For Holding A Grooved Phonograph Disc Patents (Class 206/309)
  • Patent number: 10279466
    Abstract: A saw blade caddy to store saw blades therein, the saw blade caddy including a box, a removable lid to attach to a top portion of the box, and a plurality of saw blade slots disposed vertically within the box to store the saw blades vertically therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Terry Livell
  • Patent number: 10021857
    Abstract: It describes an ear tag for livestock including: a plastic substrate including means to apply the ear tag to an ear of an animal; an UHF inlay coupled to a flexible flat portion of the plastic substrate, the UHF inlay including a substrate, an antenna on the substrate and a microchip connected to the antenna. The ear tag includes a plastic film; a predetermined portion of the plastic film is laminated on the plastic substrate and forms a closed pocket; the UHF inlay is enclosed in the pocket and is at least in part movable independently from the plastic substrate and the plastic film in the pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: DATAMARS SA
    Inventors: Robert Douglas Bailey, Damien Pachoud
  • Patent number: 9466327
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for supporting a data recording medium adjacent a spindle motor hub. In some embodiments, an annular disc spacer has a plurality of nominal dimensions and is formed of a glass material and at least one additive to provide the disc spacer with a selected color. The color of the disc spacer is selected responsive to at least one of the plurality of nominal dimension of the disc spacer. The color may have a wavelength in the human detectable range of from about 350 nanometers, nm to about 700 nm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventor: Mark A. Toffle
  • Patent number: 9179952
    Abstract: An implant for stabilizing bones or vertebrae is provided, the implant comprising an implant body (1, 100, 100?) which can be fixed by at least one screw (2) to the bone or a vertebra, wherein the implant body comprises at least one hole (9a, 9b, 9c, 9a?, 9b?, 900a, 900b?) which has a threaded portion (91) with an internal thread for cooperating with the screw thread, characterized in that a guiding member (11,11?,11?,111) is provided in the hole which guides the screw when the screw is screwed through the threaded portion (91).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: Biedermann Technologies GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Lutz Biedermann, Wilfried Matthis, Martin Pabst, Martin Meer, Manja Herzog
  • Patent number: 9114465
    Abstract: A three dimensional article and corresponding kit containing such an article exhibiting an upper accessible slot communicating with a three dimensional interior recess for receiving a likewise configured arcuate inserting portion of a circular saw blade. A volume of a cleaning solution is deposited upon interior surfaces of the article exposed to the interior recess and, upon insertion of the blade, the cleaning solution acts to remove sap and other build up contaminants typically associated with certain varieties of natural wood. The lengthwise extending surface configuration of the recess is further such that it exerts an inwardly opposing/biasing force to the inserted circular blade, this serving to retain the blade in place and further as it is slowly rotated throughout a 360° cycle to evenly clean all the perimeter extending teeth. Cleaning brushes and brush keys are also provided in the kit for assisting in cleaning the individual teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Inventor: Gerald D. Engen
  • Patent number: 8172081
    Abstract: A housing for storing a disc-shaped information carrier includes a bottom part with a retaining device for the information carrier and a lid part which is connected with hinging possibility to the bottom part via two corner hinges. The corner hinges have two recessed hinge arms of the hinge part and two matching recessed hinge walls. The lid part is provided with protection walls which extend at the outside of the housing substantially parallel to the hinge arms so as to protect the hinge arms from external mechanical influences. The distance between each hinge arm and the facing parallel portion off its opposite protection wall has a value lying in the range between 6.6 mm and 13.1 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventor: Johannes Adrianus Maria Schuurs
  • Patent number: 7735642
    Abstract: An ejectable disc case is made up of three pieces—a bottom piece, a top piece, and a movable tray, all of which can formed by injection molding and then assembled together by snap fit. The bottom has a hole through which a disc can be ejected and two bottom grooves engaged by groove mechanisms of the tray. The tray has a disc perimeter support for supporting a perimeter of the disc in the tray in the retracted position, a disc locking mechanism for holding the perimeter of the disc in the tray in the retracted position, a center disc rest connected to the disc perimeter support by a center disc rest slant ramp, and a hook with a hook prong that extends upwardly from the center disc rest. The hook prong moves upwardly through the disc hole and engages the disc center to secure the disc center when the tray moves from the extended position to the retracted position but disengages the disc and moves downwardly through the disc hole when the tray moves from the retracted position to the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Inventor: Tryfon D. Castritis
