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US20020195845A1
US20020195845A1 US10/180,839 US18083902A US2002195845A1 US 20020195845 A1 US20020195845 A1 US 20020195845A1 US 18083902 A US18083902 A US 18083902A US 2002195845 A1 US2002195845 A1 US 2002195845A1
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A system for attaching accessories to a chair back. The chair-band system provides a material-covered elastic band with one or more removable attachment systems in the face of the band that allow for accessories, such as decorations, to be attached to the band. It also provides a chair-band that stretches to fit over the back of a chair and grip it tightly. The accessories are connected to an attacher that attaches to the band. In addition, the system provides for a business method for using elastic bands, decorations, accessories, signage, and attachers, with the following steps: warehousing a large plurality of elastic bands, decorations, accessories, signage, and attachers; permitting each customer to select an appropriate number and kind of such elastic bands, decorations, accessories, signage, and attachers; renting or delivering to such customer such appropriate number and kind of such bands and either one of the following: such decorations, attachers and bands, or specially providing for such customer custom decorations usable with such attachers and bands.

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    CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION
  • The present application is related to applicant's prior U.S. Provisional Application Serial No. 60/300,790, filed Jun. 25, 2001, entitled “Event Chair Cover System”, the contents of all of which are hereby herein incorporated by reference and are not admitted to be prior art with respect to the present invention by their mention in this cross-reference section.[0001]
  • BACKGROUND
  • This invention relates to a system for providing a portable, re-usable, temporary chair-back cover system and further provides an attachment system for a plurality of interchangeable decorative attachments. [0002]
  • Typically, group events and gatherings, such as conventions, weddings, meetings or a multitude of other such events may utilize chairs, such as stackable chairs, in which it is desirable to decorate the chairs or attach temporary indicia to the chairs. In the past, several methods of decorating chairs have been used. For example, slipcovers have been used to cover the entire chair, and various methods of attaching decorations or indicia to the slipcovers have been utilized. In addition, chairs have been decorated by tying fabric around the back of the chair and attaching decorations to the fabric by pinning. Tapes and adhesives have been used to attach signage, decorations and other attachments. [0003]
  • Additionally, when people have events, they generally prefer two kinds of decorations on the chairs: those that are custom and only used once; or those that are warehoused and may be used multiple times. Typically, the warehoused items may be rented. Heretofore, the people who did banquets, the suppliers, were primarily supplying special items for each special occasion, mainly for a single use. With the present invention, it is much easier and provides more variable rental choices to warehouse and rent re-usable decorations. Such decorations may be differentiated by several categories, such as what may be utilized, for example, for: weddings; conventions; trade shows, high fashion events; and/or informal events. There are literally hundreds of events that might utilize such decorations. [0004]
  • Further, there are companies that rent out assorted decorations and covers for chairs. The installation of these covers and decorations onto the chairs is very time consuming. Slipcovers need to be carefully placed over chairs to avoid tearing the slipcover or damaging the chair. The attachments must be aligned and attached to the chair. If multiple chairs are utilized, each attachment preferably is aligned with the other attachments, a time-consuming task. In addition, the covers and decorations often need to be laundered after each use. The cost of such laundering increases the costs of the rental. Laundering the covers and/or decorations reduces the use life of the chair cover or decoration, as they wear out more quickly. [0005]
  • OBJECTS OF THE INVENTION
  • A primary object and feature of the present invention is to provide a portable, re-usable, temporary chair-back cover system which further provides an attachment system with a plurality of interchangeable, removable attachments for use in decorating event chairs. [0006]
  • It is another object and feature of the present invention to provide such a system for easily installing chair attachments onto a chair back, particularly using a continuous band having sufficient elasticity to be fit onto the chair back and grip the back. [0007]
  • It is a further object and feature of the present invention to provide such a system in which the chair-back covers and a plurality of either custom or warehoused accessories or decorations may be rented out. [0008]
  • It is a further object and feature of the present invention to provide such a system which allows for multiple uses of the device prior to cleaning, thereby reducing the laundering costs and increasing the usable life of the device. [0009]
  • A further primary object and feature of the present invention is to provide such a system which is efficient, inexpensive, and handy. Other objects and features of this invention will become apparent with reference to the following descriptions. [0010]
