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BASKET RETAINER SYSTEM

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000246282D
Publication Date: 2016-May-23
Document File: 4 page(s) / 319K

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Bryan T. Fink: ATTORNEY

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Abstract

A retainer system for retaining a basket on slides of a drawer includes a plurality of retainer clips that are fastened to the right and left slides of the drawer. Each retainer clip incudes a base and two arms that extend upward from the base to define an L-shaped recess that is configured to receive a wire portion of the basket. The retainer clips are mounted to the slides such that the L-shaped recess of each retainer clip is directed away from the center of the drawer. Moreover, retainer clips on the left slide are spaced from retainer clips on the right slide such that installation of the basket requires the basket to be inserted into the retainer clips on one side and then slid horizontally so that the basket can be inserted into the retainer clips on the opposing side. Likewise, removal of the basket from the retainer clips requires the basket to be lifted on one side to remove the basket from retainer clips on that side and then slid horizontally so that the basket can be removed from the retainer clips on the opposite side of the basket.

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BASKET RETAINER SYSTEM

    The following description relates to a retainer system for a basket and in particular, a retainer system for a basket in a storage compartment of a refrigerator.

    Refrigerators can include one or more storage compartments such as, for example, a fresh food storage compartment and/or a frozen food storage compartment. Each storage compartment can include a drawer assembly having a sliding door that provides selective access to the storage compartment. The door can be slidably coupled to the storage compartment using a pair of slides that are mounted to right and left interior side walls of the storage compartment. Moreover, a basket can be hung from the right and left slides such the basket is suspended between the slides. As the door to the storage compartment is slid open, the basket can be pulled out of the storage compartment with the door. In some cases, the basket can become dislodged from the slides. For instance, the basket may become dislodged during shipping of the refrigerator or when the door to the storage compartment is being pulled open. The present description relates to a retainer system that can retain the basket on the right and left slides and prevent the basket from becoming dislodged.

    More specifically, as shown below, the retainer system includes a plurality of retainer clips that are fastened to the right and left slides of the drawer using, for example, a screw. Each retainer clip incudes a base and two arms that extend upward from the base to define an L- shaped recess that is configured to receive a wire portion of the basket. The retainer clips are mounted to the slides such that the L-shaped recess of each retainer clip is directed away from the center of the drawer. Moreover, retainer clips on the left slide are spaced from retainer clips on the right slide such that installation of the basket requires the basket to be inserted into the retainer clips on one side and then slid horizontally so that the basket can be inserted into the retainer clips on the opposing side. For example, the basket can be installed by inserting a left wire portion of the basket into the left retainer clip(s) and then moving the basket to the left so that a right wire portion of the basket can be inserted into the right retainer clip(s). Likewise, removal of the basket from the retainer clips requires the basket to be lifted on one side to remove the basket from retainer clips on that side and then slid horizontally so that the basket can be removed from the retainer clips on the opposite side of the basket. For exam...