Title:
Cigarette smoker's accessory
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A smoker's accessory comprising a cigarette case for removable receipt of a pack of cigarettes, the case comprising an open-topped ovular cylinder attached to a side, a recession and pen well for a pen, and a custom pen with removable cap. The invention further comprises a more basic example that clips to a cigarette pack. Flame retardant material provides for lighting a cigarette without removal of components of the invention.



Inventors:
Molloy, Lloyd T. (Porthill, ID, US)
Application Number:
11/289949
Publication Date:
06/21/2007
Filing Date:
12/01/2005
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
206/223
International Classes:
A24F13/02
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Primary Examiner:
NGUYEN, PHU HOANG
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
CROSSLEY PATENT LAW (236 South Third Street #287, MONTROSE, CO, 81401, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A smoker's accessory, in combination, comprising: an open-topped ovular cylinder, the cylinder having two opposite long sides and two opposite short sides; a disposable lighter removably fitted within the cylinder; a clip on one short side of the cylinder, the clip comprising: a riser protruding from the top of the cylinder; a bend at a top of the riser; a descending fastener extended from the bend, whereby the fastener clips to a cigarette pack; a reinforcement between the clip and the cylinder; an indention between the cylinder and the reinforcement; a pen well at a bottom of the indention; a pen, the pen removably inserts within the pen well, the pen having a pen body, a top end and a bottom end.

2. The invention in claim 1 wherein the top end of the pen further comprises a removable cap.

3. The invention in claim 2 wherein the removable pen cap further comprises a nipple.

4. The invention in claim 2 wherein the bottom end of the pin comprises a cap plug for removable receipt of the pen cap.

5. The invention in claim 1 wherein the pen well and the indention provide an interference fit for the removably held pen.

6. The invention in claim 2 wherein the pen well and the indention provide an interference fit for the removably held pen.

7. The invention in claim 3 wherein the pen well and the indention provide an interference fit for the removably held pen.

8. The invention in claim 4 wherein the pen well and the indention provide an interference fit for the removably held pen.

9. A smoker's accessory, in combination, comprising: a parallelepiped case, the case for removably housing a pack of cigarettes, the case having a bottom, two spaced apart sides, and two spaced apart ends; an open-topped ovular cylinder affixed to one end of the case, the cylinder having two opposite long sides and two opposite short sides; a reinforcement between the case and the cylinder; a disposable lighter removably fitted within the cylinder; an indention between the cylinder and the reinforcement; a pen well at a bottom of the indention; a pen, the pen removably inserts within the pen well, the pen having a pen body, a top end and a bottom end.

10. The invention in claim 9 wherein the case further comprises a hinged lid.

11. The invention in claim 9 wherein the case further comprises two hinged lids.

12. The invention in claim 11 wherein the hinged lids are comprised of one small lid adjacent to one large lid.

13. The invention in claim 12 wherein the top end of the pen further comprises a removable cap.

14. The invention in claim 13 wherein the removable pen cap further comprises a nipple.

15. The invention in claim 13 wherein the bottom end of the pin comprises a cap plug for removable receipt of the pen cap.

16. The invention in claim 13 wherein the pen well and the indention provide an interference fit for the removably held pen.

17. The invention in claim 14 wherein the pen well and the indention provide an interference fit for the removably held pen.

18. The invention in claim 15 wherein the pen well and the indention provide an interference fit for the removably held pen.