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • In accordance with a preferred embodiment hereof, this invention provides an event chair accessory system, for use with at least one chair having an upright back, to assist in the display of at least one removable accessory having fastening means compatible with such system, comprising in combination: receiving means for receiving the fastening means of the at least one accessory; and elastic gripping means for elastically gripping at least one portion of the upright back; wherein such elastic gripping means removably holds such receiving means to the upright back; and wherein such receiving means comprises removability means for assisting in removably retaining the at least one accessory. [0011]
  • It also provides such a system wherein such receiving means comprises: aperture means for accepting at least one engageable portion of the fastening means. And, it provides such a system wherein such receiving means comprises: magnetic attracting means for magnetically attracting at least one magnet of the fastening means to assist in forming a removable magnetic attachment. Further, it provides such a system wherein such elastic gripping means comprises: encircling means for encircling at least one portion of the upright back. [0012]
  • In accordance with another preferred embodiment hereof, this invention provides an event chair accessory system, for use with at least one chair having an upright back, to assist in the display of at least one removable accessory, comprising in combination: fastening means for assisting in the removable fastening of the at least one accessory to such system; receiving means for receiving such fastening means; and elastic gripping means for elastically gripping at least one portion of the upright back; wherein such elastic gripping means comprises holding means for removably holding such receiving means to the upright back. [0013]
  • Moreover, it provides such a system wherein such receiving means comprises: aperture means for accepting at least one engageable portion of such fastening means. And, it provides such a system wherein such fastening means comprises: contacting means for contacting at least one portion of the at least one accessory; and engagement means for engaging such aperture means; wherein such engagement means comprises retaining means for removably retaining such engagement means while engaged within such aperture means; whereby such contacting means enables the adhering of such fastening means to the at least one accessory. [0014]
  • Additionally, it provides such a system wherein: such engagement means consists essentially of two pins; and such aperture means consists essentially of two apertures. Further, it provides such a system wherein such elastic gripping means comprises: encircling means for encircling at least one portion of the upright back. [0015]
  • In accordance with another preferred embodiment hereof, this invention provides an event chair accessory system, for use with at least one chair having an upright back, for assisting in the display of at least one removable accessory having at least one fastener compatible with such system, comprising in combination: at least one receiver structured and arranged to receive the at least one fastener of the at least one accessory; and at least one elastic gripper structured and arranged to elastically grip at least one portion of the upright back; wherein such at least one elastic gripper comprises a holder structured and arranged to removably hold such at least one receiver to the upright back; and wherein such receiver is further structured and arranged to assist in removably retaining the at one accessory. [0016]
  • It also provides such a system wherein such at least one receiver comprises: at least one aperture structured and arranged to accept at least one engageable portion of the fastener. And, it provides such a system wherein such at least one receiver comprises: at least one magnet attractor structured and arranged to magnetically attract the at least one fastener to assist in forming a removable magnetic attachment. Further, it provides such a system wherein such at least one elastic gripper comprises: at least one encircler structured and arranged to encircle at least one portion of the upright back. [0017]
  • In accordance with another preferred embodiment hereof, this invention provides an event chair accessory system, for use with at least one chair having compatible accessory receiving means, comprising in combination: at least one accessory; and at least one fastener structured and arranged to assist in the removable fastening of the at least one accessory to the compatible accessory receiving means; wherein such at least one accessory is joined to such at least one fastener. [0018]
  • Furthermore, it provides such a system wherein such at least one fastener comprises: at least one magnet. And, it provides such a system wherein such at least one fastener comprises: at least one engageable portion structured and arranged to engage with at least one aperture of the compatible accessory receiving means. [0019]
  • In accordance with another preferred embodiment hereof, this invention provides a chair cover system to removably attach accessories to a chair back of a chair having a seat and a chair back, comprising: at least one flexible material band structured and arranged to: fit over the chair back, encircle the chair back, elastically grip the chair back, and at least one aperture in such band structured and arranged to accept at least one aperture attachment. [0020]
  • Even further, it provides such a system further comprising at least one removable aperture attachment structured and arranged to fit into such aperture and be affixed therein in such manner that such aperture attachment is not removable without un-affixing of such aperture attachment. Still further, it provides such a system wherein such at least one removable aperture attachment is selected from the following group: a cuff-link attacher, a turn-and-lock attacher, and a bendable-wire attacher. [0021]
