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作成 : 2006.07.15

 

明日からワシントンDCへ出張です。初のアメリカでやや緊張気味です。

 

 

アメリカの同時多発テロが起こって以来、アメリカに行く際はスーツケースなどに施錠をしないでおかないと、ロックが破壊される可能性もあります。

 

 

そこで最近注目されているのがTSAロック付スーツケースベルト。

 

 

 

 

 

 

この出張用にスーツケースを買った際に、このスーツケースベルトも同時に購入しました(私はビックカメラで買いました。しかも荷物を見分けやすいように目立つレインボーを買いました)。

 

 

さて、このスーツケースベルト。よ~く見るとアメリカの特許番号が書いてあるんです。

 

 

その番号はUS6016675。

 

 

出張直前ですが、この特許について調べてみました。図面を見ると3桁の番号設定のところが微妙に違いますが、ほぼ製品と同じ構成です。あと特許権者は台湾の個人の方なんですね。このアイデアでかなり儲かっているんですかね。うらやましいぃ~

 

 

【アメリカ特許番号】
US6016675

【発明の名称】
Retaining device provided with lock

【発明者】
Te; Yu Chun

【要約】
A retaining device is composed of a male retainer, a female retainer, and a lock. The male retainer is provided with a retaining tongue. The female retainer is provided with a base and a retaining piece. The lock is fastened with the rear section of the retaining piece. Located at the junction of the retaining piece and the lock is a shaft by which the lock and the retaining piece are fastened pivotally with the base in conjunction with a spring. The retaining piece and the lock act simultaneously. The lock serves to lock or unlock the retaining device. The lock also serves to buckle or unbuckle the male retainer and the female retainer of the retaining device.

【請求項】
1. A retaining apparatus for fastening ends of a strap together comprising:

a male retainer having a retaining tongue and a frame with an adjustment rod extending thereacross, said adjustment rod adapted to receive one end of the strap therein, said retaining tongue having a retaining edge formed thereon;

a female retainer comprising a base and a retaining piece, said base having an insertion port adapted to receive said retaining tongue of said male retainer, said base having a receiving space formed therein, said base having an arresting piece affixed in said receiving space adjacent to said insertion port, said retaining piece having a retaining edge formed thereon, said retaining edge of said retaining piece adapted to selectively engage with said retaining edge of said retaining tongue of said male retainer, said base having a cord fastening rod extending thereacross, said cord fastening rod adapted to receive another end of the strap therein, said base of said female retainer covering said adjustment rod of said male retainer when said retaining edge of said retaining piece engages with the said retaining edge of said retaining tongue; and

a lock pivotally connected at a pivoting point connected to said retaining piece of said female retainer, said lock and said retaining piece being received within said receiving space, said lock resiliently connected to said retaining piece by a spring such that said retaining piece moves simultaneous with said lock, said retaining edge of said retaining piece displaceable upwardly upon a downward pressing action on said lock so as to release said retaining edge of said retaining tongue from said retaining edge of said retaining piece, said lock displaceable upwardly from said receiving space upon a downward movement of said retaining piece .

 

 

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2006.07.15