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1. (WO1998051187) HOOK-SHAPED ARRANGEMENT
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TITLE OF THE INVENTION: Hook-shaped arrangement

FIELD OF INVENTION

The present invention relates to a hook-shaped arrangement and more particularly to a hook-shaped arrangement that comprises a main part, a hook-shaped device integral with said main part, and a holding device which is either integral with or attached to said main part.

The hook-shaped device is formed at one end of the main part and is adapted so that although it can be easily affixed to an object, it can only be removed from said object with difficulty, whereas the holding device is either formed integrally with or is attachable to the other end of the main part of said device and is adapted to be readily applied to a holding means so as to be readily fastened to and readily removed therefrom.

The present invention is primarily intended for use with an object, such as an identity card, and the holding means may comprise a chosen part of a person's clothing, such as the edge of a breast pocket.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Several different kinds of such hook-shaped object holding arrangements that have a use-appropriate design are known to the art .

For instance, it is known to hang pictures, paintings, on walls with the aid of a picture hook where the holding device is comprised of a hole and a nail and where the hook-shaped device includes an angle of 180° or slightly less.

It is also known to provide a separate unit which functions to prevent the picture cord leaving the hook-shaped device unintentionally.

Swedish Design Application 96-1094, registration number 60984, 30 April 1997, describes a hook-shaped arrangement adapted for such application. In this case, the hook-shaped arrangement is comprised of a part which is partly circular in cross-section and which includes an angle of arc of slightly less than 360°.

This Design Application also discloses that the centre of said curved part is positioned in, or at least substantially in, a plane that extends through a central plane of the main part.

The device also includes a suitable slot between the free end of the curved part and said main part, while the free end of the curved part is angled away from said main part.

It is also evident from the Design Application that the main part has the same thickness as the curved part.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

TECHNICAL PROBLEMS

When taking into consideration the technical deliberations that a person skilled in this particular art must undertake in order to provide a solution to one or more technical problems that he/she encounters, it will be seen that on the one hand it is necessary initially to realise the measures and/or the sequence of measures that must be undertaken to this end, and on the other hand to realise which means is/are required in solving one or more of said problems. On this basis, it will be evident that the technical problems listed below are highly relevant to the development of the present invention.

When considering the present state of the art as described above, it will be seen that in respect of a hook-shaped arrangement of the aforedescribed kind, a technical problem resides in the ability to create constructive conditions which will enable the hook-shaped device to be produced readily by means of a moulding process or like process in a two-part matrix and thereafter adapt said device such that whilst it can be easily applied to an object and therewith secure said object firmly, it can only be removed therefrom with difficulty.

Another technical problem is one of enabling said hook-shaped arrangement to be produced from a suitable and durable plastic material, and to adapt said hook-shaped device so that it can be caused to co-act readily with an identity card or like object with the main part of the hook-shaped device and said identity card being in specific alignment with one another.

Another technical problem is one of providing such a device that will ensure that the main part and the identity card will be positioned closely adjacent one another.

In this respect, a further technical problem is one of designing the hook-shaped device such that when a slotted identity card is caused to co-act with the hook-shaped device, it will only be possible to remove the identity card from said device after having turned the identity card about a horizontal rotational axis through an angle of 180° from its normal suspended position and into abutment with said main part, without needing to manipulate the hook-shaped device.

It will also be seen that a technical problem resides in configuring the hook-shaped device in relation to a slotted identity card co-acting therewith such that this mutual co-action will remain intact in each other position of rotation between the identity card and the hook-shaped device or the main part of said device.

It will also be seen that a technical problem resides in pro-viding a hook-shaped device to which a chosen slotted identity card can be readily attached in co-action with said hook-shaped device.

It will also be seen that a technical problem resides in rea-using the significance of and the advantages associated with allowing the centre of a curved tongue on the hook-shaped device to be position in, or essentially in, a plane that coincides with a plane on one of the side surfaces of said main part.

Another technical problem is one of realising the significance of and the advantages associated with allowing the free end of said tongue to extend in, or essentially in, a plane that coincides with a plane on that side surface of said main part which lies opposite to said one side surface of said main part.

It will also be seen that a technical problem is one of realising the significance of allowing the angle of arc of the cir-cular tongue to be greater than 300° but smaller than 340°.

Another technical problem is one of realising the significance of giving the tongue a thickness that is half the thickness, or essentially half the thickness, of the main part.