  • Moreover, it also provides such a system further comprising at least one decoration attachment structured and arranged to assist attaching decoration means for decorating the chair to such at least one removable aperture attachment. [0022]
  • In accordance with yet another preferred embodiment hereof, this invention provides a method for using elastic bands, decorations, accessories, signage, and attachers, comprising the following steps: warehousing a large plurality of elastic bands, decorations, accessories, signage, and attachers; permitting each customer to select an appropriate number and kind of such elastic bands, decorations, accessories, signage, and attachers; and, renting to such customer such appropriate number and kind of such bands. It also provides a system further comprising the step of: renting to such customer such decorations, attachers and bands. And, it provides such a system further comprising the step of: specially providing for such customer custom decorations usable with such attachers and bands.[0023]
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  • FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the event chair cover system in place on a chair according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention. [0024]
  • FIG. 2 is a perspective view of the event chair cover system in place on a chair according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention. [0025]
  • FIG. 3 is a rear perspective view of the event chair cover system according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention. [0026]
  • FIG. 4 is a front perspective view of the event chair cover system according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention. [0027]
  • FIG. 5 is a top view of the event chair cover system showing the continuous looped configuration of the event chair-band according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention. [0028]
  • FIG. 6 is a rear elevational view of the event chair cover system according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention. [0029]
  • FIG. 7 is a side elevational view of the event chair cover system showing fabric, elastic band and seam according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention. [0030]
  • FIG. 8 is a front elevational view of the event chair cover system according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention. [0031]
  • FIG. 9 is a perspective view of a preferred attacher according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention. [0032]
  • FIG. 10 is a perspective view of the preferred attacher in a locked position according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention. [0033]
  • FIG. 11 is a perspective view of a receiver assembly according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention. [0034]
  • FIG. 12 is a perspective view, in partial cut-away, of the receiver assembly installed within the flexible material of event chair cover system according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention. [0035]
  • FIG. 13 is a perspective view, partially in section, through section [0036] 13-13 of FIG. 3, illustrating a first step in the attachment of an accessory to the chair-band according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 14 is a perspective view, partially in section, through section [0037] 13-13 of FIG. 3, illustrating a second step in the attachment of an accessory to the chair-band according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 15 is a perspective view, illustrating several preferred embodiments of the attachment system, according to the present invention. [0038]
  • FIG. 16 illustrates a securable holder that provides a locking mechanism, which is preferable for a round aperture, according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention. [0039]
  • FIG. 17 illustrates a preferred embodiment comprising a magnetic attachment according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention. [0040]
  • FIG. 18 is a perspective view of the event chair cover system illustrating a decorative accessory according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention. [0041]
  • FIG. 19 is a perspective view of the event chair cover system illustrating a sign-with-indicia signage accessory according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention. [0042]
  • FIG. 20 is a perspective view of the event chair cover system illustrating another decorative accessory according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention.[0043]
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF A PREFERRED EMBODIMENT OF THE INVENTION
  • FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the event chair cover system [0044] 20 in place on a chair 21 according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention. The event chair cover system 20 preferably comprises an event chair-band 24 that is installed over a chair back 35, as shown. Preferably, one or more accessories 66 are attached to the event chair-band 24, as shown.
  • FIG. 2 is a perspective view of the event chair cover system [0045] 20 (herein embodying at least one flexible material band structured and arranged to: fit over the chair back; encircle the chair back; elastically grip the chair back; and at least one aperture in such band structured and arranged to accept at least one aperture attachment) in place on a chair 21 according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention. Preferably, the chair-band 24 is sized such that it will easily fit over the chair back(s) 35 of most chairs. Preferably, the chair-band 24 may be slipped over a chair-back 35 having a decorative chair slipcover 28 that may be installed onto the chair 21, such as shown. Preferably, the chair-band 24 will encircle the chair back 35 and grip it tightly (herein embodying encircling means for encircling at least one portion of the upright back and herein embodying at least one encircler structured and arranged to encircle at least one portion of the upright back).
