Title:
Cosmetic compact with built-in sliding and interactive double base
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A cosmetic container includes a container base, a container cover, and an interactive drawer arrangement including an upper drawer slidably coupling between the sidewalls of the container base, and a lower drawer slidably coupling between the sidewalls of the container at a position underneath the upper drawer; and an interactive mechanism engaging between the upper and lower drawers to interactively shift the upper and lower drawers between an opened position and a closed position. The interactive drawer arrangement is provided at the container base adapted to fully utilize and expose the upper and lower drawers for providing a variety of cosmetics and jewelry storage space.



Inventors:
Au, Kinsen Ka Fai (Tuen Mun, HK)
Application Number:
11/901791
Publication Date:
03/19/2009
Filing Date:
09/18/2007
Assignee:
Nationalpak Limited
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
220/520
International Classes:
B65D21/00; B65D25/04
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Primary Examiner:
ROHRHOFF, DANIEL J
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
DAVID AND RAYMOND PATENT FIRM (MONTEREY PARK, CA, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A cosmetic container, comprising: a container base comprises a bottom wall and two opposed sidewalls; a container cover coupling with said container base; and an interactive drawer arrangement, which comprises: an upper drawer slidably coupling between said sidewalls of said container base; a lower drawer slidably coupling between said sidewalls of said container base at a position underneath said upper drawer; and an interactive mechanism engaging between said upper and lower drawers to interactively shift said upper and lower drawers between an opened position and a closed position, wherein at said opened position, said interactive mechanism is driven to automatically and concurrently shift said upper and lower drawers at two opposite opening directions so as to fully utilize and expose said upper and lower drawers, and at said closed position, said interactive mechanism is driven to automatically and concurrently shift said upper and lower drawers at two opposite closing directions such that said upper and lower drawers are fully packed and enfolded in a double decked manner.

2. The cosmetic container, as recited in claim 1, wherein said interactive mechanism comprises two elongated upper guiders mounted at two sides of said upper drawer respectively, two elongated lower guiders mounted at two sides of said lower drawer respectively, and two engaging gears rotatably engaging between said upper and lower guiders such that when said upper drawer is slid at said opening direction, said engaging gears are driven to rotate to drive said lower drawer to concurrently slide at said opposed opening direction.

3. The cosmetic container, as recited in claim 2, wherein said engaging gears are rotatably affixed to said sidewalls of said container base to retain said engaging gears in position.

4. The cosmetic container, as recited in claim 2, wherein each of said upper guiders has a bottom teething track engaging with an upper portion of said respective engaging gear, wherein each of said lower guiders has an upper teething track engaging with a lower portion of said respective engaging gear.

5. The cosmetic container, as recited in claim 3, wherein each of said upper guiders has a bottom teething track engaging with an upper portion of said respective engaging gear, wherein each of said lower guiders has an upper teething track engaging with a lower portion of said respective engaging gear.

6. The cosmetic container, as recited in claim 2, wherein each of said upper and lower guiders has a corresponding stopper end and an opposed opening end, wherein each of said engaging gears is stopped being rotated at said stopper ends of said upper and lower guiders to retain said upper and lower drawers at said opened position, wherein said upper and lower drawers are adapted to slide out of said container base through said opening ends of said upper and lower guiders.

7. The cosmetic container, as recited in claim 3, wherein each of said upper and lower guiders has a corresponding stopper end and an opposed opening end, wherein each of said engaging gears is stopped being rotated at said stopper ends of said upper and lower guiders to retain said upper and lower drawers at said opened position, wherein said upper and lower drawers are adapted to slide out of said container base through said opening ends of said upper and lower guiders.

8. The cosmetic container, as recited in claim 5, wherein each of said upper and lower guiders has a corresponding stopper end and an opposed opening end, wherein said engaging gear is stopped being rotated at said stopper ends of said upper and lower guiders to retain said upper and lower drawers at said opened position, wherein said upper and lower drawers are adapted to slide out of said container base through said opening ends of said upper and lower guiders.

