Collapsible pet carrier

  • US 6,216,638 B1
  • Filed: 06/01/1999
  • Issued: 04/17/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/01/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A collapsible pet housing structure comprising:

  • a floor panel having a pair of parallel sides and a pair of ends extending between the sides;

    a pair of generally opposing walls hingedly attached to the parallel sides of said floor panel, each wall comprising at least two generally planar wall panels connected to one another by a hinge connection, each of the wall panels having an external surface and an internal surface, the internal surface of the wall panels of one wall facing the internal surface of the wall panels of the opposing wall, the hinged connection between the wall panels allowing the wall panels to cooperate with one another to retain the external surfaces of the wall panels at an angle greater than 180 degrees relative to one another, so that the hinged connection allows movement of the wall panels from;

    a first position where the external surfaces of the wall panels are at an acute angle relative to one another to a second position where the external surfaces of the wall panels are retained at an angle greater than 180 degrees relative to one another, the walls having means for retaining the external surfaces of the wall panels at the second position relative to one another;

    a roof panel, the roof panel being of a weight and extending between the walls and being hingedly connected to said walls; and

    a pair of endwalls, each endwall being hingedly attached to said floor panel at opposing ends of the floor panel, so that the roof panel is supported by said walls when said wall panels are at the second position, and so that the roof panel cooperates with the wall panels such that the weight of the roof panel assists in maintaining the wall panels in the second position.

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