  • FIG. 3 is a rear perspective view of the event chair cover system [0046] 20 according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention. Preferably, the system comprises a chair-band 24 and attachment system 30, as shown. The chair-band 24 is preferably constructed of flexible material 26. The preferred use of the attachment system 30 allows an almost unlimited number of accessories to be attached to the chair-band 24. Preferably, the attachment system 30 further comprises a receiver assembly 100 (herein embodying receiving means for receiving the fastening means of the at least one accessory and herein embodying removability means for assisting in removably retaining the at least one accessory and further herein embodying at least one receiver structured and arranged to receive the at least one fastener of the at least one accessory wherein such receiver is further structured and arranged to assist in removably retaining the at least one accessory) permanently fastened to the flexible material 26 of the chair-band 24, as shown. Preferably, receiver assembly 100 is located opposite the elastic band 27 such that, while installed on chair back 35, it is oriented to the back facing portion 23 of the chair 21 (as shown in FIG. 1 and FIG. 2). In addition, the attachment system 30 further comprises a corresponding attacher 44 (herein embodying fastening means for assisting in the removable fastening of the at least one accessory to such system and herein embodying at least one fastener structured and arranged to assist in the removable fastening of the at least one accessory to the compatible accessory receiver wherein such at least one accessory is joined to such at least one fastener and herein embodying at least one removable aperture attachment structured and arranged to fit into such aperture and be affixed therein in such manner that such aperture attachment is not removable without un-affixing of such aperture attachment), as shown. Preferably, attacher 44 is connected to an accessory 66, either permanently or removably. Connection methods are well-known by those knowledgeable in the art and include adhesives, stitching, hook and loop material and other methods of connection (herein embodying at least one decoration attachment structured and arranged to assist attaching decoration means for decorating the chair to such at least one removeable aperture attachment). The preferable connection utilizes an adhesive to permanently join the accessory 66 to the attacher 44. Under appropriate circumstances, a removable attachment between accessory 66 and attacher 44 using hook and loop fasteners 104 may be preferred (e.g., it is necessary for accessory 66 to be quickly interchanged during an event).
  • FIG. 4 is a front perspective view of the event chair cover system [0047] 20 according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention. Preferably, chair-band 24 comprises at least one elastic band 27 (herein embodying elastic gripping means for elastically gripping at least one portion of the upright back wherein such elastic gripping means removably holds such receiving means to the upright back and herein embodying at least one elastic gripper structured and arranged to elastically grip at least one portion of the upright back wherein such at least one elastic gripper comprises a holder structured and arranged to removably hold such at least one receiver to the upright back) covered by a fabric 29 or other material (e.g., leather, satin, silk etc.). Preferably, the elastic band 27 is completely covered on all sides. The fabric 29 may be a single fabric or a combination of fabrics, and may preferably be reversible. Preferably, the elastic band 27 is attached at seam 31 and seam 33 with the fabric 29 attached at only the seams 31 and 33, as shown. Preferably, the fabric is gathered such that the elastic band 27 can be stretched over the chair-back 35 (see FIG. 1 and FIG. 2) without tearing the fabric 29.
  • FIG. 5 is a top view of the event chair cover system [0048] 20 showing the continuous looped configuration of the event chair-band 24 according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 6 is a rear elevational view of the event chair cover system [0049] 20 according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention. Preferably, the rear portion of the chair-band 24 is about ten inches in height, as indicated by dimension “A”. Receiver assembly 100 is preferably located symmetrically between seams 31 and 33, about 4″ below the upper edge 37 of chair-band 24, as shown. Under appropriate circumstances, other mounting positions to accommodate a specific accessory design may be used.
  • FIG. 7 is a side elevational view of the event chair cover system [0050] 20 showing fabric 29, elastic band 27 and seam 31 according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 8 is a front elevational view of the event chair cover system [0051] 20 according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention. Preferably, the elastic band 27 is about six inches in height. Preferably, the front portion of the chair-band 24 is about 6 inches in height, corresponding to the preferred height of elastic band 27, as indicated by dimension “B”, as shown.
