For Plural Stationery Implements Patents (Class 206/214)
  • Patent number: 6371288
    Abstract: My invention is a Student Traveling Kit. The kit is made up of a sturdy carrying case, divided into special compartments and including a lightweight plastic desk top. The kit is also decorated so it can be easily identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2002
    Inventor: Rachel Massey Licata
  • Publication number: 20020027357
    Abstract: An improved device for holding writing implements. In the application of the preferred embodiment the means for holding is integrated into something else, as into the cover material of a notebook. In the application of embodiment 2 the means for holding is surrounded by an independent holder body material with an adhesive that allows the user to mount the device where considered appropriate, as onto the cover of a notebook. The essence of the invention is the means for holding, a single aperture holder pattern comprising: holding arms and entry ports. Holding arms form up out of a thin, flat base material from opposite longitudinally parallel sides. Holding arms, at each end, transition into entry ports. The entry ports are generally rounded openings of sufficient size: to provide flexibility for holding arms, to distribute the wear-stress of the flexing holding arms, and provide an inviting opening for inserting the writing implement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2001
    Publication date: March 7, 2002
    Inventor: Gary F. Lake
  • Patent number: 6336555
    Abstract: A school organizer capable of magnetically attaching to a desk includes a main back portion, which is formed of a single piece of fabric, which is folded in half and sewn to form a top compartment for magnets, a main compartment for markers and paper, and a bottom compartment for pencils and the like. The fabric piece is folded up vertically and a vertical seam is sewn to form the main compartment. A snap holds the main compartment closed. Then the doubled fabric is folded upward again, toward the front, and two vertical seams are sewn along the sides to form the bottom compartment. Another snap is used to hold the bottom compartment closed. Four seams form a closed top compartment for holding the magnets in place. The organizer further includes a sewn on front pocket portion, which is formed of a single piece of cloth sewn to the front of the main portion. A bottom seam, together with a series of vertical seams, form several pockets between the front portion and the main portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2002
    Inventor: Kerri Michelle Therriault Breeden
  • Patent number: 6305864
    Abstract: A writing implement support system for releasably positioning a writing implement with respect to a recipient surface comprises a suction cup that has a generally hemispherical shape. The suction cup is configured to be compressed against a generally flat recipient surface. The compression forms a first bond having a holding force of an intermediate magnitude. A connector is located on the outer convex surface of the suction cup. A writing implement has a writing end and a non-writing end. A writing implement cap is configured to form a second bond with the writing implement. The second bond has a holding force of a weak magnitude. The cap is also configured to form a third bond with the connector. The third bond has a holding force of a strong magnitude.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2001
    Inventor: Michael H. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 6283279
    Abstract: A container for pencil-like items and booklet-like items and having a symbolic person-like shape. The container has substantially identical externally-shaped top and bottom planar members, each having a head portion, a body portion, two spaced-apart leg portions and two arm portions. The leg portions and arm portions extend longitudinally downwardly in spaced-apart parallel relationship with respect to the body portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2001
    Inventor: Kirk D. Harrington
  • Patent number: 6273254
    Abstract: A pen refill case, a kit and a method for providing pen refill components using the pen refill case and kit are provided. The pen refill case includes sections that may contain pen refill components corresponding to different types of pens. Further, other components may be provided that aid in the cleaning of and refilling of pens. The case may include a designator indicating the particular types of pen refill components provided in each section. A cover may be provided to allow one to keep the pen refill components from falling out and allow a user to view the particular pen refill components that may be stored within the pen refill case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2001
    Inventor: Paul A. Smith
  • Patent number: 6257539
