Series Patents (Class 229/69)
  • Patent number: 10391733
    Abstract: A preformed web and a method of producing dunnage units from the preformed web. The web is an elongate flattened thermoplastic tube having an inflation edge and an opposite edge. The tube includes spaced transverse seals that define sides of pouches. In one embodiment, the web is configured such that a gap forms between each pair of adjacent pouches when the pouches are inflated. In one embodiment, an inflation edge of the web comprises a frangible connection that allows the inflation edge to be broken by an unsharpened object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Automated Packaging Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Rick Steven Wehrmann
  • Patent number: 10315804
    Abstract: A method for making a film bag with reinforced bag seams includes a film extruder that produces a continuous tube of film. A flattener produces a continuous web of flattened film which has an upper surface and a lower surface. A fold maker has a receiving portion positioned above the web and a displacing portion is positioned below the web that moves cyclically upward to a first position to locate a portion of the web into the receiving portion, thereby forming a fold. A fold retention device prevents the fold from opening. A presser flattens the fold against the web. A sealer seals through the fold, forming a reinforced bag seam. A cutter severs a sealed portion from an unsealed portion of the web. A transport mechanism moves the film from the extruder, through the flattener, into the fold maker, beneath the presser, into the sealer and to the cutter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventors: Daniel Brian Tan, David H. G'Sell, Sr.
  • Patent number: 10154172
    Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a stacker on which an envelope is to be stacked, an image forming device to form an image on the envelope conveyed from the stacker, an operation device to display a screen for prompting a user to set a size of the envelope and an orientation of the envelop to be stacked on the stacker. The orientation of the envelope accepted by the operation device is one of a first orientation, in which the flap and the body portion are aligned in a width direction that is orthogonal to a conveyance direction of the envelope, and a second orientation, in which the flap and the body portion are aligned in the conveyance direction of the envelope. A controller controls the operation device to display a guidance image based on the size of the envelope and the orientation of the envelope accepted by the operation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masanobu Inui
  • Patent number: 10040581
    Abstract: Methods of making non-durable self-supporting flexible containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Scott Kendyl Stanley, Kenneth Stephen McGuire, Charles John Berg, Lee Mathew Arent, Andrew Paul Rapach, Jun You
  • Patent number: 10022929
    Abstract: A crown reinforcement of a tyre includes at least one crown triangulation belt having a given width value (R). The belt essentially includes elementary widths each having a given width value (B). Each of the elementary widths has a flattened cross section and forms an angle (?) with a circumferential direction of the tyre, the angle (?) being between 10° and 80°. Adjacent elementary widths, which are positioned directly next to each other, are separated by a groove of a given width value (j) and are connected to each other by one or more weak bridges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin
    Inventors: Henri Hinc, Christian Beaudonnet, Francis Aubarede
  • Patent number: 9898941
    Abstract: A system and method for magnetically mounting a sign flush at a ceiling, window, or wall location that includes modular panels that are removably connected to one another to form a sign board stack. The sign board stack is mounted or unmounted from a prominent display location using a pole end gripper without the need for a ladder. The sign stack extends from a mounting strip having a holder at which the sign stack is fastened, and the gripper engages the mounting strip at an offset grasping portion disposed laterally of the holder. The panels have flanges at the top edge to fit into the holder of the mounting strip and clips at the bottom edge to hold a flange of a panel connected below it. Channel tracks are formed on the panels to hold strip sign elements, some of which may include accordion or spiral bound numbers or messages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: K-International, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael J. White
  • Patent number: 9701079
    Abstract: A cutting blade, which is useable for cutting a reinforcing strip into reinforcing plies, includes one or more notches disposed at given intervals. When a volume of rubber separating two reinforcing threads is cut by the cutting blade, bridges of rubber are left between a rear edge of a first reinforcing ply and a front edge of a second reinforcing ply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignees: COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ETABLISSEMENTS MICHELIN, MICHELIN RECHERCHE ET TECHNIQUE S.A.