  • FIG. 9 is a perspective view of the preferred attacher [0052] 44 (herein embodying engagement means for engaging such aperture means wherein such engagement means comprises retaining means for removably retaining such engagement means while engaged within such aperture means and herein embodying at least one engageable portion structured and arranged to engage with at least one aperture of the compatible accessory receiving means) according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention. Preferably, attacher 44 comprises a one-piece assembly having at least one, preferably two, adjacent oval-shaped locking mechanisms 42 (herein embodying wherein such engagement means consists essentially of two pins), extending from an essentially rectangular plate 50 (herein embodying contacting means for contacting at least one portion of the at least one accessory whereby such contacting means enables the adhering of such fastening means to the at least one accessory), as shown. The preferred use of two side-by-side locking mechanisms 42 prevents rotation of the attacher 44 and any mounted accessories. Attacher 44 is preferably constructed of a rigid moldable thermoplastic, preferably general-purpose polystyrene (such as “Styron 668”, as manufactured by Dow Plastics, USA) or a general-purpose polyethylene. Under-appropriate circumstances, other suitable rigid materials, including metal or other plastics, may be used to fabricate the attacher 44 when high durability or strength is a concern.
  • FIG. 10 is a perspective view of the preferred attacher [0053] 44 in a locked position according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention (herein embodying a turn-and-lock attacher). Preferably, locking mechanism 42 is a “turn and lock” arrangement similar to that used in many purse covers, whereby a semi-circular disc 48 is swivel-attached such that the semi-circular disc 48 may be turned (i.e., twisted) in either a clock-wise or counter-clockwise manner and locked (maintained) in a position in about 90 degrees increments, as shown.
  • FIG. 11 is a perspective view of receiver assembly [0054] 100 according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention. Preferably, receiver assembly 100 comprises a one-piece assembly having at least one, preferably two apertures, aperture 32 and aperture 34 (herein embodying aperture means for accepting at least one engageable portion of the fastening means and herein embodying wherein such aperture means consists essentially of two apertures and herein embodying at least one aperture structured and arranged to accept at least one engageable portion of the fastener), as shown. Preferably, aperture 32 and aperture 34 are spaced about one and one-half inches apart, center to center (about one-half inch apart measured from the outer aperture peripheries; with a preferred such separation range of about one-half inch to about one and one-half inches). Receiver assembly 100 is preferably constructed of a rigid moldable thermoplastic, preferably a general-purpose polyethylene or similar thermo-polymer. Under appropriate circumstances, other suitable rigid materials, including metal, may be used to fabricate the receiver assembly 100 when durability or strength is of concern. Preferably, aperture 32 and aperture 34 are oval to mate with the oval-shaped locking mechanism(s) 42 of attacher 44. Preferably, aperture 32 and aperture 34 each comprise a grommet-receiving flange 43, as shown. Preferably, a grommet 45 is used to stiffen and firmly retain each of the apertures, preventing tearing of the chair-band 24. The grommet 45 preferably has a diameter of about one-half to five-eighths inch. Such attachment is well-known by those knowledgeable in the art, and under appropriate circumstances, other such attachments may suffice.
  • FIG. 12 is a perspective view, in partial cut-away, of receiver assembly [0055] 100 installed within the flexible material 26 of event chair cover system 20 according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention. Each grommet 45 is mechanically pressed onto its respective grommet-receiving flange 43 of aperture 32 and aperture 34 to firmly and permanently retain receiver assembly 100 to the flexible material 26, as shown. Such attachment is well-known by those knowledgeable in the art, and under appropriate circumstances other attachment methods, such as adhesive application, may suffice.
  • FIG. 13 is a perspective view, partially in section, through section [0056] 13-13 of FIG. 3, illustrating a first step in the attachment of an accessory to the chair-band 24 according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 14 is a perspective view, partially in section, through section [0057] 13-13 of FIG. 3, illustrating a second step in the attachment of an accessory 66 to the chair-band 24 according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention. Preferably, the semi-circular disc(s) 48 of attacher 44 are inserted through the wide portion of the oval apertures of receiver assembly 100, as shown. Preferably, the semi-circular disc(s) 48 are then swiveled 90 degrees such that the semi-circular disc 48 will not pass back through the oval aperture, as shown in FIG. 14.
  • FIG. 15 is a perspective view illustrating several preferred embodiments of the attachment system [0058] 30 according to the present invention. Under appropriate circumstances, to address issues of economy and convenience, the attachment system 30 may comprise an attacher 44 having a single locking mechanism 42 and a receiver assembly 100 having a single aperture 36, as shown. Also shown in FIG. 15 is the suitability of attachment system 30 to comprise a plurality of locking mechanisms and apertures, which under appropriate circumstances, may be used to accommodate especially wide or heavy accessories. Under appropriate circumstances, attacher 44 may comprise a bendable wire inserted through receiver assembly 100 before twist bending (herein embodying a bendable-wire attacher).