9. The cosmetic container, as recited in claim 2, wherein said container base further has two upper sliding grooves provided at said sidewalls to slidably engage with said upper guiders respectively, and two lower sliding groves provided at said sidewalls below said upper sliding grooves to slidably engage with said lower guiders respectively, such that said upper and lower drawers are guided to slide between said opened position and said closed position.

10. The cosmetic container, as recited in claim 5, wherein said container base further has two upper sliding grooves provided at said sidewalls to slidably engage with said upper guiders respectively, and two lower sliding groves provided at said sidewalls below said upper sliding grooves to slidably engage with said lower guiders respectively, such that said upper and lower drawers are guided to slide between said opened position and said closed position.

11. The cosmetic container, as recited in claim 8, wherein said container base further has two upper sliding grooves provided at said sidewalls to slidably engage with said upper guiders respectively, and two lower sliding groves provided at said sidewalls below said upper sliding grooves to slidably engage with said lower guiders respectively, such that said upper and lower drawers are guided to slide between said opened position and said closed position.

12. The cosmetic container, as recited in claim 9, wherein a center of each of said engaging gears is coupled at said respective sidewall at a position between said upper and lower sliding grooves.

13. The cosmetic container, as recited in claim 10, wherein a center of each of said engaging gears is coupled at said respective sidewall at a position between said upper and lower sliding grooves.

14. The cosmetic container, as recited in claim 11, wherein a center of each of said engaging gears is coupled at said respective sidewall at a position between said upper and lower sliding grooves.

15. The cosmetic container, as recited in claim 1, wherein said container cover comprises a first side panel integrally and foldably extended from said container base, a top panel integrally and foldably extended from said first side panel, and a second side panel integrally and foldably extended from said top panel, wherein said container cover is foldably enclosed said interactive drawer arrangement when said top panel covers on top of said upper drawer while said first and second side panels forms another two sidewalls of said container base to enclose two opposed sides of said upper and lower drawers.

16. The cosmetic container, as recited in claim 8, wherein said container cover comprises a first side panel integrally and foldably extended from said container base, a top panel integrally and foldably extended from said first side panel, and a second side panel integrally and foldably extended from said top panel, wherein said container cover is foldably enclosed said interactive drawer arrangement when said top panel covers on top of said upper drawer while said first and second side panels forms another two sidewalls of said container base to enclose two opposed sides of said upper and lower drawers.

17. The cosmetic container, as recited in claim 14, wherein said container cover comprises a first side panel integrally and foldably extended from said container base, a top panel integrally and foldably extended from said first side panel, and a second side panel integrally and foldably extended from said top panel, wherein said container cover is foldably enclosed said interactive drawer arrangement when said top panel covers on top of said upper drawer while said first and second side panels forms another two sidewalls of said container base to enclose two opposed sides of said upper and lower drawers.

18. The cosmetic container, as recited in claim 1, wherein each of said upper and lower drawers contains a plurality of organizing compartments with different sizes, such that said organizing compartments are fully exposed when said upper and lower drawers are slid at said opened position, while only said organizing compartments of said upper drawer are exposed when said upper and lower drawers are slid at said closed position.

19. The cosmetic container, as recited in claim 8, wherein each of said upper and lower drawers contains a plurality of organizing compartments with different sizes, such that said organizing compartments are fully exposed when said upper and lower drawers are slid at said opened position, while only said organizing compartments of said upper drawer are exposed when said upper and lower drawers are slid at said closed position.

20. The cosmetic container, as recited in claim 17, wherein each of said upper and lower drawers contains a plurality of organizing compartments with different sizes, such that said organizing compartments are fully exposed when said upper and lower drawers are slid at said opened position, while only said organizing compartments of said upper drawer are exposed when said upper and lower drawers are slid at said closed position.

Description:

FIELD OF INVENTION

The present invention relates to a cosmetic compact, and more particularly to a cosmetic compact comprising an interactive drawer arrangement adapted to fully utilize and expose the upper and lower drawers for providing a variety of cosmetics or jewelry storage space with compact size.

