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Collapsible storage apparatus for vehicle cargo compartments

Imported: 24 Feb '17 | Published: 06 Jan '04

Thomas F. J. Gehring, Dejan Havidic, Ireneusz Jankowski, Brian Flaman

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

Apparatus for storing items within vehicle compartments that can be manipulated into an operative position and a closed position with a single hand are provided. Apparatus includes an elongate planar panel pivotally attached to a vehicle floor and movable between a stored position in face-to-face contacting relation with the floor and an operative position in spaced-apart, face-to-face relation with the floor such that the panel can serve the function of a table and/or shelf.

Description

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a collapsible storage apparatus for storing items within a vehicle compartment, according to embodiments of the present invention.

FIG. 2 is a perspective view of a collapsible storage apparatus for storing items within a vehicle compartment, according to other embodiments of the present invention.

FIG. 3 is a perspective view of a collapsible storage apparatus for storing items within a vehicle compartment, according to other embodiments of the present invention.

FIG. 4 is a perspective view of a collapsible storage apparatus for storing items within a vehicle compartment, according to other embodiments of the present invention.

FIGS. 5A-5B are perspective views of a collapsible storage apparatus for storing items within a vehicle compartment, according to other embodiments of the present invention, wherein FIG. 5A illustrates the apparatus in a closed position and FIG. 5B illustrates the apparatus in an open position.

FIGS. 6A-6B are side views of the apparatus of FIGS. 5A-5B illustrating a locking member configured to releasably secure the movable panel in an open position, wherein FIG. 6A illustrates the locking member in a locked position so as to prevent movement of the panel towards the base, and wherein FIG. 6B illustrates a force being applied to the second ends of the first and second arms to cause the locking member to allow the panel to move towards the base to a closed position.

FIGS. 7A-7B are perspective views of a collapsible storage apparatus for storing items within a vehicle compartment, according to other embodiments of the present invention, wherein FIG. 7A illustrates the apparatus in a closed position and FIG. 7B illustrates the apparatus in an open position.

FIGS. 8A-8B are perspective views of a collapsible storage apparatus for storing items within a vehicle compartment, according to other embodiments of the present invention, wherein FIG. 8A illustrates the apparatus in a closed position and FIG. 8B illustrates the apparatus in an open position.

FIG. 9 is a perspective view of a collapsible storage apparatus for storing items within a vehicle compartment, according to additional embodiments of the present invention.

FIG. 10A is a perspective view of a collapsible storage apparatus for storing items within a vehicle compartment, according to additional embodiments of the present invention.

FIG. 10B is a side view of the collapsible storage apparatus of FIG.

10A.

FIG. 11A is a perspective view of a collapsible storage apparatus for storing items within a vehicle compartment, according to additional embodiments of the present invention.

FIG. 11B is a side view of the collapsible storage apparatus of FIG.

11A.

FIGS. 12A-12B,

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13B,

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14B, and

15 illustrate collapsible storage apparatus according to other embodiments of the present invention.

Claims

1. An apparatus for storing items within a vehicle compartment, wherein the vehicle compartment includes a floor, the apparatus comprising:

2. The apparatus of claim 1, wherein a floor covering is disposed on the floor and wherein the floor covering is disposed on the panel.

3. A vehicle, comprising:

4. The vehicle of claim 3, wherein a floor covering is disposed on the floor and wherein the floor covering is disposed on the panel.