
2 Figure 8 is a top plan view of the organizer;
3 Figure 9 is a cross-sectional view taken generally along line 9-9 in Figure 5;
4 Figure 10 is an enlarged view of Area 10 shown in Figure 9;
Figure 11 is an enlarged view of Area 11 shown in Figure 7;

6 Figure 12 is a front perspective view of a second embodiment of the organizer;

7 Figure 13 is a front perspective view of a third embodiment of the organizer;

8 Figure 14 is a perspective view of a second embodiment of a receptacle of the 9 organizer;
Figure 15 is a perspective view of a third embodiment of the receptacle;
11 Figure 16 is a perspective view of a fourth embodiment of the receptacle;
and, 12 Figure 17 is a perspective view of a fifth embodiment of the receptacle.

[0014] At the outset, it should be appreciated that like drawing numbers on different 16 drawing views identify identical structural elements of the invention.
While the present invention 17 is described with respect to what is presently considered to be the preferred embodiments, it is 18 understood that the invention is not limited to the disclosed embodiments.
The present 19 invention is intended to cover various modifications and equivalent arrangements included within the spirit and scope of the appended claims.
21 [0015] Unless defined otherwise, all technical and scientific terms used herein have the 22 same meaning as commonly understood to one of ordinary skill in the art to which this invention 23 belongs. Although any methods, devices and materials similar to those described herein can be 24 used in the practice or testing of the invention, the preferred methods, devices and materials are now described.
26 [0016] The following description is best understood in view of Figures 1-9.
Figure 1 is a 27 front perspective view of a first embodiment of the present invention organizer, hereinafter 28 referred to as organizer 10, shown holding a plurality of items. Figure 2 is a front perspective 29 view of organizer 10 alone. Figure 3 is a front elevational view of organizer 10. Figure 5 is a right side elevational view of organizer 10. Figure 4 is a back elevational view of organizer 10.
31 Figure 6 is a left side elevational view of organizer 10.
32 [0017] In the embodiment shown in these figures, organizer 10 comprises seven tubular 33 receptacles, namely, receptacles 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 18. In Figure 1, receptacle 11 is 34 shown holding toothpaste tube, 19, receptacle 14 is shown holding make-up brush 21, 21784941.1 3 1 receptacle 12 is shown holding razor 20, and receptacle 15 is shown holding toothbrush 23.
2 Each of the receptacles comprises a non-planar bottom surface, as illustrated with the rounded 3 bottom outer surfaces of the receptacles. Preferably, the non-planar bottom surface of each 4 receptacle is adapted to provide minimal contact with an underlying surface upon which organizer 10 is intended to rest, such as a bathroom sink, in order to minimize the potential for 6 trapping liquid between organizer 10. Such a non-planar bottom surface renders its respective 7 receptacle incapable of standing on its own when resting on a flat surface.
Accordingly, 8 organizer 10 comprises at least three receptacles fixedly secured to at least one other, and 9 arranged to support one another in a standing orientation when placed on said flat surface.
[0018] Each of receptacles 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 18 may include an upper section 11 and a lower base section, namely, upper sections 11 a, 12a, 13a, 14a, 15a, 16a, and 18a, 12 respectively, and lower base sections 11 b, 12b, 13b, 14b, 15b, 16b, and 18b, respectively.
13 However, it should be appreciated that one or more of the receptacles may be of integral 14 construction.
[0019] Organizer 10 may comprise any suitable material, for example, plastic, glass, 16 metal, etc. In a preferred embodiment, as shown in the figures, each of the receptacles 17 comprises a substantially transparent material, such as, glass or polyethylene terephthalate. For 18 the sake of clarity, the figures show only the general outer contours of the portions of the 19 receptacles that are obscured by those in the foreground, as illustrated with hatched lines. A
substantially transparent material is preferred, because it enables a user to detect the presence 21 of unhygienic growth or accumulation within the receptacle.
22 [0020] Figure 7 is a bottom plan view of the organizer 10, and Figure 8 is a top plan 23 view of organizer 10. Figure 11 is an enlarged view of Area 11 shown in Figure 7. As illustrated 24 in these figures, each of receptacles 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 18 is fixedly secured to at least one other receptacle by means of at least one connector 30. Connecter 30 may be any means 26 suitable for fixedly securing one receptacle to another, but preferably comprises a bridge of rigid 27 material extending between and fixedly secured to the outer surfaces of the two receptacles.
28 Alternatively, each receptacle may be fixedly secured to at least one other receptacle by directly 29 bonding the outer surfaces of the two receptacles.
[0021] Figure 9 is a cross-sectional view taken generally along line 9-9 in Figure 5.
31 Figure 10 is an enlarged view of Area 10 shown in Figure 9. The means for attaching each of 32 upper sections 11a, 12a, 13a, 14a, 15a, 16a, and 18a, to its respective lower base section, 11b, 33 12b, 13b, 14b, 15b, 16b, or 18b, may be any means suitable in the art.
Preferably, as shown in 34 the figures, such means generally comprises interlocking flanges. In particular, each upper 21784941.1 4 1 section comprises a first flange, each lower base section comprises second flange 2 complimentary to the first flange, and the first flange is operatively arranged to interlock with the 3 second flange, such that the upper section is securely attached to, and supported by, its 4 respective lower base section. For example, Figure 10 shows first flange 11c of upper section 11a in interlockingly engaged with second flange 11d of lower base section 11b.
6 [0022] Figure 12 is a front perspective view of a second embodiment of the present 7 invention organizer, hereinafter referred to as organizer 100. Organizer 100 comprises five 8 receptacles, namely, receptacles 101, 102, 103, 104, and 105. Receptacles 101, 102, 103, 104, 9 and 105 comprise upper sections 101a, 102a, 103a, 104a and 105a, respectively, and lower base sections 101b, 102b, 103b, 104b (not fully shown), and 105b, respectively. Preferably, 11 receptacles 101, 102, and 103 are substantially tubular and of various heights and diameters, 12 as shown in this figure.
13 [0023] Figure 13 is a front perspective view of a third embodiment of the present 14 invention organizer, hereinafter referred to as organizer 150. Organizer 150 comprises three receptacles, namely, receptacles 151, 152, and 153. Receptacles 151, 152, and 153 comprise 16 upper sections 151a, 152a, and 153a, respectively, and lower base sections 151b, 152b, and 17 153b (not fully shown), respectively. Preferably, receptacles 151, 152, and 153 are substantially 18 tubular and of various heights and diameters, as shown in this figure.
19 [0024] While Figures 1-13 show the organizer comprising substantially cylindrical tubular receptacles, it should be appreciated that the particular shape of the upper and lower 21 base sections may be modified without departing from the scope of the invention. For example, 22 Figure 14 is a perspective view of second embodiment receptacle 200 comprising upper section 23 200a, having a generally rectangular cross-section, and rounded lower base section 200b.
24 Figure 15 a perspective view of third embodiment receptacle 250 comprising upper section 250a, having a generally triangular cross-section, and three-sided pyramidal lower base section 26 250b. Figure 16 is a perspective view of fourth embodiment receptacle 300 comprising upper 27 section 300a, having a generally hexagonal cross-section, and six-sided pyramidal lower base 28 section 300b. Lastly, Figure 17 is a perspective view of fifth embodiment receptacle 350 29 comprising upper section 350a, having a generally octagonal cross-section, and eight-sided pyramidal lower base section 350b.
31 [0025] Thus it is seen that the objects of the invention are efficiently obtained, although 32 changes and modifications to the invention should be readily apparent to those having ordinary 33 skill in the art, which changes would not depart from the spirit and scope of the invention as 34 claimed.