  • Patent number: 7650988
    Abstract: A case allows a disc to be inserted and removed smoothly without the case being opened, and also inhibits the accumulation of dust on the disc. The case has a movable holder and a fixed holder arranged inside, both of which individually define a circular arc. The movable holder is rotatable about its middle, and the rear of the fixed holder is fixed to the case so that the front portion of the fixed holder can flex. With the lever on the movable holder moved towards the bottom of the case so that the movable holder is rotated towards the front opening, a disc can be stored by inserting it through the front opening and causing the movable holder to rotate backwards and the front portion of the fixed holder to flex away.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Assignee: INAC Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Toyotoshi Osada
  • Patent number: 7609510
    Abstract: The electronic apparatus includes: a housing having an opening in which a unit is inserted; a wiring member that extends under the inserted unit in the direction across insertion direction of the unit; and a sheet that extends under and over the wiring member so as to wrap the wiring member by being folded at a portion of the sheet close to the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Ikki Tatsukami, Shirou Kondou, Yutaka Sato, Hideaki Kamikakoi, Daisuke Mihara
  • Patent number: 7451871
    Abstract: A multiple information disc housing for storing optical discs and including a first housing part (3), a second housing part (5) and an intermediate third housing part (7) arranged between the first and second housing parts. The first housing part is a lid part and the second housing part is a bottom part. The lid part being provided with hinge elements formed as lid part hinge arms (31A, B). The bottom part is provided with hinge elements formed as bottom part corner recesses (37A, B). The intermediate housing part is provided with intermediate housing part hinge elements of two different kinds, (i) intermediate housing part hinge arms (39A, B) and (ii) intermediate housing part corner recesses (41 A, B). Each hinge arm extends into a corresponding corner recess and is rotatably coupled to a respective recessed hinge wall to form a corner hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventor: Johannes Adrianus Maria Schuurs
  • Patent number: 7407053
    Abstract: A boxed disc package has a box with a base and a foldable rigid creased board having multiple parallel creases. Mounting board-receiving panels and spines are formed and separated by the creases. Plural tray-holding boards are mounted on the board-receiving panels. Plural disc-holding trays are mounted on the plural tray-holding boards. One of the board-receiving panels of the foldable right creased board is secured in the box base. The remaining board-receiving panels with the attached tray-holding boards, trays and discs are folded around the spines for overlying each other and folding into the box base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Assignee: Meadwestvaco Corporation
    Inventor: Shane P Rossiter
  • Patent number: 7341143
    Abstract: An openable and closeable media case comprising a case with grooves on its interior sides that suspend a disk stored in the case, and a rotating cylindrical closure that secures a disk within the case. The case opens and by the rotating cylindrical closure. A slot in the cylinder comprising matching grooves guides disks into the case. A locking means on the cylinder holds the cylinder in a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Inventor: David Allen
  • Patent number: 7325678
    Abstract: A goods protection device for the sale and/or rental distribution of information carrier discs, including CDs and DVDs, is disclosed. The goods protection device generally comprises a housing encasing a storage space. The housing is provided with a fastening unit consisting of a locking piece and another locking piece cooperating with it. The housing is constructed as a protecting envelope comprising a first protecting plate and a second protecting plate, at least part of the first protecting plate and the second protecting plate separated from each other by a space. The space has a maximum width of six times the width of the information carrier disc. Therefore, at least a part of the information carrier disc is temporarily accommodated within the space of the protecting envelope consisting of the first and second protecting plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Inventor: Sandor Z. Ambrus
  • Patent number: 7246702
