Title:
Personal urinary director for women
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A urinary director that allows a woman to urinate in various situations without having to sit on a toilet comprising a receptacle body having walls that are angled to minimize splashing, an opening to receive the urine, and an orifice to dispense the urine. The opening may be oval in shape. The urinary director may further comprise a tube and a lid.



Inventors:
Ivie, Marvin L. (Downey, CA, US)
Ivie, Gregory L. (Whittier, CA, US)
Application Number:
12/283392
Publication Date:
03/05/2009
Filing Date:
09/11/2008
Assignee:
International Sani-Fem, Inc.
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A47K11/00
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Primary Examiner:
CRANE, LAUREN ASHLEY
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Daniel M. Cislo (Los Angeles, CA, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A personal urinary director, comprising: a. a receptacle body having a front wall, a rear wall opposite the front wall, a first side wall adjacent to the front wall and the rear wall, a second side wall opposite the first side wall and adjacent to the front wall and the rear wall, a bottom wall adjacent to the front wall, the first side wall and the second side wall; b. an opening defined by a top perimeter edge formed by a top edge of the front wall, a top edge of the rear wall, a top edge of the first side wall, and a top edge of the second side wall, wherein the opening is an oval shape and wherein the top perimeter edge curves upwards and away from a horizontal plane defined by the top edge of the rear wall, the top edge of the first side wall and the top edge of the second side wall; c. a flange protruding from the top perimeter edge extending outwardly away from the opening; d. an orifice opposite the opening, the orifice defined by lower perimeter edge formed by a bottom edge of the front wall, the rear wall, the first side wall, and the second side wall; e. a spout extruding out from the orifice; and f. a tube insertable into the spout, g. wherein the front wall descends from the top perimeter edge at a first angle relative to the horizontal plane, and wherein the bottom wall descends from the front wall at a second angle relative to the horizontal plane, wherein the second angle is greater than the first angle, and wherein the rear wall, the first side wall, and the second side wall descend perpendicularly from the top perimeter edge, thereby creating a taper from the receiving end towards the dispensing end.

2. A personal urinary director, consisting of: a. a receptacle body having a front wall, a rear wall opposite the front wall, a first side wall adjacent to the front wall and the rear wall, a second side wall opposite the first side wall and adjacent to the front wall and the rear wall, a bottom wall adjacent to the front wall, the first side wall and the second side wall; b. an opening defined by a top perimeter edge formed by a top edge of the front wall, a top edge of the rear wall, a top edge of the first side wall, and a top edge of the second side wall, wherein the opening is an oval shape and wherein the top perimeter edge curves upwards and away from a horizontal plane defined by the top edge of the rear wall, the top edge of the first side wall and the top edge of the second side wall; c. a flange protruding from the top perimeter edge extending outwardly away from the opening; d. an orifice opposite the opening, the orifice defined by lower perimeter edge formed by a bottom edge of the front wall, the rear wall, the first side wall, and the second side wall; e. a spout extruding out from the orifice; and f. a tube insertable into the spout, g. wherein the front wall descends from the top perimeter edge at a first angle relative to the horizontal plane, and wherein the bottom wall descends from the front wall at a second angle relative to the horizontal plane, wherein the second angle is greater than the first angle, and wherein the rear wall, the first side wall, and the second side wall descend perpendicularly from the top perimeter edge, thereby creating a taper from the receiving end towards the dispensing end.

3. A personal urinary director, comprising: a. a receptacle body having a front wall, a rear wall opposite the front wall, a first side wall adjacent to the front wall and the rear wall, a second side wall opposite the first side wall and adjacent to the front wall and the rear wall, a bottom wall adjacent to the front wall, the first side wall and the second side wall; b. an opening defined by a top perimeter edge formed by a top edge of the front wall, a top edge of the rear wall, a top edge of the first side wall, and a top edge of the second side wall, wherein the opening is an oval shape; and c. an orifice opposite the opening, the orifice defined by lower perimeter edge formed by a bottom edge of the front wall, the rear wall, the first side wall, and the second side wall.