    Inventors: Thierry Ducros, Stéphane Ravat, Michel Deboeuf
  • Patent number: 9469442
    Abstract: Plastic bags, rolls of plastic bags, and tubular blown film processes for making rolls of plastic bags. The rolls of plastic bags include a tubular blown film with a plurality of perforation lines along which plastic bags are separated from the roll. The perforation lines are formed so that portions of the lips of the plastic bags are offset from each other. The offset portions of the lips facilitate opening of the bags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian C. Dais, Jose Porchia, Juan M. Garces
  • Patent number: 9434492
    Abstract: A method of filling a plurality of bottom gusseted pouches disposed on a roll in a top-to-bottom end orientation is provided. The method comprises unwinding the respective bottom gusseted pouch from the roll; providing access to an interior compartment defined by front and back panels and the bottom gusseted end of the respective bottom gusseted pouch; filling the interior compartment with at least one item to produce a filled pouch; and cutting the respective bottom gusseted pouch from the roll by cutting between the top end of the respective bottom gusseted pouch and the bottom gusseted end of an adjacent bottom gussetted pouch connected to the respective bottom gusseted pouch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Inventors: James Russell, John Ferber
  • Patent number: 9382053
    Abstract: A flexible film package for storing food products comprises a body with a side wall, a closed bottom end, and a closed top end. The body includes a primary line of weakness and a pair of secondary lines of weakness formed in the side wall. Each of the primary and secondary lines of weakness includes a plurality of score lines spaced apart by non-scored portions of the side wall. The score lines of the primary line of weakness have a greater length, width, and depth than the score lines of the secondary lines of weakness. The non-scored portions between the score lines of the primary line of weakness are longer than the non-scored portions between the score lines of the secondary lines of weakness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC
    Inventors: Paul Edward Doll, Kofi Ampadu
  • Patent number: 9365011
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a roll of bottom gusseted pouches serially connected in a top-to-bottom end orientation is provided. The method comprises unwinding a pouch webbing in a first flow direction, the pouch webbing defining front and back panels of a respective pouch; inserting a gusset webbing between the panels in a second flow direction; attaching the gusset webbing to the panels to form the bottom gusseted end of the pouch; inserting a closure mechanism between the panels in a third flow direction; attaching the closure mechanism to the panels to form the resealable top end of the pouch; sealing the side edges of the panels to complete the pouch; winding the completed pouch onto the roll; and repeating these steps to form the other bottom gusseted pouches in the roll. At least one of the pouch webbing and the gusset webbing is formed of a supported film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Inventors: James Russell, John Ferber
  • Patent number: 8813953
    Abstract: A transportable arrangement that includes a plurality of stuffing envelopes adjoining each other in planar manner and a packaging therefor. A cover body made of cardboard-like material surrounds the plurality of stuffing envelopes. The cover body surrounds the plurality of stuffing envelopes on the bottoms thereof, the tops thereof and both end sides completely or partially. The narrow sides are left open. The cover body comprises two rectangular panes, designed relatively stronger than the other components of the cover body and resting on the end sides. The cover body comprises a tear tab that is arranged on one of the end sides of the plurality of stuffing envelopes. This allows the cover body to be torn open and the cover body to be pulled off the plurality of stuffing envelopes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: AWA Couvert GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Wegener, Friedhelm Wegener, Andreas Wenzeck
  • Patent number: 8322597
    Abstract: An insert and envelope assembly including a first envelope having a flap portion and a body portion having an inner cavity. The flap portion is directly attachable to the body portion to generally seal the inner cavity. The assembly further includes an insert located externally of the inner cavity and coupled to the first envelope. The insert is positioned to at least partially block access the inner cavity, and the insert is located and positioned such the insert must be handled or moved in order to fully access the inner cavity. The assembly further includes a second envelope receiving therein the first envelope along with the located and positioned insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Envelope Product Group, LLC
    Inventors: Douglas K. Purcell, Karl C. Unger, Brian K. Dudley
  • Patent number: 7780369
    Abstract: An organizer which includes a plurality of holders for holding recording media such as disposable cards. A first holder has a first upper edge and a second holder has a second upper edge and a second lower edge. The second holder is disposed behind the first holder and attached thereto at the second lower edge so that the second upper edge is above the first upper edge. The first holder and second holder are movable with respect to each other about the second lower edge. A method for organizing information includes recording information on a plurality of items of a disposable recording medium in accordance with categories of information, each item corresponding to one category and one subcategory; and arranging those items in the organizer including removing and/or inserting the items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Inventors: Emily Penn, Alison Schneiderman