BACKGROUND OF THE PRESENT INVENTION

Description of Related Arts

Nowadays, a container for holding or storing items such as cosmetics and jewelry is commonly used in our daily life especially for lady. One of the most common types of decorative box is the cosmetic container. It is usually fitted with a tray divided into many small compartments. Because the cosmetic container is portable, women always carry the cosmetic container with them. However, the cosmetics container has several drawbacks.

On type of the conventional cosmetic container comprises only one drawer tray. Due to the limited storage space of the cosmetic container, it is not allowed for people to put all different varieties of cosmetic items or jewelry inside. Even though the user only puts all the small items in the trays, the items are not organized. It is a hassle for the user to pick the desired item in the cosmetic container, especially when the desired item is hidden at the bottom of the tray and is covered by other items. The only thing they can do is to grab all the items out, and picks the right one, and then put them back in the tray. It undoubtedly increases the chance of lost. Moreover, the procedure of picking and storage is very time-consuming.

Another type of conventional cosmetic container comprises a detachable upper tray removably supported in the case that the bottom interior cavity of the case forms a bottom tray when the upper tray is disposed in the case. Therefore, the user is able to take out the upper tray to put the items into the case. However, when the user wants to take the desired item at the bottom tray, he or she must remove the upper tray. Such cosmetic container requires relatively large tabletop area to support especially when the upper tray is removed from the case.

The third type of conventional cosmetic container comprises two different trays. When the cover is opened, the upper tray can be pivotally and outwardly lifted up from the bottom tray such that both the upper and bottom trays are fully exposed for the user to access. However, once the upper tray is outwardly lifted from the bottom tray, the center of gravity of the cosmetic container will shift in responsive to the position of the upper tray. Therefore, the cosmetic container will be supported in an unstable manner. When the heavier items are placed on the upper tray, the cosmetic container will be flipped over at the time the upper tray is outwardly folded.

Furthermore, the common drawback of the above mentioned containers is that the trays are designed not to detach from the case. Once the user wants to clean the cosmetic container, the only way he/she can do is to clean the surface of the cosmetics container with a wet cloth. It is not only hard to clean, but also impossible to clean well in detail. To sum up, it obviously can not achieve the current needs based on the existing cosmetics container.

SUMMARY OF THE PRESENT INVENTION

A main object of the present invention is to provide a cosmetics container, wherein the cosmetic compact comprises an interactive drawer arrangement adapted to fully utilize and expose the upper and lower drawer for providing a variety of cosmetics or jewelry storage space with compact size.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a cosmetics container, wherein the overall weight of the upper and lower drawers is supported by the engaging gear such that when the upper and lower drawers are slid in the opposite opening directions, the center of gravity of the cosmetic container will remain the same in a stable manner.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a cosmetics container, wherein both of the upper and lower drawers slide away from each other through the engaging gears at the same time such that it simplify the operation of the expose the upper and lower drawers. In the same way, both the upper and lower drawers are slid towards each other through the engaging gears at the same time.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a cosmetics container, wherein the gear is supported by the upper and the lower groove of the sidewall and remains the supporting distance constant such that it simplify the structure and minimize the manufacturing cost.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a cosmetics container, wherein the upper and lower drawers are detachable such that the user is able to clean the detail of inside and outside of the cosmetics container.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a cosmetics container, wherein the upper and lower drawers are enclosed with the cover not only to ensure the unintentional folding operation of the upper and lower drawers but also to enhance the aesthetic appearance of the cosmetics container.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a cosmetics container, wherein the material of the cosmetics container is in light weight and the structural configuration of the cosmetics container is compact to enhance the portability thereof.

Accordingly, in order to accomplish the above objects, the present invention provides a container base comprising a container base, a container cover coupling with the container base to enclose the container base, and an interactive drawer arrangement.

