One Piece Patents (Class 24/67.9)
  • Patent number: 9060633
    Abstract: This invention relates to a napkin holder for holding and dispensing sheet stock and in particular to a dual sided napkin holder-dispensing device that maintains the napkins in an upright position which facilitates removal therefrom. The invention comprises a napkin holder with slanted side walls, a divider between the side walls that is also parallel to the side walls, and a slanted base on each side, between the side wall and the center divider. The slanted base “forces” the napkins to lean towards the outside slanted walls. In so doing, the napkins lean against and are supported by the slanted side walls. The slanted base causes the napkins to be somewhat higher on the center side of the holder. Thus, the top of the centermost napkin on each side of the napkin holder always sticks up just a little more than the tops of the adjacent napkins. This makes it very easy to grasp just one napkin at a time, without disrupting the other napkins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Inventor: Salvatore Fiola
  • Patent number: 9027207
    Abstract: A removable device for holding or clipping at least two pieces of paper, cardboard, plastic film or other sheets of material together. The paper clip includes a self biasing spring member for providing spring tension to hold an article to a flat substrate such as a piece of paper or papers and may include locking elements for removable engagement and holding of sheets of paper or the like together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Inventor: Christopher Lusher
  • Publication number: 20150107057
    Abstract: A money clip device, comprising: a central body portion; and three or more elongate arm portions extending radially from the central body portion and configured to retain a item to be held. The central body portion and the three or more elongate arm portions collectively define a space in which the item to be held is retained. Optionally, the money clip device also comprises a wallet insert disposed within the central body portion and the three or more elongate arm portions. Optionally, at least one of the three or more elongate arm portions is manufactured from a substantially flexible material and comprises a pull tab by which the elongate arm portion may be grasped by a user. The money clip device further comprises a decorative insignia disposed on one or more of the central body portion and the three or more elongate arm portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: TRUTH BY DESIGN, LLC
    Inventor: Travis L. ROSS
  • Publication number: 20150059936
    Abstract: Small form-factor apparatus and methods for holding, securing, and accessing personal items normally carried on a keychain or in a wallet including, for example, keys, universal serial bus (USB) drive, driver license, credit cards, radio-frequency identification (RFID) cards and paper currency are disclosed. Clips, organizers, combination clip and organizers, and radio frequency blocking cards are disclosed that have a substantially planar profile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: Left Field Design, LLC
    Inventor: RICHARD W. SINGER
  • Publication number: 20150007420
    Abstract: A removable device for holding or clipping at least two pieces of paper, cardboard, plastic film or other sheets of material together. The paper clip includes a self biasing spring member for providing spring tension to hold an article to a flat substrate such as a piece of paper or papers and may include locking elements for removable engagement and holding of sheets of paper or the like together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: Christopher Lusher
  • Patent number: 8925157
    Abstract: In accordance with at least one embodiment, a clamp is being formed of a length of metallic or composite wire, primarily for securing a plurality of paper of sheet material. Two independent spline portions are disposed between two respective independent planar end portions with a planar body. The body consists of two legs and a connector. Each end portion makes two points of contact with each respective leg and is capable of having a load of potential energy in a free state. The end portions each overlap the body and are capable of being inwardly flipped to an opposing major planar face of the body. The end portions may each be manually bent away from the opposing face, and be brought back to rest on the original face of the body. This operation increases a holding strength, spring load or potential energy. Double and single clamping effects are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Tod Michael O'Daniel
  • Patent number: 8914949
    Abstract: Money holding devices (e.g., clips) configured to move from a closed configuration to an open configuration by applying a force to a portion of one arm of the clip that is wider than a corresponding portion of another arm of the clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Inventors: Chip Edward Thomson, Chan Chun Yau, Timothy Uys
  • Patent number: 8858404
