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IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000004411D
Publication Date: 2000-Nov-08
Document File: 2 page(s) / 33K

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U.S. 5,733,170: PATENT [+1]


Herein are described fillable bags to form a turkey and method thereof

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In many parts of the world, it has become popular for homeowners to celebrate various seasons and holidays by placing temporary lawn decorations out on display on the exterior regions of the property. People will place figures formed of bags filled with disposable materials on their property in order to engage in the festivities, as in U.S. 5,733,170 and IP.com Publication IPCOM000004401D. For example, to celebrate Christmas, people might place a figure of Santa Claus and his reindeer on their property, while for Thanksgiving people might place Pilgrims on their property. However, disclosure only exists for humanoid based designs. There is interest in other designs. One such relevant design would be a sample turkey useful for Thanksgiving decorations

The solution is a design connection based on animal physiology. U.S. 5,733,170 discloses a product and method of forming the product that leads to a humanoid design. This disclosure, when carried out properly, leads to the formation of a turkey. The figure shows the product 100 just prior to attachment of the requisite components, similar to that in U.S. 5,733,170. This invention has two embodiments. In the first embodiment, the product includes five fillable bags (110, 120, 130, 140, 150). All of the bags can be made of cloth or plastic or similar light material. Bag 110 would be the torso of the turkey, Bag 120 would be the head, Bag 130 would be the tail feathers, and Bags 140, 150, would be legs. The bags can be filled with leaves, newspapers, grass clippings or other similar materials that are light. The peripheral bags (head 110, tail 130, and legs 140, 150, 160, 170) can be attached to torso bag 120 by various conventional methods, such as tape, tie strings, glue, or velcro patches, in the locations shown by the dashed arrows. After attachment, the bags can be displayed as part of a Thanksgiving display with "Pilgrim Man" of Technical Publication 260001. The method involves filling the appropiate bags, attaching at the locations as shown in the arrows, and displaying the article.

In the second embodiment, head 120, tail feathers 130, and legs 140 and 150 are made either of paper or styrofoam. These components would be much smaller, volume-wise, then bag 110 and would not adversely affect the storage size of the article, while also providing greater support for these peripheral elements. The method for this variant design involves filling the torso bag 110, attaching at the peripheral elements at the locations as shown in the arrows, and displaying the article.

This invention would increase the amount of decorative options available for customers while still retaining the storage flexibility of prior inventions.

Anticipated U.S. Classes : Class 446; Class 206; Class 428