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Claims (4)

1. An organizer for storing items, comprising:
at least three receptacles, each of said three receptacles comprising an upper section and a lower base section, each said base section having a non-planar bottom surface such that each of said receptacles is incapable of standing on its own when resting on a flat surface, wherein each of said at least three receptacles is fixedly secured to at least one other of said at least three receptacles, such that said at least three receptacles function to support one another in a standing orientation when placed on said flat surface.
2. The organizer recited in Claim 1 wherein each of said at least three receptacles is generally tubular in shape and each said upper section is cylindrical in shape.
3. The organizer recited in Claim 2 wherein each of said non-planar bottom surfaces of each of said lower base sections comprises an arcuate surface.
4. The organizer recited in Claim 2 wherein each of said non-planar bottom surfaces of each of said lower base sections comprises a substantially semi-spherical surface.
6. The organizer recited in Claim 1 wherein said upper section has a generally polygonal cross-section.
7. The organizer recited in Claim 6 wherein said upper section is generally rectangular in cross-section.
8. The organizer recited in Claim 6 wherein said upper section is generally hexagonal in cross-section.
9. The organizer recited in Claim 6 wherein said upper section is generally octagonal in cross-section.
10. The organizer recited in Claim 1 wherein each of said at least three receptacles comprises an interior floor.
11. The organizer recited in Claim 10 wherein each said floor is arcuate in shape.
12. The organizer recited in Claim 10 wherein each said floor is semi-spherical in shape.
13. The organizer recited in Claim 1 wherein at least two of said at least three receptacles are of different heights.
14. The organizer recited in Claim 2 wherein at least two of said at least three receptacles are of different diameters.
15. The organizer recited in Claim 1 wherein each of said at least three receptacles is transparent.

16. The organizer recited in Claim 1 wherein each of said at least three receptacles is translucent.
17. The organizer recited in Claim 1 wherein each of said at least three receptacles is opaque.
18. The organizer recited in Claim 1 wherein each of said at least three receptacles is made of plastic.
19. An organizer for storing items, comprising:
at least three receptacles, each of said three receptacles comprising an upper section and a lower base section, each said base section having a non-planar bottom surface such that each of said receptacles is incapable of standing on its own when resting on a flat surface, wherein each of said at least three receptacles is fixedly secured to at least one other of said at least three receptacles and to no other structure, such that said at least three receptacles function to support one another in a standing orientation when placed on said flat surface.
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CN103549897A (en) * 2013-11-15 2014-02-05 苏州市相城区明达复合材料厂 Accommodating plastic pedestal for double wash supplies
WO2015058304A1 (en) * 2013-10-23 2015-04-30 Sackfield Randy Cable tie organizer

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WO2015058304A1 (en) * 2013-10-23 2015-04-30 Sackfield Randy Cable tie organizer
CN103549897A (en) * 2013-11-15 2014-02-05 苏州市相城区明达复合材料厂 Accommodating plastic pedestal for double wash supplies

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