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Multiple toilet paper holder and dispenser

United States Patent
WWW.USPTO.GOV
7,374,128
Hendrix, et al.
May 20, 2008

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Multiple toilet paper holder and dispenser


Abstract
A toilet paper dispenser that is configured to retain and subsequently
dispense a plurality of toilet paper rolls. The toilet paper dispenser
further includes a front wall, a rear wall and two side walls that are
configured to create a container that is generally rectangular in
shape having an interior volume. Contiguously mounted to the front
wall proximate the upper portion of the container is a door hingedly
mounted to allow access to the interior volume for loading of toilet
paper rolls. An access flap is mounted generally beneath the door
contiguous with the front wall and is hingedly mounted to provide
access to the interior volume for retrieval of depleted toilet paper
rolls. The access flap further includes a slot that is configured to
dispense sheets of toilet paper from the adjacent toilet paper roll
substantially disposed within the interior volume of the container.


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Inventors: Hendrix; Roy D. (Tulsa, OK), Hendrix; Alexis (Tulsa, OK)
Appl. No.: 11/486,570
Filed: July 14, 2006

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Related U.S. Patent Documents

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Application Number Filing Date Patent Number Issue Date
60699896 Jul., 2005


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Current U.S. Class: 242/560.3 ; 242/594.4; 242/594.5
Current International Class: B65H 49/00 (20060101)
Field of Search:
242/560,560.2,560.3,561,594,594.1,594.3,594.4,594.5,594.6
D6/518,519,520,523



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References Cited [Referenced By]

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U.S. Patent Documents

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D472398 April 2003 Sparkowski
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Primary Examiner: Rivera; William A
Attorney, Agent or Firm: Galasso; Raymond M. Galasso & Associates, LP
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Parent Case Text

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PRIORITY UNDER 35 U.S.C. .sctn.119(e) & 37 C.F.R. O1.78

This nonprovisional application claims priority based upon the
following prior U.S. provisional patent application entitled: Multiple
holder for toilet paper recessed tray, Application No. 60/699,896,
filed Jul. 15, 2005, in the names of Roy D. Hendrix and Alexis
Hendrix, which is hereby incorporated by reference for all purposes.
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Claims

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What is claimed is:

1. A toilet paper holder and dispenser comprising: a container, said
container having at least one wall configured to define an interior
volume, said container having an interior volume being sufficient in
size to accommodate a plurality of toilet paper rolls therein; a first
door configured to open and close about at least one of said plurality
of toilet paper rolls; and a second door, said second door having a
slot configured to dispense sheets from at least one of said plurality
of rolls of toilet paper from said container.

2. The toilet paper dispenser as recited in claim 1, wherein said
container is configured such that a first of said plurality of toilet
paper rolls and a second of said plurality of said toilet paper rolls
are positioned side-by-side.

3. The toilet paper dispenser as recited in claim 1, wherein said
container is configured such that a first of said plurality of toilet
paper rolls and a second of said plurality of said toilet paper rolls
are positioned one above the other.

4. The toilet paper dispenser as recited in claim 1, wherein said
second door is operable to provide access to said container for
removal of depleted toilet paper roll and insertion of full toilet
paper rolls.

5. The toilet paper dispenser recited in claim 4, wherein said
container is mountable at least partially recessed into a wall.

6. A toilet paper dispenser comprising: a container, said container
having a plurality of walls, including two side walls and a rear wall,
said container being configured with an interior volume being
sufficient to receive a plurality of toilet paper rolls therein; a
first door movably connected to said container and operable between an
open position and a closed position; and a second door movably
connected to said container and operable between an open position and
a closed position; said second door further including a slot; said
slot configured to facilitate the dispensing of toilet paper from one
of said plurality of toilet paper rolls.

7. The toilet paper dispenser as recited in claim 6, wherein said
first door moves about at least one of said plurality of toilet paper
rolls when moving between said open position and said closed position.

8. The toilet paper dispenser recited in claim 7, wherein said second
door moves about at least a second of said plurality of toilet paper
rolls when moving between said open position and said closed position.

9. The toilet paper dispenser as recited in claim 6, wherein said
container is configured to accommodate therein a plurality of toilet
paper rolls configured in adjacent and approximately equivalent stacks.

10. The toilet paper dispenser as recited in claim 9, wherein said
container is to be mountable at least partially recessed into a wall.