    Abstract: A holder for marker pens that keep the latter readily available for use while providing a relatively sealed compartment that prevents or minimize the circulation of air around the tip of the pen. The housing has slanted walls that provide structural stability to the holder when it holds one or more pens. An opening in the housing includes upper and lower cavities with a slanted portion inbetween acting as a seal for the end of the tubular housing of a pen. As step in the lower cavity further reduces its diameter ensuring the further isolation of the pen's tip thus protecting from the frying action of circulating air. Portable embodiments for use with a user's belt permit ready access to pens for an ambulatory user. One of these embodiments includes a removable pen holder member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2001
    Inventor: Pedro R. Pelaez
  • Publication number: 20010000901
    Abstract: A document retaining system for retaining documents in a protected manner while allowing easy and convenient access to the documents. The inventive device includes a base having a pair of opposing slots, and a cover having a pair of opposing pins that are slidably positioned within the slots. The cover is formed to removably fit within the interior cavity of the base and for removably covering the interior cavity of the base. Various documents may be stored and utilized within the base and the cover along with various auxiliary devices such as clamps and partition members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2001
    Publication date: May 10, 2001
    Applicant: Saunders Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas C. Kambouris, Gene A. Barker
  • Patent number: 6220429
    Abstract: A tape dispensing assembly, comprising a base, a drum extending outwardly from the base and terminating with an outer end, a first pin spaced from the drum and extending outwardly therefrom and terminating with an outer end, a second pin spaced from the drum and extending outwardly therefrom and terminating with an outer end, the second pin further being located proximate the first pin with a space formed therebetween the first pin and the second pin, and an extended strip of adhesive tape wound upon a core to form a roll and having an adhesive surface, the roll mountable upon the drum for rotation, wherein a user may grasp a free end of the extended strip, pull the extended strip from the roll, pass the extended strip proximate the first and second pins in lateral traverse with the adhesive surface of the extended strip facing the first and second pins, and sever the extended strip proximate the space intermediate the first pin and the second pin to form a strip segment and a severed free end of the extended
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2001
    Inventor: Viola M. Pasch
  • Patent number: 6216856
    Abstract: A holder for assorted desktop articles such as pens, pencils, scissors, rulers, and the like. The holder comprises an annular top member, a cup-shaped container, a cylindrical sleeve, an annular base member, and a separate pen holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2001
    Inventor: Hong Ku Park
  • Patent number: 6196388
    Abstract: The holder of the present invention comprises at least one clamping member, which is pivotally bearing-mounted in rotation bearings. The clamping member has two clamping arms and an operating portion, in which a resilient lip is formed which presses against a bottom of the holder in order to press this operating portion upwards and the clamping arms downwards. Formed on the bottom of the holder is a wedge-shaped threshold, of which a vertically directed stop face cooperates with the free end of the lip to prevent the clamping member from leaving the rotation bearings in an undesired manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2001
    Assignee: Rosti (Incase) B.V.
    Inventor: Georg Kaposvari
  • Patent number: 6186461
    Abstract: A holder for marker pens that keep the latter readily available for use while providing a relatively sealed compartment that prevents or minimize the circulation of air around the tip of the pen. The housing has slanted walls that provide structural stability to the holder when it holds one or more pens. An opening in the housing includes upper and lower cavities with a slanted portion inbetween acting as a seal for the end of the tubular housing of a pen. As step in the lower cavity further reduces its diameter ensuring the further isolation of the pen's tip thus protecting from the frying action of circulating air. Portable embodiments for use with a user's belt permit ready access to pens for an ambulatory user. One of these embodiments includes a removable pen holder member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2001
    Inventor: Pedro R. Pelaez
  • Patent number: 6119851
    Abstract: Desk container, in particular for notepads, paper clips, staples and the like, including a roughly box-shaped base and a lid. The lid is subject to the action of elastic systems which, on opening, cause it to rotate so that it rests on the desk top and raises the rear part of the container. The lid is divided into two parts hinged to one another, one of which is hinged to the base in such a way as to counteract elastic systems, while the other presents a closing assembly consisting of suitably shaped elastic arms or the like, designed to engage the walls of the container and keep the lid in the closed position, counteracting the elastic systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2000
    Assignee: Make S.R.L.