    Abstract: Apparatus for holding a disk-shape data carrier (6), e.g. a DC or a DVD, having a central aperture, the apparatus comprising a base portion (5), disk engaging means (1, 2, 4) for releaseably engaging the central aperture of the data carrier (6), having retaining means (1) for engaging and retaining the data carrier (6) on the apparatus and release means (2, 4) which, when pressed, releases the engagement of the retaining means (1) with the data carrier (6) so the data carrier (6) can be removed from the apparatus, wherein removable security means (7) are provided to inhibit actuation of the release means (2, 4) to prevent release of the data carrier (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Assignee: Dubois Limited
    Inventors: Peter Antony Farrar, Anthony Henry Joseph Fraser, Stefan Alexander Pijanowski, Mark Edward Schiek, Stephen Geoffrey Unwin
  • Patent number: 7188723
    Abstract: A storage container for disk-like information media, such as, for example, CDs and DVDs, has a lower part (1), a cover (2) pivotably connected to the lower part, and an unlocking button (7) which, in the locked state, can be caused to clamp the information medium and/or the cover. In order to ensure secure fixing of the cover (2) in the closed state with the use of the unlocking button (7) and to keep the production costs for the storage container low, the unlocking button (7) is molded onto the lower part (1). The unlocking button (7) preferably has a relatively short limb and a relatively long limb connected to the short limb. The short limb is connected to the base of the lower part, and when the button (7) is in the locked state and the cover (2) is closed, projects away from the base in the direction of the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2007
    Inventors: Fritz Foerster, Joachim Naatz
  • Patent number: 7178568
    Abstract: A woman's purse to be hand or shoulder carried, and which has a front face panel of a record jacket attached to a substrate and a rear surface panel formed of a vinyl record preferably laminated for protection, attached to a substrate. The two side and bottom panels form a generally U-shaped section which is attached to each of the front and rear panels, but not attached to the two top edges of the front and rear panels. A handle(s) can be conventionally attached. The purse may be lined and have accessories attached to the interior thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Inventor: Krystal Wynona
  • Patent number: 7055688
    Abstract: A jewel case (30) has a first housing section (31) and a second housing section (32) hinged to the first housing section (31). Two boxed hinge members (38, 39) are operatively connected to the first housing section (31). The second housing section (32) has first and second posts (51) adapted and configured to be positioned in bores (41a). The bores have perimeters sufficiently greater than 180 degrees, wherein the posts (51) enter the bores (51a) generally along the axis of the bores (41a). The second housing section (32) has a stop member which limits opening to substantially 180 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: Imation Corp.
    Inventors: Dan E. Watson, Gregory D. Roberts
  • Patent number: 7051873
    Abstract: A storage case for a center-mounted information carrier includes two hinged parts formed of plastic—namely, a base and a lid. The base free ends is a generally smooth, bilaterally symmetrically curve formed by an upstanding flange of substantial thickness, while the lid free end is a generally smooth, bilaterally symmetrically curve. The lid free end terminates short of the base free end so that the base free end can protect the lid free end. The storage case has a generally smooth exterior yet intuitively communicates to a potential first-time user how the case should be opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Assignee: Time Warner Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Alan Siecke, Rachel Heieck, Edgar F. Stark, Francis L. Monahan
  • Patent number: 7051871
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to plastic containers which can be used for holding, organizing and securing optical disks including CDs, DVDs, mini CDs, and mini DVDs. Features of the apparatus serve to prevent dirt, dust, water, and other debris from entering the containers. Additional features include a stackable design that aids in organization and storage of a plurality of optical disks or other items. Some embodiments of the present invention have a hinged top and bottom. Additional features of some embodiments include ears allowing the container to be attached to a travel device such as a notebook or binder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Assignee: Loritz & Associates, D.B.A. L&A Plastic Molding & Tooling
    Inventor: Kenneth A. Loritz
  • Patent number: 7011211
    Abstract: A storage container for an appendage of a compact disc comprises: a foldable board; a tray bonded to the foldable board, a recess formed on the tray, and a receiving cavity form at a bottom of the recess, at a bottom surface of the receiving cavity being formed a retaining structure for retaining compact disc; wherein a plurality of positioning portions are provided around peripheral sidewall of the recess, and a space is defined between the each of the positioning portions and the bottom surface of the recess, so that a appendage is received in the recess and are confined in the space by the positioning portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2006
