Envelope Patents (Class 229/68.1)
  • Patent number: 10793319
    Abstract: An origami envelope and a method of constructing the origami envelope are enclosed. The origami envelope is quadrilateral in shape. The origami envelope comprises a top layer having a front surface and a back surface opposite to the front surface, and a bottom layer having an exterior side and an interior side opposite to the exterior side. The top layer extends to the exterior side of the bottom layer over a portion of the top envelope side to form a closure flap at the exterior side of the bottom layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Inventor: Bor-Jiun Huang
  • Patent number: 10144190
    Abstract: A device for punching and scoring a medium includes a punch tool and a grooved score guide. The punch tool has a cutter configured to cut an edge of a sheet of the medium. The positioning edge is disposed on the device and configured to guide an edge of the medium and position the medium with respect to the punch tool. The grooved score guide is formed in the device and configured to match a scoring tool to create a score line in the medium. The arrangement between the punch tool and positioning edge is configured to cut a notch in the edge of the medium at a notch point. The grooved score line is disposed in relationship to the punch tool to create the score line in the medium from the notch point across the medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: American Crafts, L.C.
    Inventor: Tavnir John Carey
  • Patent number: 9850031
    Abstract: Simulated commercial envelopes and methods of making are disclosed. An example envelope includes a first envelope portion having a front panel. A top flap is integrally formed with a top edge of the front panel about a first fold line, and a bottom flap is integrally formed with a bottom edge-of the front panel about a second fold line. A second envelope portion includes a rear panel free of any fold lines or flaps. The rear panel is to be secured to the front panel to form a pocket at least partially surrounding the mailer. The bottom flap is to be folded about the second fold line and to be secured to the rear panel on a side opposite the formed pocket. The top flap is to be folded about the first fold line and to be secured over the rear panel on the side opposite the formed pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company
    Inventor: Philip Medwell Brown
  • Patent number: 9460427
    Abstract: A system for making commercial transactions through a paper document includes: a device (3) for reading and scanning the paper document containing information useful for a commercial transaction, the reading and scanning device (3) having an IP address; a user device (5); an interface (7), in particular a connection, between the reading and scanning device (3) and the user device (5), wherein the reading and scanning device (3) includes a software interface adapted to exchange data and/or the information with the user device (5) through the interface (7) and via the HTTP protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Panini S.P.A.
    Inventors: Marco Fassiotto, Mirko Zanotel
  • Patent number: 9396507
    Abstract: A marketing device that also functions as a useful object holder in an automobile is described herein. The marketing device can be placed on or attached to a prominent viewing position in the vehicle within easy reaching distance. The device can be placed on or attached securely so that the device will remain substantially in place during movement of the automobile. The device can have one or more dedicated areas for holding a useful object and marketing means. The dedicated areas can allow for free removal or placement of the useful device and marketing means. The useful object can draw the attention of an individual, causing repeated exposure to the marketing means and increasing the effectiveness of the marketing means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Inventor: Lisa Shames
  • Patent number: 9199427
    Abstract: A pad of labels for use on store shelves in a retail environment. The pad of labels include labels with adhesive strips applied to a bottom surface of each label and a top laminate layer with a release coating applied to the top surface of each label. The labels in the pad are sequenced according to a store's planogram.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Electronic Imaging Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Weidauer, Michael Wilkinson, Jeffrey Blackwell, Gene Bethards, Scott Aten, David Adler
  • Patent number: 9110608
    Abstract: An approach is provided for secured mobile printing. A printing platform receives a printing request, generates authenticating information associated with the print request, and sends the authenticating information to a mobile device for retrieval of printed materials generated in response to the printing request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignees: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc., Cellco Partnership
    Inventors: Paul T. Schultz, Mark J. Hahn, Robert A. Sartini, Todd M. Willis
  • Patent number: 8919560
