Patents Examined by Frances Han
  • Patent number: 6099043
    Abstract: A coupon catalogue comprising a pack of equal sized cards which is readily concealable and carried on the person in a clothing pocket or a purse or a wallet, which can be fanned to expose all of the cards in the pack for simultaneous viewing, and which can be utilized to obtain complimentary goods and services without requiring that portions of the catalogue be torn, punched, marked, or located by using a table of contents in the coupon catalogue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Inventor: Gerald A. Story
  • Patent number: 6039357
    Abstract: A protected/security document is provided that foils counterfeiting even if a laser photocopy machine (such as a Canon 500 color copier) is utilized. The document has at least three discrete half-tone printed bands disposed on its surface, provided by dots or lines. Each printed band has a different screen density and within each bands the dots or lines comprise a warning word or symbol (e.g. "Void"), or a background. The dots or lines of either the "Void" or background drop out when photocopied, while the dots or lines of the other do not. The dots or lines that do not drop out may be dimensioned so that there are about 24-34 per centimeter, while for those that do drop out there are about 52-64 per centimeter. The bands are typically arranged either linearly or in concentric circles, and interband areas having density gradually transitioning between the densities of adjacent bands are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2000
    Assignee: Moore North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Jimmy Ray Kendrick
  • Patent number: 5996208
    Abstract: A method of improving the adhesion of a coating such as concrete to a metal strip which is helically wound around a pipe including a metal strip having the longitudinal and transverse wires, choosing distances between neighboring longitudinal wires that are evenly distributed over the length of the pipe including overlapping zones, overlapping the longitudinal wires having greater deformations which are offset from the longitudinal wires with smaller deformations in a direction along the central axis of the pipe and are offset in a direction away from the central axis of the pipe and all the deformations are disposed in the same plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Assignee: N.V. Bekaert S.A.
    Inventor: Marc Nys
  • Patent number: 5975584
    Abstract: A carrier card of standardized size has a base body with at least one cutout for receiving a value chip. The cutout has securing elements forming a snap connection for detachably securing the value chip. The cutout is positioned such on the base body of the carrier card that the value chip in the cutout is usable with standardized application devices. The value chip is removable so as to be used as a minichip card with processing devices that are smaller than the application devices. The cutout has wave-shaped edges with alternating projections and depressions. The base body has a bore for each one of the projections, wherein each one of the bores is arranged perpendicular to the respective projection such that an elastic stay is formed. A cover foil is connected to one face of the base body so as to cover the cutout. At least one of the wave-shaped edges is undercut such that the cutout widens toward the cover foil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignee: Adaptech S.A.
    Inventor: Werner R. Vogt
  • Patent number: 5975583
    Abstract: The invention relates to a carrier representing value provided with recognizable pattern, for instance in the form of giro checks, bankchecks, banknotes, shares, bonds and other documents representing a value, wherein the patterns are formed by parts treated by means of a laser beam. This object is reached in that the patterns have been provided by means of a laser light beam. The use of a laser beam makes it possible to apply particularly fine structures which either cannot be applied with other treating methods, or only with the greatest financial effort. The use of laser beams enables variation of the width or depth of the channels or perforations which is almost impossible with other treating methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignee: Industrial Automation Integrators (IAI) B.V.
    Inventors: Johannes Ignatius Marie Cobben, Arnoud Augustinus
  • Patent number: 5976014
    Abstract: A business form has a first paper portion with multiple plies and a second portion which is a release liner and has a number of distinct labels disposed on it. At least one of the labels is dimensioned and configured to hold a removable cap on a medical container to indicate if the container cap has been tampered with, and preferably that label has a length of between about 10-11 inches so that it can be wrapped completely around a 90 ml plastic specimen vial, or other medical container, so that portions of the label are in contact with each other, enhancing the tamper evident functionality of the label. A second label on the release liner may be a box seal, and other labels may be provided to facilitate tamper evident functionality of the form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignee: Moore U.S.A., Inc.
