With Closure Patents (Class 150/149)
  • Patent number: 10470508
    Abstract: A pocket for a garment comprising a compartment having a top opening, two opposing sidewalls, and a bottom wall; a cradle having a support portion configured to receive an item; and a retainer having opposing first and second ends attached to corresponding first and second anchor areas on opposite sides of the compartment, the first end being detachable from the first anchor area, and when both opposing ends are attached to their corresponding anchor areas, the retainer spans the top opening so as to retain the item in the compartment; wherein the support portion is movable from a first raised, unbiased position to a second recessed, biased position so that when the item is supported in the cradle in the second position, an ejection force is applied to the item when the first end is detached from the first anchor area, causing the cradle to move toward the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Vans, Inc.
    Inventors: Colin Carroll O'Connor, Jay Anthony Pezzelle, Kris David Bergeron
  • Patent number: 9750319
    Abstract: A single sheet template for folding to form a wallet with at least two card pockets. The template comprises: a) first and second pocket forming fold lines (16a, 16b) foldable in a z-fold to form inner and outer sheet portions of each of inner and outer card pockets and a bottom for each of the inner and outer card pockets, the bottom joining said inner and outer sheet portions; b) pocket side forming means (18a, 18c) foldable to form a first side of each of the inner and outer card pockets; c) a wallet edge fold line (18b) transverse to the first and second pocket forming fold lines and along which first and second segments (20a, 20b) of the template are foldable to form a second side of each of the inner and outer card pockets; and d) securing means (24a, 24b) for preventing unfolding along the wallet edge fold line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: FOLDAGE LIMITED
    Inventor: Michael Mueller-Heumann
  • Publication number: 20150041032
    Abstract: A protective case for a credit card has the shape of a flat envelope and forms two parallel walls between which a space is formed, intended for accommodating the card to be protected. The protective case includes at least two parts. Each part forms one of the two parallel walls, and one of the at least two parts is mounted sliding in the other, and is shaped to accommodate and hold the card. There is a housing into which a card can slide. The housing includes laterally a reversible means for holding the card, in order to secure same, and has an opening by which the card can be extracted by sliding, after sliding the part containing the card.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Fabien Broly
  • Publication number: 20150034221
    Abstract: There is a protective case for at least two credit cards, having the shape of a flat envelope. The case has two parallel walls between which one or a plurality of spaces are formed, intended for accommodating the cards to be protected. The case includes at least two parts, each part having one of the two parallel walls. One of the at least two parts is slidably mounted on the other, and each of the at least two parts is shaped to accommodate and hold a card. There is a housing into which a card can slide. The housing includes a reversible mechanism for holding the card, in order to secure same. The housing has an opening by which the card can be extracted by sliding, after sliding the part containing the card.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Fabien Broly
  • Publication number: 20140373987
    Abstract: Disclosed is an identification card holder, and more particularly, an emergency identification holder suitable for being removably secured to a safety belt of a motor vehicle. The holder includes two cover members pivotably secured to one another, the cover members are displaceable between an open position in which the two cover members are angularly spaced apart and in which information housed inside the holder can be accessed, and a closed position in which the two cover members are substantially parallel and overlie one another. The holder includes a fastener for fastening the two rigid components together in the closed position. The holder is adapted to be fastened to a safety belt of a car or to a personal belt of the bearer by trapping the belt in between the two cover members when the holder is displaced to a closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Shawn Hubert Ming
  • Patent number: 8726953
    Abstract: A device for extracting a card such as a credit card from a wallet. The device may comprise a pulling hook formed from relatively thin material, a handle for grasping, and a strap connecting the handle to the pulling hook. The handle may be configured as a T-handle. The strap may bear adhesive to discourage the card from sliding along the length of the strap. The device may have a pushing hook opening in a direction opposite that of the pulling hook, such that the card may be inserted between and engage the pushing hook and the pulling hook and be entrapped therebetween. The hook may have sufficient overall length to project outside a pocket into which the card has been stored and in which the card is fully contained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventor: Kathie Paulsen
  • Publication number: 20130340901
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to identification card holders. In particular, embodiments of the invention are directed to an apparatus for retaining an identification card (“ID card”) in a manner that allows for the card to be swiped or otherwise utilized without requiring the ID card from being removed from the ID card holder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventor: Chadd Steven Winterburg
  • Publication number: 20130270347
    Abstract: A personal card carrier is configurable into open and closed positions, in which both broad faces of a contained card are effectively covered and protected against loss in the closed position, but are uncovered in the open position such that a data-embedded portion of the card is presentable to a card reader without necessitating removal of the card from the carrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Applicant: VERA BRADLEY DESIGNS, INC.
