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EP2233254B1
EP2233254B1 EP09156229.8A EP09156229A EP2233254B1 EP 2233254 B1 EP2233254 B1 EP 2233254B1 EP 09156229 A EP09156229 A EP 09156229A EP 2233254 B1 EP2233254 B1 EP 2233254B1
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    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B25HAND TOOLS; PORTABLE POWER-DRIVEN TOOLS; MANIPULATORS
    • B25HWORKSHOP EQUIPMENT, e.g. FOR MARKING-OUT WORK; STORAGE MEANS FOR WORKSHOPS
    • B25H3/00Storage means or arrangements for workshops facilitating access to, or handling of, work tools or instruments
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A45HAND OR TRAVELLING ARTICLES
    • A45CPURSES; LUGGAGE; HAND CARRIED BAGS
    • A45C13/00Details; Accessories
    • A45C13/02Interior fittings; Means, e.g. inserts, for holding and packing articles
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A45HAND OR TRAVELLING ARTICLES
    • A45FTRAVELLING OR CAMP EQUIPMENT: SACKS OR PACKS CARRIED ON THE BODY
    • A45F3/00Travelling or camp articles; Sacks or packs carried on the body
    • A45F3/04Sacks or packs carried on the body by means of two straps passing over the two shoulders
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A45HAND OR TRAVELLING ARTICLES
    • A45CPURSES; LUGGAGE; HAND CARRIED BAGS
    • A45C13/00Details; Accessories
    • A45C13/02Interior fittings; Means, e.g. inserts, for holding and packing articles
    • A45C2013/026Inserts

Description

  • Such a tool carrier according to the preamble of claim 1 is known from US5209384 .
  • In an embodiment, the present invention relates to a backpack tool carrier for transporting a plurality of tools.
  • It is often advantageous to have tools, which are needed for accomplishing a task, readily and easily available within convenient reach. It is also desirable for such tools to be easily transported from one place to another and retrieved easily when needed. Mechanics, technicians and the like often carry their tools in a tool carrier. Often when mechanics utilize such a tool carrier they will position it at or near their worksite. US5,209,384 discloses a portable tool kit which a user can wear like a backpack. The present invention provides improvements over the prior art tool carriers.
  • According to a first aspect of the present invention, there is provided a tool carrier, comprising: an outer carrier comprising a flexible material and having a main container portion and a cover portion, the main container portion and the cover portion forming a storage space, the cover portion being movable between open and closed positions, a zipper that enables the cover portion to be releasably secured in the closed position, the outer carrier comprising a pair of shoulder straps to facilitate carrying of the outer carrier; and an inner tool carrier constructed and arranged to form a divider within the storage space of the outer carrier and to be removed from the outer carrier, the inner tool carrier comprising a base portion and a plurality of exposed compartments formed on the base portion, and a carrying handle formed on an upper portion of the inner tool carrier to enable the inner tool carrier to be transported separately from the outer carrier, the base portion having sufficient rigidity to be self supporting in an upstanding configuration when the inner tool carrier is in the outer carrier to enable the inner tool carrier to support tools within the compartments without collapsing; the outer carrier comprising an outer carrier base portion comprising a rigid or semi-rigid structure, the outer carrier base portion constructed and arranged to enable the outer carrier to be self-supported is an upright configuration when placed on a horizontal surface; wherein when the outer carrier is in the upright configuration and the cover portion is in the open position, the inner tool carrier is exposed, and is in the upstanding configuration in the outer carrier base portion and is constructed and arranged to facilitate access to the compartments on both sides thereof.
  • Preferably, the tool carrier comprises a handle connected to an upper portion of the main container portion to facilitate carrying of the tool carrier.
  • Preferably, the tool carrier comprises a molded plastic base forming a bottom portion of the outer carrier.
  • Preferably, the tool carrier comprises a molded plastic base connected to bottom portions of sidewalls of the outer carrier.
  • Preferably, the tool carrier further comprises a storage compartment disposed on an exterior of the shoulder strap for storing tools and articles.
  • Preferably, the tool carrier further comprises a storage compartment disposed in an interior of main container portion for storing tools and articles.
  • Preferably, the tool carrier further comprises a storage compartment disposed on an exterior of the main container portion for storing tools and articles.
  • Preferably, the flexible material of the outer carrier is a cloth material.
  • The present description also discloses a tool carrier, comprising: an outer carrier comprising a cloth or cloth like material and having a main container portion and a cover portion, the main container portion and the cover portion forming a storage space, the cover portion being movable between open and closed positions, the outer carrier comprising at least one shoulder strap to facilitate carrying of the outer carrier; at least one upwardly extending portion of the outer carrier comprising a rigid or semi-rigid support structure; and a base portion formed of molded plastic material and having upwardly protruding support portions that engage with the cloth or cloth like material, the support structure of the at least one upwardly extending portion and the base portion constructed and arranged to enable the outer carrier to be self-supported in an upstanding position when placed on a horizontal surface.
  • Preferably, the base portion comprises a molded plastic material.
  • Preferably, the at least one upwardly extending portion of the outer carrier comprising a semi-rigid support structure retained between flexible material.
  • Preferably, the flexible material is cloth or cloth like material.
  • Preferably, the support structure comprises a plastic panel.
  • Preferably, the panel is retained between cloth or cloth like material.
  • Any features of the invention referred to as being provided "preferably" above, may be provided with any one or more other of such features in combination with any of the aspects of the present invention or indeed in combination with any one or more of the features of any of the independent or dependent claims.