  • Publication number: 20090152153
    Abstract: An envelope package is provided, comprising an upper cover, a lower cover, a plurality of envelopes disposed between the upper cover and the lower cover, and a spiral binding disposed along the spine of the envelope package that joins the upper cover, lower cover, and the plurality of envelopes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Inventor: James Bettinger
  • Publication number: 20090134208
    Abstract: An organizer which includes a plurality of holders for holding recording media such as disposable cards. A first holder has a first upper edge and a second holder has a second upper edge and a second lower edge. The second holder is disposed behind the first holder and attached thereto at the second lower edge so that the second upper edge is above the first upper edge. The first holder and second holder are movable with respect to each other about the second lower edge. A method for organizing information includes recording information on a plurality of items of a disposable recording medium in accordance with categories of information, each item corresponding to one category and one subcategory; and arranging those items in the organizer including removing and/or inserting the items.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2009
    Publication date: May 28, 2009
    Inventors: Emily PENN, Alison Schneiderman
  • Patent number: 7491162
    Abstract: An organizer which includes a plurality of holders for holding recording media such as disposable cards. A first holder has a first upper edge and a second holder has a second upper edge and a second lower edge. The second holder is disposed behind the first holder and attached thereto at the second lower edge so that the second upper edge is above the first upper edge. The first holder and second holder are movable with respect to each other about the second lower edge. A method for organizing information includes recording information on a plurality of items of a disposable recording medium in accordance with categories of information, each item corresponding to one category and one subcategory; and arranging those items in the organizer including removing and/or inserting the items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Inventors: Emily Penn, Alison Schneiderman
  • Patent number: 7313879
    Abstract: A protective holder for displaying a generally thin article includes a first member formed from a translucent material and a second member which is permanently attached to the first member to form a pocket open along one edge of at least one of the first member and the second member for receiving such generally thin article. A flap is hingedly attached to the edge of the first member and movable into a position internal to the pocket for securing such generally thin article, wherein a portion of such generally thin article is caged between the flap and the first member and is further movable into a position external to the pocket for one of insertion and removal of such generally thin article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2008
    Inventor: Robin L. Ward
  • Patent number: 7201305
    Abstract: A continuous feed, multipart, multilayer form having detachable pin feed edges on each side sized to fit a pin feed impact printer for producing a postal envelope system is disclosed. Each part of the multipart form may have a top sheet, an outgoing envelope, an information sheet and a reply envelope. A series of coatings may be selectively applied to parts of the multipart form so that information impact printed on top sheet produces an addressed and sealable reply envelope, and an information sheet, removably contained within a sealed and addressed outgoing envelope including a postage permit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Inventor: Manuel A. Correa
  • Patent number: 6789725
    Abstract: A paper assembly is formed having an envelope and a carrier portion, such that the overall assembly is a generally flat paper assembly having a length and width of a standard paper size such as 8½ in.×11 in. or A-4 size. The assembly, having a footprint equal to a standard paper size, may be fed into a standard size paper tray of a printer such as a laser printer or an ink jet printer, with the printer printing on the front face of the envelop. After printing the envelope may be stuffed with material to be mailed, and the envelope separated from the carrier portion and sealed for mailing. In a first embodiment the carrier is an L-shaped piece of paper that is formed separately from the envelope and releasably adhered to the backside thereof, the L-cut having an acute angle and a rounded corner. In another embodiment the L-shaped carrier is releasably adhered to the front side of the envelope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: Tamara L. MacEwen, Ronald Ugolick, Manish M. Bhakta, Dale E. Loree, Russell D. Pollman, Norman Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 6749230