    Inventors: Wendy Chapman Wernke, Stephanie Lanee Hoffherr
  • Publication number: 20130025750
    Abstract: The invention relates to a case for coins or plastic cards or documents or similar items with a first and a second hard shell, a joint, pivotally connecting the first and the second hard shell to each other at the edges thereof, a centre part pivotally connected to the first and the second hard shell by means of the joint, means for selectively locking the centre part to the first hard shell and to the second hard shell.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2011
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Inventors: Thomas Wingerter, Katrin Mengel
  • Publication number: 20110132507
    Abstract: An activity and storage bag is includes a central compartment for holding one or more removable objects. The central compartment has an inner surface that is water-resistant and an outer surface. The activity and storage bag further includes a wallet attached to the outer surface of the central compartment for storing wallet items. The wallet includes an external flap that folds out from and attaches back with an internal flap that is connected to the outer surface of the central compartment. The activity and storage bag further includes one or more side pockets attached to the outer surface of the central compartment adjacent to the wallet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2009
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Inventor: CATHI REYES
  • Patent number: 7857022
    Abstract: This case is made up of a bottom element (1) and of a lid element (4), both comprising a small rectangular plate (2; 5), the two plates being superimposed in such a way as to define a slim space into which the card (C) can be inserted, this space being open along one short side—termed “front side”—and closed along the other short side—termed “rear side”. The case is noteworthy in that the lid element (4) comprises a pair of longitudinal rims (3) exhibiting guide slots for the longitudinal edges of the small plate (5) of the lid element (4), the latter also being provided, on the rear side, with a transverse rim (50) which acts as an end stop for the rear transverse edge of the card so that it is possible to slide the lid element (4) and the card (C) that it covers, with one another, in the longitudinal direction, towards the front side, over a determined length of travel, thus making it easier to extract the card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Erich Kräml Et Associes
    Inventor: Erich Johann Kräml
  • Publication number: 20100314011
    Abstract: A document accommodation case is provided. The document accommodation case includes two case members, a buckling member disposed between free ends of the two case members, and an accommodating member disposed between the two inner surfaces of the two case members. The accommodating member includes a plurality of consecutively connected interlayer bags. When the two case members are opened one relative to another, the interlayer bags are also opened one relative to another. When the two case members are closed and buckled each other, the interlayer bags are squeezed to stack one to another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2009
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Inventor: Li-Hua Chen
  • Publication number: 20100065171
    Abstract: A financial and identification card holder comprises a generally planar back portion, a generally planar front portion, and a connecting portion connecting the back portion and the front portion. The back portion and the front portion are substantially parallel to and spaced from one another, and the base portion extends between the back portion and the front portion. The inner surfaces of the back portion, connecting portion, front portion and base portion define a partial enclosure for receiving financial and identification cards. The partial enclosure is open opposite the connecting portion and the base portion. A band mounting is secured to at least one of the back portion, front portion and connecting portion, and a resilient band may be mounted to the band mounting to retain the cards in the holder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2009
    Publication date: March 18, 2010
    Inventor: Noel Nebojsa Uzelac
  • Publication number: 20100012239
    Abstract: This case is made up of a bottom element (1) and of a lid element (4), both comprising a small rectangular plate (2; 5), the two plates being superimposed in such a way as to define a slim space into which the card (C) can be inserted, this space being open along one short side—termed “front side”—and closed along the other short side—termed “rear side”. The case is noteworthy in that the lid element (4) comprises a pair of longitudinal rims (3) exhibiting guide slots for the longitudinal edges of the small plate (5) of the lid element (4), the latter also being provided, on the rear side, with a transverse rim (50) which acts as an end stop for the rear transverse edge of the card so that it is possible to slide the lid element (4) and the card (C) that it covers, with one another, in the longitudinal direction, towards the front side, over a determined length of travel, thus making it easier to extract the card.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2006
    Publication date: January 21, 2010
    Applicant: Erich Kräml Et Associes
    Inventor: Erich Johann Kräml
  • Publication number: 20080178977