4. The personal urinary director of claim 3, wherein the front wall descends from the top perimeter edge at a first angle relative to the horizontal plane, and wherein the bottom wall descends from the front wall at a second angle relative to the horizontal plane, wherein the second angle is greater than the first angle, and wherein the rear wall, the first side wall, and the second side wall descend perpendicularly from the top perimeter edge, thereby creating a taper from the receiving end towards the dispensing end.

5. The personal urinary director of claim 4, wherein the top perimeter edge curves upwards and away from a horizontal plane defined by the top edge of the rear wall, the top edge of the first side wall and the top edge of the second side wall.

6. The personal urinary director of claim 5 further comprising a flange protruding from the top perimeter edge extending outwardly away from the opening.

7. The personal urinary director of claim 6 further comprising a spout extruding out from the orifice.

8. The personal urinary director of claim 7 further comprising a tube insertable into the spout.

9. The personal urinary director of claim 8 further comprising a lid to cover the opening, wherein the lid comprises a hole to tightly receive the tube to prevent leakage of a fluid in the receptacle during storage.

Description:

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION

This patent application is a continuation-in-part application of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 29/291,464, filed Aug. 29, 2007, which application is incorporated in its entirety here by this reference.

TECHNICAL FIELD

This invention relates to apparatus for facilitating urination for a woman.

BACKGROUND

Under normal circumstances, women, including females of all ages, are able to urinate in the comfort of their residence on a toilet. Under various other circumstances the woman may not be able to use the toilet or may not be in the comfort of her own home. For example, the woman may be in an automobile or in a public area with unsavory bathrooms or the woman may be wearing clothing that is cumbersome or difficult to take off. Current devices may lack the appropriate design for comfort and for minimizing splashing of the discharged urine back on to the woman's body.

For the foregoing reasons there is a need for a new design that provides comfort and reduces the splashing of urine onto the woman during use.

SUMMARY

The present invention is directed to an apparatus that allows a woman to urinate in various situations without having to sit on a toilet. The personal urinary director comprises a receptacle body having walls that are angled to minimize splashing, an opening to receive the urine, and an orifice to dispense the urine. The opening may be oval in shape. The urinary director may further comprise a tube.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 shows a perspective view of an embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 2 shows a side-elevational view thereof;

FIG. 3 shows a rear view thereof;

FIG. 4 shows a top plan view thereof;

FIG. 5 shows a front-elevational view thereof;

FIG. 6 shows another side-elevational view thereof; and

FIG. 7 shows a bottom view thereof.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

The detailed description set forth below in connection with the appended drawings is intended as a description of presently-preferred embodiments of the invention and is not intended to represent the only forms in which the present invention may be constructed or utilized. The description sets forth the functions and the sequence of steps for constructing and operating the invention in connection with the illustrated embodiments. It is to be understood, however, that the same or equivalent functions and sequences may be accomplished by different embodiments that are also intended to be encompassed within the spirit and scope of the invention.

Referring to FIGS. 1-7, the present invention is directed towards a personal urinary director 100 for women to facilitate urination by a woman during compromising situations. The personal urinary director 100 comprises a receptacle body 102, an opening 104, an orifice 106 opposite the opening 104. The woman positions the receptacle body 102 between her legs with the opening 104 directly below her urethra. The discharged urine flows into the receptacle body 102 and out through the orifice 106.