19. A smoker's accessory, in combination, comprising: a parallelepiped case, the case for removably housing a pack of cigarettes, the case having a bottom, two spaced apart sides, and two spaced apart ends; an open-topped ovular cylinder affixed to one end of the case, the cylinder having two opposite long sides and two opposite short sides; a disposable lighter removably fitted within the cylinder; a reinforcement between the case and the cylinder; an indention between the cylinder and the reinforcement; a pen well at a bottom of the indention; the case, cylinder, reinforcement, indention, and pen well comprised of a fire retardant material; a pen, the pen having a pen body, a top end, and a bottom end; a removable cap for the pen; a nipple on a top of the removable cap; a cap plug on the bottom end of the pen, the cap plug for removable receipt of the pen cap; whereby the indention and the pen well form a resistance fit for the removable retention of the pen; a pair of hinged lids attached to a top of the case, one lid larger than the other.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Accessories for the cigarette smoker have been prevalent in many forms for years. Each accessory previously offered has it own unique features and advantages. Still, with the number of smokers on the planet, further unique smoking accessories are welcomed. The separation of cigarettes from their lighter is a concern for cigarette smokers. The designs of various means of combining cigarettes in proximity to a lighter have yet to offer the advantages offered by the present invention. Additionally, alternative embodiments of the present invention offer more than one solution to the above problem, while at the same time offering other desirable features.

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The invention relates to cigarettes and cigarette lighters and more specifically to a cigarette smoker's accessory that comprises a cigarette case with lighter and pen.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The general purpose of the cigarette smoker's accessory, described subsequently in greater detail, is to provide a cigarette smoker's accessory which has many novel features that result in an improved cigarette smoker's accessory which is not anticipated, rendered obvious, suggested, or even implied by prior art, either alone or in combination thereof.

To accomplish this, the invention comprises a four-in-one case that stores and protects a pack of cigarettes, a lighter, and a pen. The invention comprises a durable, heat-resistant plastic that is sized to house a standard pack of cigarettes. The case opens at the top to accommodate cigarettes packaged in a hard pack. the invention, in another example, features a split, hinged lid for soft pack cigarettes. The side of the case features an ovular cylinder that is sized to accommodate a standard disposable lighter. Such disposable lighters are well known in the art. An indentation in the lighter cylinder provides for removable storage of a specialized ball point pen. An alternate example of the invention does not include the full cigarette case.

The alternate example features a metal clip that provides for the lighter cylinder to be removably attached to any cigarette package, pocket, or other object.

The invention prevents separation of cigarettes and lighter, while also providing the usefulness of the specialized pen. The specialized pen is comparatively short and features a removable top that pushes onto the bottom of the pen for greater length and comfort in pen use. Additionally, both examples of the invention feature flame retardant components, excluding the pen and lighter, so that a cigarette can be lit without any disassembly of the combined components.

Thus has been broadly outlined the more important features of the cigarette smoker's accessory so that the detailed description thereof that follows may be better understood and in order that the present contribution to the art may be better appreciated.

Numerous objects, features and advantages of the cigarette smoker's accessory will be readily apparent to those of ordinary skill in the art upon reading the following detailed description of presently preferred, but nonetheless illustrative, examples of the cigarette smoker's accessory when taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings. In this respect, before explaining the current examples of the cigarette smoker's accessory in detail, it is to be understood that the invention is not limited in its application to the details of construction and arrangements of the components set forth in the following description or illustration. The invention is capable of other examples and of being practiced and carried out in various ways. It is also to be understood that the phraseology and terminology employed herein are for purposes of description and should not be regarded as limiting.

Those skilled in the art will appreciate that the conception upon which this disclosure is based may readily be utilized as a basis for the design of other structures, methods and systems for carrying out the several purposes of the cigarette smoker's accessory. It is therefore important that the claims be regarded as including such equivalent constructions insofar as they do not depart from the spirit and scope of the present invention.

Objects of the cigarette smoker's accessory, along with various novel features that characterize the invention are particularly pointed out in the claims forming a part of this disclosure. For better understanding of the cigarette smoker's accessory, its operating advantages and specific objects attained by its uses, refer to the accompanying drawings and description.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the more basic example of the invention, without the disposable lighter.

FIG. 2 is an end elevation of the invention of FIG. 1, including the disposable lighter.

FIG. 3 is a side elevation of the invention of FIGS. 1 and 2.

FIG. 4 is a perspective view of the preferred example of the invention.

FIG. 5 is a side elevation of the invention of FIG. 4.

