Telescoping handle assembly for luggage and other luggable items

  • US 6,301,746 B1
  • Filed: 01/09/1998
  • Issued: 10/16/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/09/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A luggage item comprisinga container substantially in the shape of a rectangle including a back side and bottom surface, a wheel assembly mounted substantially at the interface of the back side and bottom surface of the container, and a telescoping handle assembly coupled to the container, the telescoping handle assembly including first and second telescoping posts extendible from the top surface of the container, and a cross member comprising a control bar coupled at and extending between the distal ends of the telescoping posts, the handle assembly further including a single unitary U-shaped handle coupled to and pivotal about the control bar to a storage position when the posts are collapsed within the container, and the U-shaped handle having substantially perpendicular first and second gripping surfaces for providing ergonomic gripping surfaces, and the U-shaped handle further being pivotal into any one of a plurality of selectable engageable fixed positions, to enable comfortable gripping by the hand of a user of the container for enabling the container to be moved via the wheel assembly.

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