Patents Examined by Mark T. Henderson
  • Patent number: 7290802
    Abstract: A second surface micromotion display includes a see-through base having a first surface, defined in the art as a front surface facing a viewer, and a second surface, defined in the art as a rear surface opposite to the front surface and facing away from the viewer, an image formed over the second surface, a micromotion textured pattern formed over the image, and a reflective layer over the micromotion textured pattern, such that the illusion of motion is viewable through the base as reflected from the reflective layer through the micromotion textured pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2007
    Assignee: Serigraph, Inc.
    Inventors: Joel Scott Scarbrough, Daniel C. Faul
  • Patent number: 6923590
    Abstract: A binding structure for binding together sheets of paper having multiple openings along a margin thereof is provided. The structure comprises a male connector panel having multiple openings along its edge and a female connector panel fastened to the back panel of a one-piece report cover by means of adhesive, extending adjacent and parallel to the second hinge and distanced to allow enough room for the tab-shape on the male connector panel to be inserted to the center opening of the female connector panel without interfering with the adhesion of the female connector panel to the back panel of the cover. An elongated binding element is provided extending adjacent and parallel to the margin of the sheets of paper and the male connector panel edge. The male connector panel is disposed on a bottom side of the elongated binding element. A one-piece report cover is provided having a front panel, a center spine panel, a back panel, a first hinge and a second hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2005
    Inventors: Thomas V. Ward, Jr., Jeanne M. Ward
  • Patent number: 6918615
    Abstract: A form is provided for printing mailpiece information relating to mail handling for attachment to a mailpiece as well as a method for preparing a mailpiece for delivery by a special service. The form may have sections that may be removably secured to a backer and may be capable of receiving printed information regarding a sender, recipient, or mailing service. In addition, the form may receive various types of electronic postage accessed via the internet, for example. After mailing information is printed on the form, the section may be removed and secured to a mailpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2005
    Inventor: Glenn Petkovsek
  • Patent number: 6776550
    Abstract: A removable insert adapted for use with a spiral or other ring-type binder includes a thin body member, a hooking element connected to, or integral with, the body member which defines a longitudinally extending recess configured to receive at least a first page retaining member, and a fastener connected to, or integral with, the body member configured to detachably secure the body member to a second page retaining member. The hooking element includes a journal bearing about which the first page retaining member may be rotated. The fastener includes a constricted channel adjacent to the edge of the insert and an enlarged portion disposed inwardly from the edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2004
    Assignee: Roca Productions, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert John Roca
  • Patent number: 6746053
    Abstract: A system and method for detecting parallel marketing of an item, include forming at least one of a coating and a code on the item, interrogating the at least one of the coating and said code, and determining from the interrogating whether the item has been transferred from an authorized merchant to an unauthorized merchant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2004
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ali Afzali-Ardakani, Claudius Feger, Marco Martens, Paul Andrew Moskowitz, Alejandro Gabriel Schrott, Charles P. Tresser, Robert Jacob von Gutfeld
  • Patent number: 6726424
    Abstract: For a book casing-in machine, there is provided a method in which, while being conducted out, the books are shaped in the fold and pressed over their entire area and are held in a force-locking manner until they are deposited in the lying-flat condition. The device for performing the method has a conducting-out conveyer which takes over the book from the casing-in point and has shaping rails which engage in the fold and pressing rails which effect clasping in the region close to the fold. The device also has a book-delivery gripper which takes over the book from the conducting-out conveyer and feeds the book to pressing rollers which are driven in rotation and which roll along on the lateral faces of the book.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Assignee: Kolbus GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Reimer Voss
  • Patent number: 6726426
    Abstract: A combination book binding machine with a plastic coil forming machine, whereby a plastic spiral coil is formed at a first raised temperature, then cut to a length sufficient for the plastic spiral coil to bind a book, cooled and then advanced toward a receiving coil conveyor of a coil binding machine, for binding the book with a plastic coil at the lowered cooled temperature. The binding machine and method for spirally binding a sheaf of papers into a book uses an adjustable speed drive to rotate the cooled flexible plastic spiral coil into respective holes in the book. The book has a plurality of holes in a row adjacent one edge of the book to receive the leading edge of the plastic spiral binding coils. A cylindrically shaped mandrel is spaced apart from a glidable block. The plastic pre-formed spiral binding coil is fed onto the mandrel from the distal end thereof, with the leading edge of the binding element facing and spaced apart from the book.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Inventor: Norton Spiel
