Thule Group has filed a patent for fishing equipment carriers that include a rod housing and a support with an aperture to hold a fishing rod. GlobalData’s report on Thule Group gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

According to GlobalData, Thule Group's grant share as of June 2023 was 1%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Fishing equipment carrier with a rod housing and support

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Thule Group AB

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A recently filed patent (Publication Number: US20230180732A1) describes a fishing equipment carrier with several unique features. The carrier includes a rod housing and a support that is coupled to the rod housing and has an aperture for receiving a fishing rod. The support can be made up of a plurality of bristles and is positioned within the rod housing. Additionally, the carrier may include a rod centering holder located between two portions of the rod housing, with the support being situated within the holder. The aperture defined by the support is annular in shape.

Another embodiment of the fishing equipment carrier includes a rod housing with three longitudinally aligned slots. The first and second portions of the rod housing are extruded members, and a wider third slot is present in the coupling portion. A mounting foot can be attached to the rod housing and slidably disposed within the slots.

In yet another embodiment, the fishing equipment carrier consists of a rod housing and a reel housing. The reel housing has a base portion, a funnel portion, and a lid that can rotate between an open and closed position. The funnel portion is curved and integral with the base portion. The lid allows for the insertion of a fishing rod into the rod housing through the reel housing and can be closed to enclose a fishing reel within the reel housing.

Additionally, the patent describes a fishing equipment carrier with a reel housing, a base portion, and a rod stopper. The rod stopper has an upright portion that engages a fishing rod to limit its longitudinal displacement. The base portion is integral with the reel housing, and the rod stopper is slidably disposed within a slot in the base portion. The rod stopper can also rotate within the slot and is designed to abut the rod handle of the fishing rod.

The base portion of this embodiment includes a slot and a track with multiple notches. The rod stopper has a base with adjustment tabs and locking members, as well as a slot engaging member. The slot engaging member consists of a stem and a flange, with the stem positioned within the slot and the flange located under the slot. The adjustment tabs can be compressed to disengage the locking members and reposition the rod stopper along the slot. The flange is in the form of a disc.

These various embodiments of the fishing equipment carrier provide innovative solutions for securely holding and transporting fishing rods and reels.

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