The interactive drawer arrangement comprises an upper drawer slidably coupling between two sidewalls of the container base, a lower drawer slidably coupling between the sidewalls of the container base at a position underneath the upper drawer; and an interactive mechanism engaging between the upper and lower drawers to interactively shift the upper and lower drawers between an opened position and a closed position. At the opened position, the interactive mechanism is driven to automatically and concurrently shift the upper and lower drawers at two opposite opening directions so as to fully utilize and expose the upper and lower drawers. At the closed position, the interactive mechanism is driven to automatically and concurrently shift the upper and lower drawers at two opposite closing directions such that the upper and lower drawers are fully packed and enfolded in a double decked manner.

These and other objectives, features, and advantages of the present invention will become apparent from the following detailed description, the accompanying drawings, and the appended claims.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is an exploded perspective view of a cosmetic compact according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 2 is a perspective view of the cosmetic compact according to the above preferred embodiment of the present invention, illustrating the interactive drawer arrangement at a closed position.

FIG. 3 is a perspective view of a cosmetic compact according to the above preferred embodiment of the present invention, illustrating the interactive drawer arrangement at an opened position.

FIG. 4 is a sectional view of a cosmetic compact illustrating the position between the groove and the engaging gear according to the above preferred embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 5 is another sectional perspective view of the cosmetic compact according to the above preferred embodiment of the present invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

Referring to FIG. 1 to 5 of the drawings, a cosmetic container according to a preferred embodiment of the present invention is illustrated, wherein the cosmetic container, which is adapted for storing items such as cosmetics, watches and jewelries, comprises a container base 10, a container cover, 20, and an interactive drawer arrangement 30.

The container base 10 comprises a bottom wall 11 and two opposed sidewalls 12. The container cover 20 is coupled with the container base 10 to enclose the container base 10.

The interactive drawer arrangement 30 comprises an upper drawer 31 slidably coupling between two sidewalls 12 of the container base 10 and a lower drawer 32 slidably coupling between the sidewalls 12 of the container base 10 at a position underneath the upper drawer 31. Accordingly, the lower drawer 32 is supported between the upper drawer 31 and the bottom wall 11 of the container base 10. The interactive drawer arrangement 30 further comprises an interactive mechanism 33 engaging between the upper and lower drawers 31, 32 to interactively shift the upper and lower drawers 31, 32 between an opened position and a closed position.

At the opened position, the interactive mechanism 33 is driven to automatically and concurrently shift the upper and lower drawers 31, 32 at two opposite opening directions so as to fully utilize and expose the upper and lower drawers 31, 32, as shown in FIG. 3. At the closed position, the interactive mechanism 33 is driven to automatically and concurrently shift the upper and lower drawers 31, 32 at two opposite closing directions such that the upper and lower drawers 31, 32 are fully packed and enfolded in a double decked manner, as shown in FIG. 2.

As shown in FIGS. 1, 4 and 5, the container base 10 has a U-shaped cross section to define the two sidewalls 12 upwardly and parallely extended from two longitudinal edge of the bottom wall 11.

The container cover 20 comprises a first side panel 21 integrally and foldably extended from the container base 10, a top panel 22 integrally and foldably extended from the first side panel 21 edge-to-edge, and a second side panel 23 integrally and foldably extended from the top panel 22 edge-to-edge. Accordingly, the first side panel 21, having a height corresponding to a height of each of the sidewalls 12 of the container base 10, is integrally extended from one of the transverse edge of the container base 10. The top panel 22 has a size corresponding to a size of the bottom wall 11 of the container base 10. The second side panel 23 has a corresponding size of the first side panel 21 that the height of the second side panel 23 matches with the height of each of the sidewalls 12 of the container base 10.

The container cover 20 is foldably enclosed the interactive drawer arrangement 30 when the top panel 22 covers on top of the upper drawer 31 while the first and second side panels 21, 23 forms another two sidewalls of the container base 10 to enclose two opposed sides of the upper and lower drawers 31, 32. In other words, when the container cover 20 is folded to enclose the container base 10, the upper and lower drawers 31, 32 cannot be slid from the closed position to the opened position so as to retain the upper and lower drawers 31, 32 at the closed position.