It will also be seen that a technical problem is one of realising the significance of and the advantages afforded by providing or forming on one end of the main part a projection that faces towards said tongue and that is positioned close to the side surface of said main part that lies opposite said one side surface of said main part and that is positioned in the region between said opposing side surfaces.

Another technical problem is one of realising the significance of positioning the centre of said curved tongue on one side of a plane on one of the side surfaces of said main part and extending from said plane on that side surface of the main part which lies opposite to said one side surface of said main part.

Another technical problem is one of realising the significance of providing said main part in the proximity of said other end with one or two circular, barbed projections that will enable the hook-shaped device to be secured firmly to a holding means and rotated relative thereto when necessary.

In the case of a first type of projection, a technical problem resides in realising the significance of providing said projection on one side surface of said main part and adapting said projection for a first type of holding means, such as a suspenders clip.

Another technical problem is one of realising the significance of providing a second type of projection on that side surface of the main part which lies opposite said one side surface of said main part and which is adapted for co-action with another type of holding means, such as a crocodile clip.

It will also be seen that another technical problem is one of realising the significance of and the advantages afforded by providing conditions in which the diameter of the curved tongue is equal to the thickness of the tongue and is slightly less than the distance from an outer edge of an identity card to the slotted defining edge of said card opposite to said outer edge.

Another technical problem is one of realising the significance of and the advantages associated with producing said main part and said hook-shaped, tongue-like device from a plastic material, such as polycarbonate, such that said main part and said hook-shaped device can be produced in a two-part matrix, by means of an extrusion process or like process.

Another technical problem is one of realising the significance of and the advantages that are afforded by allowing the free end of the tongue to present a bevelled or rounded surface to one of the side surfaces of said main part.

SOLUTION

The present invention is based on a hook-shaped arrangement of the kind described in the introduction.

With the intention of solving one or more of the aforesaid technical problems, it is particularly proposed that a hook-shaped device shall comprise a tongue which is partly circular in cross-section, or at least essentially partly circular, having an angle of arc that is slightly less than 360°, and that the centre of the curved tongue is located in, or essen-tially in, a plane that is orientated to coincide with a plane on one side surface of said main part, and that the free end of the tongue extends in, or at least essentially in, a plane that is orientated to coincide with a plane on that side surface of the main part which lies opposite to said one side surface of said main part.

In respect of further embodiments that lie within the scope of the inventive concept, it is proposed that the angle of arc of the circular tongue is greater than 360° and less than 340°.

It is also proposed that the tongue will have a thickness which is half the thickness, or at least essentially half the thickness, of the main part.

It is also proposed that the tongue will have a width which is equal to or at least essentially equal to the width of the main part, and that the width chosen will be slightly smaller than the length of a slot provided in an identity card in the proximity of an outer edge-part of said card.

It is also proposed in accordance with the invention that one end of the main part of said device will include a projection that faces towards said tongue and that is located adjacent that side surface of said main part which lies opposite to said one side surface of the main part and located between said opposing side surfaces.

It is also proposed that the centre of said curved tongue will be located on one side of a plane on one side surface of the main part of the device and in a direction from said plane located on the side surface of said main part that lies opposite said one of said main-part side surfaces.

In this regard, it is proposed that the angle of arc contained by said circular, curved tongue section is greater than 320° and smaller than 350°.

It is also proposed in accordance with the invention that the second end of the main part shall include one or more circular, barbed projections which will enable the hook-shaped device to be secured firmly to a holding means and rotated in relation thereto when necessary.

According to one embodiment of the invention, one side surface of the main part includes a first type of projection by means of which the hook-shaped device can be firmly secured to a first type of holding means, such as a suspender clip.

That side surface of the main part opposite to said one side surface of said main part will conveniently include a second type of projection which enables the hook-shaped device to be secured firmly to a second type of holding means, such as a crocodile clip.

The diameter of the curved tongue and the thickness of the tongue will conveniently be less than the distance from one outer edge of the identity card to a slotted card-delimiting edge facing towards said outer edge.

The main part and the hook-shaped device belonging to said hook-shaped device may conveniently be made of a plastic material, and then particularly a polycarbonate material.

The free end of the tongue will preferably have a bevelled or rounded surface that faces towards said one side surface of said main part.