    Assignee: Halin Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Lin-Yung Jen
  • Patent number: 7004316
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for holding a compact disk having a central hole. The apparatus includes a body portion and at least three arms. Each arm extends radially inward from a distal end connected to the body portion to an engageable end receivable within the central hole. Each engageable end has at least one extension member connected to the body portion. Each of the arms has a first pivot axis positioned substantially at the distal end, a second pivot axis positioned substantially at the extension member, and a third pivot axis positioned in between the first and second pivot axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Assignee: Infiniti Media, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Wawrzynowski
  • Patent number: 6981587
    Abstract: A CD mailer and pocket file, the pocket file having a two-ply front wall and a single ply rear wall. The two-ply wall has a slot in one of the plies to receive a CD into a CD retaining recess between the plies. A mailer flap connected to one of the walls along a fold line is folded over the two-ply wall to close the open end of the pocket and cover the CD receiving slot for mailing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2006
    Assignee: Omnifile, Inc.
    Inventor: William Gerrie
  • Patent number: 6932215
    Abstract: A disc storage box includes a body having an inner face provided with two support seats each having an oblique shape. The inner face of the body is provided with two elastic snapping members each located at a center of the respective support seat and each having an inclined angle equal to that of the respective support seat. Thus, the storage box can be used to store two compact discs simultaneously. In addition, the two discs are inserted into and removed from the inner face of the disc storage box in an independent manner without incurring interference, thereby facilitating the user placing and taking the two discs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Inventor: Hsing-Chiou Chang
  • Publication number: 20040262177
    Abstract: A boxed disc package has a box with a base and a foldable rigid creased board having multiple parallel creases. Mounting board-receiving panels and spines are formed and separated by the creases. Plural tray-holding boards are mounted on the board-receiving panels. Plural disc-holding trays are mounted on the plural tray-holding boards. One of the board-receiving panels of the foldable right creased board is secured in the box base. The remaining board-receiving panels with the attached tray-holding boards, trays and discs are folded around the spines for overlying each other and folding into the box base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2004
    Publication date: December 30, 2004
    Inventor: Shane P Rossiter
  • Patent number: 6793882
    Abstract: A container (30) for use in sterilizing an object has a first end (35) and a second end (38). The container (30) is suitably sized to receive an endoscopic telescope (45) for sterilization. Once the endoscopic telescope (45) has been inserted into the container (30), a lid (46) having a vapour permeable section (47) is fitted to the container. The container and object are then sterilized, for example, by autoclaving. After sterilization, use of the container requires a noon-sterile nurse in an operating theatre to push the ends (35, 38) together. A collapsible or deformable portion (42) collapses and the ends (35, 38) move closer together to thereby force the telescope (45) out of the container (30), where is can be removed by a sterile nurse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Assignee: Fairmont Medical Products PTY LTD
    Inventor: Mark Verschuur
  • Patent number: 6779729
    Abstract: Novel, quick, and reliable detection methods for determining the presence and/or authenticity of optical and/or audio disc articles (such as compact discs, digital video discs, CD-ROM discs, and the like) when present within a holding container are provided. Specific methods of utilizing particular transparent cases are encompassed within this invention. Specific methods of utilizing particular transparent cases are thus also encompassed within this invention as are navel storage unit configurations to maximize the benefits of the transparent properties thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignee: Milliken & Company
    Inventors: Rajnish Batlaw, Marc Delaere, William S. Parks
  • Patent number: 6776282
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a case for storing and retrieving a disk such as an optical compact disk and accompanying printed material. More particularly, the invention relates to a compact disk case (CD case) from which the disk can be extracted using only one hand without opening the lid, although the case can be made out of a single part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2004
    Assignee: Canada Inc.