  • The present description also discloses a tool carrier, comprising: an outer carrier comprising a flexible material and having a main container portion and a cover portion, the main container portion and the cover portion forming a storage space, the cover portion being movable between open and closed positions, a closure mechanism that enables the cover portion to be releasably secured in the closed position, the outer carrier comprising means, e.g. a strap or shoulder straps, to facilitate carrying of the outer carrier; and an inner tool carrier constructed and arranged to form a divider within the storage space of the outer carrier and to be removed from the outer carrier, the inner tool carrier comprising a base portion and a plurality of exposed compartments formed on the base portion, and a carrying handle formed on an upper portion of the inner tool carrier to enable the inner tool carrier to be transported separately from the outer carrier, the base portion having sufficient rigidity to be self supporting in an upstanding configuration when the inner tool carrier is in the outer carrier to enable the inner tool carrier to support tools within the compartments without collapsing.
  • The present description also discloses a tool carrier, comprising: an outer carrier comprising a cloth or cloth like material and having a main container portion and a cover portion, the main container portion and the cover portion forming a storage space, the cover portion being movable between open and closed positions, the outer carrier comprising at least one strap to facilitate carrying of the outer carrier; at least one upwardly extending portion of the outer carrier comprising a rigid or semi-rigid support structure; and a rigid base portion having upwardly protruding support portions that engage with the cloth or cloth like material, the support structure of the at least one upwardly extending portion and the base portion constructed and arranged to enable the outer carrier to be self-supported in an upstanding position when placed on a horizontal surface.
  • The present description also discloses a tool carrier that includes an outer carrier and an inner carrier. The outer carrier is formed from a flexible material and includes a main container portion and a cover portion, where the main container portion and the cover portion form a storage space. The cover portion is movable between open and closed positions, and a zipper enables the cover portion to be releasably secured in the closed position. The outer carrier includes a pair of shoulder straps to facilitate carrying of the outer carrier. The inner tool carrier is constructed and arranged to form a divider within the storage space of the outer carrier and to be removed from the outer carrier. The inner tool carrier includes a base portion and a plurality of compartments formed on the base portion, and a carrying handle formed on an upper portion of the inner tool carrier to enable the inner tool carrier to be transported separately from the outer carrier. The base portion includes sufficient rigidity to be self supporting in an upstanding configuration when the inner tool carrier is in the outer carrier to enable the inner tool carrier to support tools within the compartments without collapsing.
  • The present description also discloses a tool carrier that includes an outer carrier and a base portion. The outer carrier is formed from a cloth or cloth like material and includes a main container portion and a cover portion, where the main container portion and the cover portion form a storage space. The cover portion is movable between open and closed positions. The outer carrier includes at least one shoulder strap to facilitate carrying of the outer carrier. At least one upwardly extending portion of the outer carrier includes a rigid or semi-rigid support structure. The base portion is formed of molded plastic material and has upwardly protruding support portions that engage with the cloth or cloth like material. The support structure of the at least one upwardly extending portion and the base portion are constructed and arranged to enable
  • the outer carrier to be self-supported in an upstanding position when placed on a horizontal surface.
  • The present invention, as well as the methods of operation and functions of the related elements of structure and the combination of parts and economies of manufacture, will become more apparent upon consideration of the following description and the appended claims with reference to the accompanying drawings, all of which form a part of this specification, wherein like reference numerals designate corresponding parts in the various figures. In one embodiment of the invention, the structural components illustrated herein are to scale. It is to be expressly understood, however, that the drawings are for the purpose of illustration and description only and are not a limitation of the invention. In addition, it should be appreciated that structural features shown or described in any one embodiment herein can be used in other embodiments as well. As used in the specification and in the claims, the singular form of "a", "an", and "the" include plural referents unless the context clearly dictates otherwise.
  • Examples of embodiments of the present invention will now be described with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which:
    • FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a tool carrier in which an inner tool carrier is removed from an outer carrier in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention;
    • FIG. 2 is a perspective view of the tool carrier in which the inner tool carrier is stored in a storage space of the outer carrier in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention;
    • FIG. 3 is a perspective view of the tool carrier in which the inner tool carrier is stored in the storage space of the outer carrier, where a plurality of compartments formed on a rear surface portion of a base portion of the inner tool carrier is shown in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention;
    • FIG. 4 is a perspective view of the tool carrier in which the inner tool carrier is stored in the storage space of the outer carrier, where a plurality of compartments formed on a front surface portion of the base portion of the inner tool carrier is shown in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention;
    • FIG. 5 is a perspective view of the tool carrier in which the inner tool carrier is removed from the outer carrier, where the storage space in the outer carrier is shown in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention;
    • FIGS. 6A and 6B are front perspective views of the tool carrier in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention;
    • FIG. 7 is a rear view of the tool carrier in which a pair of shoulder straps is moved to the sides of the tool carrier for clarity of illustration in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention;
    • FIG. 8 is a rear view of the tool carrier in which the pair of shoulder straps is shown in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention;
    • FIG. 9 is a front view of the tool carrier in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention;
    • FIG. 10 is a left side view of the tool carrier in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention;
    • FIG. 11 is an upper left perspective view of tool carrier in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention;
    • FIGS. 12A-12C show perspective, side and front views of inner tool carrier which is removed from the outer carrier in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention;
    • FIG. 13 is a schematic view of the plurality of compartments formed on the base portion of the inner tool carrier, where an upper edge of each compartment is disposed at an angle with respect to a lower portion of the inner tool carrier in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention;
    • FIG. 14 is a schematic view of the plurality of compartments formed on the base portion of the inner tool carrier, where an upper edge of each compartment is parallel to the lower portion of the inner tool carrier in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention;
    • FIG. 15 is a rear view of the tool carrier in which a handle is attached as a part of the shoulder straps in accordance with another embodiment of the present invention;
    • FIG. 16 is a rear view of the tool carrier in which a closure flap overlies at least a portion of an outer pocket formed on side walls of the main container portion in accordance with another embodiment of the present invention;
    • FIG. 17 is a front perspective view of a base portion of the tool carrier in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention; and
    • FIG. 18 is a rear perspective view of the base portion of the tool carrier in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 1 shows a tool carrier 10 in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention. The tool carrier 10 includes an outer carrier 12 and an inner tool carrier 14. The outer carrier 12 comprises a flexible material and includes a main container portion 16 and a cover portion 18. The main container portion 16 and the cover portion 18 form a storage space 20. The cover portion 18 is movable between open and closed positions, and a zipper 22 enables the cover portion 18 to be releasably secured in the closed position. The outer carrier 12 includes a pair of shoulder straps 24 to facilitate carrying of the outer carrier 12. The inner tool carrier 14 is constructed and arranged to form a divider (e.g., see FIG. 3) within the storage space 20 of the outer carrier 12 and to be removed from the outer carrier 12. The inner tool carrier 14 includes a base portion 26 and a plurality of compartments 28 formed on the base portion 26, and a carrying handle 30 formed on an upper portion 32 of the inner tool carrier 14 to enable the inner tool carrier 14 to be transported separately from the outer carrier 12. The base portion 26 includes sufficient rigidity to be self supporting in an upstanding configuration when the inner tool carrier 14 is in the outer carrier 12 to enable the inner tool carrier 14 to support tools within the compartments 28 without collapsing.