    Inventors: Kathryn D. Petrick, Matthew A. Kramer, Richard L. Moor
  • Patent number: 5971436
    Abstract: The invention relates to an information display device which attaches to a tubular conduit. The tubular conduit has a longitudinal axis for transporting liquids. A display member having lateral and vertical edges and a display area for displaying information is attached to said tubular conduit by a tubular portion having a longitudinal vertical axis substantially parallel with the vertical edge of the display member. The attachment mechanism has an opening in the exterior wall along said longitudinal axis for inserting the tubular conduit therein. The display area is used for recording information. An extension member extends beyond the display area wrapping around the attachment tubular conduit for securing said information display device to said tubular conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Inventor: Christine A. Cox
  • Patent number: 5967555
    Abstract: A binding system for temporarily holding a plurality of individual sheets in a book-like manner with the system having a plurality of individual tabs, each of the tabs having a binding edge, a separation edge, a first surface and a second surface with a flexible binding securing the binding edges of the plurality of individual tabs together as a unit, so the individual tabs can be folded back like a page of a book and an adhesive positioned on said individual tabs to hold a sheet of material thereto as the sheet of material and the tab are folded open like a book.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Inventor: John K. Samelian
  • Patent number: 5951189
    Abstract: This binder (10) includes a front cover (12), a rear cover (14) and a spine (16) and is provided with a transparent label holder (50) which extends across the spine (16) and is attached to at least one of the covers (12,14). The label holder (50) provides an open upper margin (52) and is attached at the side margins (60, 62) and at least partially attached at the lower margin (54) to retain the label (100) which thereby has an increased area for label information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Assignee: American Trading and Production Corporation
    Inventor: Debra Winzen
  • Patent number: 5947523
    Abstract: A device for filing and archiving books of check stubs and other, similar documents, and also the counterfoils of any register. The invention relates to a device for enabling the above-specified documents to be stored in a manner that is appropriate for accountancy filing and thereby obtain considerable saving in time during accounting, searching, and handling, together with protection against damage due to intensive handling. The device comprises a rectangular plate (5) slotted by parallel vertical rectangles (6) into which previously folded-back covers (1) are inserted, and also a sliding second rectangular plate (10). The second plate (10) when fitted to the first (5) serves to hold the documents (2) pressed thereagainst. The device of the invention is mainly intended for filing and archiving books of bank check stubs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Inventor: Gilles Liegard
  • Patent number: 5947524
    Abstract: A cover folder having a binder and a cover. The binder includes an elongated channel shaped member having a pair of oppositely facing side walls and a pair of ribs, the side walls converging at a slit and defining an interior slot along the length of the elongated channel shaped member. Each rib protrudes into the slot from the interior side of one of the side walls in a direction away from the slit and at an acute angle with the side wall from which it protrudes. The cover is slidably and removably mounted in the binder and includes a sheet and an elongated strip, the sheet being folded to form a pair of cover sheets having a common folded edge. The elongated strip has a lock portion and a securing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventor: Edward Podosek
  • Patent number: 5944357
    Abstract: A self-adhesive label (26) carried on a backing of release material (20) comprising a multilaminar label portion (32), a tab portion (40) comprising a sheet which is spaced from the multilaminar label portion (32) and a self-adhesive laminar material (42) overlying and adhered by the self-adhesive surface thereof to the upper surface of the multilaminar label portion (32) and the tab portion (40), a region (48) of the laminar material (42) being disposed between the multilaminar label portion (32) and the tab portion (40) and adhered directly to the backing of release material (20). There is also disclosed a method of making a succession of such labels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1999
    Inventor: David John Instance
  • Patent number: 5941289
    Abstract: An apparatus for converting a length of metallic or other wire into a series of successive helical wire binders and for threading successive binders into rows of holes in the spines of successive stacks of sheets at a binding station includes an elongated guide defining an at least substantially continuous path for the wire from a wire inserting station to the binding station. The guide includes a rotary convoluting tool at the inserting station and a stationary cylindrical worm coaxial with the tool and extending from the latter to the binding station. Successive foremost binders are threaded into the rows of holes in successive stacks at the binding station and are severed from the respective following binders by a set of knives when the threading steps are completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1999
    Assignee: Womako Maschinenkonstruktionen GmbH
    Inventor: Ferdinand Fuchs
  • Patent number: 5941572
    Abstract: A method for authenticating a textile product, wherein a colorless composition is applied to at least one portion of at least one thread of the textile product. The composition comprises one of a pair of a colorformer and an activator which react when mixed to produce a spectral response. The textile product is authenticated as genuine by applying the other of the pair of the colorformer and activator to at least one portion of the at least one thread to produce the spectral response. The textile product may be a thread or a woven label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1999
