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US20040226837A1
US20040226837A1 US10/752,318 US75231804A US2004226837A1 US 20040226837 A1 US20040226837 A1 US 20040226837A1 US 75231804 A US75231804 A US 75231804A US 2004226837 A1 US2004226837 A1 US 2004226837A1
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    • G11INFORMATION STORAGE
    • G11BINFORMATION STORAGE BASED ON RELATIVE MOVEMENT BETWEEN RECORD CARRIER AND TRANSDUCER
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    • G11B33/02Cabinets; Cases; Stands; Disposition of apparatus therein or thereon
    • G11B33/04Cabinets; Cases; Stands; Disposition of apparatus therein or thereon modified to store record carriers
    • G11B33/0405Cabinets; Cases; Stands; Disposition of apparatus therein or thereon modified to store record carriers for storing discs
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    • G11B33/0422Single disc boxes for discs without cartridge
    • GPHYSICS
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    • G11B33/02Cabinets; Cases; Stands; Disposition of apparatus therein or thereon
    • G11B33/04Cabinets; Cases; Stands; Disposition of apparatus therein or thereon modified to store record carriers
    • G11B33/0405Cabinets; Cases; Stands; Disposition of apparatus therein or thereon modified to store record carriers for storing discs
    • G11B33/0433Multiple disc containers
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A storage case for compact disks rotatably mounted inside a housing. The cradle preferably comprises a base, an outwardly angled side wall extending upward from the base, and at least one lobe extending upward from the opposite side of the base. A slot is formed between the lobe and the side wall for storing the disk. The tabs, preferably located within the lobe, secure the disk inside the cradle, preventing the disk from inadvertently falling out of the cradle.

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    RELATED APPLICATIONS
  • This application is a continuation in part of U.S. application Ser. No. 10/379,034 filed on Mar. 4, 2003, which is a continuation of U.S. application Ser. No. 09/688,474 filed on Oct. 16, 2000, which is a continuation-in-part of U.S. application Ser. No. 09/293,156 filed on Apr. 16, 1999.[0001]
  • FIELD OF THE INVENTION
  • This invention relates to a storage device and more particularly to a storage case for carrying compact, audio, or video disk media which includes CDROM, CD-G, CD video disks, audio CD's, karaoke CD's, and DVD's. [0002]
  • BACKGROUND
  • There are many common storage units on the market for storage of compact disks and DVD's. A less common design for disk storage cases provides a plastic hinged booklet-type case. The disk is stored around a central rosette which engages the annular region in the center of the disk. Problems arise with such cases when removing the disk. The disk may become caught on the rosette, making removal of the disk cumbersome. In other instances, the disk may crack or break when being removed from the case due to difficulty of releasing the disk from the rosette. It is also common for the cover of such cases to become disengaged from the base, leaving the disk exposed when placed in a case. [0003]
  • SUMMARY
  • Certain embodiments of the present invention solves significant problems in the art by providing a case for storing compact disks and the like that is easy and convenient to use. [0004]
  • Generally described, certain embodiments of the present invention provide an improved storage cradle for compact disks and the like comprising a base having a vertically upstanding outwardly angled side wall. Opposite the side wall are a plurality of lobes, forming a storage slot between the side wall and the lobes. Tabs are preferably located within the lobes, adjacent the bottom of the slot. The disk may be placed inside the storage cradle by positioning the disk between the slot formed between the lobes and the side wall. The tabs are operable to grip the disk, securing the disk within the cradle. A storage cradle also comprises a rear wall and a vertically upstanding front wall. [0005]
  • Certain embodiments of the present invention provide a cradle wherein the side wall is higher than the lobes, allowing for easy insertion of the disk into the slot of the cradle. The side wall is preferably angled from 3 to 4 degrees at the bottom of the side wall. The angle of the side wall prevents damage to the stored disk due to abrasion with the side wall of the cradle when the disk is stored. [0006]
