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1. WO2010072764 - DEVICE FOR COLLECTING DROPPINGS AND DISPOSABLE CONTAINER FOR THEIR COLLECTION

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CLAIMS

1. A droppings collecting device, comprising a rod (1) and a disposable container (2) suitable to receive and contain droppings, said disposable container (2) being provided with a frame (3) connectable to one end of said rod (1) by locking means (4) arranged on the rod (1), characterized in that said disposable container (2) is self-closing and in that the rod (1) further comprises widening means (5) connectable to the frame (3) and suitable to widen the disposable container (2) and to keep it in an open configuration for the collection of droppings. 2. A device according to the previous claim, characterized in that said widening means (5) arc associated with said locking means (4) and arranged on a supporting member (6) connected at a distal end of the rod (1).

3. A device according to the previous claim, characterized in that said widening means (5) comprise at least one wedge-shaped member. 4. A device according to any of the previous claims, characterized in that said locking means (4) comprise a plurality of teeth (7) suitable to allow to lock the frame (3) of the disposable container (2).

5. A device according to claims 3 and 4, characterized in that said teeth (7) are formed in the wedge-shaped member (5). 6. A device according to any of the previous claims, characterized in that said locking means (4) further comprise a shoulder (8) arranged at the end of the supporting member (6) adjacent to the rod (1 ) and suitable to limit the movement of the frame (3) in the direction of the rod (1).

7. A device according to the previous claim, characterized in that said shoulder (8) comprises a protrusion (9) arranged on its top and suitable to limit the movement of the frame (3) in the vertical direction.

8. A device according to any of claims 2 to 7, characterized in that said supporting member (6) further comprises a plurality of ribs (10) suitable to guide the frame (3) during the locking operation and to limit its movements transversely to the rod (1).

9. A device according to any of the previous claims, characterized in that said rod (1) is of a telescopic type

10 A disposable container (2) for the collection of droppings, comprising a self-closmg frame (3) and a pair of arms (3a, 3b) connected to each other at one end and suitable to support a collecting portion (12), urging means (11) being restrained to said arms (3a, 3b) and suitable to urge them towards each other in a closed configuration in which the arms (3a, 3b) are substantially parallel to each other

11 A container according to the previous claim, characterized in that said urging means (11) are made integral with the arms (3a 3b) and m the form of a U-shaped member connecting the arms (3a, 3b) 12 A container according to the previous claim, characterized m that said arms

(3a, 3b) form an acute angle with said U-shapcd member (1 1 )

13 A container according to any of claims 10 to 12, characterized m that it is at least partially made of a biodegradable material

14 A disposable container according to any of claims 10 to 13, characterized by further comprising closing means suitable to ensure that the closed configuration of the arms (3a, 3b) of the frame (3) is maintained during the disposal of the disposable container (2)

15 A disposable container according to the previous claim, characterized in that said closing means comprise an adhesiv e strap arranged on one of the surfaces of the collecting portion (12) and suitable to be fixed to the opposite surface of the collecting portion (12) by passing over the arms (3a, 3b)

16 A disposable container according to claim 14, characterized in that said closing means comprise a plurality of protrusions (13) formed in one (3a) of the arms and a plurality of holes (14) formed in the other one (3b) of the arms and so configured as to receive and retain said protrusions (13)

17 A kit for the collection of droppings, comprising a collecting de\ice according to any of claims 1 to 9 and a plurality of disposable containers according to any of claims 10 to 16