According to the preferred embodiment, the upper and lower drawers 31, 32 are horizontally and parallely mounted between the sidewalls 12 of the container base 10 such that the upper and lower drawers 31, 32 are slid outwardly in the opposite direction at the opened position. In other words, the upper and lower drawers 31, 32 are slid inwardly in the opposite direction at the closed position.

Each of the upper and lower drawers 31, 32 contains a plurality of organizing compartments 311, 321 with different sizes, such that the organizing compartments 311, 321 are fully exposed when the upper and lower drawers 31, 32 are slid at the opened position, while only the organizing compartments 311 of the upper drawer 31 are exposed when the upper and lower drawers 31, 32 are slid at the closed position. In other words, the user is able to select different configurations of the cosmetic container by closing the container cover 20 to enclose all the organizing compartments 311, 321 of the upper and lower drawers 31, 32, by opening the container cover 20 to only expose the organizing compartments 311 of the upper drawer 31, or by sliding out the upper and lower drawers 31, 32 concurrently to fully expose all the organizing compartments 311, 321 of the upper and lower drawers 31, 32.

As shown in FIGS. 4 and 5, the interactive mechanism 33 comprises two elongated upper guiders 331 mounted at two sides of the upper drawer 31 respectively, two elongated lower guiders 332 mounted at two sides of the lower drawer 32 respectively, and two engaging gears 333 rotatably engaging between the upper and lower guiders 331, 332 such that when the upper drawer 31 is slid at the opening direction, the engaging gears 333 are driven to rotate to drive the lower drawer 32 to concurrently slide at the opposed opening direction.

It is wroth to mention that both the upper and lower drawers 31, 32 are slid away from each other through the engaging gears 333 at the same time to the opened position such that it simplify the operation of the expose the upper and lower drawers 31, 32. In the same way, both the upper and lower drawers 31, 32 are slid towards each other through the engaging gears 333 at the same time to the closed position.

As shown in FIG. 1, the container base 10 further has two upper sliding grooves 13 provided at the sidewalls 12 to slidably engage with the upper guiders 331 respectively, and two lower sliding groves 14 provided at the sidewalls 12 below the upper sliding grooves 13 to slidably engage with the lower guiders 332 respectively, such that the upper and lower drawers 31, 32 the guided to slide between the opened position and the closed position. Accordingly, when the upper drawers 31 is slidably mounted between the sidewalls 12 of the container base 10, the sliding engagement between the upper sliding grooves 13 and the upper guiders 331 can evenly distribute the overall weight of the upper drawer 31, especially the items are stored therein, to the sidewalls 12 of the container base 10. Likewise, when the lower drawers 32 is slidably mounted between the sidewalls 12 of the container base 10, the sliding engagement between the lower sliding grooves 14 and the lower guiders 332 can evenly distribute the overall weight of the lower drawer 32 to the sidewalls 12 of the container base 10. Therefore, when the upper and lower drawers 31, 32 are slid between the sidewalls 12 of the container base 10, the upper and lower drawers 31, 32 can keep the stably sliding movement thereof.

Each of the upper guiders 331 has a bottom teething track 3311 engaging with an upper portion of the respective engaging gear 333. Correspondingly, each of the lower guiders 332 has an upper teething track 3321 engaging with a lower portion of the respective engaging gear 333. It is worth to mention that the upper guiders 331 can be built-in with the upper drawer 31 that the bottom teething tracks 3311 are spacedly formed at a bottom side of the upper drawer 31. Likewise, the lower guiders 332 can be built-in with the lower drawer 32 that the upper teething tracks 3321 are spacedly formed at a top side of the lower drawer 32.

Accordingly, when the upper drawer 31 is slid outwardly, the engaging gears 33 are driven to rotate through the engagement of the bottom teething tracks 3311 respectively. The rotation of the engaging gears 33 will drive the lower drawer 32 to slide at the opposite direction of the upper drawer 31. In other words, when the upper drawer 31 is horizontally slid between the sidewalls 12 of the container base 10, the lower drawer 32 will automatically be slid at the opposite direction of the upper drawer 31.