    Abstract: A combination metering band and wallet device is disclosed. The device includes an elongate band sized to extend about an appendage of a user. The band has first and second end portions disposed opposite each other, a first outer surface adapted for outward orientation when the band is in position about the appendage of a user, and a second inner surface adapted for inward orientation adjacent the skin of a user. An attachment mechanism is disposed at the first and second band end portions for selectively securing the band about the appendage of a user. A fastening mechanism is disposed on the band first outer surface for securing a metering device thereto. A wallet case is secured to the band first end portion and includes a plurality of at least two pocket elements. Each pocket element defines an interior pouch and has an end opening for providing access to the interior pouch, the end openings and pouches being accessible when the band is attached about the appendage of a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2007
    Publication date: July 31, 2008
    Inventor: Brain W. Nauman
  • Patent number: 7331366
    Abstract: A money and card holding assembly includes a housing that has a bottom wall, a top wall and a peripheral wall. The peripheral wall has a peripheral break therein positioned generally equidistant from the top and bottom walls so that a top portion and a bottom portion of the housing are defined. A hinge hingedly couples the top portion to the bottom portion so that the top and bottom portions may selectively be positioned in an open position or a closed position. The hinge hingedly couples an upper portion of the back wall to a lower portion of the back wall. A first plate is attached to the lower portion of the back wall and is biased toward the bottom wall. A second plate is attached to upper portion of the back wall and is biased to the top wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Inventor: Brian A. Patterson
  • Patent number: 7108032
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a holder comprising a first compartment comprising: a first front side and a first back side each comprising a first exterior and a first interior surface; a first pocket secured to the first interior surface of the first front side and to the first interior surface of the first back side; and a first zipper element joining the first front side and the first back side of the first compartment. The holder further comprises a second compartment comprising: a second front side and a second back side each comprising a second exterior and a second interior surface; an accordion file secured to the second interior surface of the second front side and to the second interior surface of the second back side; and a second zipper element joining the second front side and the second back side of the second compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Assignee: Buxton Acquisition Co., LLC
    Inventors: Russell E. Whiteford, Laura Drnek
  • Patent number: 6871682
    Abstract: Card holder, especially for plastic cards with readable data unit, such as credit cards and/or smart cards, with externally hinged covers (1, 2) made of a rather rigid material constituting the walls of the card holder as each of the covers (1, 2) at or near the ends which are not hinged together, has at least one mutually conjunctive locking mechanism (4) to hold the card holder locked when it is not being used. The card holder has, two paired, mainly identical, holding devices (5, 6) at opposite sides, said holding devices (5, 6), preferably, being hinged together with the covers (1, 2), and having a number of paired, opposing holding surfaces (11, 12) to enclose an area along the side edges of cards of the above mentioned type. The holding surfaces (11, 12) are mainly parallel to each other both when the card holder is open and closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2005
    Inventor: Bertil Hogganvik
  • Patent number: 6737304
    Abstract: A semiconductor device having high operating performance and reliability is disclosed, and its fabrication process is also disclosed. In an n-channel type TFT 302, an Lov region 207 is disposed, whereby a TFT structure highly resistant to hot carriers is realized. Further, in an n-channel type TFT 304 forming a pixel portion, Loff regions 217 to 220 are disposed, whereby a TFT structure having a low OFF-current value is realized. In this case, in the Lov region, the n-type impurity element exists at a concentration higher than that of the Loff regions, and the whole of the n-type impurity region (b) which constitutes the Lov region is sufficiently activated by optical annealing, so that a good junction portion is formed between the n-type impurity region and the channel forming region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shunpei Yamazaki, Jun Koyama, Hidehito Kitakado
  • Patent number: 6612771
    Abstract: A loose-leaf binding device has a first binder, a second binder, a plurality of sheets of loose-leaf paper disposed between the first binder and the second binder, and a coiled ring fastening the first binder, each sheet of loose-leaf paper, and the second binder. The first binder has an oblong hole and a round hole. The second binder has an oblong slot to match the oblong hole of the first binder. A pleated flap is connected to the second binder. The pleated flap has a first crease and a second crease. The pleated flap is inserted in the oblong hole of the first binder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2003
    Inventor: Ken-Jui Su
  • Patent number: 6449881
    Abstract: A detachable shoe wallet comprises a generally flat elongated body which is adapted to be folded over upon itself. The wallet is made of a double layer of nylon material and includes an inner pocket with a separate closure for securing small articles. The wallet also includes a plurality of longitudinally and laterally spaced eyelets for maintaining the wallet on the instep of a shoe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2002
