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1. WO2011033317 - UMBRELLA FOLDING UPWARD AND INSIDE OUT

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Claims

1 . A foldaway umbrella moveable between an open configuration and a closed configuration, said umbrella comprising:

f) a central spine;

g) an upper crown moveable with respect to the central spine;

h) a lower crown fixed with respect to the central spine;

i) a collapsible canopy framework connected to the upper crown and the lower crown; and

j) a main canopy covering the collapsible canopy framework said main canopy having an inside face closest to the collapsible canopy framework and an outside face remote from the collapsible canopy framework;

wherein movement of the upper crown from a position remote of the lower crown to a position close to the lower crown results in the collapsible canopy framework, and thus the main canopy, to move from the open configuration to the closed configuration wherein the main canopy is folded inside out such that only the inside face of the main canopy is exposed and vice versa.

2. A foldaway umbrella as claimed in Claim 1 wherein the central spine comprises an outermost section and an inner section, the inner section movable inside the outermost section.

3. A foldaway umbrella as claimed in Claim 2 wherein the lower crown is fixed to the outermost section of the central spine and the upper crown is moveable with respect to the outermost section of the central spine.

4. A foldaway umbrella as claimed in Claim 3 wherein movement of the inner section of the central spine out of the outermost section of the central spine results in the movement of the upper crown from a position close to the lower crown to a position remote from the lower crown.

5. A foldaway umbrella as claimed in Claim 4 wherein the inner section of the central spine is connected to the upper crown by a string and pulley system.

6. A foldaway umbrella as claimed in any preceding claim wherein the upper crown comprises an upper section and a lower section.

7. A foldaway umbrella as claimed in Claim 6 wherein the upper section of the upper crown is movable with respect to the lower section of the upper crown.

8. A foldaway umbrella as claimed in Claim 6 or Claim 7 wherein the upper section of the upper crown is connected to the lower section of the upper crown with a connecting member.

9. A foldaway umbrella as claimed in any preceding claim further comprising a compression spring to move the upper crown from a position remote of the lower crown to a position close to the lower crown.

10. A foldaway umbrella substantially as herein before described with reference to and as illustrated in any combination of the accompanying figures.