  • As shown in FIGS. 2-5, in one embodiment, the main container portion 16 includes a rear wall or portion 34, a pair of side walls 36 and 38 extending from the ends of the rear wall 34, a top wall 40 and a base portion 42 (as shown in FIG. 5). In one embodiment, the rear wall 34, the side walls 36 and 38, the top wall 40, and the base portion 42 are generally rectangular in shape. In one embodiment, the main container portion 16 may not include a top wall 40. In such embodiment, the side walls 36 and 38 may extend to be are interconnected with each other along the length of the adjacent edges (e.g., by a sewn seam or otherwise) to define a top or an upper portion 46 of the main container portion 16. The rear wall 34, the side walls 36 and 38, the top wall 40, and the base portion 42 are interconnected with each other along the length of the adjacent edges (e.g., by a sewn seam or otherwise) to define an interior of the main container portion 16.
  • In one embodiment, as shown in FIGS. 17 and 18, the base portion 42 of the main container portion 16 may include a rigid panel portion 251. In one embodiment, the rigid panel portion 251 is constructed and arranged to support the base portion 26 of the inner tool carrier 14. In one embodiment, the base portion 42 of the main container portion 16 is made from a molded plastic material. The base portion 42, in one embodiment, may include a protruding wall 253 surrounding the rigid panel portion 251. The protruding wall 253 is constructed and arranged, in one embodiment, to protrude upwardly from the periphery rigid panel portion 251. The protruding wall 253 can be integrally molded from plastic together with the panel portion 251, or can be formed separately and then connected. The panel portion 251 and protruding wall 253 form somewhat of a cup or bowl shaped configuration that can receive the material of the outer carrier 12. In one embodiment, the cloth material of the outer carrier 12 includes a bottom portion that overlies the base portion 42. In another embodiment, the outer carrier 12 has no bottom cloth panel, and instead the lower side portions of the carrier 12 terminate at the portions at which they are sewn or otherwise connected to peripheral protruding wall 253, and in such embodiment the base portion 42 serves as the bottom wall of the outer carrier 12 so that the contents in the outer carrier are directly exposed to the upper surface of the base portion 42. In one embodiment, a portion of the protruding wall 253 may form an inner panel that is retained between a pair of flexible panels for each of the rear wall 34, and the side walls 36 and 38 of the main container portion 16, thus, connecting the base portion 42 of the main container portion 16 with the rear wall 34, and the side walls 36 and 38 of the main container portion 16. Similarly, a portion of the protruding wall 253 may form an inner panel that is retained between a pair of flexible panels for the cover portion 18, thus, connecting the base portion 42 of the main container portion 16 with the cover portion 18.
  • In one embodiment, the outer carrier 12 is primarily formed from a flexible material. In such embodiment, the flexible material of the outer carrier 12 is a cloth material. In one embodiment, optionally any one, all, or any combination of the rear wall 34, the side walls 36 and 38, and/or the top wall 40, may include a support structure. The support structure may include a rigid, semi-rigid, or a flexible (but hard or less flexible in comparison with fabric) inner panel sewn or otherwise retained between a pair of fabric or cloth panels. The inner panel may be made from plastic or cardboard, for example, to provide reinforcement to the walls of the main container portion 16 of the outer carrier 12. The pair of fabric panels is sewn together along the respective boundaries to retain the inner panel therewithin. In one embodiment, the one or more support structures, along with the relatively rigid base portion 42, enable the outer carrier 12 to be self-supported in an upstanding position (without falling over) when placed on a horizontal surface (as shown in FIG. 16). In one embodiment, a cushion material, such as foam is placed in between each fabric panel and the inner panel to provide cushioning characteristics on each side of the walls 34, 36, 38, and 40.
  • In one embodiment, as shown in FIG. 18, the base portion 42 of the main container portion 16 may include a plurality of skid resistant members 255 (four are shown in the illustrated embodiment in FIGS. 17 and 18) located on exterior surfaces of the base portion 42 of the main compartment portion 16 to facilitate stability and balance of the tool carrier 10 when placed in standing configuration on a horizontal support surface such as the floor. The plurality of skid resistant members are attached to the exterior surfaces of the base portion 42 of the main compartment portion 16 using adhesive bonding or other attachment mechanism. In one embodiment, the skid resistant members may be formed of a material with a high coefficient of friction.