11. A toilet paper dispenser configured to retain and dispense four
toilet paper rolls comprising: a container, said container having two
side walls, a rear wall, and a front wall configured to define an
interior volume, said container having an upper portion that is
generally arcuate in shape, said container being generally rectangular
in shape and having an interior volume being sufficient in size to
accommodate a plurality of toilet paper rolls therein; a first door
and a second door, said first door being mounted proximate the upper
portion of said container and further being contiguous with said front
wall, said first door having a first and second position, said first
door configured to access the interior volume of said container for
allowing the installation of four toilet paper rolls therein, said
second door being mounted proximate the lower portion of said
container generally beneath said first door and further being
contiguous with said front wall, said second door having a first and
second position, said second door accessing the interior volume of
said container to remove at least one of said plurality of toilet
paper rolls; and a slot, said slot being mounted in said second door,
said slot being configured have a sheet of toilet paper journaled
therethrough from an adjacent toilet paper roll substantially disposed
within the interior volume of said container.

12. The toilet paper dispenser as recited in claim 11, wherein said
container is configured to retain the four toilet paper rolls in
generally planar manner.

13. The toilet paper dispenser as recited in claim 12, wherein said
container is mounted adjacent a conventional wall, said container
further being partially recessed into the conventional wall.

14. The toilet paper dispenser as recited in claim 13, wherein the
container is manufactured from plastic.

15. The toilet paper dispenser as recited in claim 14, wherein said
first door and said second door further include an attachment
mechanism to releasably secure said first door and said second door to
said front wall in their first position.

16. The toilet paper dispenser recited in claim 11, wherein said
container is configured to retain the four toilet paper rolls in a
generally planar manner and wherein the toilet paper rolls are
configured in adjacent and approximately equivalent stacks.
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Description

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FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to a toilet paper holder and dispenser,
more specifically but not by way of limitation, a toilet paper holder
and dispenser that is designed to accommodate a multiple roles of
toilet paper and facilitate the protection of the toilet paper rolls
and the successional use hereof.

BACKGROUND

Good hygiene is a routine practice for most individuals and is
practiced on a daily basis. Toilet paper is a routine part of
practicing good hygiene. Toilet paper holders have been in use for
years and are routinely located proximate a toilet for a user to
access when required. Typically, a conventional toilet paper holder is
comprised of a U-shaped bracket or dual post structure that is secured
to the wall or cabinet with a spring-loaded telescoping member
intermediate the opposing forks of the toilet paper holder. This
typical installation is designed for rotatably supporting a single
roll of toilet paper.

One problem with toilet paper holders is that the typical toilet paper
holder can only secure one roll at a time. As the toilet paper holder
is emptied an individual must have a refill roll available and change
the roll frequently. If the roll is not filled for the next individual
to make use of the restroom facilities it can create a difficult
situation for that individual.

Another issue with typical toilet paper holders is that they leave the
toilet paper roll exposed whereby the exposed toilet paper is easily
accessible to children or pets who often proceed to unwind at least a
portion of the toilet paper roll. This creates excessive waste and
frustration for the individual required to clean up after the pet or
child.

Accordingly, there is a need for a toilet paper dispenser that has the
ability to store and subsequently dispense a plurality of toilet paper
rolls and simultaneously conceal and protect the toilet paper rolls
inhibiting any unwanted dispensing of the toilet paper roll contained
therein.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

It is the object of the present invention to provide a toilet paper
dispenser that provides for storage, protection and subsequent
dispensing of multiple toilet paper rolls.

It is a further object of the present invention to provide a toilet
paper dispenser that stores the rolls in a concealed container to
prevent unwanted disposal.

Yet another object of the present-invention is to provide a toilet
paper holder and dispenser that stores and subsequently dispenses a
plurality of toilet paper rolls that can be partially recessed into a
wall proximate a toilet.

A further object of the present invention is to provide a toilet paper
holder and dispenser that stores and subsequently dispenses a
plurality of toilet paper rolls that is lightweight and inexpensive.

To the accomplishment of the above and related objects the present
invention may be embodied in the form illustrated in the accompanying
drawings. Attention is called to the fact that the drawings are
illustrative only. Variations are contemplated as being a part of the
present invention, limited only by the scope of the claims.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

A more complete understanding of the present invention may be had by
reference to the following Detailed Description and appended claims
when taken in conjunction with the accompanying Drawing wherein:

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of an embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 2 is a cross sectional view of the embodiment of the present
invention shown partially recessed into a wall;

FIG. 3 is a perspective view of an alternative embodiment of the
present invention; and

FIG. 4 is a perspective view of another alternative embodiment of the
present invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

Referring now to the drawings, wherein various elements depicted
therein are not necessarily drawn to scale and wherein like elements
and designated with like reference numerals throughout the views and
figures, and in particular FIGS. 1 and 2, there is illustrated a
preferred embodiment of toilet paper dispenser 100 constructed
according to the principles of the present invention.