    Abstract: An exercise weight includes a weight member, a handle member spaced apart from and substantially surrounding the weight member, and at least one attachment member joining the weight member to the handle member so that the weight member is located inside the handle member. The exercise weight has a relatively narrow profile, or width, to avoid contact with the body during exercise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventor: Ronald Mathews
  • Publication number: 20140298620
    Abstract: A binder system is disclosed that flexibly secures one or more flat objects including by mechanical grasping of flat-shaped or sheet materials in a central spring clamp having a compact cross-sectional geometry that can adapt to several sizes of clamped materials and uses. In some aspects the spring clamp comprises an elongated tri-folded rail with a flat central portion and aids a user in opening and keeping the system in its open configuration. In other aspects the system includes customizable covers attachable to said central spring clamp.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventor: David Han Yoon
  • Patent number: 8850665
    Abstract: A clip for the construction of a temporary reduction of the seam of the sleeves of a short sleeve shirt, or the elastic cuffs of a long sleeve shirt. The clip creates a friction lock between the metal frame of the clip and the clip body with the material locked between the two parts of the clip. The clip creates a temporary seam or hem so that the shirt or other article of clothing appears tailored to accommodate medical prosthesis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventor: Joseph Edward Watrach
  • Patent number: 8800946
    Abstract: A retail display clip is provided. The retail display clip includes a stationary clip base and a rotatable clip member that rotates about an axis of rotation. The rotatable clip member rotates relative to the clip base. The retail display clip includes an open state and a closed state. As the rotatable clip member rotates from the open to the closed or the closed to the open state, an over-center point is transitioned. The over-center point is created by the interaction between a locking tab of the rotatable clip member and a flat inner surface of the clip base. In the closed stated, a torque is created by the over-center point that causes the locking tab to place a force on the flat inner surface of the clip base. A gripping point is formed at the location where the locking tab places the force. The gripping point supports retail merchandise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Southern Imperial, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas E. Valiulis
  • Patent number: 8752402
    Abstract: A jewelry item includes an ornament, a coil with a plurality of turns, and a pad. The pad includes a central bore configured for receiving the helical coil. A compressive force between adjacent turns of the helical coil couples the jewelry item to a body part. The jewelry item can be an earring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Inventor: Laura Pfaff
  • Publication number: 20140137391
    Abstract: A paper clip for fastening two or more sheets of paper together, the paper clip formed of two substantially U-shaped clamping members, having elongate members formed in loops with a single loop facing in one direction and a pair of nesting loops facing in the opposite direction, the paper clip further including an elongate member, wherein a portion of the elongate member is bent to form a substantially C shape and another elongate member having a tip projecting at an angle into the open center of the C shape, the projecting tip for piercing through the papers at a common point for securely stapling the papers together, such that the papers are held together via the projecting tip in combination with the paper clip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Inventor: Scott G. Beach
  • Patent number: 8714596
    Abstract: A binding structure for binding a bundle of sheets and that includes a base and a pair of opposed position legs that are integrally formed with and extend from respective sides of the base. The pair of legs and base together defines a retention area in which the bundle of sheets is held. The pair of legs is constructed and arranged with a resilient bias toward each other, but separable to enable the bundle of sheets to be held therebetween under a biasing force. The legs each have at least one inwardly directed rib arranged for contact with opposed sides of the bundle of sheets, and a thermal adhesive layer is disposed on the base and upon which the bundle of sheets rests, to be later formed in a thermal binding machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventor: Martin H. Bloomberg
  • Patent number: 8701588
    Abstract: Bookmarks can include a base that can couple with a cover of a book and a ribbon that can be attached to the base. For some bookmarks, the base includes a display body that can be positioned at an exterior of a cover of a book when the bookmark is coupled with the book, and also includes a rigid body coupled with the display body such that the rigid body can be positioned at an interior of the cover of the book when the bookmark is coupled with the book. The rigid body can include a coupling assist region having a cavity that extends rearwardly relative to the display body. An edge of a book cover can be received into the cavity before being advanced between clamping portions that are defined by the display body and the rigid body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Franklin Mill, LLC