    Inventor: Roberto Paciello
  • Patent number: 6102199
    Abstract: A thin, flat hangtag for holding notepaper and of the type having an aperture to hang onto a projection, a pair of longitudinal slits to hold a writing instrument, and at least one die-cut flap which hinges on a fold-line to open outward to support the bottom of a notepaper pad. The hangtag may contain a die-cut slit or a die-cut tongue at a predetermined space above the flap to partially accommodate the last note sheet in order to further secure the notepaper pad. In addition, the hangtag may contain one or a plurality of slits communicating outwardly from the aperture for easy mounting on a projection. Furthermore, the hangtag may contain lateral scored fold-lines across the top, the mid-section, and the bottom of the writing instrument holding slits to facilitate the ease of insertion of writing instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Inventor: Peter Pei-Tak Ho
  • Patent number: 6098793
    Abstract: A portable unitary box for use by children in automobiles and similar conveyances including a housing having an interior in which is positioned both a continuous supply of writing paper in roll form, portions of which are successively moved over a supporting surface on the box exterior for sequential use and a removable container for writing instruments such as crayons together with a manually operable paper brake for guiding the strip movement and to permit used strip portions to be sucessively severed from the strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2000
    Inventor: Steven Jaksha
  • Patent number: 6082537
    Abstract: A drawer tray for insertion into a desk or bureau drawer is capable of holding small items such as paper clips, buttons and such and provides an attachment device for fixing the tray to a side wall of a drawer with the tray extending into the draw at the top most level of the draw so as not to interfere with items placed near the bottom of the draw. The attachment device provides a set of spaced apart "L" shaped arms for gripping the outside surface of a side wall of the drawer and a set of spaced apart spring arms for pressing against the inside surface of the same side wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Inventor: Forrest G. Quinn
  • Patent number: 6076665
    Abstract: A tool holder includes a casing having a number of receiving chambers defined therein for receiving tools of different functions. The casing further includes a holder chamber defined therein for receiving an end of one of the tools. A holder is mounted to the casing and includes an engaging end for releasably engaging with the end of a tool to be received in the holder chamber. The holder further includes a press end for disengaging the engaging end from the end of the tool to allow removal of the tool from the holder chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Inventor: Louis Chuang
  • Patent number: 6029816
    Abstract: A case for elongate articles, such as writing instruments, includes a base and a cover hinged to the base for movement between open and closed positions. The base carries an article holder for receiving and holding an article in the case. The cover carries or is adapted to carry a holder for receiving and holding a second article in the case and in a position laterally alongside the article held on the base when the case is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Assignee: Parker Pen Products
    Inventors: David M Goodwin, Nicholas Mernor Hamnett
  • Patent number: 6021891
    Abstract: A pencil box includes a tray for holding pencils, a lid pivotally attached to the tray, at least one pencil sharpener mounted in the lid, and a receptacle for pencil shavings mounted on the lid and having a normally closed door thereon openable to an exposed exterior surface of the lid when the lid is closed on the tray. The pencil box allows a method of sharpening pencils which includes the following steps: providing a pencil box having a lid and a pencil sharpener integrally mounted therein with a door for dumping shavings opening to the exterior of the box, inserting a pencil into the sharpener, sharpening the pencil so as to generate shavings, and opening the door when necessary to discard the shavings without opening the box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2000
    Inventor: Richard A. Anderson
  • Patent number: 6012786
    Abstract: A weather resistant, ventilated case for storing and displaying messages, papers, and diverse articles in an exterior location such as a construction site. The case has a base, a cover, a hinge connecting base and cover, and a latch for securing the cover in a closed position. These components are preferably fabricated as a unitary assembly by injection molding of an elastomer. The latch can thereby be formed as resilient components urging the cover into the closed position. The cover has a transparent portion for displaying objects stored within, such as notices posted on an information display such as tack board, peg board, chalk board, marker board, or the like. The interior includes a pocket disposed upon the rear surface of the cover, a pen and pencil holder, and a prismatic recess formed in the base, for storing rolled papers. A tab projecting from the base maintains the rolled papers upright. The cover forms a recess for grasping the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2000
    Inventor: Gary D. Dunn
  • Patent number: 5996778