    Abstract: A business form with laser compatible punch-out card and the methods of making the combination. The card is permanently adhered to a perforated backer sheet, the periphery of which extends beyond the card and is coated with adhesive for application to the bottom surface of a form containing a hole such that the card is disposed within the hole. The card and attached portion of the backer sheet can then be removed from the card-in-form combination by breaking the perforations. The card is die cut from card stock laminated to the backer layer and is prepared for application to the form by stripping a waste matrix of card material from the laminate through the use of patterned release material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2004
    Inventor: Charles L. Casagrande
  • Patent number: 6627033
    Abstract: The invention includes methods and products which use contact adhesives to secure separate sheets of multiple ply documents to form finished documents, such as integrated letters and envelopes, billing statements, invoices, etc. Sheet material for production of completed documents having plural plies is disclosed, the production of which includes the steps of providing a continuous web of material having sequential parts therealong, the sequential parts including a first part having a first and a second surface and a second part adjacent to the first part having a third and a fourth surface. Contact adhesive is applied to at least the first and second parts in patterns which preclude adhesive contact and bonding of adjacent facing surfaces when the web is stored, i.e., on a roll, but which permit adhesive contact and bonding of the first and second parts when separated and sequentially stacked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2003
    Assignee: U-Seal, Inc.
    Inventor: William P. Dexter
  • Patent number: 6626755
    Abstract: A carbonless form is provided that may be folded selectively into a duplicating state or a non-duplicating state. In accordance with one embodiment of the present invention, a carbonless form is provided comprising a form sheet, a transverse fold line, an assigned data entry portion, and an exposed data entry portion. The form sheet defines a front face, a rear face, a top edge, a bottom edge, and a pair of side edges. The transverse fold line extends across the form sheet to define a first panel and a second panel on opposite sides of the transverse fold line. The assigned data entry portion is defined on the rear face of the second panel. The exposed data entry portion is defined on the front face of the first panel. A CB coating is applied to the rear face of the form sheet in the first panel and a CF coating is applied to the rear face of the form sheet in the second panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2003
    Assignee: The Standard Register Company
    Inventors: Joseph L. Klenke, Dale Lakes
  • Patent number: 6559970
    Abstract: A machineable envelope assembly includes an envelope and a strip releasably attached to the envelope. The strip extends out from the envelope flap when the strip lies flat relative to the envelope pocket panels to define with the panels a rectangle having a full letter-size paper width. Thus, when the assembly is in a paper tray of a printer or copier, the assembly is configured and sized to engage both sides of the paper tray, so that the envelope is continually aligned and does not skew during a feeding and printing process in the printer or copier. Thereby the address(es) and/or any PC printed postage are printed straight and accurately positioned in the envelope. The assemblies can be stacked into printer infeed trays and automatically fed therefrom for mass printings and mailings. And after being printed and output by the printer, the strips are peeled off of the envelopes, the paper sheet(s) or other desired contents inserted into the envelopes and the envelope flaps sealed closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2003
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: Norman Yamamoto, Anahit Tataryan, Alan C. Rose
  • Patent number: 6419150
    Abstract: A single sheet stationery pattern and method for assembling an envelope/page includes a rectangular base sheet of face stock having a front, a back, a top, and a first (outside) and second (inside) sides, positioned so that the longest side of the rectangular base sheet is laid on a horizontal plane. The base sheet is adapted to receive a horizontal line of perforation (16), and two congruent holes (18A) and (18B), and an invaginated pre-creased seam at (16A). The base sheet is adapted to receive a first line of weakening (10) adjacent to the top of the pre-creased seam (16A) and parallel to the first side of the rectangular base sheet, placing a second line of weakening (12) adjacent to the bottom of the pre-creased seam (16A) and parallel to the first line of weakening and placing a third line of weakening (14) on a horizontal plane adjacent to bight or fold lines (10) and (12) and parallel to (16A).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2002
    Inventor: Irene V. Papageorge
  • Patent number: 6409592
    Abstract: A business form, particularly a mailer type business form, is constructed from a sheet of paper. The paper has first and second areas, the first area having security indicia positively imaged in non-fluorescent white ink. The second area, which is preferably immediately adjacent the first area, is substantially covered by non-fluorescent white ink, with security indicia reverse imaged on it. Some security indicia may extend from the first area to the second area, being positively imaged white ink in the first area, and reverse imaged indicia surrounded by white ink in the second area. The mailer may be formed into panels by lines of weakness, and may have areas with security pantographs thereon, or areas with security printing over a portion thereof and portions distinct from the security printing receiving outgoing address indicia and postage indicia, and possibly return address indicia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Assignee: Moore North America