    Inventor: S. David Clarke
  • Publication number: 20140090210
    Abstract: A clip is provided for a compressive restraining engagement of two sides with material such as money placed therebetween. The clip employs a serpentine configuration of a wire-like member to form a pair of diagonal crossing members communicating between two parallel sidewalls formed by distal ends of the member. A continuous parallel positioning of the contact surfaces of both sidewalls once engaged with material therebetween, enhances the biased engagement of the material. Planar sidewall sections may be engaged to the member sidewalls to enhance the contact with material therebetween and to enhance the ornamental aspects of the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Inventor: Theodore Tillinghast
  • Patent number: 8622432
    Abstract: A binding structure for binding a bundle of sheets and that includes a base and a pair of opposed position legs that are integrally formed with and extend from respective sides of the base. The pair of legs and base together defines a retention area in which the bundle of sheets is held. The pair of legs is constructed and arranged with a resilient bias toward each other, but separable to enable the bundle of sheets to be held therebetween under a biasing force. The legs each have at least one inwardly directed rib arranged for contact with opposed sides of the bundle of sheets, and a thermal adhesive layer is disposed on the base and upon which the bundle of sheets rests, to be later formed in a thermal binding machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Inventor: Martin H. Bloomberg
  • Patent number: 8585310
    Abstract: A binder clip having flexible sidewalls biased to close around a rigid retainer for securing pages wrapped around the retainer or pinched by the binder clip and retainer for manually forming a book.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Kodak Alaris Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Fredric Mindler
  • Patent number: 8540451
    Abstract: Placing sheets around a retainer or between a retainer and clamp and securing a clamp against the sheets and retainer for compressively fixing the pages against the retainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: Robert Fredric Mindler
  • Patent number: 8419308
    Abstract: In order to newly provide a folder that facilitates insertion of a document fastener into a narrow slit and that is improved in durability by making use of a property of a document fastener whose folded state can be kept due to resin, the document fastener is so arranged to comprise a plate material (a) made of resin having a body part (11) extending longitudinally and a pair of folded pieces (12) extending from the body part (11), wherein a thickness of both end portions (14) of the plate material (a) is formed to be thinner than a thickness of other portions of the plate material (a), a boundary (13) between the body part (11) and the folded piece (12) is made to be foldable, and the folded state on the boundary (13) can be kept by making use of the properties of the resin itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Sekisui Seikei, Ltd.
    Inventors: Seiichi Koike, Yukinori Fukimoto
  • Patent number: 8375615
    Abstract: A planar sheet mounting device comprising: a frame unit; at least one retaining unit connected to the frame unit, wherein the at least one retaining device comprises: a first plurality of formed segment pairs, wherein a formed segment pair comprises a first formed segment disposed on a second formed segment, wherein the second formed segment is substantially identical to the first formed segment, wherein the first formed segment is oriented in a plane substantially parallel to the plane of the second formed segment, whereby a planar sheet is retained when interposed between the first formed segment the second formed segment; a holder, wherein the first plurality of formed segment pairs are coupled to holder at least one point on each formed segment pair of the first plurality of formed segment pairs, and wherein the first plurality of formed segment pairs are oriented adjacent to each other; an affixant coupled to the holder for removably affixing the first plurality of formed segment pairs and the frame unit
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Inventor: Valerie Cameron
  • Publication number: 20130007989
    Abstract: A paper clip is formed with a base length of wire and integral legs at opposite ends of the base length. The legs are bent so they cross at a location spaced from the base length and are resiliently contiguous where they cross. At least one of the outer end portions of the legs is bent in a direction so the outer tips of the legs will engage the opposite surfaces of a stack of sheets held between the legs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2011
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Applicant: ORIGIN INC.