  • In one embodiment, as shown in FIG. 2-5, a handle 44 is connected to the upper portion 46 (e.g., top wall 40) of the main container portion 16 to facilitate carrying of the tool carrier 10. The handle 44 comprises a grip securing member 48 and a pair of connector members 50 and 52, extending on either side of the grip securing member 48. The pair of connector members 50 and 52 secures the handle 44 to the main container portion 16 of the tool carrier 10 using fasteners. The handle 44 facilitates a user a secure grip by hand grip 54. The hand grip 54 is attached directly onto the handle 44 and securely conforms to the grip supporting portion 48. In one embodiment, the grip 54 is in a thick, soft foam rubber. In another embodiment, the grip 54 is formed from a relatively rigid elastomeric, rubber based, or plastic material. The grip 54, or its underlying core may have sufficient rigidity to retain generally its shape (subject to slight flexing) when being carried, in spite of the weight of the items carried in the tool carrier 10. In one embodiment, the hand grip 54 is secured to the grip supporting portion 48 using adhesive bonding, or any other attachment mechanism as would be appreciated by one skilled in the art. In one embodiment, the hand grip 54 may include a plurality of protrusions constructed and arranged along the length of the grip 54 that provide an improved gripping action to the user by defining a slip-resistant surface. It should be appreciated, however, that this embodiment is but one example of different types of handles and grip shapes, configurations and/or constructions that can be provided.
  • In another embodiment, as shown in FIG. 15, a handle 144 is constructed and arranged to be a part of the shoulder straps 24. In such embodiment, the handle 144 constructed and arranged to facilitate carrying of the tool carrier 10 is attached to an upper portion 146 of the shoulder straps 24.
  • In one embodiment, it is contemplated that the tool carrier 10 of the present invention may include an extendable or telescopic handle (not shown) operatively connected to the main container portion 16 to facilitate tilted rolling transport of the tool carrier 10, and a pair of roller members (not shown) connected with the main container portion 16 to enable transport of the tool carrier 10 so that the tool carrier 10 may be tilted and pulled or pushed along a horizontal surface (e.g., ground surface) by the user holding the extendable or telescopic handle.
  • In one embodiment, as shown in FIGS. 1-10, a plurality of outer compartments or pockets 56 are located on the side walls 36 and 38 of the main container portion 16 to support tools or articles on the exterior surface of the side walls 36 and 38 of the main container portion 16. In illustrated embodiment, as shown in FIGS. 1-10, one pocket 56 is located on each side wall 36 or 38 of the main container portion 16.
  • In one embodiment, as shown in FIGS. 1-10, the outer pockets 56 are constructed and arranged to be expandable and are configured to support tools or articles on the exterior surface of the side walls 36 and 38 of the main container portion 16. In such embodiment, the outer pocket 56 is generally constructed of a mesh material or a solid fabric panel and may include an elastic strip sewn or otherwise attached along an upper edge of the outer pocket 56. The elasticity of the elastic strip and the flexibility of the mesh material allow the outer pocket 56 to be resiliently expanded from its relaxed configuration to accommodate and to support tools or articles of various sizes and shapes.
  • In another embodiment, as shown in FIG. 16, the outer side pocket 156 is generally constructed of a solid fabric panel and may include a closure flap 58. The closure flap 58 is constructed and arranged to overlie at least a portion of the outer side pocket 156. The closure flap 58 is integrally formed on the exterior surface of the side walls 36 and 38 of the main container portion 16. The closure flap 58 is movable between a closed position and a open position. In one embodiment, snap connections, Velcro connections, or other connections may be used to releasably secure the closure flap 58 in the closed position.
  • In one embodiment, instead of a single outer side pocket 56 located on each side wall 36 or 38 of the main container portion 16, a plurality of outer pockets may be located on each side wall 36 or 38 of the main container portion 16. In such embodiment, the plurality of outer side pockets located on each side wall 36 or 38 of the main container portion 16 may include a tiered configuration where outer side pockets are constructed and arranged to be placed in an overlapping relation with each other.
  • In one embodiment, as shown in FIGS. 6A, 6B and 9, a plurality of outer compartments or pockets 60 is disposed on an exterior surface of the cover portion 18 for storing tools or articles. In one embodiment, the outer pockets 60 are constructed and arranged to be expandable and are configured to support tools or articles on the exterior surface of the cover portion 18. In such embodiment, the compartment 60 is generally constructed of a mesh material and may include an elastic strip sewn or otherwise attached along an upper edge of the outer pocket 60. The elasticity of the elastic strip and the flexibility of the mesh material allow the outer pocket 60 to be resiliently expanded from its relaxed configuration to accommodate and to support tools or articles of various sizes and shapes.
  • In one embodiment, as shown in FIGS. 1 and 8, a plurality of outer compartments or pockets 62 disposed on an exterior surface of the shoulder strap 24 for storing tools or articles. In the illustrated embodiment, as shown in FIGS. 1 and 8, the outer pocket 62 is located on the right shoulder strap 24 of the main container portion 16. In another embodiment, one outer pocket 62 may be located on each shoulder strap 24 of the main container portion 16. In one embodiment, the outer pockets 62 are constructed and arranged to be expandable and are configured to support tools or articles on the exterior surface of the shoulder strap 24. In such embodiment, the outer pocket 62 is generally constructed of a mesh material and may include an elastic strip sewn or otherwise attached along an upper edge of the outer pocket 62. The elasticity of the elastic strip and the flexibility of the mesh material allow the outer pocket 62 to be resiliently expanded from its relaxed configuration to accommodate and to support tools or articles of various sizes and shapes.