    Inventors: Deborah L. McCoy, David G. Wagner
  • Patent number: 6391260
    Abstract: A method for sterilizing an article in a sterilization unit, the method including placing the article within a foam plastic instrument pouch having a closed cell construction, and positioning the closed cell foam plastic instrument pouch containing the article within the sterilization unit. The sterilization unit is then operated such that the article within the instrument pouch is sterilized, whereby the instrument pouch containing the article is removed from the sterilization unit. An instrument pouch for containing and protecting an article during sterilization is also provided. The pouch includes a foam plastic backing sheet for lining a base of a tray, the base having a multiplicity of holes, and a foam plastic pocket secured to the backing sheet such that at least a portion of an article can be received between the pocket and the backing sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2002
    Assignee: General Hospital Supply Corporation
    Inventors: Phillip Davis, Vito L. Dipinto
  • Patent number: 6386442
    Abstract: A business form or mailer intermediate providing fold-over carbonless imaging is provided. The form or mailer includes separate CB and CF coating portions on a single sheet. When the form or mailer is folded about a fold line, the CB portion comes in contact with the CF portion. An image is created when the fold-over carbonless area is subjected to an imaging force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2002
    Assignee: The Standard Register Company
    Inventors: Rajendra Mehta, A. Dale Lakes, Hugh B. Skees
  • Patent number: 6375065
    Abstract: A versatile envelope assembly that can be printed upon either before or after the resulting envelope is assembled. The resulting envelope can be used to store a wide variety of items, including compact discs and digital video discs, and can also provide a label for labeling the items contained in the envelope. The label is specially designed to extend the life of compact discs and digital video discs when applied to these items. Furthermore, the resulting envelope can be used as a mailing envelope, a filing pocket, a ring-binder pocket, or for any other suitable use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2002
    Inventors: Timothy J. Flynn, Patrick J. Flynn, Kenneth A. Kritz
  • Patent number: 6322106
    Abstract: A business form or mailer intermediate providing fold-over carbonless imaging is provided. The form or mailer includes separate CB and CF coating portions on a single sheet. When the form or mailer is folded about a fold line, the CB portion comes in contact with the CF portion. An image is created when the fold-over carbonless area is subjected to an imaging force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2001
    Assignee: The Standard Register Company
    Inventors: Rajendra Mehta, A. Dale Lakes, Hugh B. Skees
  • Patent number: 6309725
    Abstract: A Z-fold mailer type business form intermediate using patterns of pressure activated cohesive has the cohesive in patterns for both sealing along the end and side edges of the final form in the form of discrete elements spaced from each other in such a way that when the business form is in either roll or stack format the individual cohesive elements substantially do not overlap each other. The cohesive elements typically are in the form of rectangles for example those along the end edges and the fold lines having a length of about 0.9 cm with space in between them of about 1.3 cm. The cohesive patterns along the side edges may be spaced from each other not only in a dimension parallel to the end edges, but also where cohesive patterns are provided on opposite faces of the second panel of the intermediate, they may be positioned so as not to overlap in a dimension parallel to the side edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2001
    Assignee: Moore U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne C. Peterson, Terry Cannon
  • Publication number: 20010032872
    Abstract: A closure system comprised of a passive surface, an engageable surface and an adhesive surface that may be applied to a number or surfaces such as paper and plastic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2001
    Publication date: October 25, 2001
    Applicant: 940981 Ontario Inc. c.o.b. as Pep
    Inventor: Christopher Guest
  • Patent number: 6129387
    Abstract: An intermediate for a card holder, the card holder produced from the intermediate, and a method of making the card holder, are provided which are particularly useful for easily and efficiently making and attaching a card holder to a library book, or other object that a card holder is desirably associated with. The card holder is formed from an intermediate having a first (e.g. paper) ply, a second release liner ply, and pressure sensitive adhesive or cohesive holding the plies together. Various die cuts and lines of weakness (such as perf lines) are provided in the plies so as to facilitate easy assembly of the card holder from an integral sheet by removing various die cut strips or sections in sequence to readily fold the intermediate after imaging (for example with a laser printer) and then apply the card holder formed with the pressure sensitive adhesive or cohesive already associated with the intermediate, to a library book or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2000
    Assignee: Moore North America, Inc.