    Abstract: The invention provides an improved structure of markers box, which can mainly fold back plate, top plate and front plate into a slotted part for receiving markers. The slotted part can be in an upstanding state with several angles. A hook and loop tape or the like is provided at the front and bottom of the slotted part as well as at the front side and rear side of the front plate respectively. A stabile state is formed by above-mentioned folded structural body in order to draw off and insert markers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Assignee: Two Powers Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ching-Wen Shih
  • Patent number: 5992620
    Abstract: An accident report kit for providing accessories that may be used to record the details of a traffic accident in a single case. The accident report kit includes a carrying case with a main portion and a tray portion. The main portion of the carrying case has spaced apart front and back walls, a bottom wall, and a pair of spaced apart side walls. The main portion has a top edge along the front, back and side walls defining a top opening into the main portion. The carrying case has a top flap substantially covering the top opening of the main portion. The main portion of the carrying case has a plurality of generally rectangular divider panels therein forming a plurality of compartments. The tray portion of the carrying case has a back panel and a perimeter lip extending around the back panel of the tray portion to define a tray space therein. The perimeter lip of the tray portion is pivotally coupled to the back wall of the main portion adjacent a side wall of the main portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Inventor: Ronald P. Holtom
  • Patent number: 5988476
    Abstract: The present invention is a rack system for a backpack which is secured to the interior of a standard backpack, and is accessible by means of a zippered flap in the backpack. The rack system has rigid side walls with slots or brackets for receiving a plurality of shelves either slidably or by snap fit connections. The shelves are angled for appropriate distribution of the weight of materials that the wearer is carrying. Optionally, at least one shelf may be equipped with a hinged lid and divided into compartments for storage of small items such as pens, rulers, etc. The shelves allow for improved organization of the backpack which subsequently prevents materials from being damaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Inventor: Matthew D. Olerio
  • Patent number: 5988369
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an improvement pen-case device comprising a front clamp cover and a rear clamp cover, according to above architecture user not only could lay aside each kind of pens, but also lay up paper that could be more convenient to user for easy reading and operation. If add a magnet into present invention, it could absorb the scattered paper clip and pin; moreover, user also could put the clamp body at any absorbent place for flexible usage, meeting multi-purpose needs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Assignee: CTS Computer Technology System Corp.
    Inventor: Jeou-En Hsu
  • Patent number: 5947276
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an improvement pen-case device comprising a front clamp cover and a rear clamp cover, according to above architecture user not only could lay aside each kind of pens, but also lay up paper that could be more convenient to user for easy reading and operation. If add a magnet into present invention, it could absorb the scattered paper clip and pin; moreover, user also could put the clamp body at any absorbent place for flexible usage, meeting multi-purpose needs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Inventor: Jeou En Hsu
  • Patent number: 5938040
    Abstract: A display device includes a generally planar upper surface. The upper surface has at least two upstanding walls, each wall having a profiled edge for receiving and supporting a generally cylindrical object. At least one of the walls is removable from the upper surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1999
    Inventors: David Malcolm Goodwin, Nicholas Mernor Hamnett
  • Patent number: 5894922
    Abstract: A carrying case for small items including a removable tray received between and generally coextensive with an elongate base and a cover integrally hinged thereto, the tray including a peripheral flange member received between the overlying base and cover with the interior of the tray divided into three compartments, one of which includes a pivotally mounted lid. A partition dividing the two remaining compartments extends through the top panel of the closed cover and provides a release extension for facilitating removal of the tray from the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1999
    Assignee: Dart Industries Inc.
    Inventors: D. Scott Miller, James D. Orr, Michael A. Lorenz
  • Patent number: 5865305
    Abstract: A stencil case that makes stencil work efficient, and which allows organization and storage of ink pads and stencil brushes. The stencil case stores ink pads and stencil brushes, and has a base (1) and a lid, the base characterized by providing several ink pad storage slots (3) for storing different colors of ink pads in parallel in the base (1), and several brush storage slots (4) for storing as many stencil brushes as the number of ink pads in parallel and at a position opposite to the ink pad storage slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1999
    Assignee: Tsukineko, Inc.