The toilet paper dispenser 100 comprises a container 5 that further
includes side two walls 35 and 36, a rear wall 50 and a front wall 60.
The container 5 is substantially hollow with an interior volume
sufficient in size to accommodate multiple toilet paper rolls 115 (see
FIG. 2). The front wall 60 further includes a door 20 hingedly mounted
proximate the edge 25. Beneath the door 20 is a access flap 40 that
has incorporated therein a slot 30.

The container 5 is manufactured of a suitable durable material such as
plastic utilizing conventional manufacturing processes such as but not
limited to injection molding. The container 5 is designed to be
partially recessed into a standard household wall that is manufactured
from wood studs and drywall. Those skilled in the art should recognize
that although it is desired that the container 5 be mounted partially
recessed into a wall, the container 5 could be mounted superposed to a
wall and still achieve the desired functionality as described herein.

The side walls 35 and 36 are generally perpendicular and contiguous
with the rear wall 50. The side walls 35 and 36 are rectangular in
shape having an upper portion 70 that is generally arcuate in shape.
Those skilled in the art will recognize that the upper portion 70 of
the side walls 35 and 36 could be numerous different shapes other than
the shape illustrated in the drawings submitted herewith. The
container 5 has an interior volume to accommodate approximately four
toilet paper rolls 115 as shown in particular in FIG. 2. It is further
contemplated within the scope of the present invention that the
container 5 could be manufactured in a plurality of different sizes in
order to accommodate therein different amounts of toilet paper rolls
115 configured in different orientations. More specifically but not by
way of limitation, the container 5 could be configured to have an
interior volume to retain four toilet paper rolls 115 configured in
two equivalent and generally parallel stacks. It is contemplated that
the container 5 be available in a plurality of configuration with
numerous different toilet paper roll 115 capacities and have the
ability to be partially recessed into a conventional household wall
intermediate to wall studs 110 that are approximately sixteen inches
apart. Those skilled in the art will recognize that the container 5
could be utilized to retain as few as one toilet paper roll 115.
Furthermore, those skilled in the art will recognize that the
container could be manufactured in numerous different colors and
designs without departing from the desired function as described
herein. It should also be recognized by those skilled in the art that
the container 5 could be manufactured from numerous different amounts
of walls in order to create an interior volume.

The front wall 60 is mounted generally perpendicular to side walls 35
and 36 and is intermediate thereto. The front wall 60 is manufactured
from a suitable durable and rigid material such as but not limited to
plastic. Hingedly mounted to the front wall 60 is a door 20. The door
20 is hingedly mounted proximate the bottom edge 25 using a mechanical
fastener such as but not limited to a piano type hinge.

The door 20 functions to provide access to the interior volume of the
container 5 allowing a user to load into the toilet paper dispenser
100 the desired amount of toilet paper rolls 115. While the door 20 is
shown in the drawings submitted herewith as being hingedly mounted to
the front wall 60, it is further contemplated within the scope of the
present invention that the door 20 could be mounted in a plurality of
different manners. More specifically but not by way of limitation, the
door 20 could be mounted on tracks whereby the door 20 would be rolled
generally upwards and inward towards the container 5 permitting a user
to access the interior volume of the container to stack the desired
number of toilet paper rolls 115 therein (see FIGS. 3 and 4 described
herein below).

The door 20 further includes an attachment mechanism 22 that functions
to releasably secure the door 20 to the front wall 60 subsequent to
loading of the toilet paper rolls 115 and maintain the door 20 in a
closed position.

Beneath the door 20 is an access flap 40. The access flap 40 is
mounted by suitable mechanical methods to the front wall 60. More
specifically but not by way of limitation the access flap 40 could be
mounted with a piano type hinge or track mounted allowing the access
flap 40 to be rolled generally upward and inward towards the interior
volume of the container 5. Disposed within the access flap 40
proximate the top portion 45 is a slot 30. The slot 30 is generally
rectangular in shape and of suitable size to accommodate the passing
therethrough sheets of toilet paper. A user will journal paper from
the toilet paper roll 115 adjacent to the access flap 40 thereby
functioning to allow a user to dispense the desired amount of toilet
paper from the toilet paper roll 115 via the slot 30.