    Inventor: Stanley Chess
  • Patent number: 6095407
    Abstract: A mailer blank adapted to be folded into a mailer has front and back sides and adhesive bands on the front side and on the back side for securing the blank in its folded configuration. At least one of the adhesive bands on the front side is aligned with at least one of the adhesive bands on the back side, the aligned adhesive bands on the front side and on the back side comprising a series of spaced shaped patches. The patches comprising the adhesive band on the front side are shaped and spaced with respect to the patches comprising the adhesive band on the back side that when the mailer blanks are stacked one on top of the other, the patches comprising the adhesive band on a side of the mailer blank do not align with the patches comprising the adhesive band on the opposite side of the adjacent blank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Assignee: Poser Business Forms, Inc.
    Inventors: John W. Ward, Tyson A. Harris
  • Patent number: 6079615
    Abstract: The mailer assembly is used for direct mail applications. Upon removal of tear strips at each side of the mailer assembly, an insert is formed from a panel secured within the mailer which is able to fall free of the mailer. The mailer assembly may be provided with two or more panels to form two or more free inserts. In one embodiment, the mailer assembly may be constructed with a return envelope into which a free insert may be folded and stuffed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2000
    Assignee: AmeriComm Direct Marketing, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Irvin, Anthony B. Dolce
  • Patent number: 6015085
    Abstract: A mailer type business form intermediate, and business form produced from the intermediate, are provided which provide a reply envelope as part of the mailer yet avoid blocking of pressure activated cohesive patterns associated with the mailer during fan-folding. The pressure activated cohesive patterns forming three side edges of the reply envelope are spaced and configured so that when intermediates are in fan-folded configuration the reply envelope pressure activated cohesive patterns are substantially non-overlapping so that blocking cannot occur. The pressure activated cohesive pattern forming one edge of the reply envelope can be provided by first and second series of pressure activated cohesive elements that are spaced from each other both in a direction parallel to, and perpendicular to, that side edge. A Z-fold mailer type business form is particularly advantageous.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2000
    Assignee: Moore U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Terry K. Cannon, Tricia E. Sharp
  • Patent number: 5971138
    Abstract: A plurality of wipe-containing moisture-resistant flapped envelopes are interconnected end-to-end to form a train of envelopes stored in roll form and containing wipes or towelettes treated with cleanser or other skin-treating agent. Each flap is held closed in the roll until the flap's associated envelope is unrolled from the end of the roll, whereupon the flap falls open and the envelope's contents may be easily removed without any need for peeling or unzipping the flap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Inventor: John J. Soughan
  • Patent number: 5971260
    Abstract: The invention relates to a continuous strip of detachable consecutive interconnected products manufactured by folding, such as envelopes and the like, and to a process for manufacturing the said strip, two of those consecutive products being interconnected through a joint (22) which is not part of the products themselves and links up detachably, through successive lines of demarcation, with each of those two consecutive products in such a way that, on removing this joint (22), the said two consecutive products are entirely separated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Inventor: Luc Mertens
  • Patent number: 5967403
    Abstract: A remailable envelope is formed from a single paper blank. The paper blank is first cut to yield a cut blank with an upper portion shaped as an originating legal sized envelope blank with a first back panel and a first front panel with a pair of side flaps and a seal flap attached thereto. The cut blank also includes a lower portion shaped as a return letter sized envelope blank with a second back panel and a second front panel with a seal flap attached to the second front panel. The first back panel and the second back panel are attached to each other. To form the envelope, the lower portion is first folded over the upper portion and the attached first and second back panels are simultaneously folded over and attached to the respective first and second front panels. This has the effect of placing the return envelope inside of the originating envelope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Assignee: Tension Envelope Corporation