    Inventor: André Lafleur
  • Patent number: 6772882
    Abstract: A storage container for storing optical discs, the storage container having a support ring that defines a disc storage area and a plurality of holding members that securely retain a disc in the disc storage area, each holding member having a base connected to the disc storage area and a disc supporting wall having a retaining lip that limits the movement of the disc when the disc is placed in the disc storage area. The holding member being flexible so as to facilitate the insertion and removal of a disc from the disc storage area. In another embodiment of the invention, the storage container further includes a pair of release buttons placed diametrically opposed to one another to facilitate the removal of a disc from the disc container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Inventors: Victorio T. Flores, Jr., Victorio M. Flores, III, Ernst C. Benjamins
  • Publication number: 20040094440
    Abstract: A device for sending compact discs or like plate-shaped data carriers, comprising a storage box for the data carrier and a label, wherein the label preferably comprises at least an address field, the storage box being manufactured from plastic of high impact resistance and relatively high elasticity, such that the storage box is at least substantially unbreakable, the storage box comprising at least two box parts which are pivotable relative to each other and connected via pivot means, the label being designed for attachment on the storage box, such that the two box parts in closed condition are interconnected by the label, at a distance from the pivot means, the arrangement being such that a data carrier in the storage box can be locked between the box parts, whereupon the storage box can be closed off and sealed by the label, whereupon the box can be sent by mail, without further outer package, to an addressee stated on the label.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2003
    Publication date: May 20, 2004
    Applicant: Fountain Technologies B.V.
    Inventor: Alfred Langerak
  • Publication number: 20040045846
    Abstract: A storage package for a recording medium having a first frame component having at least one side and a first engagement end and a second frame component having at least one side and a second engagement end, each of the first and second frame components configured to hingedly engage each other and at least one of the first and second frame components having at least one side that receives a blank. The blank includes of a plurality of generally planar panels defined by scores which can be slidably inserted into at least one of the receiving portions of the frame components. When the blank is inserted into the first and the second frame components in an engaged position, an enclosable space for placement of a recording medium is formed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2003
    Publication date: March 11, 2004
    Applicant: Pinnacle Design Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas D. Wetsch
  • Patent number: 6681928
    Abstract: A package for holding a compact disc (CD). The package is defined by a unitary package piece that is divided into a set of sections, and each of the set of sections is capable of having printed data thereon. The unitary package piece includes a CD holding section defined by a section of the unitary package piece. The CD holding section having a pair of CD support flaps and a CD access cut-out. A set of four sections are part of the unitary package piece, and the set of four sections are defined by a first fold line and a second fold line. The CD holding section is configured to fold and adhere to one of the set of four sections, and the set of four sections are configured to define the package when folded along the first fold line and the second fold line. A locking flap is integral with one of the four sections of the unitary package piece, and the locking flap is configured to hold the package together when folded along the first fold line and the second fold line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Assignee: Adaptec, Inc.