  • In one embodiment, as shown in FIGS. 3 and 5, a plurality of inner compartments or pockets 102 disposed in an interior of the main container portion 16 for storing tools or articles. In the illustrated embodiment, as shown in FIGS. 3 and 5, the inner pocket or compartment 102 may include a lower inner compartment 104 that is attached to the rear wall 34 of the main container portion 16. In one embodiment, the lower inner compartment 104 is generally disposed at a predetermined distance (i.e., five centimeters higher than the base portion 42) from the base portion 42 of the main container portion 16. In one embodiment, the lower inner compartment 104 may include a base wall, a pair of opposing side walls, and a front wall. In one embodiment, the base wall, the pair of opposing side walls, and the front wall of the lower inner compartment 104 may include a rigid, a semi-rigid, or a flexible (but hard in comparison with fabric) inner panel retained between a pair of fabric panels. In one embodiment, the inner panel is made from plastic or cardboard to provide reinforcement to the lower inner compartment 104. The pair of fabric panels is sewn together along the respective boundaries to retain the inner panel therewithin. In one embodiment, a cushion material, such as foam is placed in between each fabric panel and the inner panel to provide cushioning characteristics on each side of the lower inner compartment 104. The lower inner compartment 104 is constructed and arranged to store power tools therein.
  • In the illustrated embodiment, as shown in FIGS. 3 and 5, the inner pocket or compartment 102 may include an upper inner compartment 106. In one embodiment, the upper inner compartment 106 may be formed from a pair of fabric panels which may include a storage space therewithin. In one embodiment, the upper ends of the fabric panels are connected to the top wall 40 or the upper portion 46 of the main container portion 16. In such embodiment, the storage space within the upper inner compartment 106 may be accessed from the exterior of the main container portion 16 (i.e., from the top wall 40 or the upper portion 46 of the main container portion 16). In another embodiment, the upper inner compartment 106 may be formed by attaching a fabric panel to the rear wall 34 of the main container portion 16, thus, defining a storage space between the rear wall 34 of the main container portion 16 and the fabric panel. In such embodiment, the fabric panel may be removably attached to the rear wall 34 of the main container portion 16 using zippers, snap connections, velcro connections, or other connections. In the illustrated embodiment, as shown in FIGS. 3 and 5, a loop or ring having an opening is stitched at a distal end of the fabric panel to receive an end portion of a fastener portion (i.e., attached to the rear wall 34 of the main container portion 16), thus, removably attaching the fabric panel to the rear wall 34 of the main container portion 16.
  • It is contemplated that optionally any one, all, or any combination of the inner pocket 102 and outer pockets 56, 60, 62 and 156 may be independent from the main container portion 16 such that the inner pocket 102 and outer pockets 56, 60, 62 and 156 may be detached from the main container portion 16 to be carried separately. In such embodiments, at least a portion of the inner pocket 102 and outer pockets 56, 60, 62 and 156 may be removably attached to the main container portion 16 using zippers, buttons, clasps, snap connections, Velcro connections, or other connections.
  • As shown in FIGS. 1-5, the cover portion 18 is attached to the main container portion 16 using previously described zipper 22, which are arranged along the length of at least a portion of edges of the side walls 36 and 38 of the main container portion 16 and on opposite edges of the cover portion 18. In one embodiment, a lower edge 70 (as shown in FIG. 5) of the cover portion 18 may be permanently attached to the tool carrier 10. In one embodiment, the zipper 20 is generally disposed at an angle with respect to the edges of the side walls 36 and 38 of the main container portion 16. This configuration of the zipper provides easy access to the tools and/or articles stored in the inner tool carrier 14, which is positioned in the storage space 20 of the outer carrier 12.
  • In one embodiment, as shown in FIGS. 1-5, the outer carrier 12 may include an adjustable fastening structure 200 attached to an interior surface 201 (shown in FIGS. 2 and 3) of the main container portion 16 and an interior surface 203 (shown in FIGS. 2 and 3) of the cover portion 18. The fastening structure 200 is constructed and arranged to adjust the permitted separation between the main container portion 16 and the cover portion 18.
  • In one embodiment, the fastening structure 200 comprises an adjustable strap 200, and the strap 200 is divided into two strap portions 202 and 204. The first fastener portion 202 and the second fastener portion 204 are releasably engaged with each other to connect the main container portion 16 and the cover portion 18 of the outer carrier 12. In one embodiment, the first fastener portion 202 is attached to the cover portion 18 and the second fastener portion 204 is attached to the main container portion 16. In an alternative embodiment, the first fastener portion 202 is attached to the main container portion 16 and the second fastener portion 204 is attached to the cover portion 18.
  • The first fastener portion 202 and the second fastener portion 204 may be attached to the interior surface 201 of the main container portion 16 or the interior surface 203 of the cover portion 18 by stitching or by other attachment as would be appreciated by one skilled in the art. The first fastener portion 202 includes a ring or loop 216 stitched at a distal end 218 thereof. The loop 216 defines an opening 208 constructed and arranged to receive an end portion 210 of the second fastener portion 204 therethrough. In one embodiment, the end 218 of the first fastener portion 202 is passed through at least a portion of the ring or loop 216 and is looped back onto itself and connected (e.g., stitched) to attach the ring or loop 216 with the first fastener portion 202. At least a first portion 210 of the second fastener portion 204 is constructed and arranged to pass through the opening 208 of the first fastener portion 202 to selectively couple with second portion 212 of the second fastener portion 204 and to connect main container portion 16 and the cover portion 18 of the outer carrier 12. In one embodiment, the second fastener portion 204 can be inserted into the opening 208 such that the hooks (e.g., male Velcro) located on the rear section of the first portion 210 can engage with the loops (e.g., female Velcro) on the second portion 212 of the second fastener portion 204, to secure the adjustable fastening structure 200 at the desired length. In one embodiment, the first portion 210 of the second fastener portion 204 includes a strip or a pad with a plurality of hooks, and the second portion 212 of the second fastener portion 204 includes a strip or a pad with a plurality of loops. The second fastener portion 204 is attached to the main container portion 16 of the outer carrier 12 or the cover portion 18 of the outer carrier 12 by stitching or by otherwise attaching at least a base or opposite end portion 220 (as shown in FIG. 2) of the second fastener portion 204 to the main container portion 16 of the outer carrier 12 or the cover portion 18 of the outer carrier 12.