    Inventor: Richard Kranz
  • Patent number: 5941451
    Abstract: The present invention provides for the use of contact adhesives to secure separate sheets of multiple ply documents together during the printing and collating process to form finished documents, such as integrated letters and envelopes, billing statements, invoices, etc. The contact adhesive patterns are alternatingly offset or staggered on facing surfaces of adjacent sheets, either in a continuous feed interfolded stack or in a stack of separate sheets. In this manner, the adjacent sheets remain free of one another, as the contact adhesive disposed on each facing surface does not come in contact. Yet, the adhesive pattern on every other sheet is identical, to allow corresponding sheets from another like stack to be glued to those of the first stack. Different staggered adhesive arrays may be provided, to allow the assembly of documents having various numbers of plies therein, and for the forming and assembly of address labels to properly configured envelopes, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1999
    Inventor: William P. Dexter
  • Patent number: 5901903
    Abstract: Envelopes for certified mail each comprising a panel and a flap constituting an integral, one-piece assembly of thin card stock with a fold line between the panel and the flap. When the panel of the panel and flap assembly comprises the rear panel of an envelope a removable return receipt card is formed therein by lines of perforations and is preprinted on both sides. A Certified Mail endorsement and a return receipt request are preprinted on the flap. A paper front panel is adhered to the inside surface of the rear panel. When the panel of the panel and flap assembly comprises the front panel of an envelope a removable return receipt card is formed in the flap by lines of perforations and is preprinted on both sides. A Certified Mail endorsement and return receipt request are preprinted on the front panel. A paper rear panel is adhered to the inside surface of the front panel. In both embodiments, the envelopes may be assembled individually or in the form of a continuous strip thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 11, 1999
    Assignee: Ferrarelli, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond W. Sanders, Joseph R. Ferrarelli, Thomas C. Sanders
  • Patent number: 5887780
    Abstract: A computer printer or copier compatible dual envelope assembly is provided for convenience in addressing two No. 10 envelopes (41/8 inches by 91/2 inches, or about 4.times.9 inches), with the assembly being in the order of 81/2 inches wide and having a length at least equal to the length of said envelopes and with the envelopes extending in the longitudinal direction of said assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1999
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: Ghanshyam H. Popat, Anahit Tataryan, Frank H. Gavrilos
  • Patent number: 5862978
    Abstract: An envelope assembly that is particularly suitable for return receipt requested mail (such as certified or registered mail) mounts the return receipt on a body portion of the envelope, opposite the envelope flap. The body portion and flap typically have tractor drive strips so that they can be processed by automatic printing equipment, and the return receipt is connected to the envelope in such a way that there is a minimal chance of the return receipt being "chewed up" by the printer or other handling equipment. The outgoing address is provided on the flap, and certified mail indicia may extend between the flap and the body of the envelope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1999
    Assignee: Moore U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventor: Donald E. Forrest
  • Patent number: 5829670
    Abstract: A business form intermediate with pressure activated cohesive in separable side margins is otherwise conventional except for the particular patterns of cohesive. The patterns prevent cupping (i.e. flexing or distortion) of the vertical edges. Substantially straight line series of substantially rectangular spots having dimensions about 1/4 inch by 1/8 inch, and spaced from each other about 1/2 inch, are preferably provided, along the vertical (side) edges of the intermediate on at least one face, and preferably both faces (not staggered horizontally, but not significantly vertically overlapping, from one face to the other).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1998
    Assignee: Moore U.S.A. Inc.