  • FIG. 16 illustrates a securable holder [0059] 38 (herein embodying a cuff-link attacher) that provides a locking mechanism 46, which is preferable for a round aperture 41, according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention. In the embodiment of FIG. 16, the aperture 41 may comprise one or more grommets of a type well-known by those knowledgeable in the art for use in fabric and canvas. Preferably, locking mechanism 46 comprises a lever 150. Preferably, lever 150 is attached to a base 52 by a pin 54 such that lever 150 may be rotated from a vertical position to a horizontal position, and vice-versa, thereby operating similar to a “cuff-link”. Under appropriate circumstances, other lever shapes may suffice.
  • FIG. 17 illustrates an optional preferred embodiment comprising a magnetic attachment (e.g., a plate [0060] 80 of magnetically attractive material and a magnet 81) according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention. Plate 80 may preferably be placed around an aperture, adjacent to an aperture, or instead of an aperture; and, in this case, accessory 66 includes a magnet 81 capable of firm attachment to plate 80 (herein embodying magnetic attracting means for magnetically attracting at least one magnet of the fastening means to assist in forming a removable magnetic attachment and herein embodying at least one magnet attractor structured and arranged to magnetically attract the at least one fastener to assist in forming a removable magnetic attachment). FIG. 18 is a perspective view of the event chair cover system 20 illustrating a decorative accessory 70 according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 19 is a perspective view of the event chair cover system [0061] 20 illustrating a sign-with-indicia signage accessory 72 according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 20 is a perspective view of the event chair cover system [0062] 20 illustrating another decorative accessory 74 according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention. The accessory 66 may be almost any of an unlimited number of accessories. Preferably, the accessories are of a weight and size that will not pull or tear the chair-band 24. Preferably, such accessories would comprise: decorations, for example, decorative accessory 70 or 74; signage 72 or other indicia; and other such suitable accessories as would be selected by those knowledgeable in the art. Under appropriate circumstances, other accessory designs may also suffice.
  • Preferably, a business method (herein embodying a method for using elastic bands, decorations, accessories, signage, and attachers, comprising the following steps: warehousing a large plurality of elastic bands, decorations, accessories, signage, and attachers; permitting each customer to select an appropriate number and kind of such elastic bands, decorations, accessories, signage, and attachers; renting to such customer such appropriate number and kind of such bands; renting to such customer such decorations, attachers and bands; and specially providing for such customer custom decorations usable with such attachers and bands) is also embodied herein for using chair-bands [0063] 24, decorative accessories 70 or 74, signage accessory 72, and an attachment system 30, with the following steps:
  • Step 1: Warehousing a large plurality of chair-bands [0064] 24, decorative accessories 70, signage 72, and an attachment system 30.
  • Step 2: Permitting each customer to select an appropriate number and kind of chair-bands [0065] 24, decorative accessories 70, signage 72, and attachment system 30.
  • Step 3: Renting or delivering to such customer such appropriate number and kind of such chair-bands [0066] 24 and either one of the following: such decorative accessories 70, attachers 44 and chair-bands 24, or specially providing for such customer, custom decorative accessories 70 usable with such attachers 44 and chair-bands 24.
  • Although applicant has described applicant's preferred embodiments of this invention, it will be understood that the broadest scope of this invention includes such modifications as diverse shapes and sizes and materials. Such scope is limited only by the below claims as read in connection with the above specification. [0067]
  • Further, many other advantages of applicant's invention will be apparent to those skilled in the art from the above descriptions and the below claims. [0068]

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What is claimed is:
1) An event chair accessory system, for use with at least one chair having an upright back, to assist in the display of at least one removable accessory having fastening means compatible with said system, comprising in combination:
a) receiving means for receiving the fastening means of the at least one accessory; and
b) elastic gripping means for elastically gripping at least one portion of the upright back;
c) wherein said elastic gripping means removably holds said receiving means to the upright back; and
d) wherein said receiving means comprises removability means for assisting in removably retaining the at least one accessory.
2) The system according to claim 1 wherein said receiving means comprises:
a) aperture means for accepting at least one engageable portion of the fastening means.
3) The system according to claim 1 wherein said receiving means comprises:
a) magnetic attracting means for magnetically attracting at least one magnet of the fastening means to assist in forming a removable magnetic attachment.