  • Certain embodiments of the present invention also provide a housing inside which the storage cradle may be pivotally mounted. A pull tab attached to the front wall of the cradle facilitates pivoting the cradle within the housing in order to open and close the storage case. [0007]
  • According to certain embodiments of the present invention, the storage case is ergonomically designed in order to provide a user friendly disk storage device. A stored disk can be easily accessed by a user using only a single hand by simply pulling on the pull tab of the cradle and rotating the cradle from the closed to the open position. The disk can easily be removed from the cradle, again using only a single hand. While the tabs secure the disk when located in the cradle, the disk can easily be released from the cradle without great effort and risk to the disk. The disk can similarly be replaced inside the cradle using a single hand by simply placing the disk in the slot of the cradle and gently adjusting the disk so that it is engaged by the tabs.[0008]
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
  • FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a case according to certain embodiments of the invention. [0009]
  • FIG. 2 is a perspective view of a case according to certain embodiments of the invention in the open position. [0010]
  • FIG. 3 is a perspective view of a case according to certain embodiments of the invention in the open position. [0011]
  • FIG. 4 is a top plan view of a case according to certain embodiments of the invention. [0012]
  • FIG. 5 is a top plan view of a portion of the case according to certain embodiments of the invention showing the opening and closing of the case. [0013]
  • FIG. 6 is a cross sectional view of the case of FIG. 5 containing a disk along the line [0014] 6-6.
  • FIG. 6A is a cross sectional view of the case of FIG. 5 along the line [0015] 6-6.
  • FIG. 7 is a perspective view of the cradle according to certain embodiments of the invention.[0016]
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION
  • Referring now in more detail to the drawings, in which like numerals refer to like parts throughout the several views, FIG. 1 shows a perspective view of a case [0017] 10, comprising a cradle 12 and a housing 70, for storing disks containing readable data according to certain embodiments of the present invention.
  • FIG. 7 shows the top surface of the cradle [0018] 12 comprising a substantially flat base 14. A rear wall 16 extends vertically upward from a first end of the base. A front wall 18 extends vertically upward from the opposite end of the base 14. The front wall is preferably approximately twice as tall as the rear wall 16. The front wall 18 is also preferably slightly taller than the diameter of a disk I 1 to be stored in the cradle.
  • A vertically upstanding side [0019] 20 wall extends upward from one side edge of the base and extends upward along the front wall 18 and the rear wall 16. The bottom portion of the side wall 20 is preferably outwardly angled as shown in FIG. 6. According to certain embodiments of the present invention, the angle of the side wall 20 may preferably be between 3 to 4 degrees. The upper portion of the side wall is preferably straight, perpendicular to the base. The top edge of the side wall is generally C-shaped, permitting easy access to a disk when stored in the cradle.
  • A plurality of lobes [0020] 22 preferably extend upwardly from the opposite side edge of the cradle base 14, front wall 18, and rear wall 16. The lobes 22 are preferably shorter in comparison to the side wall 20. A slot 25 is formed between the side wall 20 and the lobes 22, as shown in FIG. 6A. The side wall and lobes are positioned apart to form the slot 25 which accommodates the thickness of the disk 11 to be stored. A ledge 24 is located at the bottom of the slot 25, between the lobes and the side wall. The ledge 24 is also generally C-shaped and has a very similar contour to the top edge of the side wall 20. It is relatively easy to position the disk within the slot 25 of the cradle 12 due to the discrepancies in height between the lobes 22 and the side wall 20. Once inside the slot, the outer edge of the disk will rest on the ledge.