  • Patent number: 6705793
    Abstract: A binder for receiving and retaining loose leaf papers comprising a cover, a binding mechanism coupled to the cover, and a hole punch coupled to the cover. The hole punch is configured to punch a set of holes in a sheet of paper such that the binding mechanism can be received through the set of holes to receive and retain the paper in the binder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Corporation
    Inventor: Jon R. Wyant
  • Patent number: 6705646
    Abstract: A multiyear calendar in the form of a multipage, book-like assembly with a standard page and 14 leaves on top thereof, each leaf rotatable along an edge seam to expose another leaf below. The standard page has a two dimensional array which graphically presents the basic information of the day and date for any given month in any given year. Each of the leaves lists the years for which it is used and a vertical array of 12 symbols each designating a month of the year and usable, in conjunction with the standard page, to determine the first day of each month.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Inventor: Terrence A. Glassman
  • Patent number: 6698796
    Abstract: This is to provide a cover suitable to hollow-backed binding and provide a binding method for an album and the like for obtaining a well-bound appearance using the cover at low cost and easy to turn over. A cover is composed of a decoration cloth, a pair of substratum paper and a spine affiche adhered on required positions on the back of the decoration cloth, an interconnected reinforcement paper adhered to substratum paper to create a space between a spine affiche and a reverse paper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Assignee: Nakabayashi Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shingo Kurahashi
  • Patent number: 6692032
    Abstract: The present invention is a nontechnical, nonmechanical, easy to use, healthcare product that allows any individual to monitor changes in moles, freckles, or other skin growths in the comfort of their own home. It doubles as a record-keeping system that allows a person to compare new measures to their previously recorded measures—notice a change has occurred—and make a potentially life-saving appointment with a dermatologist. By using the flexible transparent sheets and a numeric value system, the product identifies changes in size, shape, color, “geography” of the mole and if any bleeding has occurred; all of which are important features in the development of skin cancer or melanoma. This product does not diagnose or treat a disease, but most importantly it provides people with a means of discovering a potential problem that normally would be undetected by the naked eye. This product has the potential to decrease medical care costs, reduce human suffering, and save lives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Inventor: Melanie Ann Christy
  • Patent number: 6692030
    Abstract: A counterfeit-resistant document comprises a substrate and a nano-pattern of nano-structures disposed on the substrate, wherein the nano-pattern is configured for forming a latent message (e.g., a warning or alert message) that appears on a copy of the document. The nano-pattern forms one of a foreground and a background of the latent message; and another pattern, e.g., a conventional pattern or another nano-pattern, forms the other of the foreground and background of the latent message. The nano-pattern and the other pattern are configured, such that the foreground and background exhibit substantially similar visual densities on an original of the document, and exhibit substantially different visual densities on the copied document. This can be accomplished by forming the nano-pattern with nano-structures (e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Assignee: Verify First Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: George K. Phillips
  • Patent number: 6688649
    Abstract: A form with a well has a form layer with a top and a bottom surface and a perimeter, a die cut through the form layer that defines a portion of said form layer within said die cut, a patch layer having a perimeter and top and bottom surfaces, and an adhesive layer that is repositionable and peelable. The patch layer is adhesively but removably secured to the bottom surface of the form layer such that the die cut and form layer portion are entirely within the perimeter of the patch layer. The form has a well, that is created by removal of the form layer portion from within the die cut. The bottom of the well is the top surface of said adhesive layer and the sides of the well are the edges of said die cut. The adhesive layer has a greater affinity for the patch layer than the form layer portion such that when the form layer portion is removed from the form, the adhesive stays adhered to the patch layer. Articles such as photographs may then be inserted into the well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Assignee: Strata-Tac, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles L. Casagrande
  • Patent number: 6685415
    Abstract: A bookbinding structure and method. The bookbinding structure is used to bind pages together in existing, commercially available binding machines. The bookbinding structure has a heat activated adhesive matrix for binding the pages. To attach a wrap-around book cover once the pages have been bound with the bookbinding structure, an adhesive on the outer surface of the bookbinding structure may be exposed by removing a release liner covering the adhesive. The book cover may then be adhered to the exposed adhesive either by a heat method or by applying pressure over the adhesive, depending on the particular type of adhesive of the bookbinding structure. The book cover may be printed with information and/or graphics prior to being wrapped around the pages of the book.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Assignee: Powis Parker Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Rush, Laura H. Rush