  • In one embodiment, as shown in FIG. 1-5, the outer carrier 12 may include a second adjustable fastening structure 300 attached to exterior surfaces of the main container portion 16. The second fastening structure 300 is constructed and arranged to adjust width of the main container portion 16. The second fastening structure 300 is attached to a first edge portion 301 of the side wall 36 or 38 of the main container portion 16 and a second edge portion 303 of the side wall 36 or 38 of the main container portion 16.
  • In one embodiment, the second fastening structure 300 comprises an adjustable strap 300, and the strap 300 is divided into two strap portions 302 and 304. The first fastener portion 302 and the second fastener portion 304 may be attached to the first edge portion 301 of the side wall 36 or 38 of the main container portion 16 or the second edge portion 303 of the side wall 36 or 38 of the main container portion 16 by stitching or by other attachment as would be appreciated by one skilled in the art. The first fastener portion 302 includes a ring or loop 316 stitched at a distal end 318 thereof. The loop 316 defines an opening 308 constructed and arranged to receive an end portion 310 of the second fastener portion 304 therethrough. In one embodiment, the end 318 of the first fastener portion 302 is passed through at least a portion of the ring or loop 316 and is looped back onto itself and connected (e.g., stitched) to attach the ring or loop 316 with the first fastener portion 302. At least a first portion 310 of the second fastener portion 304 is constructed and arranged to pass through the opening 308 of the first fastener portion 302 to selectively couple with second portion 312 of the second fastener portion 304 and to adjust width of the main container portion 16. In one embodiment, the second fastener portion 304 can be inserted into the opening 308 such that the hooks (e.g., male Velcro) located on the rear section of the first portion 310 can engage with the loops (e.g., female Velcro) on the second portion 312 of the second fastener portion 304, to secure the second adjustable fastening structure 300 at the desired length. In one embodiment, the first portion 310 of the second fastener portion 304 includes a strip or a pad with a plurality of hooks, and the second portion 312 of the second fastener portion 304 includes a strip or a pad with a plurality of loops. The second fastener portion 304 is attached to the first edge portion 301 of the side wall 36 or 38 of the main container portion 16 or the second edge portion 303 of the side wall 36 or 38 of the main container portion 16 by stitching or by otherwise attaching at least a base or opposite end portion 320 (as shown in FIG. 1) of the second fastener portion 304 to the first edge portion 301 of the side wall 36 or 38 of the main container portion 16 or the second edge portion 303 of the side wall 36 or 38 of the main container portion 16.
  • In one embodiment, as shown in FIG. 7, a portion 100 of the rear wall 34 of the main container portion 16 may include a cushion material to provide increased comfort to a user. In one embodiment, the cushion material, such as foam is placed in between a mesh material and the exterior surface of the rear wall 34 of the main container portion 16 to provide cushioning characteristics on each side of the base portion 26.
  • As noted above, the pair of shoulder straps 24 is constructed and arranged to facilitate carrying of the outer carrier 12. In one embodiment, as shown in FIG. 8, upper ends 90 of the shoulder straps 24 are sewn or otherwise attached along edges of the top wall 40 or the upper portion 46 of the main container portion 16. In another embodiment, the upper ends 90 of shoulder strap 24 are sewn or otherwise attached along edges of the side walls 36 and 38 of the main container portion 16.
  • As shown in FIG. 8, each shoulder strap 24 may include a first strap portion 92 near a lower end 94 of the shoulder strap 24. The first strap portion 92 is configured to connect directly to a buckle 96. The buckle 96 may be used on each of the shoulder straps 24 to provide the shoulder straps 24 with an adjustable length. A second strap portion 98 is threaded through the buckle 96 to provide adjustable length to the shoulder straps 24. In other words, the adjustable strap portion 98 is constructed and arranged to connect (i.e., sewn or otherwise attach) the lower ends 94 of the shoulder straps 24 to the edges of the side walls 36 and 38 of the main container portion 16 using the buckle 96.
  • The shoulder straps 24 may be made from any material and construction, for example, fabric webbing, conventionally used for shoulder straps. In one embodiment, the shoulder straps 24 may include a cushioned material or a padded material (i.e., attached to or integral with the shoulder straps 24) for comfortably securing the tool carrier 10 to the user's shoulders.
  • In one embodiment, as shown in FIG. 5, the outer carrier 12 may include a fastening structure 400 that is attached to an interior surface of the base portion 42 of the main container portion 16. The fastening structure 400 is constructed and arranged to attach the inner tool carrier 14 to the outer carrier 12. The fastening structure 400 is attached to a first edge portion 401 that joins one of the side walls 36 or 38 with the base portion 42 of the main container portion 16 and a second edge portion 403 that joins the other of the side walls 36 or 38 with the base portion 42 of the main container portion 16.
  • In one embodiment, the fastening structure 400 includes a strap 400, and the strap 400 is divided into two strap portions 402 and 404. The first fastener portion 402 and the second fastener portion 404 may be attached to the first edge portion 401 of the main container portion 16 or the second edge portion 403 of the main container portion 16 by stitching or by other attachment as would be appreciated by one skilled in the art.
