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United States Patent D540,539
Gutierrez April 17, 2007

Protective case for a memory storage device which is connectable to a computer or an MP3 player device


CLAIM The ornamental design for a protective case for a memory storage device which is connectable to a computer or an MP3 player device, as shown and described.
Inventors: Gutierrez; Greg (Foothill Ranch, CA)
Assignee: Griffin Technology, Inc. (Nashville, TN)
Appl. No.: D/231,997
Filed: June 13, 2005

Current U.S. Class: D3/269 ; D14/484.1; D3/201; D3/302
Current International Class: 0301
Field of Search: D3/201,218,269,273,302 D6/407 D14/156,356,370,433,474,483,496 224/610 206/307,307.1,308.1

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Other References

Griffin Technology iVault Aluminum Case folr iPod Shuffle. Downloaded Oct. 24, 2006 at http://www.mediaatlantic.com/product.php/70089/0//5a552805fd556f40d920ebD- eb998fba9bb8. cited by examiner .
Griffin iVault iPod shuffle Aluminum Case. Downloaded Oct. 24, 2006 at http://www.universitycomputers.com/ePOS/this_category=105&store=210&item_- number=griffin_ivault... cited by examiner .
Ipod Cases, item # IP-100, Ningbo Sanyou Industry Limited. Downloaded Oct. 24, 2006 at http://www.cameras-cases.com/ipod-cases-1000.htm. cited by examiner.

Primary Examiner: Hyder; Philip S.
Assistant Examiner: (Ulm) Cody; RoseLynne
Attorney, Agent or Firm: McKee; Michael E.


FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a protective case showing my new design;

FIG. 2 is a side elevational view thereof as seen from the left in FIG. 1, the right side elevational view thereof being a mirror image;

FIG. 3 is a front elevational view thereof as seen from the right in FIG. 2;

FIG. 4 is a top view thereof;

FIG. 5 is a back view thereof; and,

FIG. 6 is a bottom view thereof.

The four circular elements shown in broken lines in FIG. 6 represent portions of the design that form no part of the claim.

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