    Abstract: A chewing gum disposal container is provided as simple, easy to use, and convenient apparatus for disposing used gum in areas where traditional methods of gum disposal are not readily available. The apparatus is provided as an envelope that forms an inner chamber. The inner chamber is utilized for receiving used chewing gum and is lined with an antimicrobial layer that reduces the transmission of infectious disease. The envelope utilizes a front section and a rear section in order to form the inner chamber. The front section provides a top flap that seals the inner chamber. Additionally the front section provides a visual identifier for distinguishing the particular apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventor: Derek L. Hopkins
  • Publication number: 20140305998
    Abstract: Reference apparatus and storage and dispensing apparatus (such as for storing and/or dispensing the reference apparatus) are disclosed. In some embodiments, the reference apparatus may include a unitary planar material having a first panel, a second panel, and a third panel disposed between the first and second panels. The first and second panels may be configured to be folded between a folded position in which the first and second panels are parallel to the third panel, and an unfolded position in which the first and second panels are coplanar with the third panel relative to the folded position. One of the first and second panels may include an attachment portion configured to receive a receiving portion of the other of the first and second panels to secure the first, second, and third panels together in the folded position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventor: Jeffrey N. Olsen
  • Publication number: 20140221871
    Abstract: A sample collection kit (10) for detecting the presence of the human papillomavirus in samples containing cervico-vaginal cells. The sample collection kit includes a pre-addressed envelope (12) containing a sample collection device (18) and a specimen processing card (14) having two testing surfaces (40a,40b), one of which is accessible on either side of the specimen processing card. In use, the sample collection device is inserted into the subject's vagina to collect a sample of cervico-vaginal cells and then the sample collection device is wiped against one of two testing surfaces on the specimen processing card to transfer the sample of endocervical cells to the processing card. Next, the subject disposes the specimen processing card in the pre-addressed envelope and forwards the pre-addressed envelope with the specimen processing card to a medical testing facility.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventor: Jerome Belinson
  • Publication number: 20140117071
    Abstract: A cushioning assembly includes a first sheet and a second sheet opposing the first sheet. A plurality of foam elements are between the first and second sheets and adhered to at least one of the first sheet interior surface and the second sheet interior surface. The aspect ratio of the plurality of foam elements is at least 1.2.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: Sealed Air Corporation (US)
    Inventors: Charles Kannankeril, Peter Conroy, Nandini Shankaranarayan
  • Patent number: 8701978
    Abstract: A two way mailer for conveying an item from a sender to a recipient and back is disclosed. The two way mailer comprises a base panel, a sender address panel, and a recipient address panel. The base panel and the sender address panel may be made from a single contiguous piece of material or from non-contiguous pieces of material. The recipient address panel is preferentially part of the same contiguous material as the base panel and the sender address panel. The sender address panel is affixed by at least one adhesive region to the base panel to form a pocket for containing the item during mailing. The size of the pocket eliminates free space and flushes the item with an edge of the pocket which first enters automated postal processing equipment. In this configuration, a fragile item may be conveyed from the sender to the recipient and from the recipient back to the sender without damage to the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company
    Inventors: Dan Perrone, Laura Leigh Helfers, Jeffery W. Banks, Jon Bartelli
  • Patent number: 8628116
    Abstract: Described is an apparatus that includes a transparent film having a plurality of non-overlapping pockets created therein, each of the pockets including at least one opening and being sized and shaped to receive a check therein. The apparatus also includes front and back indicators disposed on front and back faces of the film, respectively, and unique pocket indicators disposed on the pockets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: EFT Network, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Davis, Stephen A. Schutze
  • Publication number: 20140001252
    Abstract: The mailer is made from a single blank. In one embodiment, the side flaps are folded over a front panel followed by folding over and securing of a back panel to the said flaps to form the mailer. The closure panel is folded over the front panel to close the mailer. In another embodiment, a back panel is folded over a front panel followed by folding over and securing of the side flaps to the back panel to form the mailer. The closure flap is folded over the back panel to close the mailer. In another embodiment, a blank forms a center seam mailer. Each embodiment has an improved corner construction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Inventors: Marvin A. Makofsky, Robert Makofsky, Sari Makofsky McConnell
  • Publication number: 20140001246