    Inventors: Nadia Assaf, Van A. Evans
  • Patent number: 6443341
    Abstract: The invention is a wrist wallet, substantially made of mesh fabric, having laterally positioned first pocket (50a), second pocket, and third pocket. A lining is inside the third pocket. All pockets have a single laterally elongated sealing element at the top of the wallet in the form of a zipper having teeth (39a). The wallet has an attaching means that secures the wallet circumferentially about a wearer's wrist. The attaching means is hooks and eyes, the eyes being mesh fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2002
    Inventor: Jean V. Rittmann
  • Patent number: 6240989
    Abstract: The present invention is a unique business card holder and dispenser. The invention offers advantages of holding and dispensing a relatively large number of business cards, while the invention's business card holder and dispenser is small enough to fit in small spaces (such as one's pockets). Moreover, the invention offers the advantages of protecting business cards from being lost or damaged. The invention's business card holder and dispenser can be left in relatively hot environments without any damage to the business card holder and dispenser or any damage to the business cards held inside the invention's business card holder and dispenser. Further, the user can easily and conveniently use the invention's business card holder and dispenser and reach inside the business card holder and dispenser to take cards out. The invention's business card holder and dispenser is sturdy and does not break and thus does not need to be replaced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2001
    Inventor: Mahmoud Masoud
  • Patent number: 5913349
    Abstract: A wallet for credit cards is provided including a strip having at least one crease formed therein for allowing the folding of the same. Also included is a credit card storage sleeve mounted on the strip for containing a plurality of credit cards. At least one message is situated on the wallet and exposed only when the strip is unfolded. The message functions for warning a user about the use of credit cards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1999
    Inventor: Lisa A. Festus
  • Patent number: 5636742
    Abstract: A case is disclosed which is essentially a case with a cover that is designed to allow a user to remove the contents of the case one by one. A first flap encloses the material within the case and a second flap covers the opening that allows access to the contained material. The case is typically used to hold and distribute blocks of paper sheets, paper handkerchiefs, small plastic bags, and other material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 10, 1997
    Assignee: Phimaplan Industria e Comercio de Materiais Plasticos LTDA
    Inventor: Thomas Hoffrichter
  • Patent number: 5423363
    Abstract: A foldable holding device comprising an outer layer and an inner layer which is fixedly secured to the outer layer. The device is adjustably secured in a folded position by a self-contained adjustable strap assembly interposed between the inner and outer layers, where the strap assembly comprising a strap horizontally interposed between two semi-rigid members. The strap including an elastic and inelastic portion where one end of the elastic strap portion is coupled to the semi-rigid member and the other is coupled to the inelastic strap portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 13, 1995
    Assignee: Gary's Leather Creations
    Inventors: Gary Matzdorff, Jeffry A. Matzdorff
  • Patent number: 5288942
    Abstract: In the technical field of known cardholders for devices such as cards with magnetic stripes on which is encoded information and or data in the form of patterns of magnetism, the known cardholders offer no method of `keeping` (in magnetism terminology) the magnetic patterns. The present invention is characterised by incorporating into the cardholders, keepers in the form of sheets of magnetically soft ferromagnetic material with high resistance. The benefit of the invention is obtained when devices are placed with the reading surface of their magnetized stripes in close contact with the surface of the ferromagnetic material which, making use of known properties of the material, then acts as keeper of the magnetic patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 22, 1994
    Inventor: Richard L. Godfrey
  • Patent number: 5038926
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for keeping cards, said device being provided with at least one card holder in which a card can be held at at least some of its edges, while the card holder is rotatably connected with lids located above and under the card holder. The card holder is provided with four legs bounding a rectangular through opening the size of a card to be accommodated, the legs forming a closed frame with external dimensions at least substantially equal to the external dimensions of a lid. The legs are provided with parts projecting into the opening, such that a card inserted into the opening is enclosed between at least one pair of projecting parts forming part of two opposed legs, said parts butting against the upper surface of the card, and at least one pair of projecting parts, which also form part of two opposed legs and which butt against the lower surface of the card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1991
    Assignee: Acodeq Trading Company B.V.
