US 10,889,435 B2
Leaf collection apparatus
Roger Jetter, Aurora, CO (US); Robert Sonnichsen, Aurora, CO (US); and Gary Constant, Golden, CO (US)
Filed by JCS Ventures, LLC, Aurora, CO (US)
Filed on Apr. 7, 2020, as Appl. No. 16/842,022.
Application 16/842,022 is a continuation of application No. 16/189,953, filed on Nov. 13, 2018.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/587,308, filed on Nov. 16, 2017.
Prior Publication US 2020/0231379 A1, Jul. 23, 2020
Int. Cl. B65F 1/10 (2006.01); B65B 67/12 (2006.01); B65B 67/04 (2006.01)
CPC B65F 1/10 (2013.01) [B65B 67/04 (2013.01); B65B 67/1238 (2013.01); B65F 2220/102 (2013.01); B65F 2240/138 (2013.01)] 16 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A debris collecting hoop comprising:
a center scoop located between and connected to a first extension and a second extension via hinges, said center scoop defining a leading scoop edge and a trailing scoop edge separated by a scoop width,
said trailing scoop edge is in-line with a first extension trailing edge of said first extension and a second extension trailing edge of said second extension;
at least a substantial portion of a first leading edge consisting of a first linear edge that is parallel to said first extension trailing edge with a first width that is narrower than said scoop width, said first extension comprising said first leading edge;
at least a substantial portion of a second leading edge consisting of a second linear edge that is parallel to said second extension trailing edge with a second width that is narrower than said scoop width, said second extension comprising said second leading edge;
said first extension including a first fastener configured to mate with a second fastener to attach said first extension to said second extension forming said debris collecting hoop, said debris collecting hoop configured to be received by an open end of a plastic bag, said plastic bag defined by said open end and a closed end, said debris collecting hoop never covering said bag closed end; and
said first extension and said second extension each possessing at least one pinch connector half that is configured to connect to an opposing pinch connector half in a mating relationship with a portion of a plastic bag interposed between said at least one pinch connector half and said opposing pinch connector half;
said first extension comprises a gusset with a first edge directly attached to said first linear edge and a second edge directly attached to said center scoop, a scoop-extension interface edge of said first extension is defined by the distance between said first extension trailing edge to where said gusset meets said leading scoop edge.