Title:
Magic cover
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
The present invention is a cover with adjustable apertures for containers. The present invention comprises of two components that snap together to form an integrated cover. The cover has an adjustable aperture that can be adjusted easily from fully closed to almost fully open. The present invention is aesthetically pleasing and easy to operate.



Inventors:
Liu, Junwu (Walnut, CA, US)
Application Number:
09/939942
Publication Date:
02/27/2003
Filing Date:
08/27/2001
Assignee:
LIU JUNWU
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
239/59
International Classes:
B65D47/26; (IPC1-7): B65D43/18
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Primary Examiner:
HYLTON, ROBIN ANNETTE
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
JOE NIEH (West Covina, CA, US)
Claims:

What is claimed is:



1. A magic cover comprising: a cover defining numerous openings through it; an adjustable gate defining numerous openings though it and attached under the cover with a movable attachment mean; and whereby moving the adjustable gate with respect to the cover will create an adjustable aperture that varies from fully closed to almost fully open.

2. A magic cover according to claim 1, wherein said openings defined by the cover are numerous symmetrical circular slots located from the center of the cover to the edge of the cover, and wherein said openings defined by the adjustable gate are numerous symmetrical circular slots located from the center of the cover to the edge of the cover and said openings are located at exactly the same location as the symmetrical circular slots on the cover when the adjustable aperture is fully open.

3. A magic cover according to claim 1, wherein said movable attachment mean comprises of a hole defined by the adjustable gate at its center that snaps onto multiple clips under the cover whereby the adjustable gate can be rotated with respect to the cover to create adjustable apertures on the cover that can range from fully closed to almost fully open.

4. A magic cover according to claim 2, wherein said movable attachment mean comprises of a hole defined by the adjustable gate at its center that snaps onto multiple clips under the cover whereby the adjustable gate can be rotated with respect to the cover to create adjustable apertures on the cover that can range from fully closed to almost fully open.

Description:

BACKGROUND-FIELD OF INVENTION

[0001] The present invention relates to covers with adjustable aperture for containers such as containers for air fresheners.

BACKGROUND-DESCRIPTION OF RELATED ART

[0002] Container with cover that has openings is generally used for controlled release of fragrances from the air fresheners in the container. Various types of covers with openings are available.

[0003] Some covers have openings that, once it is opened, are permanent and cannot be adjusted or closed. Such covers may use paper or aluminum foil as a seal. Once the seal is broken, it cannot be closed or adjusted. Other covers employ various designs to allow for adjustability of the openings thereby controlling the release of the fragrance from the container. However, most of the existing designs are too complex with numerous small parts, which increases the manufacturing costs and reduces the reliability. The simpler designs are not nearly as aesthetically interesting or pleasing as the present interesting and the apertures are often difficult to adjust. The present invention resolves all of the above shortcomings of the existing designs. The present invention is not only extremely functional but is visually interesting, which allows it to be placed in clear view, without the usual concern of discreet placement.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0004] The present invention is a cover with adjustable apertures for containers. The present invention comprises of two components that snap together to form an integrated cover. The cover has an adjustable aperture that can be adjusted easily from fully closed to almost fully open. The present invention is aesthetically pleasing and easy to operate.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0005] FIG. 1 shows the top view of the present invention with the aperture approximately half open.

[0006] FIG. 2 shows the bottom view of the present invention with the aperture approximately half open.

[0007] FIG. 3 shows a side view of the present invention.

[0008] FIG. 4 shows another side view of the present invention.

[0009] FIG. 5 shows another side view of the present invention.

[0010] FIG. 6 shows another side view of the present invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

[0011] The preferred embodiment of the present invention comprises of two components that snap together to form an integrated unit. FIG. 1 shows the top view of the preferred embodiment of the present invention with the two components fully assembled. The two components comprise of a cover 1 and the adjustable gate 2. The cover 1 has a tab 3 that extends outward from the side of the cover 1 to allow easy removal of the cover 1 from the container that it is installed on. The cover 1 has numerous symmetrical circular slots through it from its center to its edge.

[0012] FIG. 2 shows the bottom view of the preferred embodiment of the present invention with the two components fully assembled. The adjustable gate 2 has a hole 4 at its center that snaps on to the clips 5 under the cover 1 whereby the adjustable gate 2 can be rotated with respect to the cover 1 to create adjustable apertures on the cover 1 that can range from fully closed to almost fully open. The adjustable gate 2 also has numerous symmetrical circular slots through it from its center to its edge. The symmetrical circular slots on the adjustable gate 2 are located at exactly the same location as the symmetrical circular slots on the cover 1 when the aperture is fully open. As the adjustable gate 2 is rotated with respect to the cover 1, the aperture will gradually reduce and eventually reach its fully closed position. Under the cover 1, there are two small edges that extend from the edge of the cover 1 toward the center of the cover 1 to stabilize and hold the adjustable gate 2 under the cover 1. The cover 1 has a tab 3 located near the bottom of the cover 1 and extends outward from the side of the cover 1 to allow easy removal of the cover 1 from the container that it is fitted on.

[0013] FIG. 3 shows a side view of the preferred embodiment of the present invention with the two components fully assembled. The cover 1 fully encloses the adjustable gate 2 under it. The adjustable gate 2 has a small finger that extends upward through the openings in the cover 1 to allow adjustment of the adjustable gate 2. The cover 1 has a tab 3 located near the bottom of the cover 1 and extends outward from the side of the cover 1 to allow easy removal of the cover 1 from the container that it is fitted on.

[0014] FIG. 4 shows another side view of the preferred embodiment of the present invention with the two components fully assembled.

[0015] FIG. 5 shows another side view of the preferred embodiment of the present invention with the two components fully assembled. The cover 1 has a tab 3 located near the bottom of the cover 1 and extends outward from the side of the cover 1 to allow easy removal of the cover 1 from the container that it is fitted on.

[0016] FIG. 6 shows another side view of the preferred embodiment of the present invention with the two components fully assembled.