ADVANTAGES

Those advantages primarily afforded by an inventive hook-shaped arrangement are found in the provision of conditions whereby the main part and a hook-shaped device formed integrally therewith can be produced in a simple manner and so that said device can be readily attached to an object with the hook-shaped device and said object in chosen relative positions, wherewith, when applied, the hook-shaped device will hold the object securely, i.e. an identity card and can only be removed from said holding means with difficulty. One edge of the identity card can be easily inserted into the hook-shaped device, by allowing the slot in said card to pass around the part-circular tongue. With the card secured in this way, the card can only be removed by rotating the card to a position parallel with and close to said one side surface of the main part.

Manufacture of the hook-shaped arrangement from a plastic material, preferably a polycarbonate material, will ensure durable and positive co-action between the hook-shaped device and the identity card.

The primary characteristic features of an inventive hook-shaped arrangement are set forth in the characterising clause of the following Claim 1.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

So that the invention will be more readily understood and fur-ther features thereof made apparent, the invention will now be described in more detail with reference to embodiments at present preferred and also with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which

Fig. 1 is a perspective illustration of a hook-shaped
arrangement with its hook-shaped device shown in coaction with an identity card and with a main part of said arrangement shown in co-action with a holding
means in the form of a crocodile clip;

Fig. 2 is a side view of a hook-shaped device, immediately after being moulded in a two-part matrix;

Fig. 3 is a sectional side view of the hook-shaped device
and shows said device in co-action with a slotted
identity card;

Fig. 4 is a side view of a first type of projection adapted to hold a braces or suspenders clip;

Fig. 5 is a side view of a second type of projection adapted to hold a crocodile clip;

Fig. 6 is a slightly enlarged side view of an alternative
embodiment of the hook-shaped device in Fig. 3;

Fig. 7 is a perspective view of a known braces clip, shown in an open state; and Fig. 8 is a perspective view of a known crocodile clip, in a closed state.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF EMBODIMENTS AT PRESENT PREFERRED

Fig. 1 is a perspective view of a hook-shaped arrangement 1 which includes a main part la, a hook-shaped device lb integral with said main part and a holding means 2 attached to the main part.

The hook-shaped device lb is formed at one end la' of the main part la and is adapted to firmly hold an object, such as the identity card 3 shown in Fig. 1, while being not readily remo-vable from said object.

The holding means 2 can be attached to the other end la' ' of the main part la and functions to secure the device to a holding means 4, such as part of a wearer's clothing. This hol-ding means 4 is only indicated in Fig. 1.

Fig. 2 is a side view which shows one end la' of the main part la and the shape of the hook-shaped device lb immediately after its manufacture. The hook-shaped device lb and the main part la are moulded from a plastic material in a two-part matrix. As will be seen from Fig. 2, the hook-shaped device lb includes a tongue 5 whose free end 5a is divergent in relation to the main part la, said tongue 5 being brought to the state shown in Fig. 3 by subsequent cooling of said tongue.

Fig. 2 is intended to show that cooling of a plastic component will result in a shape change that can be utilised in accordance with the present invention.

Regardless of the measures taken, the end product, shown in Fig. 3, shall present a very small gap 5a' between the free end 5a and a region 8a of the main part of said device, this region being flat in the illustrated case.

There is nothing to prevent the free end 5a being pressed resiliently towards or against the region 8a.

The term "tongue" as used in this document is meant to illustrate that the hook-shaped device lb has a thickness which is smaller than the thickness of the main part la.

The hook-shaped device lb is comprised of a circular-arcuate part 5c that has an inner surface 5b which includes an angle of arc "a" and a straight, free end 5a. The length of the free end 5a corresponds to, or at least essentially to, the diameter of the arcuate part 5c. The end 5a will preferably be slightly longer than said diameter.

Fig. 3 shows the main part la and the hook-shaped device lb in a final state in which a slot 6 or like aperture is formed at the terminating part of the free end 5a. The tip of the free end 5a is rounded or bevelled at 5d so as to define the slot 6.

When attaching an identity card to the hook-shaped device lb, the edge 3a of said card is caused to connect with the slot 6, so that the card 3 takes a position immediately adjacent to or against the surface 8 of the main part la, therewith enabling the edge 3a to be inserted into the interior of the hook-shaped device lb and the rounded or bevelled tip 5d to pass through a slot 5a', so that the hook-shaped device lb and the identity card 3 are able to take the position shown in Fig. 3, this position corresponding to that shown in Fig. 1.

This enables the hook-shaped device lb to co-act readily with the slot 3b in the card 3.

The hook-shaped device lb has the form of a tongue 5 which is partly circular, or at least essentially part-circular, in cross-section .