    Inventor: Rira Yasoshima
  • Patent number: 5819922
    Abstract: A system for maintaining files and documents in an accessible manner in a file container such that the files are retained in a vertical orientation. The system comprises a plurality of deformable, resilient upper retention members to engage an upper portion of the files, and a lower retention member adapted to engage a lower portion of the same file. Securing both the top and bottom of the file prevents file creep within the file container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Inventor: Tim Martin, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5794676
    Abstract: The present invention provides a detachable organizer with a fastener for securing the organizer closed and/or for securing the organizer to a target surface, such as the interior surface of the closure flap of a flight case or a litigation briefcase. Alternatively, the organizer can be secured to a wall, countertop, desktop or dashboard or the like. For use by aircraft flight crew personnel, the interior of the organizer comprises a plurality of pockets adapted for receiving and securely holding small necessary items, including passport, small pocket calculator, flight log and expense record, pens and/or pencils, mini-flashlight and the FAA-approved folding multipurpose tool unit (e.g., the Leatherman tool). The preferred fastener by which the organizer is secured closed and attached to the target surface is hook-loop material, and preferably the organizer can be reversibly secured to the target surface in the closed or opened configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1998
    Inventor: John Hunt Shattuck
  • Patent number: 5755337
    Abstract: A record keeping holder having a C-shaped or U-shaped bracket for removably holding a tape marker flag dispenser containing multiple tape flags of various colors and a writing surface suitable for recording information pertaining to food items placed in a food storage unit, such as a refrigerator or freezer. The holder is provided with a color coded bar adjacent to the writing surface having color indicators that correspond to the tape flag colors and a writing instrument holder adapted for removably holding a writing instrument. In use, a single tape flag is placed on a food storage container to designate, in conjunction with the writing surface, what food item is contained therein. Later retrieval of the food item is facilitated by the sighting of the tape flag corresponding to the color indicator adjacent to the description previously recorded on the writing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1998
    Inventor: Maynard W. Linn
  • Patent number: 5755321
    Abstract: There is provided a stationary platform adapted to be positioned on a desk and having intersecting grooves formed on the top surface of the platform so that a plurality of blocks are formed. A plurality of structures are also provided having flanged rims or raised ribs on the bottom which are insertable into the platform grooves so that each structure is capable of bridging at least one raised block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1998
    Inventor: Shenn-Ming Simon Wang
  • Patent number: 5755369
    Abstract: A raffle ticket dispenser which incorporates a holder for a continuous strip of tickets which readily dispenses a single ticket or multiple tickets. The free end of the continuous strip of tickets is fed through an opening in the holder which has a ticket locator that maintains the first ticket in the strip readily available, and provides an edge to facilitate the removal of a single ticket or multiple tickets. In addition storage compartments are attached to the ticket holder to store items associated with the sale of the tickets. This makes a convenient, portable device which is easily moved from place to place and, also, keeps all necessary items together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1998
    Inventor: Ronald J. Holmes
  • Patent number: 5752589
    Abstract: A reusable information carrying folder has a stiffly resiliently flexible plastic cover formed with parallel hinge lines that define a middle panel, first and second side panels on each side of the middle panel and a tab member on a laterally outer edge of the second side panel. The middle, first and second side panels have equal widths and the tab member is relatively narrow. In use, the second side panel folds on the middle panel and the first side panel folds on the second side panel. The tab member is compressed between the first and second side panels. Releasable retainers on an outer face of the second side panel adjacent its hinge line adjacent the middle panel and on an inner race of the first side panel adjacent its lateral outer edge connect together and urge the first side panel toward the second side panel. This compresses the tab member with a mechanical advantage owing to the greater width of the first side panel as compared to the width of the tab member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1998
    Inventor: Norma Jean Berg
  • Patent number: 5740906
    Abstract: A container combination for stationery goods. The container combination comprises a base plate, a central container assembly provided on the base plate, a lateral container assembly provided on the base plate adjacent to one side of the central container assembly, a bookend assembly provided on the base plate adjacent to another side of the central container assembly, and a post assembly. The height of each of the central container assembly and the lateral container assembly can be increased without being restricted by an upper limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1998
    Inventor: Yung-feng Lai
  • Patent number: 5706947
    Abstract: A gift container including a lid. Also, included is a bottom member. The bottom member has a base portion with four peripheral side walls integral therewith and interconnected one to another to form a box-like structure that is capable of being covered by the lid. Lastly, a plurality of holders are provided. Each holder has a front wall and a bottom end that is attached to one of the side walls of the bottom member. Each holder has a pair of accordion-like side walls that are connected to the front wall and the side walls of the bottom member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1998
    Inventor: Joseph A. Hodges
  • Patent number: 5690216
    Abstract: A pencil box including a box body, a box cover hinged to the box body, two stands pivoted to the box cover at the back and adapted for supporting the box cover in a tilted open position, a bottom rack and a top rack respectively pivoted to the front side of the box cover and adapted for holding a reading object for example a book for reading, and two support arms bilaterally pivoted to the front side of the box cover and adapted for holding the book in the desired open status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 25, 1997
    Inventor: Pao-Ying Liu
  • Patent number: 5671951
    Abstract: A carrying case having a detachable clip-board including a case having a clam-shell configuration and a substantially 290 degree sealable opening, the case including a fastening member for removably attaching the clip-board to an inside surface of the case, the case further including pockets for advantageously storing and providing access to accessory items associated with the use of the clip-board, the case being particularly adapted to withstand harsh environmental and physical conditions such as might be encountered by police when the clip-board is used for writing citations in the field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 30, 1997
    Inventors: Stuart E. Palmiter, Sally Anne Palmiter
  • Patent number: 5669635
    Abstract: A loose-leaf binder stiffener, which has a body (20) with an integral U-shaped channel portion (28) that grips the upper edge of a binder for holding it in an open and flat position. The channel portion includes an upper leg (32) with a wedge shaped end (36) that is forced between the binders spine (22) and ring holding rigid strip (38). A C-shaped portion (56) of the body (20) holds and stores pens or pencils and a raised upright member (60) adds stiffness. Three embodiments of the upright member (60) include a card holder (62), a beam (68), and a second C-shaped member (56').