The receptacle body 102 is defined by a front wall 108, a rear wall 110 opposite the front wall 108, a first side wall 112 adjacent to the front wall 108 and the rear wall 110, a second side wall 114 opposite the first side wall 112 and adjacent to the front wall 108 and the rear wall 110, a bottom wall 116 adjacent to the front wall 108, the first side wall 112 and the second side wall 114. The opening 104 is defined by a top perimeter edge 118 formed by a top edge of the front wall, a top edge of the rear wall, a top edge of the first side wall, and a top edge of the second side wall. Preferably, the opening 104 is an oval shape. The oval shape provides a narrow receptacle body 102 that can sufficiently cover the woman's genitalia. Thus, it minimizes discomfort to the woman by minimizing the obstruction between her legs while maximizing the probability that the discharged urine will enter the opening 104. The opening 104 may, however, be any other shape that allows the receptacle body 102 to fit relatively comfortably between the woman's legs.

A horizontal plane 200 is defined by the top edge of the rear wall, the top edge of the first side wall, and the top edge of the second side wall. In some embodiments, the front wall 108 descends from the top perimeter edge 118 at a first angle A relative to the horizontal plane 200. The bottom wall 116 descends from the bottom of the front wall 108 at a second angle B relative to the horizontal plane 200, wherein the second angle B is greater than the first angle A. The rear wall 110, the first side wall 112, and the second side wall 114 descend perpendicularly from the top perimeter edge 118. The rear wall 110, the two side walls 112, 114, and the slanted bottom wall 116 converge to form the orifice 106. In other words, the orifice 106 is defined by the lower perimeter edge 120 formed by a bottom edge of the bottom wall 116, the rear wall 110, the first side wall 112, and the second side wall 114. Due to the slanted or angled bottom wall 116, a taper is created from the opening 104 towards the orifice 106.

In some embodiments, the top perimeter edge 118 curves upwards and away from the horizontal plane 200, thereby creating an elevated lip 122 at the front end. The elevated lip 122 helps to reduce any splashing that may try to escape through the front end.

In some embodiments, the personal urinary director 100 further comprises a flange 124 protruding from the top perimeter edge 118 extending outwardly away from the opening 104. The flange 124 provides comfort or reduces discomfort when the urinary director 100 is pressed up against the woman's body. In some embodiments, the flange 124 may be flat. In other embodiments, the flange 124 may be rounded.

In some embodiments, the urinary director 100 may further comprise a spout 126 extruding out from the orifice 106 to facilitate removal of the urine from the receptacle body 102. In addition, a tube 128 may be inserted into the spout 126 to provide added versatility to the urinary director.

In use, a woman may be in a standing position, for example, in dirty public bathroom where she refuses to sit on the toilet. With one hand, the woman can place the urinary director 100 between her legs with the opening 104 pressed up against her body such that the opening 104 is directly under the urethra. With the other hand, the woman can place the tube 128 over the toilet. During urination, the urine flows into the receptacle body 102, out through the orifice 106, and into the toilet via the tube 128.

In some embodiments, the urinary director 100 may further comprise a lid. The lid may be form fitted to fit around the opening 104 of the receptacle body 102. The lid may comprise a second orifice configured to tightly receive a free end of the tube 128. When not in use, the free end of the tube 128 may be inserted into the second orifice for storage purposes. The second orifice also provides an advantage in that after the urinary director has been used, inserting the free end of the tube 128 into the second orifice prevents leakage of any remnant urine from the receptacle body 102 or tube 128 that may otherwise have leaked out.

The urinary director 100 for women may be used for other purposes to dispense fluids.

Any material may be used to manufacture the receptacle body 102, tube 128, and lid, such as plastic or rubber, to provide comfort and versatility.

The foregoing description of the preferred embodiment of the invention has been presented for the purposes of illustration and description. It is not intended to be exhaustive or to limit the invention to the precise form disclosed. Many modifications and variations are possible in light of the above teaching. It is intended that the scope of the invention not be limited by this detailed description, but by the claims and the equivalents to the claims appended hereto.

INDUSTRIAL APPLICABILITY

This invention may be industrially applied to the development, manufacture, and use of personal urinary director for women comprising a receptacle body having an opening at one end and an orifice at the other to allow for a woman to urinate in non-conventional situations, such as while standing.