    Inventor: Frank D. Werner
  • Patent number: 8307777
    Abstract: A bookmark can include a ribbon attached to a rigid body. The bookmark can include a resilient biasing member that assists in achieving a desired orientation of the rigid body relative to a book when the bookmark is coupled with the book.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Franklin Mill, LLC
    Inventor: Lynn G. Robbins
  • Patent number: 8117719
    Abstract: A system for engaging and supporting a flat piece of cardstock. The system utilizes a clip. The clip is made from a continuous strip of material. The clip is configured into four sections that are delineated by three bends. A first clip structure is defined by a first section, a first bend and a second section. The first clip structure is capable of receiving and retaining a portion of a flat piece of cardstock. Likewise, a second clip structure is defined by a second section, a second bend and a third section. The second clip structure is capable of receiving and retaining a portion of a different piece of cardstock. The clip can be supported or interconnected to other clips by a detachable tubular element, such as a straw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Inventor: Edward R. O'Brien
  • Patent number: 8074325
    Abstract: This is a unique, yet simple clip that also serves as a label for identification. It can be attached to a bundle of papers or on a file folder. It can also have adhesives for such attachment either on a permanent or removable basis. It can be used either in an office environment or in a home and can have a writable surface as well as having several embossed alpha-numeric or Braille characters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Inventor: Sten R. Gerfast
  • Patent number: 8050429
    Abstract: A method of releasably securing an article with an audio recording includes handling a binder clip having audio circuitry with recordation and playback capabilities. The binder clip includes a pair of actuating arms and a gripping portion. The audio circuitry is in the form other than that of a cell phone attached to the binder clip. The method additionally includes compressing the pair of actuating arms of the binder clip above the gripping portion to expand the gripping portion and inserting at least a portion of the article into the gripping portion. The method further includes releasing the actuating arms so that the gripping portion grips the portion of the article inside the binder clip and recording audio onto the audio circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Inventor: Konstantin A. Caploon
  • Publication number: 20110258813
    Abstract: A novel and improved paper clip is formed from a single length of resilient metal wire bent into a configuration, having additional series of re-entrant loops. The upper loops are closely grouped together reducing the length of the arms, which allow stronger gripping force to be concentrated on the clamping jaws. The lower loops interconnecting the length-reduced arms form additional number of clamping jaws, which significantly add further holding strength. These particular features result in practical advantages in that the paper clip of the present invention provides a firm gripping force to effectively hold sheets of paper together without slipping or shifting; and does not create a large bulk in one area to make the pile unmanageable due to its flat form, and does not waste space in drawers and boxes as the upper loops are closely grouped together, and is simple and inexpensive to manufacture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Inventor: Kai Chen Lu
  • Patent number: 8024844
    Abstract: A clip is easily usable even by a visually handicapped person and a presbyope. The clip has bend sections, rectilinear sections, and a connection section. The bend sections can be located at positions close to each other with a spacing equal to or less than the diameter of the wire material of the clip held between them. The rectilinear sections are bent upward and some are in contact with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Inventor: Masaaki Aoto
  • Patent number: 7937813
    Abstract: A bistable clip suitable for clipping sheaves of paper, made from sheet metal with at least one hole in its upper surface (3), which toggles between a stable open position (for putting papers in or taking papers out) and a stable closed position (for gripping the papers), and which comprises a spine (2) stiffened to some degree by the shaping of the material in the spine (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: Innoverce Engineering Ltd.
    Inventors: Julian Claude Peck, Jack Harvie-Clark, Kathryn Young
  • Publication number: 20110088223
    Abstract: An improved clip formed of a pre-determined length of wire providing reversibility from at least two opposing directions with a plurality of clipping effects, and means for a plurality of substantially different holding power strengths to at least one amount of sheet material, is what the present patent is about (FIG. 5A-FIG. 5C). Although instructing spring loading (FIG. 13A-FIG. 13C), not spring loading an embodiment is also satisfactory. In one embodiment, one spline (24) provides torsion resulting in a strong holding power in one clipping effect (FIG. 5A). In another clipping effect, from an opposite direction (FIG. 5C), one spline (26) provides torsion resulting in another strong holding power similar to the previous one. In a third clipping effect, from this same direction (FIG. 5B), two splines (26, 28) provide torsion resulting in an extra strong holding power for larger size amounts of sheet material for a given size clip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2009
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Inventor: Tod Michael O'Daniel
  • Publication number: 20110088222
    Abstract: A paper clip formed of a single length of wire includes a cross-armed spine that can expand to accommodate increased thicknesses of stacks of loose-leaf paper without loss of gripping strength. A pair of longer arms and a single U-shaped shorter arm are on opposide sides of the stack of paper. The preferred construction uses coated wire.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2007
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Inventor: Shoui Tsai