  • The first fastener portion 402 includes a fastener 416 stitched at a distal end 418 thereof. In one embodiment, the end 418 of the first fastener portion 402 is passed through at least a portion of the fastener 416 and is looped back onto itself and connected (e.g., stitched) to attach the fastener 416 with the first fastener portion 402. In a similar manner, in one embodiment, an end portion 410 of the second fastener portion 404 is passed through at least a portion of a fastener 415 and is looped back onto itself and connected (e.g., stitched) to attach the fastener 415 with the second fastener portion 404. The fastener 416 is constructed and arranged to mate with or receive the fastener 415 attached to the end portion 410 of the second fastener portion 404 to selectively couple with the second fastener portion 404 and to attach the inner tool carrier 14 to the outer carrier 12. In one embodiment, the fasteners 415 and 416 may include snap connections, Velcro connections, or other connections that may be used to releasably secure the inner tool carrier 14 with the outer carrier 12.
  • As shown in FIGS. 1 and 5, the inner tool carrier 14 is constructed and arranged to be removed from the outer carrier 12, while FIGS. 2-4 show the inner tool carrier 14 constructed and arranged to form a divider within the storage space 20 of the outer carrier 12.
  • The base portion 26 includes sufficient rigidity to be self supporting in an upstanding configuration when the inner tool carrier 14 is within the outer carrier 12 to enable the inner tool carrier 14 to support tools within the compartments 28 without collapsing. In one embodiment, the base portion 26 of the inner tool carrier 14 may include a rigid, a semi-rigid, or a flexible (but hard in comparison with fabric) inner panel retained between a pair of fabric panels. In one embodiment, the inner panel is made from plastic or cardboard to provide reinforcement to the base portion 26. The pair of fabric panels is sewn together along the respective boundaries to retain the inner panel therewithin. In one embodiment, a cushion material, such as foam is placed in between each fabric panel and the inner panel to provide cushioning characteristics on each side of the base portion 26.
  • In one embodiment, as shown in FIGS. 12A-12C, there is a plurality of compartments 28 formed on a rear surface portion 86 and a front surface portion 88 of the base portion 26 of the inner tool carrier 14.
  • In the illustrated embodiment, as shown in FIGS. 12A-12C, the inner tool carrier 14 may include two base portions 26A and 26B that are joined with each other using a connector member 84. In one embodiment, the connector member 84 may be constructed and arranged to be parallel to the base portion 42 of the main container portion 16. Each of the base portion 26A and 26B may include the carrying handle 30 formed on the upper portion 32 thereof to enable the inner tool carrier 14 to be transported separately from the outer carrier 12. In such embodiment, the inner tool carrier 14 is attached to the outer carrier 12 first by positioning the inner tool carrier 14 in the storage space 20 of the outer carrier 12. In other words, as shown in the illustrated embodiment, a connector portion 84 of the inner tool carrier 14 is disposed generally parallel to the base portion 42 of the main container portion 16 of the outer carrier 12. Then, the fastener 416 of the first fastener portion 402 (i.e., connected to the first edge portion 401 of the main container portion 16) and the fastener 415 of the second fastener portion 404 (i.e., connected to the second edge portion 403 of the main container portion 16) are connected to each other to hold the connector portion 84 of the of the inner tool carrier 14, thus, minimizing the movement of the inner tool carrier 14 within the storage space 20 of the outer carrier 12 and attaching the inner tool carrier 14 to the outer carrier 12.
  • In another embodiment, the inner tool carrier 14 may include a single base portion 26. As noted above, the base portion 26 may include the carrying handle 30 formed on the upper portion 32 thereof to enable the inner tool carrier 14 to be transported separately from the outer carrier 12, and the plurality of compartments 28 formed on the rear surface portion 86 and the front surface portion 88 of the base portion 26 of the inner tool carrier 14. In such embodiment, the base portion 26 may include a fastener portion formed on the lower portion thereof to facilitate the attachment of the inner tool carrier 14 with the outer carrier 12. In other words, in such embodiment, the inner tool carrier 14 is attached to the outer carrier 12 first by positioning the inner tool carrier 14 in the storage space 20 of the outer carrier 12. Then, the fastener portion formed on the lower portion of the base portion 26 is connected with a fastener portion on the base portion 42 of the main container portion 16, thus, attaching the inner tool carrier 14 with the outer carrier 12 and minimizing the movement of the inner tool carrier 14 within the storage space 20 of the outer carrier 12. In one embodiment, the fastener portions on the inner tool carrier 14 and the outer carrier 12 may include snap connections, Velcro connections, or other connections that may be used to releasably secure the inner tool carrier 14 with the outer carrier 12.
  • FIGS. 12A-12C show the plurality of compartments 28 formed on the base portion 26 of the inner tool carrier 14. Each compartment 28 formed on the base portion 26 of the inner tool carrier 14 includes a plurality of individual containing regions 72 arranged adjacent to each other along the length of the compartment 28. The individual containing regions 72 are formed by stitching or by otherwise attaching the compartment 28 at regular intervals along the length of the compartment 28. The individual containing regions 72 are adapted to organize one or more tools or articles in each individual containing region 72.
  • In one embodiment, the compartments 28 are arranged in a staged relationship, overlapping each other. For example, in the illustrated embodiment, as shown in FIGS. 13 and 14, the inner tool carrier 14 may include a first compartment 74A, a second compartment 74B, and a third compartment 74C formed on the front surface portion 88 and a first compartment 74D, a second compartment 74E, a third compartment 74F, and a fourth compartment 74G formed on the rear surface portion 86. The compartments 74A-74C can be arranged in a staged relationship overlapping each other providing compartments for storing longer or larger tools or articles in deeper, more rearward compartments, such as the first compartment 74A, and for storing shorter or smaller tools or articles in other compartments, such as the second, and the third compartment 74B, and 74C respectively. In the similar manner, the compartments 74D-74G can be arranged in a staged relationship overlapping each other providing compartments for storing longer or larger tools or articles in deeper, more rearward compartments, such as the first compartment 74D, and for storing shorter or smaller tools or articles in other compartments, such as the second, and the third compartment 74E, 74F and 74G respectively.
