Global patent index - EP 0973674 A2

EP 0973674 A2 2000-01-26 - PORTABLE SCOOTER

Title (en)

PORTABLE SCOOTER

Title (de)

TRAGBARER ROLLER

Title (fr)

TROTTINETTE PORTABLE

Publication

EP 0973674 A2 (EN)

Application

EP 98914691 A

Priority

  • US 9807360 W
  • US 84342397 A
  • US 1332298 A

Abstract (en)

[origin: WO9846474A2] A portable, personal scooter is disclosed which is small, lightweight, and foldable for enhanced portability. A motorized version is controlled by a controller sensitive to platform load, among other things. Brake and suspension systems are shown, as are skids ahead of the rear wheels for navigating road hazards. Advantageous combinations of pivotable bearings and joints enable the scooter to be tilt-steered and easily folded for portage and storage. The arrangement of bearings and pivots provides for several folded configurations. The "half-folded" configuration is partially collapsed and permits the user either to carry it or to tow it on its rear wheels, much like wheeled airport luggage. The "fully-folded" configuration can be the size of a briefcase and easily carried, stored, or shipped. A collapsible brace provides rigidity for the steering shaft while allowing it to be turned for steering and to be tilted laterally. A special wheel suspension mechanism helps the front road wheel pass over an obstacle such as a curb. Wheel braking and suspension systems are also disclosed. Methods of collapsing and transporting the scooter are also disclosed.

IPC 1-7 (main, further and additional classification)

B62K 15/00

IPC 8 full level (invention and additional information)

B62K 3/00 (2006.01); B62K 15/00 (2006.01)

CPC (invention and additional information)

B62K 15/006 (2013.01); B62K 3/002 (2013.01)

Citation (search report)

See references of WO 9846474A2

Designated contracting state (EPC)

DE FR GB IT

EPO simple patent family

WO 9846474 A2 19981022; WO 9846474 A3 19981217; AU 6898998 A 19981111; EP 0973674 A2 20000126; TW 391938 B 20000601

INPADOC legal status

2002-12-11 [18D] DEEMED TO BE WITHDRAWN

- Effective date: 20011102

2000-01-26 [17P] REQUEST FOR EXAMINATION FILED

- Effective date: 19991115

2000-01-26 [AK] DESIGNATED CONTRACTING STATES:

- Kind Code of Ref Document: A2

- Designated State(s): DE FR GB IT