  • Tabs [0021] 23 are preferably located within the lobes 22 of the cradle. The lobes 22 may preferably have a void section and the tabs 23 may preferably extend into the void section of the lobe. The lobes provide protection to the tabs from unwanted deformation or damage, particularly during removal of a stored disk. The tabs 23 are preferably positioned to extend slightly into the slot formed between the lobes and the side wall, slightly above the ledge. According to certain embodiments of the present invention, the tabs may preferably be in the form of a finger-like extension, but any other type of tab may be used if desired. As shown in FIG. 6A, the inner surface of the tabs 23 may preferably be angled such that the top portion of the tab is thinner and the tab gradually increases in thickness towards the bottom of the tab, adjacent the base of the cradle. The distance between the thickest portion of the tab and the bottom of the side wall is preferably slightly less than the thickness of the disk to be stored. As the disk 11 is placed in the slot to be stored in the cradle, the bottom edge of the disk may engage a portion of the tab. Due to the angle of the tab surface, the disk preferably slides along the inner surface of the tab until it reaches the base of the cradle. In this position, the tab 23 engages and provides slight pressure against the unreadable outer edge of the disk creating a friction fit between the tab and the bottom portion of the side wall 20 opposite the lobe. The bottom portion of the side wall, which is adjacent to the readable side of the disk, is angled outwardly so that it does not engage the readable portion of the disk, which is thereby not scratched. The top portion of the side wall is parallel to, but preferably does not touch, the disk. It may be preferable for the portion of the side wall opposite the tab to be a void section of approximately the same size as the lobe. According to certain embodiments of the present invention, the cradle may comprise a plurality of lobes, only some of which further comprise tabs 23 for holding the disk. Alternatively, the cradle may not have any lobes at all, and only tabs that support the disk opposite the side wall.
  • As shown in FIGS. 1-3, the cradle [0022] 12 according to certain embodiments of the present invention may be mounted within the housing 70 forming a storage case 10. The housing is preferably generally rectangular in shape and comprises a base wall 72. Two vertically upstanding side walls 74, 75 extend upwardly from the side edges of the base wall. The side walls are preferably parallel to each other. A rear wall 76 extends upwardly from the base wall, between the two side walls. A top wall 78 extends across the top of the housing, between the side walls. The housing is sized to hold the cradle and the disk.
  • According to certain embodiments of the present invention, the side walls [0023] 74, 75 of the housing extend beyond the front edge of the housing base, as shown in FIG. 3. The portion of the housing side walls extending beyond the front edge of the base may preferably be slightly rounded. An axle pin 79 is preferably located on one of the side walls adjacent the rounded edge. The axle pin extends between the two side walls 74, 75.
  • An aperture is preferably located in the cradle adjacent the corner where the base and the front wall of the cradle meet. The cradle is mounted within the housing by placing the axle pin of the housing through the aperture. In order to do this, the housing preferably comprises two parts. One part comprising one side wall and the second part comprising the other side wall, which can be fastened together. Locking tabs are located on the base portion of one of the housing halves. When the two halves of the housing are placed together, the locking tabs of one half engage grooves located on the second half, fastening the two halves together. It should also be understood that other methods for fastening the two halves may be used including glue, thermal welding and various other snap-fit arrangements. [0024]
  • A finger tab [0025] 35 is located on the top portion of the front wall of the cradle 12. The finger tab facilitates rotation of the cradle around the axle formed by the pin of the housing passing through the aperture of the cradle when the storage case 10 is assembled. The finger tab 35 allows a user to rotate the cradle from the open or closed position. When the cradle is in the closed position, the finger tab is preferably accessible because the side wall 74 comprises a notch 81 located near the top of the side wall. The notch 81 exposes the side portion of the finger tab 35. The finger tab may preferably be contoured or ribbed to provide an easier surface for a user to grip the cradle. The finger tab comprises a concave outer side surface and top surface making it convenient to open using the thumb and one finger. The user can preferably place the thumb on the side portion of the finger tab and the finger on the top portion of the finger tab and easily rotate the cradle to the open position.
