Title:
CONTAINER
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A container which is capable of containing another handle protruding from another container includes a housing having a hollow inside. The housing includes a first opening and a second opening. The container further includes a handle that is installed on the housing and part of the handle protrudes from the first opening. The second opening is capable of containing the handle of another container.



Inventors:
Liao, Shu-ju (Taipei Hsien, TW)
Application Number:
11/308337
Publication Date:
09/21/2006
Filing Date:
03/16/2006
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
229/117.24, 229/117.22
International Classes:
B65D5/46
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Primary Examiner:
ELKINS, GARY E
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
NORTH AMERICA INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION (NEW TAIPEI CITY, TW)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A container capable of containing a first handle protruding from a like container, said container comprising: a housing having a hollow inside, the housing comprising a first opening and a second opening; and a handle installed on the housing, part of the handle protruding from the first opening; wherein the second opening is capable of containing the first handle.

2. The container of claim 1 wherein a first length projecting on the container of the handle is smaller than a second length of the second opening, and a first width projecting on the container of the handle is smaller than a second width of the second opening.

3. The container of claim 2 wherein the second opening is positioned on a first surface of the housing and the handle is positioned on a second surface of the housing.

4. The container of claim 3 wherein the first surface and the second surface are opposite.

5. The container of claim 1 wherein the second opening is formed by an H-type incision.

6. The container of claim 1 wherein the housing is a carton.

7. The container of claim 1 wherein the second opening is a clear opening.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

The present invention relates to a container, and more particularly, to a container capable of containing another container's handle.

2. Description of the Prior Art

Generally, cartons are used as containers for containing electronic products. Please refer to FIG. 1. FIG. 1 is a perspective drawing of a carton 10 in the prior art. The carton 10 includes a housing 12 having a hollow 14 inside for containing products. A hole 16 is positioned on the housing 12 and can be formed by cutting the housing 12. The carton 10 further includes a handle 18, and the two ends of the handle 18 are installed inside the hole 16 on the housing 12. The part of the handle 18 protruding from the housing 12 is for carrying the carton 10, and so cannot be too short.

Please refer to FIG. 2. FIG. 2 is a diagram illustrating two prior art cartons 10 when stacked. Because part of the handle 18 protrudes from the housing 12 between the two cartons 10, the upper carton 10 and the lower carton 10 cannot be stacked closely. This increases the occupying space of the two cartons 10 so that the volume utilization of a cargo container for containing cartons is decreased. Furthermore, because part of the handle 18 protrudes from the housing 12 between the two cartons 10, the stability of stacking cartons is decreased so that it is inconvenient to store and transport the cartons.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

It is therefore a primary objective of the claimed invention to provide a container capable of containing another container's handle for solving the above-mentioned problem.

According to claimed invention, a container includes a housing having a hollow inside. The housing includes a first opening and a second opening. The container further includes a handle that is installed on the housing. Part of the handle protrudes from the first opening. The second opening is capable of containing the handle of another container.

These and other objectives of the present invention will no doubt become obvious to those of ordinary skill in the art after reading the following detailed description of the preferred embodiment that is illustrated in the various figures and drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a perspective drawing of a carton in the prior art.

FIG. 2 is a diagram illustrating two cartons of FIG. 1 when stacked.

FIG. 3 is a front perspective view of a container according to the present invention.

FIG. 4 is a rear perspective view of the container of FIG. 3.

FIG. 5 illustrates part of the housing folded into the hollow of FIG. 3.

FIG. 6 is a diagram of containers of FIG. 3 when stacked.

FIG. 7 is a lateral view showing the handle of one container protruding into the other container of FIG. 6.

FIG. 8 is a front perspective view of a container of another embodiment according to the present invention.

FIG. 9 is a diagram illustrating containers of FIG. 8 when stacked.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

Please refer to FIG. 3. FIG. 3 is a front view of a container 30 according to the present invention. The container 30 can be a carton. The container 30 includes a housing 32 having an internal hollow space 34 for containing goods (the hollow 34 can be rectangular or shaped in another way conducive to the goods being stored). The housing 32 includes a first plane 36. A first opening 38 is positioned on the first plane 36 and can be formed by cutting the first plane 36. The carton 30 further includes a handle 40 installed on the first plane 36 of the housing 32. The two ends of the handle 40 are installed inside the first opening 38 of the housing 32. Part of the handle 40 protrudes from the housing 32 and is for carrying the container 30, and accordingly should not be too short. The part of the handle 40 protruding from the housing 32 is projected onto the first plane 36 as a first length L1 and a first width W1.

Please refer to FIG. 4. FIG. 4 is a rear view of the container 30 according to the present invention. The housing 32 further includes a second plane 42. A second opening 44 is positioned on the second plane 42. The second opening 44 can be formed by an H-type incision wherein the solid lines illustrate cuts or incisions and the dashed lines illustrate folds. Please refer to FIG. 5. FIG. 5 illustrates part of the housing 32 folded into the hollow 34 according to the present invention. The second opening 44 is formed by folding part of the housing 32 inwardly as shown in FIG. 5. A second length of the second opening 44 in the second plane 42 is L2. A second width of the second opening 44 in the second plane 42 is W2. The second length L2 is greater than the first length L1 shown in FIG. 3, and the second width W2 is greater than the first width W1 shown in FIG. 3. Equally, the second opening 44 can be an opening like the first opening 38 as shown in FIG. 3. That is, the second opening 44 can be formed by completely cutting out a part the second plane 42 of the housing 32.

Please refer to FIG. 5, FIG. 6, and FIG. 7. FIG. 6 is a diagram of containers 30, 31 when stacked according to the present invention. A first container 31 has the same structure as the container 30, and specifically, the first container 31 includes a first handle 41. FIG. 7 is a lateral view showing part of the first handle 41 protruding from the first container 31 and into the hollow 34 of the container 30. Because the second length L2 is greater than the first length L1 and the second width W2 is greater than the first width W1, the part of the first handle 41 protruding from the first container 31 can be inserted through the second opening 44 of the housing 32 of the container 30 so as to be completely contained inside the hollow 34 of the container 30. Therefore the containers 30 and 31 can be stacked closely and the total occupied space can accordingly be decreased.

The second opening 44 of the container 30 is not limited to being positioned on the second surface opposite to the first surface where the handle 40 is positioned. The second opening 44 and the handle 40 can be positioned on neighboring surfaces or the same surface. Please refer to FIG. 8. FIG. 8 is a front view of a container 50 of another embodiment according to the present invention. The structures of the container 50 and the container 30 are similar, the main difference being that the second opening 44 and the handle 40 are positioned on neighboring surfaces. Please refer to FIG. 9. FIG. 9 is a diagram illustrating the container 50 and a like container 51 when stacked. The part of the first handle 41 protruding from the first container 51 can be inserted into the second opening 44 of the housing 32 of the container 50 so as to be contained inside the hollow 34 of the container 50. Thus, the containers 50 and 51 can be stacked closely.

In contrast to the conventional container, the container according to the present invention can contain another like container's handle when stacked so that a plurality of containers can be stacked closely. The gap between the containers can be reduced so as to increase the volume utilization of a cargo container. Furthermore, the stability of stacked containers is increased so that it is convenient to store and transport such containers.

Those skilled in the art will readily observe that numerous modifications and alterations of the device and method may be made while retaining the teachings of the invention. Accordingly, the above disclosure should be construed as limited only by the metes and bounds of the appended claims.