According to the preferred embodiment, each of the upper and lower guiders 331, 332 further has a corresponding stopper end 3312, 3322 and an opposed opening end 3313, 3323, as shown in FIG. 5, wherein each of the engaging gears 333 is stopped being rotated at the stopper ends 3312, 3322 of the upper and lower guiders 331, 332 to retain the upper and lower drawers 31, 32 at the opened position. The stopper ends 3312 of the upper guiders 331 are formed at one side of the upper drawer 31 wherein the stopper ends 3322 of the lower guiders 332 are formed at another side of the lower drawer 31 with respect to the upper drawer 31. Therefore, when the upper and lower drawers 31, 32 are slid at the opened position, the distance between the stopper ends 3312 of the upper guiders 331 and the stopper ends 3322 of the lower guiders 332 is reduced until the stopper end 3312, 3322 of the upper and lower guiders 331, 332 reach the engaging gear 333. Once the stopper end 3312, 3322 of the upper and lower guiders 331, 332 reach the engaging gear 333, the upper and lower drawers 31, 32 cannot be further slid with respect to the sidewalls 12 of the container base 10.

When the upper and lower drawers 31, 32 are slid at the closed position, the distance between the stopper ends 3312 of the upper guiders 331 and the stopper ends 3322 of the lower guiders 332 is increased. In other words, the distance between the opening ends 3313 of the upper guiders 331 and the opening ends 3323 of the lower guiders 332 is reduced. It is worth to mention that when the upper and lower drawers 31, 33 is kept sliding after the closed position, the upper and lower drawers 31, 32 are slid out of the container base 10 through the opening ends 3313, 3323 of the upper and lower guiders 331, 332.

Accordingly, the traditional container does not provide the slide-out configuration of the tray. Once the user wants to clean inside the cosmetic container, especially the bottom wall 11 of the container base 10, the user is able to slidably detach the upper and lower drawers 31, 32 from the container base 10. Then, the upper and lower drawers 31, 32 can be slid to engage with the engaging gears 333 to mount the upper and lower drawers 31, 32 back between the sidewalls 12 of the container base 10. In other words, the present invention also provides a simple but secure assembling operation of the upper and lower drawers 31, 32.

The engaging gears 333 are rotatably affixed to the sidewalls 12 of the container base 10 to retain the engaging gears 333 in position. More particularly, a center of each of the engaging gears 333 is coupled at the respective sidewall 12 at a position between the upper and lower sliding grooves 13, 14. Accordingly, the engaging gears 333 can substantially support the weight of the upper drawer 31 and thus retain the distance between the upper and lower drawers 31, 32. Since the engaging gears 333 are supported at the middle of the sidewalls 12 of the container base 10, the center of gravity of the cosmetics container will keep at the center thereof even though the upper and lower drawers 31, 32 are slid outwardly so as to maintain the stabilization of the cosmetics container of the present invention.

It is worth to mention that the engaging gears 333 are rotatably mounted at inner sides of the sidewalls 12 of the container base 10. The upper and lower sliding grooves 13, 14 are formed at the inner sides of the sidewalls 12 of the container base 10 to receive the upper and lower guiders 331, 332. The width of each of the upper and lower drawers 31, 32 is slightly smaller than a distance between the sidewalls 12 of the container base 10. Therefore, when the upper and lower drawers 31, 32 are slidably mounted between the sidewalls 12 of the container base 10, the interactive mechanism 33 hidden within the container base 10 so as to enhance the aesthetic appearance of the cosmetic container of the present invention.

One skilled in the art will understand that the embodiment of the present invention as shown in the drawings and described above is exemplary only and not intended to be limiting.

It will thus be seen that the objects of the present invention have been fully and effectively accomplished. The embodiments have been shown and described for the purposes of illustrating the functional and structural principles of the present invention and is subject to change without departure from such principles. Therefore, this invention includes all modifications encompassed within the spirit and scope of the following claims.