    Inventors: Sok Eng Siek, Toh Hon Cheong
  • Publication number: 20040011684
    Abstract: A DVD or CD case having a DVD nest which is sized and shaped to hold a DVD optical disc (or any similarly sized disc). The DVD nest is conical in shape and made from a flexible (or semi-rigid) material so that it functions as a bistable cone and therefore rests in either a down position (wherein the cone is directed downwardly) or an up position (wherein the cone is directed upwardly). Located centrally within the DVD nest is a hub assembly which may be conventional and includes a supportive ledge onto which a DVD may rest. The hub assembly is attached to and preferably integrally formed with the bistable cone in such a manner that the hub assembly (and any supported DVD located thereon) moves from a rest position wherein the DVD is recessed within the nest, and a raised position wherein the DVD is raised above the nest so that its edge may be grasped and the DVD removed from the case.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2003
    Publication date: January 22, 2004
    Inventors: Robert C. Sullivan, Scott L. Sullivan
  • Publication number: 20040011683
    Abstract: Improvement in a case for various optical discs, having the inner portion thereof provided with at least one glove-like envelope (7) made of soft material, defined by two juxtaposed walls (8-9), both being preferably of circular shape, with one of them (8) having the edge thereof substantially larger or provided with an extension (10) properly attached (11) to the inner face of binding (4) or a place adjacent thereto, whereas the other wall (9) has a preferably semi-circular shape, with the side shortened by a cut (12) preferably facing the attachment (11), thereby to configure a pocket-like fitting (13) for penetration and housing of any optical disc, such as: CD, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD, CD-ROM, CD-DA, CD-I and/or others.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2003
    Publication date: January 22, 2004
    Inventor: Clovis da Silva Calhau
  • Patent number: 6571944
    Abstract: A fastening device for an optical disc holder according to the present invention includes a fixed clamp and at least a resilient clamp formed on a carrier. The fixed clamp and the resilient clamp are formed on opposite positions along a longitudinal direction on at least one side of the carrier for holding the rim of the disc by resilient force of the resilient clamp. The resilient clamp locates against the insertion direction of the optical disc so as to be moved for receiving the disc when being pressed, and retrieve to a normal position for fastening the disc in place by incorporating with the fixed clamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Assignee: Sinta Technology Corp.
    Inventor: Chia-Chun Ku
  • Publication number: 20030085139
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to plastic containers which can be used for holding, organizing and securing optical disks including CDs, DVDs, mini CDs, and mini DVDs. Features of the apparatus serve to prevent dirt, dust, water, and other debris from entering the containers. Additional features include a stackable design that aids in organization and storage of a plurality of optical disks or other items. Some embodiments of the present invention have a hinged top and bottom. Additional features of some embodiments include ears allowing the container to be attached to a travel device such as a notebook or binder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2002
    Publication date: May 8, 2003
    Inventor: Kenneth A. Loritz
  • Patent number: 6547066
    Abstract: Portable compact disk storage systems that are designed to hold one or more circular compacts disks. The storage systems may be made as a single molded plastic embodiment or a two-part molded plastic embodiment. An exemplary compact disk storage system comprises a lower housing having a plurality of slots formed along one side thereof that are sized to receive individual compact disks therein, and a frictional pad disposed on the plurality of slots. The frictional pad provides a frictional surface that assists removal of the compact disks from the storage system. An upper housing is coupled to the lower housing by way of a living hinge. A locking mechanism is provided for locking the lower and upper housings together when the storage system is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2003
    Assignee: Labelwhiz.com, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard C. Koch
  • Patent number: 6482003
    Abstract: Individual doses of dental adhesive are dispensed onto a flat conformable card and enclosed under a cover sealed to the card. The cover is peeled off at chairside and individual doses of the adhesive are picked up by a wiping action of a dental tool or of an object to be bonded, such as, for example, by wiping action of an orthodontic bracket base over the adhesive bearing surface of the card. The card deforms to conform to the curvature of the edge of the appliance or object to cleanly transfer all of the adhesive of a dose from the card to the appliance base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2002
    Assignee: Ormco Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel R. Dixon, Craig A. Andreiko
  • Patent number: 6431354