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 23, 1997
    Inventors: Ronald A. Wilson, Robert V. Tucker
  • Patent number: 5667064
    Abstract: A durable, economical to manufacture organizer for a sketchbook designed to store and carry various drawing instruments used by the artist which directly attaches to the sketchbook. The organizer includes a container which selectively attaches to a leaf on a sketchbook and allows the sketchbook to be opened or closed while the organizer is attached to the sketchbook. The container has a flap member which folds and slides between the leaf of the book and the drawing pages in the sketchbook. Hook and loop connector pads and an elastic strap are provided to hold the container over the front surface of the leaf. A lid is attached to the container which may be selectively closed during use. The organizer is made from a single template made of durable material which is easily folded into the container. Suitable connectors are used to hold the walls and parts of the container together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 16, 1997
    Inventor: Annette L. Bauman
  • Patent number: 5632375
    Abstract: A combined amusement and audio cassette holding device and method for presenting multi-media information to children includes a functional toy having a cassette receiving cavity which receives and frictionally engages and retains one or more cassettes or disks in the cavity in a visible but protected position relative to the exterior of the toy, whereby indicia on exterior surfaces of the cassette(s) remains visible while the cassette(s) is housed in the toy. The body of the toy may be configured to physically correspond to subject matter recorder on the cassette or disk. The toy/cassette combination may be packaged with a text which also corresponds to the subject matter recorded on the audio tape and the character or object which the configuration of the toy represents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 27, 1997
    Assignee: Great American Audio Corp.
    Inventor: Nina J. Mattikow
  • Patent number: 5601187
    Abstract: A duplicate notepaper case consists of a main case body, a subordinate case body, a perpetual calendar socket and a moveable pen inserting socket, whereas the main case body is a sandwich space formed by an upper cover and a bottom socket, its hollow interior is a concave to accommodate notepaper, the pen socket mounted in the central back portion of the main case body has an arm at its side which has a shaft pin pivoted in the corresponding shaft hole in the main case body so that the pen socket can swing to one side of the main case body by means of the shaft pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1997
    Inventor: Lin Sheng-Wen
  • Patent number: 5598921
    Abstract: A one-piece molded plastic computer workplace organizer can be screwed to a baseplane such as a pull-out keyboard shelf of a computer desk. A mouse pad is located to the front of the organizer unit which provides a passageway for retaining the mouse cord in place so as to overcome the common problem of the mouse unit working its way to the rear and falling off the shelf edge, especially when the shelf is being pulled out. Storage for several 31/2" diskettes is provided with asymmetrical bistable support positioning: a nearly upright rearwardly-inclined working position and a low profile forwardly-inclined storage position. With the organizer mounted on the pull-out keyboard shelf, upright diskettes will be automatically flipped forward to the low profile position by the shelf edge for storage under the desk counter top when the shelf is pushed back into the storage position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 4, 1997
    Assignee: Spectrum Concepts
    Inventor: Thomas A. Hunt
  • Patent number: 5558921
    Abstract: A paper-saving, trash-decreasing device for utilizing used standard-sized envelopes as either rigid, hand-held portable writing-paper or as rigid writing-paper stabilized on a desk-top by weight of the writing arm, said device being a stiff sheet sized to fit all the way into a standard-sized flap-sealed, one-end opened envelope and project therefrom, having projection affixed with a resilient friction pad positioned to contact the desk surface. This device has further paper-saving, trash-decreasing utility when it is attached by flexible bands to the hard back of a standard note-pad so that when the note-pad is placed on a desk, hard-back down, the resilient friction-pad of this device will be in contact with the desk top so as to stabilize the note-pad even when it is written on near its bottom edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 24, 1996
    Inventor: John P. Pavlik
  • Patent number: 5552461
    Abstract: A method for improving the extrusion characteristics of finely divided aqueous starch-polymer mixtures comprising subjecting the admixture to deaeration and compaction to form a hard shaped form therefrom, milling the hard shaped form of starch and polymer admixture to form granules. Granules of selected size are then coated with a lubricating compound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 3, 1996
    Assignee: Environmental Packing L.P.
