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1. WO1991000033 - RELEASABLE LOOP RETAINER

Publication Number WO/1991/000033
Publication Date 10.01.1991
International Application No. PCT/US1990/002876
International Filing Date 14.05.1990
Chapter 2 Demand Filed 21.01.1991
IPC
A44B 15/00 2006.01
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
44HABERDASHERY; JEWELLERY
BBUTTONS, PINS, BUCKLES, SLIDE FASTENERS, OR THE LIKE
15Key-rings
CPC
A44B 15/00
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
44HABERDASHERY; JEWELLERY
BBUTTONS, PINS, BUCKLES, SLIDE FASTENERS, OR THE LIKE
15Key-rings
Y10T 24/1379
YSECTIONAL TECHNOLOGIES SPANNING OVER SEVERAL SECTIONS OF THE IPC; TECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER USPC CROSS-REFERENCE ART COLLECTIONS [XRACs] AND DIGESTS
10TECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER USPC
TTECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER US CLASSIFICATION
24Buckles, buttons, clasps, etc.
13Article holder attachable to apparel or body
1379Key ring holder
Y10T 24/44778
YSECTIONAL TECHNOLOGIES SPANNING OVER SEVERAL SECTIONS OF THE IPC; TECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER USPC CROSS-REFERENCE ART COLLECTIONS [XRACs] AND DIGESTS
10TECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER USPC
TTECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER US CLASSIFICATION
24Buckles, buttons, clasps, etc.
44Clasp, clip, support-clamp, or required component thereof
44641having gripping member formed from, biased by, or mounted on resilient member
44769Opposed engaging faces on gripping member formed from single piece of resilient material
44778Piece totally forms clasp, clip, or support-clamp and has shaped, wirelike, or bandlike configuration with uniform cross section throughout its length
Applicants
  • STEPHENS, Albert, Lee, Jr. [US/US]; US
Inventors
  • STEPHENS, Albert, Lee, Jr.; US
Agents
  • WARD, Richard, J., Jr.; Christie, Parker & Hale 350 W. Colorado Blvd. Suite 500 Post Office Box 7068 Pasadena, CA 91109, US
Priority Data
374,28430.06.1989US
Publication Language English (EN)
Filing Language English (EN)
Designated States
Title
(EN) RELEASABLE LOOP RETAINER
(FR) BOUCLE DE RETENUE LIBERABLE
Abstract
(EN)
A holder for keys or other orificed elements comprising a helical loop (50) of a thin, rigid but resilient element having overlapping end portions (52, 54), said end portions being flattened to present faces abutting each other with at least one curved segment (60) not in the plane of the loop nesting with the curved segment of the other end portion. When the sides (62, 64) of the loop (50) adjacent the end portions (52, 54) are pressed inwardly towards each other, the curved segments (60) are caused to unnest by camming action, thereby separating the tips (66, 68) of each end portion from contact with the other end portion so that a key or other orificed element may be threaded between the end portions (52, 54) and onto or off of the loop (50). Upon release of the pressure on the sides (62, 64) of the loop (50), the end portions (52, 54) return to their nesting position and any key or other orificed element may then be moved freely around the loop (50).
(FR)
Porteur de clefs ou d'autres éléments à orifice comprenant une boucle hélicoïdale (50) réalisé à partir d'un élément fin, rigide mais élastique. Ladite boucle comprend des parties terminales (52, 54) se chevauchant et aplaties de manière à présenter des surfaces en appui l'une contre l'autre dont au moins un segment courbé (60) n'est pas situé dans le plan de la boucle s'engageant dans le segment courbé de l'autre partie terminale. Lorsque les côtés (62, 64) de la boucle (50) adjacents aux parties terminales (52, 54) se serrent l'un contre l'autre, les segments courbés (60) se dégagent par un mouvement de came. Les bouts (66, 68) de chaque partie terminale ne peuvent pas se mettre en contact avec l'autre partie terminale, une clef ou autre élément à orifice peut être enfilé entre lesdites parties terminales (52, 54) de manière à le placer sur ladite boucle (50) ou à l'enlever de celle-ci. Lors du relâchement de la pression sur les côtés (62, 64) de la boucle (50), les parties terminales (52, 54) retournent à leur position d'engagement, ce qui permet à toute clef ou autre élément à orifice de se déplacer librement sur ladite boucle (50).
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