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US5060994: Vehicle door guard

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Filing Information

Inventor(s) Charlesworth R. Martin · Edward O. Adusei ·
Assignee(s) MARTIN CHARLESWORTH R · ADUSEI EDWARD O ·
Attorney/Agent(s) Griffin Branigan & Butler ·
Primary Examiner Dennis H. Pedder ·
Application Number US7550484
Filing date 07/10/1990
Issue date 10/29/1991
Predicted expiration date 07/10/2010
U.S. Classifications 293/128  · 267/140  ·
International Classifications B60R 1942  ·
Kind CodeA
International Classifications 2931;102;128 ·
15 Claims, No Drawings


Abstract

A vehicle door guard (10) is constructed of a one-piece resilient elongated body member (12) extruded as one piece to have a slot (18) along a length of a front surface thereof. After the elongated body member is extruded, two separated, semi-circular, transverse hinge notches (42 and 44) are cut into the front surface for separating first and second end portions (58 and 60) of the body member and first and second elongated magnets (14 and 16) are mounted in first and second portions of the elongated slot in the respective first and second end portions. The semi-circularly shaped notches are separated by a plateau (46), through which the elongated slot extends without a magnet therein, by an approximate distance equal to the radius (37) of the semi-circular notches.

Independent Claims | See all claims (15)

  1. 1. A portable vehicle body bumper for being selectively placed upon an outer surface of a vehicle body to protect said outer surface from contact with other objects, such as doors of other vehicles, said vehicle body bumper comprising:a resilient elongated body member molded as one piece having front and back surfaces and side surfaces, said body member having a thickness dimension between said front and back surface and being made of a material such that when said front surface lies against said vehicle outer surface being protected said back surface will impinge upon said other objects and prevent them from striking said protected outer surface, said front surface of said elongated body member defining a slot extending along a length thereof and being bounded by shoulders adjacent said side surfaces, said front surface of said elongated body member further defining at least first and second transverse hinge notches therein positioned between first and second end portions of said elongated body member at which said elongated body member can be easily folded about axis approximately parallel to said front surface and approximately perpendicular to an axis of elongation of said body member so as to bring first and second front surface portions of said first and second end portions into contact with one another, said at least first and second hinge notches being separated by a plateau;first and second elongated magnets having front and back surfaces and side surfaces, said first and second elongated magnets being respectively positioned in said slot in said first and second end portions;whereby said resilient elongated body member can be extended with said first and second end portions being approximately aligned one to the other so as to attach said front surfaces of said magnets on said outer surface of said vehicle by magnetic attraction to hold said elongated resilient body member on said vehicle outer surface and can be folded on itself at said first and second hinge notches to bring said front surfaces of said first and second magnets into contact so as to hold said first and second end portions together in a folded configuration;wherein said plateau is of such a length that it allows said front surfaces of said magnets, to make flush contact with one another when said vehicle body bumper is in said folded configuration approximately in front of a front surface of said plateau.
  2. 9. A method of constructing a portable vehicle body bumper comprising the steps of:extruding a continuous resilient elongated piece of foam resinous plastic having a front surface thereof;cutting said elongated body member to be a definite length and forming two transverse hinge notches in said front surface to be substantially semi-circular in configuration and to be separated by a plateau, said notches being formed so that a length of said plateau is approximately the same as an approximate radius of said substantially semi-circular hinge notches;mounting two magnets on said front surface on first and second end portions of said elongated body member positioned on opposite sides of said transverse hinge notches;whereby a vehicle body bumper is produced whose first and second portions can be extended about said transverse hinge notches into a linear configuration so that front surfaces of said magnets can be placed against a vehicle outer surface for mounting said vehicle body bumper on said vehicle outer surface by magnetic attraction of the first and second magnetic strips and which can be folded about eh hinge notches so that said front surfaces of said magnetic strips come in contact with each other and hold the vehicle door guard in said folded configuration.
  3. 15.15. A portable vehicle body bumper for being selectively placed upon an outer surface of a vehicle body to protect said outer surface from contact with other objects, such as doors of other vehicles, said vehicle body bumper comprising:a resilient elongated body member molded as one piece having front and back surfaces and side surfaces, said body member having a thickness dimension between said front and back surfaces and being made of a material such that when said front surface lies against said vehicle outer surface being protected said back surface will impinge upon said other objects and prevent them from striking said protected outer surface, said front surface of said elongated body member defining a slot extending along a length thereof and being bounded by shoulders adjacent said side surfaces, said front surface of said elongated body member further defining at least first and second transverse hinge notches therein positioned between first and second end portions of said elongated body member at which said elongated body member can be easily folded about axes approximately parallel to said front surface and approximately perpendicular to an axis of elongation of said body member so as to bring first and second end portions into contact with one another, said at least first and second hinge notches being separated by a plateau;first and second elongated magnets having front and back surfaces and side surfaces, said first and second elongated magnets being respectively positioned in said slot in said first and second end portions;whereby said resilient elongated body member can be extended with said first and second end portions being approximately aligned one to the other so as to attach said front surfaces of said magnets on said outer surface of said vehicle by magnetic attraction to hold said elongated resilient body member on said vehicle outer surface and can be folded on itself at said first and second hinge notches to bring said front surfaces of said first and second magnets into contact so as to hold said first and second end portions together in a folded configuration;wherein said transverse hinge notches are substantially semi-circular in shape, with the length of a front surface of said plateau being approximately an approximate radius of said substantially semi-circular notches.

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