    Inventors: Randall V. Redd, Paul W. Bacon
  • Patent number: 5522498
    Abstract: A stationery organizer including a base, a plurality of seat plates, a plurality of first bolts, a plurality of second bolts, a plurality of third bolts, a plurality of nuts, characterized in that the base is generally triangular in shape and provided with a threaded hole at its center and three holes 11 each at one of its angular portion, the seat plate has the same shape and size as the base and is provided with three holes each at one of its triangular portion and provided at the central portion with an opening, the first bolt is formed with a threaded hole at its lower end and a threaded portion at its upper end, the second bolt is shorter than the first bolt and formed with a threaded portion at both ends which is adapted to engage with the threaded hole of the first bolt, the third bolt is shorter than the second bolt and formed with a threaded hole at its lower end and a threaded portion at the upper end, whereby the stationery organizer can be easily changed in shape as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 4, 1996
    Inventor: Feng-Hsing Chang
  • Patent number: 5495938
    Abstract: A convertible display case and desk organizer includes hingedly connected top and bottom sections pivotable with respect to another between closed position and opened positions. A first insert capable of releasably securing at least one writing instrument is releasably placed in the bottom section. The arrangement is such that, when the first insert is disposed within the bottom section, the top and bottom sections and first insert assume a display case mode. A second insert is releasably placed in the bottom section when the first insert is removed therefrom. The second insert has an outwardly extending portion which extends outwardly beyond the edge of the top and bottom sections when they are in their closed position. The outwardly extending portion has at least one aperture formed therein for receiving a writing instrument in a substantially upright position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 5, 1996
    Assignee: The Quill Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Neville Bedford, Eduard U. Milea
  • Patent number: 5489021
    Abstract: A multipurpose carrying case made up of a main compartment in which a binder with a ring has been mounted, which allows a user to secure hole-punched leaves and other business-related items. A pocket and a flap attached to the exterior of the main compartment may be used to secure other objects, thereby giving a user convenient access to especially-needed items without requiring opening of the compartment. Fasteners within the compartment and underneath the flap permit the user to attach to the carrying case small purses in which personal effects might be kept.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 6, 1996
    Inventor: Denise L. Wallingford
  • Patent number: 5487466
    Abstract: An improved desktop accessories holder is disclosed which incorporates a platform resting on a horizontal surface such as a desktop, and slanting upwardly on an incline as it extends away from a user. A pencil cup is held on the inclined platform so that the open end of the pencil cup faces the user, and pocket members are hung onto the sides of the pencil cup to provide containers for paper clips, typing correction fluid, stamps and the like which a user can readily reach into because the tops of the containers are tilted toward and face the user in the same manner as the open end of the pencil cup. Adjacent the top of the pencil cup is a mesh of rubber bands which elastically grasp the bodies of the items which are pushed into the pencil cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 30, 1996
    Inventor: Jerry A. Robson
  • Patent number: 5480249
    Abstract: A lead dispensing storage container that can be opened or closed by a single hand. The container body has a lead case formed therein, and a lead outlet allowing release of leads one by one. A gate member mounted in the container body can be moved to open or close lead paths between the lead case and lead outlet. An elastic arm portion forces the gate member to move in direction to close the lead paths. The number of parts is reduced, and supplying leads can be made easier by a case that has a lead supply opening projecting from the tip thereof. A leading end of the case has an inclined slope toward the lead supply opening therein, and a chuck containing leads having a knocking portion that is pressed into the case so that it can be opened by the knocking portion being pushed to press an opening actuator toward the inclined slope or is closed by an elastic force as the opening actuator is released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 2, 1996
    Assignee: Kotobuki & Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shuhei Kageyama, Shohji Anzai, Tomiji Ueki, Yoshihide Mitsuya