The expression "partly circular" shall be understood as meaning a circular section 5c that does not form a closed circle but that has an angle of arc which is smaller than 360° and/or that the section 5c has a cross-sectional shape that deviates slightly from a circular shape.

The circular part 5c of the tongue 5 shall then have an angle of arc (a) that is only slightly smaller than 360° in practice.

A centre 5' on the circular part 5c lies in, or at least essentially in, a plane "A" that is able to coincide with a plane "A'" that lies on and coincides with one of the side surfaces 7 of the main part la, and the free end 5a of the tongue 5 extends in, or at least essentially in, a plane "B" that is able to coincide with a plane "B'" which lies in and coincides with the side surface 8 of the main part la that lies opposite said one surface 7 of the two opposing side surfaces 7, 8 of the main part.

This definition may, more specifically, be taken to mean a surface 5a' ' of the free end 5a that defines the gap 5a' .

The angle of arc of the circular arc 5c is greater than 300° and smaller than 340°, with the inner circular surface 5b of the hook-shaped device lb being able to touch the plane "B", i.e. to be tangential to said plane.

As will be evident from Figs. 2 and 3, the tongue 5 has a thickness which is half the thickness, or at least essentially half the thickness, of the main part la.

As will clearly be seen from Fig. 1, the width of the tongue 5 is equal to, or at least essentially equal to, the width of the main part la.

The end region la' of the main part la is provided with or shaped as a projection 9 which faces towards the tongue 5 and orientated close to the side surface 8 of said main part la, this surface being opposite to said one side surface 7 of said main part and orientated between said mutually opposing side surface 7, 8.

The cross-sectional shape of the projection 9 is obtained by allowing the circular surface 5b of the tongue 5 to pass beyond the main part la such as to form a projection whose tip 9a is located within the region located between the surfaces 5b and 5a' ' .

The main part la is formed with one or two circular projections 10, 11 at its other end la' ' . The circular projection is/are provided with four uniformly distributed barbs 10a, 11a and can be affixed to a holding means 2 of known construction and rotated relative thereto when necessary.

Fig. 4 shows a first type of projection 10 on one side surface 8 of the main part la, this projection being adapted for co-action with a first type of holding means 2, such as a braces clip shown more clearly in Fig. 7.

Fig. 5 shows a second type of projection 11 provided on the side surface 7 of the main part la opposite to said side sur-face 8, this projection being adapted for co-action with a second type of holding means 2, such as a crocodile clip, shown more clearly in Fig. 1.

Returning to Fig. 3, it will be seen that with the intention of achieving positive and safe co-action between the hook- shaped device lb and the identity card 3, the inner diameter of the curved tongue (i.e. the circular surface 5b) and the thickness (b' ) of the tongue 5 are slightly smaller than the distance "b" from one outer edge 3a of the card 2 to a slot defining edge 3b' of said card facing towards said outer edge 3a.

The main part la and the hook-shaped device lb of said device are made of a plastic material, preferably a polycarbonate material .

The free end of the tongue is bevelled or rounded 5d towards the side surface 8 of the main part, so as to define said slot 6.

Fig. 6 illustrates an alternative embodiment where the centre 5 ' of the curved tongue 5 is located on one side of a plane

"A" that coincides with a plane "A'", e.g. the side surface 7 of the main part la, and, in a direction away from the plane "B", is orientated to coincide with a plane, e.g. the side surface 8 of the main part.

This lateral offset between the centres 5' shown in Figs. 2 and 6 shall normally be smaller than 25% of the diameter of the surface 5b.

The angle of arc of the curved tongue 5 and its circular surface 5b is greater than 320° and smaller than 350°.

In the Fig. 1 illustration, the holding means 2 has the form of a known crocodile clip that includes spring-loaded jaws 2a, 2b and an intermediate rotary axle 2c. The jaw 2b is attached to the other end la' ' of the main part la in a known manner.

Fig. 7 illustrates the use of a braces or suspender clip 2' with the jaws 2a' and 2b' being shown in an open position. An intermediate rotary shaft 2c' is also used in this case.

The jaw 2a' can be moved to a closed position, by means of a wing-shaped means 2d.

Fig. 8 illustrates an alternative embodiment of a crocodile clip having jaws 2a, 2b, of which the jaw 2b is attached to the other end la' ' of the main part la in a known manner.

It will be understood that the invention is not restricted to the aforedescribed and illustrated exemplifying embodiments thereof and that modifications can be made within the scope of the following Claims.