    Assignee: Nocopi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Arshavir Gundjian, Abraham Kuruvilla
  • Patent number: 5941569
    Abstract: The present invention provides an album apparatus comprising an album binder and a plurality of an album leaf. Each album leaf, preferably a sheet of a flexible material, provides a binding portion and a page portion interconnected by a linear fold portion. The linear fold portion allows flexible, pivotal rotation of each one of the associated page portions with respect to each one of the associated binding portions of the album leaf. The album binder has a resiliently flexible binder spine which is hinged to a pair of binder covers. The fold portion preferably includes a plurality of perforations therein, the perforations being linearly aligned for establishing a preferred fold line in the material sheet. The binding portion of each album leaf is clamped to the binder spine, such that the binding portion extends outside of the binder spine and the linear fold portion is above the hinged connection between the binder cover and the binder spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1999
    Inventor: Julian Stuart Solomons
  • Patent number: 5934707
    Abstract: A message calendar for suggesting engaging in specified activities on a selected day in the future. The calendar has a main panel bearing indicia corresponding to all days and months of a calendar year. Masks are removably placed on the calendar to indicate a selected activity and a selected day. Each mask is configured to bear a pictorial device symbolic of the intended activity. Each mask has an opening for revealing indicia corresponding to the selected day and for concealing indicia corresponding to adjacent days. Additionally, removably adhered members bearing messages rendered in written languages may be adhered to further comment on proposed activities. The calendar includes a clock face having movable hands and an area devoid of indicia for storing masks and members bearing written messages by adherence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1999
    Inventor: Joyce W. Johnson
  • Patent number: 5924824
    Abstract: A cutting insert for mounting in a cutting tool, comprises a cutting head portion with a substantially arcuate cutting edge and a substantially trapezoidal mounting body portion integrally formed therewith. The mounting body portion has substantially planar upper and lower surfaces and substantially straight side surfaces converging in the direction away from the cutting head portion. The entire cutting edge of the cutting head portion lies on a sphere and defines an arc substantially less than, the cutting head portion having an imaginary chordal plane passing through peripheral ends of the arc. The side surfaces of the mounting body portion are directed substantially radially with respect to a center of the sphere and are substantially shorter than the length of the chordal plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1999
    Assignee: Iscar Ltd.
    Inventors: Amir Satran, Yuri Men
  • Patent number: 5924736
    Abstract: A new Organizing and Planning Device For Weddings for providing a convenient system for organizing the multitude of information associated with planning a wedding. The inventive device includes a binder including a back cover, a front cover, and a spine portion hingedly joining the back cover and the front cover wherein the binder further includes a plurality of openable retaining rings mounted to the spine portion thereof. A plurality of pocketed dividers, a plurality of notational information sheets, a reference calendar, a plurality of monthly planning calendars, and a plurality of tabbed dividers are each removably and replacably retained in the binder by the plurality of openable retaining rings. Each of the plurality of pocketed dividers corresponds to an element of the wedding occasion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1999
    Inventor: Giacomo Russo
  • Patent number: 5924811
    Abstract: A fastener apparatus for releasably fastening a sheet retaining apparatus to a cover member includes a plate member secured to the cover member and having an aperture therein. A pin member is reciprocally mounted to the sheet retaining apparatus, with a portion of the pin member being selectively positionable in the aperture to secure the sheet retaining apparatus to the cover member. Thus, the sheet retaining apparatus is readily assemblable and disassemblable from the cover member repeatedly by a user. Thus, the sheet retaining apparatus and the cover member may be shipped in an unassembled condition in a very compact package for later assembly by the consumer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1999
    Assignee: World Wide Stationery Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chun Yuen To, Chun On William To, Weng Io Ng, Kung Cheng, Wen-Ming Xu
  • Patent number: RE36486
    Abstract: The comminution of solid materials, such as stumps and wood waste, into particulate form is accomplished by introducing the material to be comminuted into a tub. The tub is rotated to induce a circular motion to the material. Simultaneously, a disk positioned at the bottom of the tub is rotated, preferably in the opposite direction to the tub, in a plane parallel to the tub bottom. The disk has teeth thereon that impact the material in the tub. A screening means at the bottom of the tub is sized to keep the material in the tub until it reaches a desired particle size, at which time the particles can leave the tub through the screening means and enter a collection chamber. The particles are removed from the collection chamber by being entrained in an airstream that passes adjacent an opening in the collection chamber. Preferably, the teeth in the disk are individually replaceable and are symmetric so that once one side is worn the tooth can be reversed in its mount and used again.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2000
    Assignee: ComCorp, Inc.
    Inventor: John H. Hughes