    Abstract: The pocket folder is made from a single sheet blank and has a pair of pockets and reinforced side edges. The pockets may be open pockets or one of the pockets may be closed while the other is open.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Inventors: Marvin A. Makofsky, Robert Makofsky, Sari Makofsky McConnell
  • Patent number: 8590940
    Abstract: A method or corresponding apparatus for remote transmission of a negotiable instrument. In an example embodiment, the process provides a carrier that secures a negotiable instrument. Next, the process creates a unique identifier, associated with the carrier, and generates an electronic image of the negotiable instrument. After generating the electronic image, the process transmits the electronic image of the negotiable instrument and the unique identifier to a remote location. The negotiable instrument may be transmitted via a fax, a scanner, a device designed to transmit electronic data, other image device compatible with ITU-T recommendations T.30 or T.4, or combination thereof. The process may also verify the negotiable instrument has a valid endorsement, verify image quality of the electronic image to ensure compliance with financial industry standards, or validate any received security information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Lighthouse Consulting Group, LLC
    Inventors: Robert P. Popadic, John R. Popadic, Thomas E. Gazda, Stuart J. Lipoff
  • Publication number: 20130110593
    Abstract: An envelope comprising a rectangular panel having parallel long and short sides with a front outer surface onto which a delivery address is made visible and a reverse side opposite the delivery address side. The envelope includes at least one third party advertising message on its reverse side. Ideally, a stamp cancellation for that envelope can be sold for additional third party advertising messages/promotions. The same applies to shipping boxes, packing boxes of movers and even those box-like containers in which foodstuffs are packaged after preparation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Inventor: James S. Fowler
  • Patent number: 8376212
    Abstract: An automated flat mail piece comprising a bendable envelope and a bendable insert tray disposed inside the cavity of the bendable envelope that satisfies USPS requirements for automated flats. The insert tray has a rectangular base with a perforated line disposed centrally from each edge to its respective opposing edge, dividing the base into four segments. A flap is integrally connected to the base by two walls extending at substantially right angle from the base. A set of three bend-enabling score lines disposed co-linear with the longitudinal and transverse bend axes of the envelope enable lengthwise and widthwise bending of the envelope. Diagonal stress relief score lines cooperate with bend enabling score lines to lessen the effects of a crease. A stress relief score line is disposed diagonally extending from an outer bend-enabling score line at the envelope edge to a center bend-enabling score line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Consolidated Graphics, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter G. Ashe, Glenn J. Marino, Craig A. Reynolds
  • Publication number: 20120248177
    Abstract: A padded and recyclable paper envelope is comprised of a front wall, a rear wall, an open edge for access to an interior compartment of the envelope, and a closure flap to close the open edge. A corrugated board is adhesively secured over an inner face of the front wall and rear wall to protect an item disposed in the interior compartment between the reinforcing corrugated board surfaces. The envelope is formed from a single paper blank on which the corrugated board is adhesively secured. The envelope and the corrugated board are formed from recyclable material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Inventors: Pierre Beaulieu, Gilles Bruneau
  • Publication number: 20120193402
    Abstract: The invention relates to a film 2 including at least one print layer 3 and a non-woven layer 4 having a density of less than 0.5 g/cm3.The invention also relates to a packaging product, especially an envelope, including such a film, and to a method for obtaining an above-described film, in which the film 2 is obtained by assembling, for example by extrusion-laminating or by laminating, a print layer and a non-woven layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Applicant: GASCOGNE LAMINATES
    Inventors: Florian CHAPALAIN, David MARTINEZ
  • Publication number: 20120132698
    Abstract: An assembly including a front panel is separated from a back panel by a panel fold line. Side flaps are disposed at opposing edges of the front panel and are each separated from the front panel by a flap fold line. The side flaps include a front flap surface with an adhesive material and a back flap surface opposite the front flap surface. The assembly is foldable about the panel fold line to dispose the back panel adjacent the front panel and foldable about the flap fold line to dispose the back flap surface adjacent a front surface of the back panel when the back panel is folded. In a folded position, the assembly forms a pocket between the front and back panels, and is adherable by the adhesive material to a separate surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Applicant: Continental Datalabel, Inc.