    Inventor: Aart van der Toorn
  • Patent number: 4974652
    Abstract: An expanding credit card insert for holding cards and the like includes a pair of endwalls flexibly joined at their bottom edges to form a hinged seam. Pleated sidewalls extend between the endwalls, each sidewall pleat including a sidewall panel. At least one leg extends to the seam from each sidewall at a mid portion thereof, so as to space portions of the bottom edges of said sidewall panels on either side of said leg, from said seam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 4, 1990
    Assignee: Amity Leather Products Company
    Inventor: Paul Lemler
  • Patent number: 4942913
    Abstract: An incorporating of a separate sub-wallet within a conventional wallet wherein the sub-wallet can be removed and utilized when it is not necessary to carry the entire wallet. The sub-wallet includes a currency carrying compartment and a separate credit card carrying compartment. Appropriate identification papers can also be carried in the credit card compartment. There will also be included within the currency carrying compartment a separate key compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 24, 1990
    Inventor: John A. Musso
  • Patent number: 4852783
    Abstract: A multi-compartment receptacle for packaging and storing a plurality of pairs of protective gloves to be carried by a single person whereby each pair of gloves may be distributed to one of several persons on a rescue team, hospital crew, or like persons, the receptacle comprising a web of foldable flexible material which in extended condition includes a closure flap, a series of hinge areas, a series of compartments, first and second securing members, and a carrying member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 1, 1989
    Inventors: Norman E. Bryden, Philip B. Johnson
  • Patent number: 4815510
    Abstract: A security pouch is provided which has an access opening and includes support straps and fasteners for attaching the pouch to a strap of an upper torso undergarment, whereby the pouch is suspendable beneath the arm of a wearer to permit safe, comfortable, inconspicuous and secure carrying of valuables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 28, 1989
    Inventor: Maurine S. Edelist
  • Patent number: 4744497
    Abstract: A security wallet including body portions formed by the folding and stitching of a linear strip of flexible material. The wallet, when formed, has an indentification card compartment with a slot opening, a currency compartment with a selectively closable flap, and an open key compartment. A pair of integral loops are formed near the opening of the key compartment and a neck lanyard is attached to one loop while a key chain is attached to the other loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 17, 1988
    Inventor: William T. O'Neal
  • Patent number: 4711347
    Abstract: A protective envelope having an adhesive flap which lifts open to expose a data storage area of a data card, allowing data to be read while the card remains protected in the envelope. The flap may be then closed over and readhered to the card. The envelope comprises a base and a cover panel bonded at three edges to form a pocket for card storage. The cover panel is made up of a pair of fixed edge stripes bonded to respective opposed side edges of the base and a liftable flap bonded to a back edge of the base. Envelope materials are preferably a transparent, flexible plastic, but only the flap need be flexible. The flap may extend beyond and fold over a front edge of the base and adhere to an underside of the base. An alternative embodiment of the envelope provides two flaps, bonded to respective front and back edges of a base, which open from the center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1987
    Assignee: Drexler Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Jerome Drexler, Richard Haddock