    Abstract: A picture frame type cover for a disk storage case includes a front surface frame, an upper press plate, an upper surface plate, a lower press plate, a lower surface plate and a stopper. The front surface frame has an opening. The upper press plate is disposed via the upper surface plate and is connected to an upper end of the front surface frame. The lower press plate is disposed via the lower surface plate and is connected to a lower end of the front surface frame. The front surface frame, the upper press plate, the upper surface plate, the lower press plate and the lower surface plate are connected to form a generally C-shaped configuration defining an opposing pair of generally C-shaped openings. The stopper is formed on one end of the lower surface plate and projects into one of the pair of generally C-shaped openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Assignee: Sanriki Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hideaki Irisawa
  • Patent number: 6419082
    Abstract: A media storage unit is made by z-folding either a joined or a continuous web of material planes forming a plurality of N overlaid material planes. The material planes have tabs extending from both non-folded sides symmetrical about a center line of each material plane. Slits are made starting on each non folded side and extending a length towards the center of each material plane. The two slits on each material plane are made at the mid-point of the material planes between the tabs allowing the tabs be separated. Opposing tabs on each side of the overlaid material planes and closest to a folded side are joined with a corresponding tab on a adjacent overlaid plane, the opposing tabs are deflected and joined in opposite directions. The joined tabs become the retaining side members of a plurality of pockets formed by the overlaid material planes. The folded sides become the bottoms of sequential pockets with openings in opposite directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2002
    Inventor: Richard Francis Frankeny
  • Patent number: 6364107
    Abstract: A storage container for optical discs and the like has a tray configured to receive a disc and a plurality of retainers formed upon the tray. The retainers are configured so as to capture a disc upon the tray and so as to facilitate insertion of the disc onto the tray from above. In this manner, loading of the tray with the disc may easily be automated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2002
    Assignee: Filam National Plastics
    Inventors: Victorio T. Flores, Jr., Victorio M. Flores, III, Ernst C. Benjamins
  • Publication number: 20020020642
    Abstract: A device for sending compact discs or like plate-shaped data carriers, comprising a storage box for the data carrier and a label, wherein the label preferably comprises at least an address field, the storage box being manufactured from plastic of high impact resistance and relatively high elasticity, such that the storage box is at least substantially unbreakable, the storage box comprising at least two box parts which are pivotable relative to each other and connected via pivot means, the label being designed for attachment on the storage box, such that the two box parts in closed condition are interconnected by the label, at a distance from the pivot means, the arrangement being such that a data carrier in the storage box can be locked between the box parts, whereupon the storage box can be closed off and sealed by the label, whereupon the box can be sent by mail, without further outer package, to an addressee stated on the label.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2001
    Publication date: February 21, 2002
    Inventor: Alfred Langerak
  • Patent number: 6347701
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a compact disk case which is suited to hold a plurality of compact disks in a housing having the shape of a book, which is conveniently opened and closed and which is secure against scratch, contamination and damage on the surface of the compact disks during the withdrawal of them. The compact disk case according to the present invention comprises: a book-like housing 10 with a compact disk receiving space 21, the space being open to one side; a top and bottom guide 30 and 40 each having a set of guiding grooves 30a and 40a for receiving a plurality of compact disks, the both sets of guiding grooves being arranged opposite to each other separately in the top and the bottom section of the receiving space 21 of the housing 10; and a plurality of pick-up means in the form of pick-up levers 50 for inserting and withdrawing compact disks. Said plurality of pick-up means being connected pivotally to the housing 10 or the bottom guide 40.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2002
    Inventor: Ji In Lee
  • Publication number: 20010040108
    Abstract: Discs are held locked in a tray by flex arms with disc-retaining extensions overlying inner peripheral areas adjacent the central opening of the uppermost disc. A push button is held within a disc-centering boss. Lock tab detents extending from the push button hold the push button above an inner edge of an annular shelf on the centering boss. The push button is connected to the flex arms with goose neck connectors. Pressing inward on the flex arms tends to move the goose necks to draw the push button downward. In the locked, tamper-evident position, the lock tabs prevent the push button from moving downward, and thus hold the disc-retaining extensions over inner surface areas of the disc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2001
    Publication date: November 15, 2001
    Inventor: John A. Gelardi