    Inventors: Amanda Wawrzyniak, Todd Davis
  • Patent number: 8187685
    Abstract: The invention includes a composition comprising from 40 to 98 weight percent of at least one GPPS, from 0 to 98 weight percent of at least one HIPS, from 0.5 to 10 weight percent at least one styrene block copolymer, from 0.5 to 10 weight percent of at least one polypropylene wherein the combination of GPPS, HIPS, polypropylene and styrene block copolymer make up at least about 90 percent of the composition as well as a film made of the composition, an envelope window patch comprising the film, an envelope comprising the window patch, and a process for making the film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Dow Chemical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Nichole E. Nickel, Eric K. Lee, Stephen J. Skapik, III, Donald J. Gromacki, Robert A. Gunther, James P. Maher
  • Patent number: 8137781
    Abstract: An information sheet is held between an adhesive sheet and an adherend, and is partitioned into a first and second sheet portion by a first perforated-line. When the second sheet portion is folded at the first perforated-line position and overlapped on the first sheet portion, the edge portion side of the first sheet portion is protruded a predetermined amount out of the edge border of the second sheet portion to form an adhesive margin. The adhesive margin and a contra mating surface of the second sheet portion are stuck to an adhesive layer of the adhesive sheet. Respective surfaces on the mating side of the first and second sheet portions are printed with confidential information capable of being cut off along the first and second perforated-lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Lintec Corporation
    Inventor: Akira Dangami
  • Patent number: 8132711
    Abstract: A container with an opening on one end, with an adhesive flap to seal the container once the desired information and objects are placed therein; said container may then be affixed to a surface, thereby creating a convenient way to keep necessary emergency information both readily available and private.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Inventor: Tamara Ann Clark
  • Patent number: 8127921
    Abstract: A package for an optical storage medium, comprising first and second parts; a window located in the first part; a third part sandwiched in a region between the first and second parts; wherein the first, second and third parts define a receptacle in a further region where the third part is not sandwiched between the first and second parts; wherein the window and the third part are arranged such that when the optical storage medium is placed in the receptacle, the optical storage medium abuts the third part and a predefined area of the optical storage medium is perceptible through the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Sony DADC Austria AG
    Inventors: Bernhard Wiesinger, Marcel Penning, Anton Brandauer
  • Publication number: 20120018501
    Abstract: A printable and imprintable multi-component form is described that features detachable components including a correspondence piece, an envelope, and a variable element. The multi-component form can be formed from a single sheet of material such as paper, plastic, foil, or paperboard. The single sheet of material is constructed from a single ply of material. The correspondence piece can be a greeting card or a post card. The variable element can be a scrip, a customizable component, e.g., a wallet-sized photograph, or a product stamp. The scrip can be any non-monetary certificate exchangeable for currency, goods, or services including, for example, a gift card or a gift certificate. The assembled envelope can be used to mail the correspondence piece and variable element to a recipient. The detachable components can be separated from one another and from the sheet of material at a plurality of lines of separation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2011
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Inventor: Richard Wilen
  • Publication number: 20110284620
    Abstract: A mailer provides a new way of securing the delivery of letters, packages, parcels, and/or other items of mail through the U.S. Postal Service. The mailer includes a container and a spacer attached to an inner surface of the container. The container is designed to hold items of mail having an aggregate thickness less than a minimum thickness required to qualify as a First Class Mail parcel. The spacer has a predetermined thickness which causes the first and second sheets of the container to expand to a thickness which equals or exceeds the minimum thickness required to qualify as a First Class Mail parcel. The mailer therefore allows otherwise unqualified mail items to be sent as First Class or special services mail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Inventor: Charles Westray CRUTCHFIELD
  • Publication number: 20110220706
    Abstract: A mailing envelope is disclosed, the envelope including an outer paper layer forming a pocket and an inner foil layer lining an inner surface of the outer paper layer within the pocket. The foil layer includes an aluminium foil having a thickness in a range of 6 to 10 ?m. Also disclosed is a mailing envelope including an outer paper layer forming a pocket and an inner foil layer lining an inner surface of the outer paper layer within the pocket, wherein the inner foil layer includes an aluminium foil coated with a lacquer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2009
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Applicant: FREDRICKSON SECURE SERVICES LIMITED
    Inventors: Christopher Benton, James Meaton, Simon Jones
  • Publication number: 20110210160
    Abstract: Systems, methods, technologies, and devices for use as stand-alone products or products that interface with personal computers, MP3, or MPEG players are disclosed. Various devices and electronics for recording or loading of electronic information, in particular electronic media, such as audio and visual media or multimedia, on a variety of novelty products or devices are disclosed. In some embodiments, a person can record directly to a memory module in the novelty product. In other embodiments, a person can upload multimedia data onto the novelty product via a data port, for storage and later playback on the novelty product. In some embodiments, a person can do both.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2011
    Publication date: September 1, 2011
    Applicant: Dinotalk, Inc.