  • Patent number: 7922207
    Abstract: In order to provide more secure binding of physical media, activation and deactivation mechanisms for media binders are presented. As such, internal spine clamp deactivation mechanisms for deactivating a spine clamp in a media binder are presented, the mechanism including: a tension sheet configured to operate the spine clamp in response to opening the media binder in a range of approximately 270 to 360 degrees (°), normally, greater than approximately 270°; a tear line disposed along the tension sheet and oriented along the spine clamp wherein when the tension sheet is torn at the tear line, the spine clamp is deactivated. In some embodiments, the mechanism further includes a cosmetic sheet disposed between the tension sheet and a cover of the media binder for providing a cover for the spine clamp such that when the tension sheet is torn, the spine clamp remains covered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Eric Hoarau, Steven W. Trovinger
  • Patent number: 7823927
    Abstract: Media binder systems with datum stops for registering physical media sheets are described. A media binder system that includes a cover, a binding system, and a datum stop. The cover includes an outwardly facing side and an inwardly facing side. The binding system is attached to the inwardly facing side of the cover and is operable to bind a spine end of a collection of physical media sheets to the cover. The datum stop protrudes away from the inwardly facing side of the cover and includes a datum stop surface against which a head end or a tail end of the collection is registerable prior to binding the collection to the cover. Methods of making media binder systems also are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Eric Hoarau, Steven W. Trovinger
  • Patent number: 7798736
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to articles such as media binders. In an embodiment the media binder includes spine clamps for securing physical media where the spine clamps define an interior cavity for receiving the physical media; a datum stop for aligning the physical media, the datum stop disposed proximal to one end of the spine clamp; a tension sheet for transmitting an opening force to the spine clamp, the tension sheet affixed with the spine clamp; and a cover affixed with the tension sheet, the cover configured to open such that an opening force is applied to the spine clamp when the cover is opened from a first position to a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Eric Hoarau, Steven W. Trovinger
  • Patent number: 7770264
    Abstract: A substantially flat clip element is provided for clamping onto the side edge of an object, such as a stack of papers or documents. Application of the clip element can be effected individually and manually, or a stack of the clip elements can be included within an application device, e.g., in the form of a hand-held and/or desktop device. In another alternative, the clip stack can be provided in a paper processing device, e.g., a finishing station, such that successive groups of papers/documents are clipped together in automatic fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Inventor: Brigitte Dreyer
  • Publication number: 20100154175
    Abstract: A clip easily usable even by a visually handicapped person and a presbyope. A clip (100) has first and second bend sections (110, 120), first and second rectilinear sections (130, 140), third and fourth rectilinear sections (150, 160), and a connection section (170). End edges (141, 151) of the second rectilinear section and the third rectilinear section, respectively, are positioned within a region surrounded by the first rectilinear section (130), the fourth rectilinear section (160), and the connection section (170). The first bend section (110) is located, in the longitudinal direction, at substantially the same position as the second bend section (120), or alternatively, the first bend section (110) and the second bend section (120) are located at positions close to each other with a spacing equal to or less than the diameter of the wire material of the clip held between them.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2006
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Inventor: Masaaki Aoto
  • Patent number: 7712190
    Abstract: The invention relates to a clip for clipping together sheets which are made of paper, plastic, metal etc, on the corners or sides thereof. Said clip is U-shaped and comprises two similar or different limps. The stack of paper is clipped together between said two limps or by means of projections incorporated therein. The invention is characterised in that said clip is embodied as a triangular single piece or is trapezium-shaped or is shaped like a semi-circle or is semi-elliptically shapes with limpbs (1, 1a or 1b) which are arranged parallel to each other when in the rest position. The two limbs (1, 1a or 1b) comprise a small fold (3), which is inwardly curved an which bends to form an acute or obtuse angle (3a), on each side (4) forming an acute angle or an obtuse angle (4a) with the back (2) or on each vertex (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Inventor: Peter Weingartner
  • Publication number: 20100078101
    Abstract: A money clip is disclosed with RF shielding characteristics to prevent skimming of stored magnetic and/or digital data in credit cards, quick pay devices, and other items that include magnetically stored personal data. The clip is formed of multiple layers of carbon cloth arranged to prevent transmission of radio frequencies in the range used to acquire the data. The layers are formed using a resin to bind the layers and the formation process resists the introduction of air into the device. The clip is strong enough to resiliently hold money, credit cards, and the like without losing its shape, and the shielding properties protect the contents for unauthorized data acquisition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2008
    Publication date: April 1, 2010
    Inventors: Glenn Styron, Morgan Cox
  • Patent number: 7678125
    Abstract: A surgical ligation clip for double ligating a vessel, duct or other fluid carrying structure and a method for double ligating such structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: Apollo Camera, L.L.C.