4) The system according to claim 1 wherein said elastic gripping means comprises:
a) encircling means for encircling at least one portion of the upright back.
5) An event chair accessory system, for use with at least one chair having an upright back, to assist in the display of at least one removable accessory, comprising in combination:
a) fastening means for assisting in the removable fastening of the at least one accessory to said system;
b) receiving means for receiving said fastening means; and
c) elastic gripping means for elastically gripping at least one portion of the upright back;
d) wherein said elastic gripping means comprises holding means for removably holding said receiving means to the upright back.
6) The system according to claim 5 wherein said receiving means comprises:
a) aperture means for accepting at least one engageable portion of said fastening means.
7) The system according to claim 6 wherein said fastening means comprises:
a) contacting means for contacting at least one portion of the at least one accessory; and
b) engagement means for engaging said aperture means;
c) wherein said engagement means comprises retaining means for removably retaining said engagement means while engaged within said aperture means;
d) whereby said contacting means enables the adhering of said fastening means to the at least one accessory.
8) The system according to claim 7 wherein:
a) said engagement means consists essentially of two pins;
and
b) said aperture means consists essentially of two apertures.
9) The system according to claim 5 wherein said elastic gripping means comprises:
a) encircling means for encircling at least one portion of the upright back.
10) An event chair accessory system, for use with at least one chair having an upright back, for assisting in the display of at least one removable accessory having at least one fastener compatible with said system, comprising in combination:
a) at least one receiver structured and arranged to receive the at least one fastener of the at least one accessory; and
b) at least one elastic gripper structured and arranged to elastically grip at least one portion of the upright back;
c) wherein said at least one elastic gripper comprises a holder structured and arranged to removably hold said at least one receiver to the upright back; and
d) wherein said receiver is further structured and arranged to assist in removably retaining the at least one accessory.
11) The system according to claim 10 wherein said at least one receiver comprises:
a) at least one aperture structured and arranged to accept at least one engageable portion of the fastener.
12) The system according to claim 10 wherein said at least one receiver comprises:
a) at least one magnet attractor structured and arranged to magnetically attract the at least one fastener to assist in forming a removable magnetic attachment.
13) The system according to claim 10 wherein said at least one elastic gripper comprises:
a) at least one encircler structured and arranged to encircle at least one portion of the upright back.
14) An event chair accessory system, for use with at least one chair having compatible accessory receiving means, comprising in combination:
a) at least one accessory; and
b) at least one fastener structured and arranged to assist in the removable fastening of the at least one accessory to the compatible accessory receiving means;
c) wherein said at least one accessory is joined to said at least one fastener.
15) The system according to claim 14 wherein said at least one fastener comprises:
a) at least one magnet.
16) The system according to claim 14 wherein said at least one fastener comprises:
a) at least one engageable portion structured and arranged to engage with at least one aperture of the compatible accessory receiving means.
17) A chair cover system to removably attach accessories to a chair back of a chair having a seat and a chair back, comprising:
a) at least one flexible material band structured and arranged to:
i) fit over the chair back,
ii) encircle the chair back,
iii) elastically grip the chair back, and
b) at least one aperture in said band structured and arranged to accept at least one aperture attachment.
18) The system according to claim 17 further comprising at least one removable aperture attachment structured and arranged to fit into said aperture and be affixed therein in such manner that said aperture attachment is not removable without un-affixing of said aperture attachment.
19) The system according to claim 18 wherein said at least one removable aperture attachment is selected from the following group:
a) a cuff-link attacher,
b) a turn-and-lock attacher,
c) a bendable-wire attacher.
20) The system according to claim 18 further comprising at least one decoration attachment structured and arranged to assist attaching decoration means for decorating the chair to said at least one removable aperture attachment.
21) A method for using elastic bands, decorations, accessories, signage, and attachers, comprising the following steps:
a) warehousing a large plurality of elastic bands, decorations, accessories, signage, and attachers;
b) permitting each customer to select an appropriate number and kind of said elastic bands, decorations, accessories, signage, and attachers; and,
c) renting to such customer said appropriate number and kind of said bands.
22) The system according to claim 24 further comprising the step of:
a) renting to such customer said decorations, attachers and bands.
23) The system according to claim 25 further comprising the step of:
a) specially providing for such customer custom decorations usable with said attachers and bands.
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