  • Publication number: 20010030137
    Abstract: A disc housing case has a case body 21 having a case housing section 24 in which a plurality of disc cases 3 are housed as they are stacked in the direction of thickness and an insertion/ejection aperture 25 for insertion/ejection of the disc cases 3 to/from the case housing section 24. The disc housing case also has an arrangement switching mechanism 22 for switching a first arrangement state in which the disc cases 3 housed in the case housing section 24 of the case body 21 are arrayed with their respective outer circumferential portions set on a line and a second arrangement state in which the disc cases 3 are arranged to be projected in a step-like manner so that a part of outer circumferential portions of major surfaces of the disc cases 3 is exposed outward from the insertion/ejection aperture 25 of the case body 21.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2001
    Publication date: October 18, 2001
    Inventors: Hirohisa Ishii, Takashi Shiga
  • Patent number: 6283284
    Abstract: A case for retaining disks therein. The case is preferably a two-piece structure formed of a lid and a base detachably coupled together. The base is formed to include a disk retainer that is rotatable with respect to the base. The retainer is coupled to a wall of the base using a living hinge that permits rotation of the retainer well away from the interior surface of the base. The retainer includes a modified hub for capturing the disk. The modified hub has a tongue-and-capturing-structure combination permitting easy application of the disk to the hub and removal therefrom with little stress on the disk. The lid is coupled to the base using a pair of rotatable cams that allow the lid to be rotatable well away from the base. The two-piece structure with the rotatable disk retainer and lid make the case of the present invention compatible with an array of automated disk packaging processes and equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2001
    Assignee: Shape Global Technology
    Inventors: Robert Crane, Craig Lovecky
  • Publication number: 20010015328
    Abstract: A disc package for retaining a disc includes a retention panel having a first surface in substantial contact with a face of the disc when the disc is inserted within the package, and a cover panel which is contiguous with the retention panel and which shares with the retention panel a common edge. The common edge includes a fold line about which the cover panel is folded so as to be substantially superposed with the retention panel. The disc package also includes a disc retainment section positioned proximate a second edge of the retention panel and overlaying at least a portion of the first surface of the retention panel. At least a portion of the disc retainment section is attached to the first surface of the retention panel to enable at least a portion of the disc to be positioned between the retention panel and the engagement section to retain the disc in the disc package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2001
    Publication date: August 23, 2001
    Inventor: William Collins
  • Publication number: 20010004968
    Abstract: A sleeve for storing a disc shaped object, said sleeve comprising a first and second sleeve part, which are hingedly connected to each other by means of a hinge member, said sleeve parts comprise two flaps, folded towards each other along a fold line, said first and second sleeve part comprising a first and second circle segment shaped sliding groove, respectively located in such a manner that in a closed position of said sleeve, they extend along a quarter of a circle, said hinge member being located at a corner of said sleeve forming a middle point for said quarter of a circle, said sleeve further comprises a first and second connecting member, located in said first, respectively said second groove and connecting the sleeve parts to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2000
    Publication date: June 28, 2001
    Inventor: David Dos Santos
  • Patent number: 6186349
    Abstract: A case composed of at least two shells. In a preferred embodiment, two semi-cylindrical shells are provided. The shells are coupled for relative rotation about an axis and are sized so that each shell segment nests within an adjacent shell. The shells are rotatable between a closed position, in which the shells cooperate to define an enclosed compartment, and an open position, in which said shells nest inside one another to provide access to the compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2001
    Assignee: Bee Incorporated
    Inventor: David Tempongko
  • Patent number: 6179119
    Abstract: A container for holding storage media is provided which contains an image carrying member, an upper and lower case member and a storage media holding member. Display flanges are provided for displaying the mage carrying is removed from the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Inventor: Brian C. Manoogian
  • Patent number: 6112894
    Abstract: Disclosed is disc medium accommodating case for conveying a large number of disc media, in which the embedding structure for the column for stacking the disc media and the case bottom plate member is improved, whereby a sturdy case is provided which is free from deformation or breakage during handling, transportation, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2000
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Shuichi Kikuchi, Daiki Kobayashi