    Inventors: Leo Lombardo, Wayne Charles Peterson
  • Patent number: 5648143
    Abstract: A window-containing mailer is provided which is suitable for use in nonimpact printers using heated fuser rolls. A heat and moisture resistant adhesive which resists picking at temperatures encountered in the fusing rolls secures a transparent polymeric film or glassine patch to the mailer substrate. The adhesive may be either a crosslinkable aqueous-based latex or emulsion or a radiation curable composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 15, 1997
    Assignee: The Standard Register Company
    Inventors: Rajendra Mehta, Walt Akridge
  • Patent number: 5634587
    Abstract: A computer printer or copier compatible dual envelope assembly is provided for convenience in addressing two No. 10 envelopes (41/8 inches by 91/2 inches, or about 4.times.9 inches), with the assembly being in the order of 81/2 inches wide and having a length at least equal to the length of said envelopes and with the envelopes extending in the longitudinal direction of said assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 3, 1997
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: Ghanshyam H. Popat, Anahit Tataryan, Frank H. Gavrilos
  • Patent number: 5611482
    Abstract: A plurality of continuous feed storage envelopes are connected in a strip formed by a seal flap layer of glassine overlying a base layer of paper material. Connected envelopes are fed through a machine that cuts individual negative frames from a roll of developed film for insertion in the compartments of the envelopes. The envelopes are separated from one another in the series by tear lines. The lower edge of each envelope is sealed by a glue line. Extending transversely between the overlying layers are parallel spaced glue lines that form the lateral margins of each envelope. At one lateral margin the glue line extends the entire length of the envelope. At the opposite margin the glue line has a shortened length so that a portion of the overlying layers along one margin are not adhesively secured. When the envelopes are connected in the series, both lateral margins of each envelope remain sealed by the tear lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 18, 1997
    Inventor: Ralph R. Gaetano
  • Patent number: 5607100
    Abstract: A direct mail article in the form of a packet comprising a plurality of envelopes separably joined along a parting line at their longitudinal edges, as by perforations, each envelope containing at least one separate enclosure device, one or more of which envelopes and enclosure devices can be personalized, is produced from an integral web or sheet defining all of the envelopes and at least one of the separate enclosure devices. The direct mail packet is formed by folding the envelopes at the parting lines to position the envelopes one above the other. In one preferred embodiment, the direct mail article is formed from two webs, one of which defines all of the envelopes and an associated enclosure device for each envelope, and the second web defines one or more additional enclosure devices for at least one of the plurality of envelopes, the enclosures not being separated until after both have been folded into the envelope, thus ensuring that mismatching of personalized enclosures and envelopes does not occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 4, 1997
    Assignee: Kurt H. Volk, Inc.
    Inventor: John W. Stenner
  • Patent number: 5553774
    Abstract: A C-fold mailer comprises first, second and third panels foldable about a first foldline with the first and second panels in registration one with the other and a second foldline with the third panel overlying the back side of the first panel. Lines of cohesive are formed along the lateral margins and the first foldline of the first and second panels to adhere the panels one to the other, forming a return envelope. The first panel has a return flap with rewettable adhesive. A third panel has segments of cohesive adjacent its distal edge for registration and adherence to corresponding segments of adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 10, 1996
    Assignee: Moore Business Forms, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Goodno
  • Patent number: 5544807
    Abstract: A continuous business forms assembly comprises a plurality of interconnected units stackable into an array, with each unit including a first ply and a second ply. The first ply of one of the units is connected to the first ply of an adjacent unit with a series of transversely spaced ties. The second ply of the one unit is connected to the second ply of the adjacent unit with a series of transversely spaced ties which are transversely offset with respect to the first ply ties. When the business forms assembly is folded at the interconnection of the adjacent units, the first and second plies combine to form only a single ply thickness which is required to be folded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1996
    Assignee: International Business Systems, Incorporated
    Inventor: Russell L. Kreider