The access flap 40 is releasably secured to the front wall with a
keeper 80. The keeper 80 functions to maintain the access flap 40 in a
closed position while a user dispenses paper from the toilet paper
roll 115 adjacent thereto. The keeper 80 is manufactured utilizing
suitable mechanical methods.

It is further contemplated within the scope of the present invention
that the container 5 further includes a plurality of retractable
rotating pins internally mounted on the side walls 35 and 36 that are
designed to releasably secure a toilet paper roll 115 placed thereon.
Furthermore, it is also contemplated within the scope of the present
invention that the container 5 further include a button that would
function to release the empty toilet paper roll 115 from the
retractable rotating pins engaged therewith subsequent to the
depletion of the toilet paper roll 115 or when a user desires to
remove the toilet paper roll 115 from the container 5.

Those skilled in the art will recognize that the toilet paper
dispenser 100 could be adapted to hold a variety of different types of
rolled paper products. More specifically but not by way of limitation,
the container 5 could be adapted to retain and subsequently dispense a
plurality of conventional paper towel rolls for use in numerous areas
other than a bathroom.

Referring now to FIG. 3, there is illustrated an alternative
embodiment of a toilet paper dispenser 300. As illustrated toilet
paper dispenser 300 includes a body 305 configured to receive two
toilet paper rolls 315 positioned side-by-side. A door 310 is movably
connected to body 305 and can be opened and closed about toilet paper
rolls 315. Door 310 is configured to be rolled generally upward and
inward towards the interior of body 305 when in the open positioned,
and it is rolled downward and away from the interior of body 305 when
in the closed positioned (as similarly shown in FIG. 4).

Referring now to FIG. 4, there is illustrated an alternative
embodiment of a toilet paper dispenser 400. As illustrated toilet
paper dispenser 400 includes a body 405 configured to receive two sets
of toilet paper rolls 415 positioned side-by-side with one set
positioned above the other. A first set of toilet paper rolls is
positioned behind 410 and the second set of toilet paper rolls is
positioned behind door 420. Each of the doors 410 and 420 are movably
connected to body 405 and can be opened and closed about the toilet
paper rolls. Each of the doors 410 and 420 are configured to be rolled
generally upward and inward towards the interior of body 405 when in
the open positioned (as similarly shown in FIG. 3), and it is rolled
downward and away from the interior of body 405 when in the closed
positioned. In this embodiment, it is contemplated that the body 405
of toilet paper dispense 400 could be configured with a width to
accommodate a single role behind each door 410 and 420.

Referring in particular to FIG. 1 submitted herewith, a description of
the operation of the toilet paper dispenser 100 is as follows. In use,
a user will mount the toilet paper dispenser 100 intermediate
conventional wall studs 110 through an appropriate sized aperture in
the adjacent wall material such that the container 5 is partially
recessed into to wall. Subsequent to mounting the container 5
utilizing suitable mechanical methods, a user will engage the
attachment mechanism 22 of the door 20 to allow access to the interior
volume of the container 5. A user will then place the desired number
of toilet paper rolls 115 into the container 5 and return the door 20
to its closed position. When needed the user will access the paper
contained on the toilet paper roll 115 via the slot 30 mounted in the
access flap 40. Once the toilet paper roll 115 adjacent to the access
flap 40 has been depleted, the user will engage the keeper 80 to open
the access flap 40 and remove the depleted toilet paper roll 115. As
the depleted toilet paper roll 115 is removed, the adjacent toilet
paper roll 115 transitions to replace the removed toilet paper roll
115. The user then threads the toilet paper through the slot 30 and
returns the access flap 40 to a closed position. This process is
repeated until all of the toilet paper rolls 115 disposed within the
interior volume of the container 5 are depleted. The container 5 is
then re-loaded with the desired number of toilet paper rolls 115 and
the process is repeated.

In the preceding detailed description, reference has been made to the
accompanying drawings that form a part hereof, and in which are shown
by way of illustration specific embodiments in which the invention may
be practiced. These embodiments, and certain variants thereof, have
been described in sufficient detail to enable those skilled in the art
to practice the invention. It is to be understood that other suitable
embodiments may be utilized and that logical changes may be made
without departing from the spirit or scope of the invention. The
description may omit certain information known to those skilled in the
art. The preceding detailed description is, therefore, not intended to
be limited to the specific forms set forth herein, but on the
contrary, it is intended to cover such alternatives, modifications,
and equivalents, as can be reasonably included within the spirit and
scope of the appended claims. For more information go to
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