  • In one embodiment, each compartment 28 comprises a fabric panel 76 with an elastic strip 78 sewn or otherwise attached along upper edges 80 of the compartments 28. The elasticity of the elastic strip 78 allows each compartment 28 to be resiliently expanded from its relaxed configuration to accommodate and to support tools or articles of various sizes and shapes. It should be appreciated that it is within the scope of the present invention to provide only a single (at least one) compartment 28 on the front or rear surface portions, or with individual containing regions 72 different than those illustrated herein and adapted to receive different types of items.
  • In one embodiment, as shown in FIG. 13, each compartment 28 includes the upper edge 80 defining an upwardly facing opening disposed at an angle with respect to a lower portion 82 of the inner tool carrier 14. In one embodiment, the angle each upper edge 80 of compartment 74A-74C makes with the lower portion 82 of the inner tool carrier 14 generally remains constant. In one embodiment, each compartment 28 is arranged such that the compartment 28 is sloping downwardly from left to right, or from right to left. In another embodiment, as shown in FIG. 14, the upper edge 80 of the compartments 28 formed on the base portion 26 is parallel to the lower portion 82 of the inner tool carrier 14.
  • Although the invention has been described in detail for the purpose of illustration based on what is currently considered to be the most practical and preferred embodiments, it is to be understood that such detail is solely for that purpose and that the invention is not limited to the disclosed embodiments, but, on the contrary, is intended to cover modifications and equivalent arrangements that are within the scope of the appended claims.

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  1. A tool carrier (10), comprising:
    an outer carrier (12) comprising a flexible material and having a main container portion and a cover portion (18), the main container portion and the cover portion (18) forming a storage space, the cover portion (18) being movable between open and closed positions, a zipper that enables the cover portion (18) to be releasably secured in the closed position, the outer carrier (12) comprising a pair of shoulder straps to facilitate carrying of the outer carrier (12); and
    an inner tool carrier (14) constructed and arranged to form a divider within the storage space of the outer carrier (12) and to be removed from the outer carrier (12), the inner tool carrier (14) comprising a base portion (26) and a plurality of exposed compartments (28) formed on the base portion, and a carrying handle (30) formed on an upper portion of the inner tool carrier (14) to enable the inner tool carrier (14) to be transported separately from the outer carrier (12), the base portion (26) having sufficient rigidity to be self supporting in an upstanding configuration when the inner tool carrier (14) is in the outer carrier (12) to enable the inner tool carrier (14) to support tools within the compartments (28) without collapsing, characterised in that the outer carrier (12) comprises an outer carrier base portion (42) comprising a rigid or semi-rigid structure, the outer carrier base portion (42) is constructed and arranged to enable the outer carrier (12) to be self-supported in an upright configuration when placed on a horizontal surface, and
    wherein when the outer carrier (12) is in the upright configuration and the cover portion (18) is in the open position, the inner tool carrier (14) is exposed, and is in the upstanding configuration in the outer carrier base portion (42) and is constructed and arranged to facilitate access to the compartments (28) on both sides thereof.
  2. A tool carrier according to claim 1, wherein the plurality of compartments (28) are formed on a rear surface portion (86) and a front surface portion (88) of the base portion (26).
  3. A tool carrier according to claim 1 or 2, wherein the compartments (28) formed on the base portion (26) comprise a plurality of individual containing regions (72) arranged adjacent to each other to store one or more tools or articles.
  4. A tool carrier according to any of claims 1 to 3, wherein the compartments (28) formed on the base portion (26) are arranged in a staged relationship overlapping each other.
  5. A tool carrier according to claim 4, wherein an upper edge (80) of the compartments (28) formed on the base portion (26) is parallel to a lower portion (82) of the inner tool carrier (14).
  6. A tool carrier according to claim 5, wherein an upper edge (80) of the compartments (28) formed on the base portion (26) is disposed at an angle with respect to a lower portion (82) of the inner tool carrier (14).
  7. A tool carrier according to any of claims 1 to 6, further comprising an adjustable fastening structure (200) attached to an interior of the main container portion (16) and an interior of the cover portion (18), wherein the fastening structure is constructed and arranged to adjust the separation between the main container portion (16) and the cover portion (18).
  8. A tool carrier according to claim 7, wherein the fastening structure (200) comprises a first fastener portion (202) and a second fastener portion (204), which are releasably engaged with each other to connect the main container portion (16) and the cover portion (18) of the outer carrier.
  9. A tool carrier according to claim 8, wherein the first fastener portion (202) is attached to the interior of the main container portion (16) and the second fastener portion (204) is attached to the interior of the cover portion (18).
  10. A tool carrier according to claim 8 or 9, wherein the first fastener portion (202) comprises an opening (208) constructed and arranged to receive a first portion (210) of the second fastener portion (204) therethrough.
  11. A tool carrier according to any of claims 1 to 10, further comprising a storage compartment (56, 156) disposed on an exterior of the cover portion (18) for storing tools and articles.
  12. A tool carrier according to any of claims 1 to 11, further comprising a second adjustable fastening structure (300) disposed on an exterior of the main container portion (16), wherein the fastening structure is constructed and arranged to adjust width of the main container portion.
  13. A tool carrier according to any of claims 1 to 12, further comprising a handle (144) connected to the shoulder straps (24), wherein the handle is constructed and arranged to facilitate carrying of the tool carrier.
  14. A tool carrier according to any of claims 1 to 13, wherein a lower portion (82) of the inner tool carrier (14) is constructed and arranged to attach the inner tool carrier to the outer carrier (12).
  15. A tool carrier according to any of claims 1 to 14, further comprising a fastening structure (400) disposed in an interior of the main container portion (16), wherein the fastening structure (400) is constructed and arranged to attach the inner tool carrier (14) with the outer carrier (12).
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