    Inventor: Bart Gentiel Vantieghem
  • Patent number: 7950698
    Abstract: A method or corresponding apparatus for remote transmission of a negotiable instrument. In an example embodiment, the process provides a carrier that secures a negotiable instrument. Next, the process creates a unique identifier, associated with the carrier, and generates an electronic image of the negotiable instrument. After generating the electronic image, the process transmits the electronic image of the negotiable instrument and the unique identifier to a remote location. The negotiable instrument may be transmitted via a fax, a scanner, a device designed to transmit electronic data, other image device compatible with ITU-T recommendations T.30 or T.4, or combination thereof. The process may also verify the negotiable instrument has a valid endorsement, verify image quality of the electronic image to ensure compliance with financial industry standards, or validate any received security information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Lighthouse Consulting Group, LLC
    Inventors: Robert P. Popadic, John R. Popadic, Thomas E. Gazda, Stuart J. Lipoff
  • Publication number: 20110125674
    Abstract: A device and method for preventing the dropping of money while change is being handed through a drive-through window from a cashier to a customer in an automobile. The cashier places the change is a specially designed envelope. The envelope has a pocket for holding the change and at least one third party ad is printed on the envelope. The cashier passes the envelope through the drive-through window. The customer grabs the envelope from the cashier and then removes the change from the envelope inside the automobile's interior. In a preferred embodiment, the envelope has shape characteristics and a printed image that relate to the business identity of the third party who paid for the ad. Also in a preferred embodiment, the fee paid by the third party ad purchaser surpasses the cost of the envelope to the fast food restaurant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Inventor: Scott A. Masters
  • Publication number: 20110089226
    Abstract: A photo display incorporates a support hook(s) as a display adjunct. The hook is fabricated from a flat sheet of material. The material is capable of a high degree of flexing without breaking. Double-sided tape is employed to mount the sheet on a flat, vertical surface such as a wall or door. The sheet is sized to neatly present a display item. The display item may take the form of a photograph, an advertisement, a message, or the like. Other forms of the photo display employ adjuncts that permit easy mailing of a photograph or the like and support for displaying the photograph.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2010
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Inventor: DAVID J. MORRISON
  • Publication number: 20110068153
    Abstract: The present invention provides for a mailer suitable for mailing a plurality of disks. This mailer is formed from a unitary sheet of foldable paperboard and is compatible with high-speed, automated mail handling equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Inventor: John Evans
  • Publication number: 20110068154
    Abstract: The presently disclosed subject matter relates generally to an apparatus for forming and/or sealing an inflatable mailer. Particularly, the disclosed apparatus comprises an inflation assembly that comprises upper and lower support arms and at least one inflation nozzle. In addition, the disclosed apparatus comprises a sealing assembly comprising upper and lower support arms, upper and lower heat seal jaws, two solenoids, and at least one heat seal element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Applicant: SEALED AIR CORPORATION (US)
    Inventors: Charles Kannankeril, Ian M. Donegan
  • Patent number: 7900966
    Abstract: A valet parking envelope includes a front panel and a rear panel. The front panel of the valet parking envelope preferably includes an identification number, vehicle owner area, a date/time area, a vehicle make/model area, a color area, a license plate area, emergency contact area and a valet driver area. A vehicle tag and an owner coupon are removably attached to a bottom of the valet parking envelope. The rear panel of the valet parking envelope includes a right side image of a vehicle, a top image of a vehicle and a left side image a vehicle. The valet parking envelope further includes a flap and a metal clasp. A vehicle key is preferably retained relative to the valet parking envelope with a length of string. A storage box with a lid may be used to retain a plurality of valet parking envelopes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Global Real Estate Investment Project, LLC
    Inventor: Robert Stennett
  • Publication number: 20110049224
    Abstract: An automated flat mail piece comprising a bendable envelope and a bendable insert tray disposed inside the cavity of the bendable envelope that satisfies USPS requirements for automated flats. The insert tray has a rectangular base with a perforated line disposed centrally from each edge to its respective opposing edge, dividing the base into four segments. A flap is integrally connected to the base by two walls extending at substantially right angle from the base. A set of three bend-enabling score lines disposed co-linear with the longitudinal and transverse bend axes of the envelope enable lengthwise and widthwise bending of the envelope. Diagonal stress relief score lines cooperate with bend enabling score lines to lessen the effects of a crease. A stress relief score line is disposed diagonally extending from an outer bend-enabling score line at the envelope edge to a center bend-enabling score line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2010
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Applicant: CONSOLIDATED GRAPHICS, INC.
