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1. WO2020117648 - SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SUPPORTING AND DISPLAYING ELONGATE UTENSILS

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WHAT IS CLAIMED IS:

1. A display system for supporting a plurality of elongate utensils, said display system comprising:

a base defining a flat base surface and a longitudinal axis normal to the base surface;

an outer shell comprising an outer body coupled to said base and extending longitudinally therefrom, said outer body defining a plurality of outer openings extending therethrough and each sized to slidably receive therethrough an elongate utensil; and

an inner shell comprising an inner body coupled to said base, said inner body spaced apart from and at least partially contained within said outer shell, said inner body defining a plurality of inner openings each aligned with a corresponding one of the outer openings along a respective insertion axis of a plurality of insertion axes and sized to slidably receive the elongate utensil, wherein the plurality of insertion axes are oriented at a plurality of different angles relative to the longitudinal axis.

2. The system of Claim 1, wherein one of said base and said outer shell comprises an arm extending longitudinally towards the other of said base and said outer shell, said inner body defining a first channel sized to slidably receive said arm to facilitate slidably coupling said inner shell to said one of said base and said outer shell.

3. The system of Claim 2, wherein said base comprises said arm, and said outer body defines a second channel sized to slidably receive said arm to facilitate slidably coupling said outer shell to said base.

4. The system of Claim 2, wherein said arm defines an arm channel sized to slidably receive a third elongate utensil of said plurality of elongate utensils along a third insertion axis.

5. The system of Claim 2, further comprising a setting platform for positioning on a support surface, said setting platform defining a recess sized to receive said base, wherein said outer shell comprises said arm, and said arm comprises a locking tab configured to engage said setting platform.

6. The system of Claim 1 further comprising a setting platform for positioning on a support surface, said setting platform defining a recess sized to receive said base such that said outer shell extends longitudinally above the recess.

7. The system of Claim 6, wherein said base comprises an exterior sidewall extending longitudinally and defining a perimeter of said base, wherein said setting platform comprises an interior sidewall that defines said recess and is shaped complementary to said exterior sidewall.

8. The system of Claim 1, wherein said inner body comprises an inner surface and an outer surface, said base comprising a longitudinally extending ridge sized to engage one of said inner surface and said outer surface to inhibit lateral movement of said inner shell relative to said base.

9. The system of Claim 1, wherein said inner shell is contained entirely within said outer shell.

10. The system of Claim 9, wherein said inner body is shaped geometrically similar to said outer body.

11. The system of Claim 1, wherein at least one of said outer shell and said inner shell are shaped as a semi-ellipsoid.

12. The system of Claim 1, wherein said inner shell defines a plurality of opening clusters, each cluster of the plurality of opening clusters defines one of the inner openings of the plurality of inner openings.

13. A display system for supporting a plurality of elongate utensils, said display system comprising:

a base defining a flat base surface and a longitudinal axis normal to the base surface;

an outer shell comprising an outer body coupled to said base and extending longitudinally therefrom, said outer body defining a first outer opening extending therethrough and sized to slidably receive therethrough a first elongate utensil of the plurality of elongate utensils along a first insertion axis and a second outer opening sized to slidably receive a second elongate utensil of the plurality of elongate utensils along a second insertion axis; and

an inner shell comprising an inner body coupled to said base, said inner body spaced apart from and at least partially contained within said outer shell, said inner body defining a first inner opening aligned with the first outer opening along the first insertion axis and sized to slidably receive the first elongate utensil, said inner shell further comprising a second inner opening aligned with the second outer opening along the second insertion axis and sized to slidably receive the second elongate utensil, wherein the first insertion axis is oriented at a first angle relative to the longitudinal axis and the second insertion axis is oriented at a second, different angle relative to the longitudinal axis.

14. The display system of Claim 13, wherein the first angle is between 80 degrees and 30 degrees and the second angle is between 40 degrees and 0 degrees.

15. The display system of Claim 13, wherein one of said base and said outer shell comprises an arm extending longitudinally towards the other of said base and said outer shell, said inner body defining a first channel sized to slidably receive said arm to facilitate slidably coupling said inner shell to said one of said base and said outer shell.

16. The display system of Claim 15, wherein said base comprises said arm, and said outer body defines a second channel sized to slidably receive said arm to facilitate slidably coupling said outer shell to said base.

17. The display system of Claim 15, wherein said arm defines an arm channel sized to slidably receive a third elongate utensil of said plurality of elongate utensils along a third insertion axis.

18. The display system of Claim 13, further comprising a setting platform for positioning on a support surface, said setting platform defining a recess sized to receive said base such that said outer shell extends longitudinally above the recess, wherein said base comprises an exterior sidewall extending longitudinally and defining a perimeter of said base, wherein said setting platform comprises an interior sidewall that defines said recess and is shaped complementary to said exterior sidewall.

19. The display system of Claim 13, wherein said inner body comprises an inner surface and an outer surface, said base comprising a longitudinally extending ridge sized to engage one of said inner surface and said outer surface to inhibit lateral movement of said inner shell relative to said base.

20. A method of assembling a display system for supporting a plurality of elongate utensils, the method comprising:

coupling, to a base, an inner shell including an inner body defining a first inner opening sized to slidably receive a first elongate utensil of the plurality of elongate utensils therethrough along a first insertion axis, the inner body further defining a second inner opening sized to slidably receive a second elongate utensil of the plurality of elongate utensils therethrough along a second insertion axis, the base defining a flat base surface and a longitudinal axis normal to the base surface; and

coupling, to the base, an outer shell including an outer body, the outer body defining a first outer opening extending through the outer body and sized to slidably receive the first elongate utensil therethrough along the first insertion axis, the outer body further defining a second outer opening sized to slidably receive the second elongate utensil therethrough along the second insertion axis, wherein the inner shell is spaced apart from and at least partially contained within the outer shell, the outer shell oriented on the base such that the first inner opening is aligned with the first outer opening along the first insertion axis and the second inner opening is aligned with the second outer opening along the second insertion axis, wherein the first insertion axis is oriented at a first angle relative to the longitudinal axis and the second insertion axis is oriented at a second, different angle relative to the longitudinal axis.