Title:
Protection seam member for suitcase
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A protection seam member for suitcase includes a longitudinal body having a braid of reinforcement member and a soft outer layer encloses the reinforcement member. Two extension lips extend from the longitudinal body and a rounded groove is defined in a conjunction portion of each lip and the longitudinal body so that the edges of outer sinks of the suitcase are matched with the grooves.



Inventors:
Chen, Wei-chih (Taichung City, TW)
Application Number:
10/236257
Publication Date:
03/11/2004
Filing Date:
09/09/2002
Assignee:
CHEN WEI-CHIH
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
190/127, 190/126
International Classes:
A45C13/36; (IPC1-7): A45C13/00; A45C13/36
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Primary Examiner:
MAI, TRI M
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
CHARLES E. BAXLEY, ESQUIRE (New York, NY, US)
Claims:

What is claimed is:



1. A protection seam member for suitcase which has outer skins each having an edge, comprising: a longitudinal body having a braid of reinforcement member and a soft outer layer enclosing the reinforcement member, two extension lips extending from the longitudinal body and a rounded groove defined in a conjunction portion of each lip and the longitudinal body, the rounded grooves adapted to be matched with the edges of the suitcase.

2. The protection seam member as claimed in claim 1, wherein the groove is defined to be a concave in an outer periphery of the longitudinal body.

Description:

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

[0001] The present invention relates to a protection seam member for a suitcase and includes a longitudinal body with two extension lips which have rounded portions for being matched with the edges of the outer skin of the suitcase.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0002] A conventional seam portion for a suitcase is shown in FIG. 1 and generally includes a longitudinal body 200 which includes a braid 210 of metal strings which is enclosed by a soft outer layer 220. Two extension lips 23 extend from the longitudinal body 200. The seam member 200 is located between two edges 3, 4 of the outer skin of a suitcase and the two respective insides of the edges 3, 4 are connected to the two lips 23 of the seam member 200. It is to be noted that the lips 23 are connected to the longitudinal body 200 at an angle so that when the insides of the edges 3, 4 are connected to the lips 23, there will be a gap defined therebetween so that the connection between the edges 3, 4 and the lips 3, 4 are not strong enough to bear forces applied to the edges 3, 4 of the suitcase.

[0003] The present invention intends to provide a seam member that has rounded portions to match with the insides of the edges of the suitcase so as to obtain a satisfied connection between the protection seam member and the edges of the outer skin of the suitcase.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0004] In accordance with one aspect of the present invention, there is provided a protection seam member for suitcase which has outer skins each having an edge, and the seam member comprises a longitudinal body with a braid of reinforcement member enclosed by a soft outer layer. Two extension lips extend from the longitudinal body and a rounded groove is defined in a conjunction portion of each lip and the longitudinal. The rounded grooves are matched with the edges of the suitcase.

[0005] The primary object of the present invention is to provide a protection seam member that is matched with the seam member so as to provide strong connection with the edges of the skins of the suitcase.

[0006] The present invention will become more obvious from the following description when taken in connection with the accompanying drawings which show, for purposes of illustration only, a preferred embodiment in accordance with the present invention.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0007] FIG. 1 is a cross sectional view to show the connection of a conventional seam member and the edges of skins of a suitcase;

[0008] FIG. 2 is an exploded view to show the seam member of the present invention and the edges of skins of a suitcase.

[0009] FIG. 3 is a cross sectional view to show the connection of the seam member of the present invention and the edges of skins of a suitcase; and

[0010] FIG. 4 is a cross sectional view to show another embodiment of the connection of the seam member of the present invention and the edges of skins of a suitcase.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

[0011] Referring to FIGS. 2 to 4, the protection seam member 20 of the present invention comprises a longitudinal body 20 which has a braid of reinforcement member 5 which is made of steel wires and a soft outer layer 201 encloses the reinforcement member 5. A decoration surface 202 is connected to an outer periphery of the longitudinal body 20 and two extension lips 21, 22 extend from the longitudinal body 20. A rounded groove 203 is defined in a conjunction portion of each lip 21/22 and the longitudinal body 200. The rounded grooves 203 are matched with the edges of outer sinks of the suitcase. In other words, the edges 3, 4 each may be bent to a curvature 30/40 which matches with the surfaces of the grooves 203.

[0012] FIG. 4 shows that the groove 203 is defined to be a concave in an outer periphery of the longitudinal body 20 and the edges 3, 4 are bent to a larger curvature and match with the surfaces of the grooves 203.

[0013] The seam member 20 is snugly matched with the edges 3, 4 of the skins of the suitcase and reinforces the connection of the outer skins and the seam member 20 so that the suitcase has a longer term of use and a smooth and neat outer appearance.

[0014] While we have shown and described the embodiment in accordance with the present invention, it should be clear to those skilled in the art that further embodiments may be made without departing from the scope of the present invention.