    Inventors: Peter G. Ashe, Glenn J. Marino, Craig A. Reynolds
  • Publication number: 20110025037
    Abstract: A printable and imprintable multi-component form is described that features detachable components including a correspondence piece, an envelope, and a variable element. The multi-component form is formed from two plies of material such as paper, plastic, foil, or paperboard. The correspondence piece can be a greeting card or a post card. The variable element can be a scrip, a customizable component, e.g., a wallet-sized photograph, or a product stamp. The scrip can be any non-monetary certificate exchangeable for currency, goods, or services including, for example, a gift card or a gift certificate. The assembled envelope can be used to mail the correspondence piece and variable element to a recipient. The detachable components can be separated from one another and from the sheet of material of the form at a plurality of lines of separation such as perforations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2010
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Inventor: Richard Wilen
  • Publication number: 20100320259
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a moulded part based on a fibrous carrier material of natural origin and a binder, wherein the carrier material is of natural origin and comprises fibres. Another object of the present invention is to recycle biological, organic residual flows in a useful manner, wherein the biological residual flows are further processed into a moulded part, which moulded part, if considered waste, can be disposed of via the green waste container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Applicant: HAYNEST B.V.
    Inventors: Gidy Henri Cor Geert Knoors, Arnoldus Henricus Adrianus Verberne
  • Patent number: 7854369
    Abstract: An envelope includes a front wall and an overlying back wall. The front wall and the back wall are connected around mutual edges to form an enclosed pouch. One of the front wall and the back wall includes a message portion separable from remaining portions of the one of the front wall and the back wall. A release sheet is secured to an inside surface of the one of the front wall and the back wall overlying the message portion. The message portion comprises areas of removable adhesive or multiple reuse adhesive and is secured to the release sheet by the multiple reuse adhesive to form a repositionable note once removed from the one of the front wall and the back wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Assignee: MailAgain, LLC
    Inventor: Richard Ignatius Keefe
  • Patent number: 7837088
    Abstract: A mailer provides a new way of securing the delivery of letters, packages, parcels, and/or other items of mail through the U.S. Postal Service. The mailer includes a container and a spacer attached to an inner surface of the container. The container is designed to hold items of mail having an aggregate thickness less than a minimum thickness required to qualify as a First Class Mail parcel. The spacer has a predetermined thickness which causes the first and second sheets of the container to expand to a thickness which equals or exceeds the minimum thickness required to qualify as a First Class Mail parcel. The mailer therefore allows otherwise unqualified mail items to be sent as First Class or special services mail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Inventor: Charles Westray Crutchfield
  • Publication number: 20100282824
    Abstract: The presently disclosed subject matter relates generally to mailers for shipping objects, and more particularly to mailers comprising an outer pouch and an inner inflatable liner and an inflation pathway through which a portion of gas can be introduced into said inflatable liner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2009
    Publication date: November 11, 2010
    Inventors: Charles Kannankeril, Ian Donegan
  • Publication number: 20100140338
    Abstract: Mailers for securing and protecting stress-sensitive or frangible articles for safe processing by automated postal processing equipment. The mailer may include a first panel adhesively bonded with a second panel to define a pocket between the first and second panels. The pocket is configured to receive an article. The second panel has a first edge and a second edge spaced from the first edge by a height of the second panel or a length of the second panel. The mailer further includes a flap with a first section attached along a fold line to the first edge of the second panel, a second section, and a line of weakening between the first and second sections. The first section is configured to fold along the line of weakening relative to the second section. The first and second sections are configured to fold along the fold line relative to the second panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2010
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Applicant: BUTLER LEASING CORPORATION
    Inventor: Todd N. Butler
  • Patent number: 7726547
    Abstract: The present invention provides a multifunction and low-cost photoprint storage bag. When paper is die-cut along a pattern to produce development sheets, folds are created simultaneously, thereby achieving simple manufacturing. A multifunction photoprint storage bag can be realized by folding along folds on the die-cut development sheet, which is used as a photoprint storage bag and a photo stand, and further as a sealed letter by folding back in the opposite direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Fujifilm Corporation
    Inventors: Kimiko Tachikawa, Shigeaki Ueyama
  • Publication number: 20100096283