  • A latch arm [0026] 40 extends from the rear wall of the cradle towards the base. The latch arm comprises a notched and a contoured tip. As the cradle is rotated from the open to the closed position, the tip of the latch arm comes in contact with a locking tab 80 extending into the housing 70 from the rear wall of the housing. The locking tab 80 is preferably located on the rear wall of the housing adjacent to the base of the housing. As the latch arm 40 initially engages the locking tab, the user preferably notices the pressure the locking tab 80 applies to the latch arm. The latch arm is preferably resilient in nature allowing it to deflect as the user continues to rotate the cradle to the closed position. The latch arm will continue to deflect until the locking tab engages the notch 42 of the latch arm. Once the locking tab 80 engages the notch 42 of the latch arm 40, a positive lock is created and the cradle cannot be inadvertently opened. The deflection of the latch arm and engagement by the locking tab provides tactile feedback to a user when closing the case, indicating that the case has been successfully closed. The cradle may be opened by pulling on the finger tab, forcing the locking tab past the notch 42 of the latch arm, releasing the cradle and allowing it to be rotated to the open position.
  • A first storage rail [0027] 85 may preferably be located along the top wall 78 of the housing interior. A second storage rail 86 is preferably located adjacent the base of the interior portion of the housing, on the same side of the housing as the first storage rail. A booklet (not shown) which typically accompanies disks containing readable data may be stored inside the housing. The booklet preferably rests within the housing between the two storage rails. The front wall of the cradle is preferably sized to accommodate a disk identification label.
  • The cradle, when rotated fully to the open position, may preferably only rotate approximately 90°. The cradle is preferably prevented from rotating beyond approximately 90° by a stop notch [0028] 47 located on the base of the cradle. The stop notch 47 preferably contacts the second storage rail 86 when the cradle is rotated approximately 90°, preventing the cradle from rotating any more. Once the stop notch 47 engages the second storage rail 86, the user receives indication that the cradle can not travel any further. By rotating the cradle 90° to the open position, the case can rest on a flat surface in the open condition.
  • It should be understood that the a disk [0029] 11 may be placed within the cradle 12 and stored in the housing 70 according to certain embodiments of the invention. The disk, when being stored, is placed in the slot 25 of the cradle formed between the side wall and the lobes and is preferably engaged by the tabs. The cradle can be rotated within the housing between the closed and open positions as desired. The housing preferably comprises a disk retention tab 89 located on the rear wall 76 of the housing. The disk retention tab 89 is preferably located approximately two thirds of the way up the rear wall of the housing and extends slightly into the housing. When the cradle containing a disk is in the closed position, the outer edge of the disk 11 may preferably rest against the outer edge of the disk retention tab 89, preventing the disk from moving inside the housing in the event the disk becomes dislodged from the tabs.
  • The ledge [0030] 24 preferably forms a ramp 51 along the front wall of the cradle. The ramp prevents the disk from rolling out of the cradle when the cradle is rotated to the open position in the event the disk becomes disengaged from the tabs. Therefore, the cradle can be rotated 90° to the open position and the case can rest on a flat surface without risk of the disk falling out of the cradle.
  • By providing the rotating cradle within the housing, a user may gain access to the stored disk by opening the case with a single hand. One hand access provides a number of advantages including safety when accessing a disk within an automobile. The present invention provides trouble-free access to a disk and a storage mechanism which does not damage the readable surface of the disk. [0031]
  • It should be understood that multiple cradles can be arranged together, for example in adjacent fashion, creating a disk storage unit. According to certain embodiments of the invention, each case may comprise interlocking tabs in order to attach to another case. Such interlocking tabs would preferably allow a user to purchase individual cases at various times and attach them together, forming a storage unit for multiple disks. [0032]
  • The embodiments described above illustrate particular aspects of the inventive concepts of the invention. It should be understood that structures and methods of retaining disks in a case comprising a cradle and housing may be modified without departing from the scope and spirit of the invention. [0033]

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1. A cradle for storing a disc containing readable data, comprising:
a base comprising a vertically upstanding outwardly angled side wall and at least one lobe opposite the side wall, whereby a slot is formed between the side wall and the lobe for storing the disc;
a tab located within the lobe and adjacent the base, the tab operable to engage the disc when the disc is placed in the slot for storage;
a rear wall; and
a vertically upstanding front wall.
