Title:
Hygienic toilet seat
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A toilet seat includes an annular pad having a pair of first extensions integrally extending from a side face of the annular pad and each first extension having a pivot hole defined to align and communicate with each other and a first handle extending from the side face of the annular pad to facilitate movement of the annular pad, a cover pivotally connected to the annular pad and having a second extension sandwiched between the pair of first extensions of the annular pad and provided with a passage to communicate with both the pivot holes of the first extensions and a pivotal device extending into the pivot holes and the passage aligning and communicating with the pivot holes to secure engagement between the annular pad and the cover.



Inventors:
Kuo, Shih-hsien (Kaohsiung Hsien, TW)
Application Number:
10/951633
Publication Date:
03/30/2006
Filing Date:
09/29/2004
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A47K13/00; A47K13/14
View Patent Images:
Related US Applications:
20090235442Ventilated Toilet Apparatus and Dual Function Toilet SeatSeptember, 2009Lee
20070245477Portable Toilet ApparatusOctober, 2007Land
20040049842Remote control bath mat blower unitMarch, 2004Prehodka
20100043137Automatic Apparatus for Washing FeetFebruary, 2010Zavan
20070226883Eccentric hinge for plumbing fixtureOctober, 2007Kaule
20080000020Whirlpool systemJanuary, 2008Romano
20020088050Selectively positionable auxiliary spa deviceJuly, 2002Stefanich
20080156903Hand Shower with An Extendable HandleJuly, 2008Leber
20060085903Bath and apparatus thereforApril, 2006Renna
20090265849WASHBASINOctober, 2009Huang
20090214318INSERT WALL ANCHOR FOR A GRAB BARAugust, 2009Bowden et al.



Primary Examiner:
FETSUGA, ROBERT M
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Dennison, Schultz & Dougherty & Macdonald (Alexandria, VA, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A toilet seat comprising: an annular pad having a pair of first extensions integrally extending from a side face of the annular pad and each first extension having a pivot hole defined to align and communicate with each other and a first handle extending from the side face of the annular pad to facilitate movement of the annular pad; a cover pivotally connected to the annular pad and having a second extension sandwiched between the pair of first extensions of the annular pad and provided with a passage to communicate with both the pivot holes of the first extensions; and a pivotal device extending into the pivot holes and the passage aligning and communicating with the pivot holes to secure engagement between the annular pad and the cover.

2. The toilet seat as claimed in claim 1, wherein the cover has a second handle integrally formed on a side face of the cover.

3. The toilet seat as claimed in claim 2, wherein the first handle and the second handle are alternately arranged.

4. The toilet seat as claimed in claim 3, wherein the pivotal device comprises: a head and a shank integrally formed with the head and extending into the pivot holes and the passage aligning and communicating with the pivot holes to secure engagement between the annular pad and the cover.

5. A toilet seat comprising: an annular pad having a pair of first extensions integrally extending from a side face of the annular pad and each first extension having a pivot hole defined to align and communicate with each other; a cover pivotally connected to the annular pad and having a second extension sandwiched between the pair of first extensions of the annular pad and provided with a first handle extending from a side face of the cover and a passage to communicate with both the pivot holes of the first extensions; and a pivotal device extending into the pivot holes and the passage aligning and communicating with the pivot holes to secure engagement between the annular pad and the cover.

6. The toilet seat as claimed in claim 5, wherein the annular pad has a second handle integrally formed on a side face of the cover.

7. The toilet seat as claimed in claim 6, wherein the first handle and the second handle are alternately arranged.

8. The toilet seat as claimed in claim 7, wherein the pivotal device comprises: a head and a shank integrally formed with the head and extending into the pivot holes and the passage aligning and communicating with the pivot holes to secure engagement between the annular pad and the cover.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

The present invention relates to a hygiene toilet seat, and more particularly to a toilet seat having an annular pad and a cover pivotally connected to the annular pad and respectively provided thereon a handle so that contamination of user's hand is avoided while lifting the cover or the annular pad.

2. Description of Related Art

A conventional toilet bowl includes a pivoted seat and a pivoted cover. When a male user wishes to only urinate into the bowl, he raises the cover and seat to avoid splashing urine on them. It is common for people to use tissue paper to avoid directly touching the seat or cover for fear of contamination. However, public toilets, which are notorious for contamination, often lack tissue paper to be used for this purpose and so it is likely that the user's hand will be contaminated.

To overcome the shortcomings, the present invention tends to provide an improved hygienic toilet seat to mitigate the aforementioned problems.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The primary objective of the present invention is to provide an improved hygienic toilet seat having a handle provided on a side of both the cover and the annular pad so as to facilitate lifting of the cover and the annular pad to avoid contamination of the users' hands.

Other objects, advantages and novel features of the invention will become more apparent from the following detailed description when taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the toilet seat of the present invention;

FIG. 2 is schematic perspective view showing that the toilet seat of the present invention is mounted on top of a toilet bowl;

FIG. 3 is a schematic cross sectional view showing the structure of the handle;

FIG. 4 is a schematic perspective view showing that the cover is engaged with the annular pad; and

FIG. 5 is a schematic perspective view showing that the user is able to use the handle to easily and safely lift the annular pad after the cover has been lifted.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

With reference to FIGS. 1, 2 and 3, the toilet seat (1) in accordance with the present invention includes an annular seat (10) and a cover (20) pivotally connected to a side face of the annular pad (10) via a pivotal device (30).

The annular seat (10) has a first handle (11) extending from the side face of the annular pad (10) and provided with a first indent (12) defined in a bottom face of the first handle (11). A pair of spaced apart first extensions (13) is provided on the side face of the annular pad (10) and each extension (13) is provided with a pivot hole (14).

The cover (20) includes a second handle (21) extending from a side face of the cover (20) and provided with a second indent (22) defined in a bottom face of the second handle (21). A second extension (23) is provided on the side face of the cover (20) to be sandwiched between the pair of first extensions (13) and having a passage (24) defined in the second extension (23) to communicate with the pivot holes (14) of each of the first extensions (13).

The pivotal device (30) includes a head (31) and a shank (32) integrally formed with the head (31) to extend into aligned pivot holes (14) of the first extensions (13) and the passage (24) of the second extension (23).

When the toilet seat of the present invention is in assembly on top of a toilet bowl (2), the shank (32) is extended into the aligned pivot holes (14) and the passage (24) to secure engagement between the annular pad (10) and the cover (20) such that the cover (20) is able to pivot relative to the annular pad (10).

With reference to FIG. 4, it is noted that the first handle (11) and the second handle (21) are alternately arranged on the annular pad (10) and the cover (20) respectively so that contact with the other one while engaging one of them is avoided. Thus after the annular pad (10) and the cover (20) are mounted on top of the toilet bowl (2), the user is able to lift the annular pad (10) together with the cover (20) without touching the cover (20) or the annular pad (10) itself.

With reference to FIG. 5, it is appreciated that the user is able to use the first indent (12) to easily lift the annular pad (10) without touching a periphery of the bucket (2) so that contamination of the hand is avoided.

It is to be understood, however, that even though numerous characteristics and advantages of the present invention have been set forth in the foregoing description, together with details of the structure and function of the invention, the disclosure is illustrative only, and changes may be made in detail, especially in matters of shape, size, and arrangement of parts within the principles of the invention to the full extent indicated by the broad general meaning of the terms in which the appended claims are expressed.