    Abstract: A package for an optical storage medium, comprising first and second parts; a window located in the first part; a third part sandwiched in a region between the first and second parts; wherein the first, second and third parts define a receptacle in a further region where the third part is not sandwiched between the first and second parts; wherein the window and the third part are arranged such that when the optical storage medium is placed in the receptacle, the optical storage medium abuts the third part and a predefined area of the optical storage medium is perceptible through the window.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2009
    Publication date: April 22, 2010
    Applicant: SONY DADC AUSTRIA AG
    Inventors: Bernhard Wiesinger, Marcel Penning, Anton Brandauer
  • Patent number: 7699352
    Abstract: A method for producing a continuous web of printed material for use in creating mailpieces. The continuous web has a width and a length, the length comprised of a series of attached sheets. The series of attached sheets are comprising envelope sheets and rectangular content pages. The content pages are rectangular in shape and may be oriented relative to the envelope sheets in a number of different configurations. In some configurations, two sets of content pages and/or envelope sheets can be printed across the width of the web. Sheets for forming business return envelopes may be printed in series with the content pages and envelope sheets. BREs may include individualized return addresses. A control code may be printed on one or more of the sheets for a given mailpiece, providing information for controlling assembly of the mailpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Denis J. Stemmle, Clare E. Woodman, John W. Sussmeier, Michael J. Cummings
  • Publication number: 20100089985
    Abstract: An envelope having a sound mechanism for storing a recorded or prerecorded audible signal or sound for playback upon opening the envelope, the sound mechanism including components of a sound circuit that are hidden within the back panel of the envelope and with an actuator provided to activate the sound upon the opening of the seal flap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2009
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Inventor: Kelli Fusaro
  • Publication number: 20100044419
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for providing a carrier card on which a transaction card is mounted and to which an envelope is integrally but detachably attached are described. According to one aspect, a carrier card arrangement that is suitable for carrying a transaction card includes a carrier portion and an envelope portion that is integrally formed with an edge of the carrier portion. The edge of the carrier portion is at least partially defined by at least one perforation. The carrier portion includes a first surface that is on an opposite side of the carrier portion from a second surface. The envelope portion has a third surface that at least partially abuts the second surface, and is sized to accommodate the transaction card.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2008
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Inventors: Judith Brill, Philip J. Luongo, JR., Ian S. Macnider
  • Publication number: 20100001049
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a envelope or blank for the making the envelope, wherein the envelope is specifically adapted for mailing computer readable medium such as CDs or DVDs. The envelope and blank are particular suited for sorting using high speed sorting machinery and are characterised by a central storage region for accommodating the medium that is stiffened relative to sections of the envelope adjacent to the storage region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2009
    Publication date: January 7, 2010
    Applicant: MEDIA MAIL TECHNOLOGY PTY LTD
    Inventor: Allan Morton
  • Patent number: 7644010
    Abstract: A system and method to provide identification codes to track outbound mail and corresponding replies. Tracking is enabled where an intended recipient is not determined until after physical components of the mailpiece are assembled. A first ID code is associated with a second ID code on a return envelope. The first ID code is positioned on a front of the return envelope proximal to a return address on the return envelope. The second ID code is positioned on a back of the return envelope proximal to a recipient address region on the return envelope. The return envelope is inserted into a carrier envelope with the front of the return envelope facing the back of the carrier envelope, and the second ID code and the recipient address region being visible through a front window in the front of the carrier envelope. A recipient address is printed in the recipient address region of the reply envelope, through the front window on the carrier envelope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: Pitney Bowes Inc.
    Inventors: Bertrand Haas, Andrei Obrea
  • Patent number: RE44274
    Abstract: A method or corresponding apparatus for remote transmission of a negotiable instrument. In an example embodiment, the process provides a carrier that secures a negotiable instrument. Next, the process creates a unique identifier, associated with the carrier, and generates an electronic image of the negotiable instrument. After generating the electronic image, the process transmits the electronic image of the negotiable instrument and the unique identifier to a remote location. The negotiable instrument may be transmitted via a fax, a scanner, a device designed to transmit electronic data, other image device compatible with ITU-T recommendations T.30 or T.4, or combination thereof. The process may also verify the negotiable instrument has a valid endorsement, verify image quality of the electronic image to ensure compliance with financial industry standards, or validate any received security information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Lighthouse Consulting Group, LLC
    Inventors: Robert P. Popadic, John R. Popadic, Thomas E. Gazda, Stuart J. Lipoff