FIG. 6 is a perspective view of an example of the invention, with cigarette pack case, that features a full case lid, the example without the pen and lighter.

FIG. 7 is a front elevation of the invention of FIG. 6, including the lighter and pen.

FIG. 8 is a perspective view of the pen of the invention, with cap removed from the top end of the pen.

FIG. 9 is a perspective view of the pen of the invention, the cap fitted onto the bottom end of the pen.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

With reference now to the drawings, and in particular FIGS. 1 through 9 thereof, example of the cigarette smoker's accessory employing the principles and concepts of the present invention and generally designated by the reference number 10 will be described.

Referring first to FIGS. 4-7, the preferred example of the invention 10 comprises, in combination, a parallelepiped case 40, a cylinder 12, a pen 30, and a disposable lighter 60. The preferred example of the case 40 comprises a large lid 44 and a small lid 42. An additional example of the case 40 comprises one full lid 46. The case 40 removably houses a pack of cigarettes 70. The case 40 has a bottom, two spaced apart sides, and two spaced apart ends. An open-topped ovular cylinder 12 is affixed to one end of the case 40. The cylinder 12 has two opposite long sides and two opposite short sides. The disposable lighter 60 is removably fitted within the cylinder 12. The reinforcement 13 is between the case 40 and the cylinder 12. The indention 14 is between the cylinder 12 and the reinforcement 13. The pen well 16 is disposed at the bottom of the indention 14. The case 40, cylinder 12, reinforcement 13, indention 14, and pen well 16 are preferably comprised of a fire retardant material. The pen 30 removably fits within the indention 14 and pen well 16 via an interference fit. The pen 30 has a pen body 32, a top end, and a bottom end. The removable cap 34 for the pen has a nipple 36 on top of the cap 34. The nipple 36 provides for improved grip of the cap 34.

Referring to FIGS. 1, 2, and 3, the alternate more basic example of the invention 10 comprises a smoker's accessory, in combination, an open-topped ovular cylinder 12. The cylinder 12 has two opposite long sides and two opposite short sides. The disposable lighter 60 is removably fitted within the cylinder 12. The clip 18 is disposed on one short side of the cylinder 12. The clip 18 comprises a riser 20 protruding from the top of the cylinder 12. A bend 22 is disposed at the top of the riser 20. The descending fastener 24 extends downwardly from the bend 22. The clip 18 thereby clips to a cigarette pack 80 of cigarettes 70. The reinforcement 13 is disposed between the clip 18 and the cylinder 12. The indention 14 is between the cylinder 12 and the reinforcement 13. The pen well 16 is at the bottom of the indention 14. The pen 30 removably inserts within the pen well 16. The pen 30 has a pen body 32, a top end and a bottom end.

Referring to FIGS. 8 and 9, the pen 30 further comprises a cap plug 38 on the bottom end of the pen 30. The cap plug 38 is for the removable receipt of the pen cap 34. The pen cap 34 further comprises a nipple 36 for improved grasp.

With respect to the above description then, it is to be realized that the optimum dimensional relationships for the parts of the cigarette smoker's accessory, to include variations in size, materials, shape, form, function and the manner of operation, assembly and use, are deemed readily apparent and obvious to one skilled in the art, and all equivalent relationships to those illustrated in the drawings and described in the specification are intended to be encompassed by the present invention.

Directional terms such as “front”, “back”, “in”, “out”, “downward”, “upper”, “lower”, and the like may have been used in the description. These terms are applicable to the examples shown and described in conjunction with the drawings. These terms are merely used for the purpose of description in connection with the drawings and do not necessarily apply to the position in which the present invention may be used.

Therefore, the foregoing is considered as illustrative only of the principles of the invention. Further, since numerous modifications and changes will readily occur to those skilled in the art, it is not desired to limit the invention to the exact construction and operation shown and described, and accordingly, all suitable modifications and equivalents may be resorted to, falling within the scope of the invention.