  • Patent number: 6676354
    Abstract: In a process for casing a book block or paper-cover block into a cover during the manufacture of adhesively bound books, paper covers or magazines in an adhesive binding machine in which the block is transported, with a hanging-out portion, in a block clamp belonging to a transport system and is connected to the cover by gluing the back and/or the side regions, provision is made, in order to achieve an increase in quality, for the hanging-out portion (1a) of the block (1) to be aligned with the back region (2a), which is preferably predetermined by scoring, of a cover (2) which is fed in, and for the said cover (2) to be pressed against the back and/or the side regions of the block (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Assignee: Kolbus GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Thorsten Holtmeier, Gunther Knittel
  • Patent number: 6666609
    Abstract: An updatable and lockable flip chart holder that can clip into the rail strip or channel of a shelf or fasten to a display at a retail store. The flip chart holder allows manufacturers or promoters of products that are sold at retail to create consumer, educational, or promotional flip charts that can easily and economically be updated by opening rings. The lockable flip chart has a panel, and attached to the panel is a ring system with each ring having two ring halves and hinged leaves connected to each other and attached to each ring half respectively. A locking mechanism on the ring system presses against the leaves to prevent the ring halves from opening. Locking the rings also provides security so consumers cannot take the pages out of the flip chart holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2003
    Inventor: Timothy S. Fanning
  • Patent number: 6652210
    Abstract: A stack of pages is bound along a first edge thereof to form a book using an adhesive having a melting temperature and an elongated strip having an adhesive atop at least a portion of a first side. The strip has two opposed ends and an electrical resistivity between the ends and is dimensioned to substantially cover the first edge of the stack, with the first side against the first edge of the stack. An electrical current is introduced to pass along the strip between the ends. The current should be sufficient to create enough heat in the strip to achieve a temperature at least as great as the melting temperature, enabling the melted adhesive to bind the stack of pages together along the first edge. Apparatus are also provided for supporting, holding, and clamping the page stack prior to and during the binding process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2003
    Assignee: Yeaple Corporation
    Inventor: Ronald N. Yeaple
  • Patent number: 6644695
    Abstract: A novel method of advertising in appropriate bound or unbound publications wherein the pages of the publication are folded in half and may be bound along one edge by either saddle-stitching or perfect-binding the pages at the center of the publication together, wherein a carrier member formed of a folded member that is appropriately bound into the publication and has at least one adhesive strip or a plurality of adhesive spots positioned adjacent one edge for mounting a substantially thinner mouse pad thereon for ease of removal and subsequent use. The mouse pad is formed of a thin generally transparent plastic material and carries advertising printed on the undersurface of the pad, which advertising is viewed through the transparent pad; the mouse pad acting to insure that the publication will flip open at the position of the pad so that the viewer or reader will see the advertising early in the inspection of the publication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Inventor: Daniel L. O'Malley
  • Patent number: 6644694
    Abstract: A foldable, weather-resistant reference guide for wearing on the arm, torso, or leg. The foldable, weather-resistant reference guide is attached to a soft, flexible keeping member that holds the reference guide in a folded configuration. The keeping member is connected to or comprised of at least one flexible strap such as an elastic strap that encircles the arm, torso, or leg. The reference guide itself is made of a synthetic fiber paper for weather-resistance. The reference guide folds-up when not in use and is held in place by the keeping member so that the reference guide does not interfere with any physical activities such as snow skiing. The keeping member and reference guide can be opened, unfolded, refolded, and closed with only one hand, even while wearing bulky gloves. The entire invention is made of flexible materials that are comfortable, durable, and safe to a person wearing the article and participating in a rigorous physical activity. The reference guide is typically a map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Inventor: Phillip Seawright
  • Patent number: 6644697
    Abstract: The invention is an integrated shopping list and coupon folder, formed from a single shopping list sheet. Major food and non-food category listings are provided on the shopping list sheet, as well as blank lines for listing individual items, sizes, brands, and the like. Coupon reminders are also located proximate to each blank line. A bottom tacky strip is located across the bottom edge of the shopping list sheet, and two side tacky strips are located at opposing side edges of shopping list sheet. To convert the shopping list sheet into an integrated shopping list and coupon folder, the completed shopping list sheet is peeled from a pad of such sheets and folded along a central fold line, such that the bottom tacky strip seals against itself and the side tacky strips seal against each other. The integrated shopping list and coupon folder is thus formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Inventor: Adriane Maria Schinella