2. The cradle according to claim 1, wherein the side wall is taller than the lobe allowing easy insertion of the disc into the slot.
3. The cradle according to claim 1, wherein the angle of the side wall is three to four degrees.
4. The cradle according to claim 1, wherein the tabs are positioned to engage the unreadable outer edge of the disc, forcing the disc against the bottom portion of the side wall and securing the disc within the cradle.
5. The cradle according to claim 1, further comprising a plurality of lobes.
6. The cradle according to claim 1, wherein the side wall is generally C-shaped.
7. The cradle according to claim 1, further comprising a ledge between the side wall and the lobe for supporting the outer edge of the disc, the ledge comprising a ramp along the front wall of the cradle.
8. A storage case for discs containing readable data comprising:
a housing;
a storage cradle pivotally mounted within the housing, the cradle comprising a base, a front wall, a rear wall, a vertically upstanding outwardly angled side wall extending from the base and at lease one lobe extending from the base whereby a slot is formed between the side wall and the lobe for storing the disc;
a tab located within the lobe adjacent the base of the cradle operable to engage the disc when placed in the slot and force the disc against the bottom portion of the side wall securing the disc within the cradle;
a rear wall; and
a vertically upstanding front wall.
9. The storage case according to claim 8, further comprising a finger tab attached to the front wall of the cradle to facilitate pivoting the cradle within the housing.
10. The storage case according to claim 9, further comprising a latch arm extending from the rear wall of the cradle, the latch arm engaging a locking tab extending from the rear wall of the housing when the cradle is pivoted in the closed position, the latch arm and locking tab creating a positive lock when the storage case is closed.
11. The storage case according to claim 10, wherein the latch arm further comprises a notch which engages the locking tab creating the positive lock when the storage case is closed.
12. The storage case according to claim 8, further comprising storage rails for storing a booklet.
13. The storage case according to claim 12, wherein the storage rails extend approximately the entire width of the housing.
14. The storage case according to claim 8, wherein the side wall of the cradle is taller than the lobe allowing easy insertion of the disc into the slot.
15. The storage case according to claim 8, wherein the angle of the side wall of the cradle is three to four degrees.
16. The storage case according to claim 8, wherein the tab located on the lobe is positioned to engage the unreadable outer edge of the disc.
17. The storage case according to claim 8, wherein the cradle further comprises a plurality of lobes.
18. The storage case according to claim 8, wherein the side wall of the cradle is generally C-shaped.
19. The storage case according to claim 8, wherein the cradle further comprises a stop notch preventing the cradle from rotating more than approximately 90° when opened.
20. The storage case according to claim 1, further comprising a ledge between the side wall and the lobe for supporting the outer edge of the disc, the ledge comprising a ramp along the front wall of the cradle preventing the disc from inadvertently rolling out of the case when the cradle is rotated to the open position.
21. A cradle for storing a disc containing readable data, comprising:
a base comprising a vertically upstanding outwardly angled side wall and at least one tab opposite the side wall, whereby a slot is formed between the side wall and the tab for storing the disc, the tab operable to engage the disc when the disc is placed in the slot for storage;
a rear wall; and
a vertically upstanding front wall.
22. The cradle according to claim 21, wherein the tabs are positioned to engage the unreadable outer edge of the disc, forcing the disc against the bottom portion of the side wall and securing the disc within the cradle.
23. The cradle according to claim 22, further comprising a plurality of tabs.
24. The cradle according to claim 24, further comprising a ledge between the side wall and the lobe for supporting the outer edge of the disc, the ledge comprising a ramp along the front wall of the cradle.
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