    Inventor: John I. Shipp
  • Patent number: 7621701
    Abstract: Self-retaining shim apparatus and methods for providing an offset surface for supporting a template above a contoured workpiece such as the frame of an aircraft are disclosed. In one embodiment, an apparatus includes a shim portion of substantially uniform thickness, and one or more biasing members secured to the distal end thereof and extending toward the proximal end. A work piece is positioned between the biasing member and shim portion such that the biasing members are elastically deformed, resulting in a restoring force exerted on the workpiece serving to retain the shim in engagement with the workpiece. Contact pads secure to the free ends of the biasing members and have a contact portion offset from the free end. The contact portion is rounded to facilitate mounting and retention of the self-retaining shim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: David W. Skiles, James L. Morrison
  • Publication number: 20090279718
    Abstract: A method of releasably securing an article with an audio recording includes handling a binder clip having audio circuitry with recordation and playback capabilities. The binder clip includes a pair of actuating arms and a gripping portion. The audio circuitry is in the form other than that of a cell phone attached to the binder clip. The method additionally includes compressing the pair of actuating arms of the binder clip above the gripping portion to expand the gripping portion and inserting at least a portion of the article into the gripping portion. The method further includes releasing the actuating arms so that the gripping portion grips the portion of the article inside the binder clip and recording audio onto the audio circuitry.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2009
    Publication date: November 12, 2009
    Inventor: Konstantin A. CAPLOON
  • Patent number: 7577264
    Abstract: Audio recordation and reproduction spring clips of various configurations are disclosed. The clips are adapted to quickly, securely, resiliently, biasedly, and removably attach audio messages to documents, folders, papers, etc., as well as bind objects, such as documents, together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Inventor: Konstantin A. Caploon
  • Publication number: 20090183411
    Abstract: A clip has an inner convolution, an outer convolution, a connecting element, a stem and a label. The inner convolution generally includes a first leg and a second leg. The inner convolution legs have a distal end and a proximal end and the legs are connected at their proximal ends. The outer convolution generally includes a first leg and a second leg. The outer convolution legs have a distal end and a proximal end and the legs are connected at their proximal ends. The connecting element generally connects the inner convolution to the outer convolution such that the inner and outer convolutions are disposed in a substantially common plane, with the inner convolution within the outer convolution, and such that the connected proximal end of the inner convolution legs may be flexibly moved transversely or away from the connected proximal end of the outer convolution legs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Publication date: July 23, 2009
    Inventor: Amal Flores
  • Publication number: 20090165259
    Abstract: A blade paper clip of a variety shape with a shorter front blade and a longer fenestrated back blade consists of a shorter front blade and a longer fenestrated back blade. The shorter front blade and the longer fenestrated back blade are connected together at their apex by shoulder or shoulders. It can be made of steel or plastic. It also can be of a variety of shape for fun or for easily locating the stored documents. It also can be of a variety of color. The width of the shorter front blade can be equal to or wider than that of the longer fenestrated back blade. The long fenestrated back blade has a window large enough to admit a finger tip to facilitate opening the blade paper clip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2007
    Publication date: July 2, 2009
    Inventors: Kun Yuan Tong, David Tong
  • Publication number: 20090165260
    Abstract: A paper clip with dual central wire loops is made of wire and consists of two central wire loops with or without one mutual central stem in the center. User can grasp it at either end and uses it like using Jem clip or pushes up the central mutual stem if there is any to open one of the two central wire loops to clip papers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2007
    Publication date: July 2, 2009
    Inventors: Kun Yuan Tong, David Tong
  • Publication number: 20090151129
    Abstract: A high capacity paper clip which is able to accommodate thin or thick insertions of paper. The paper clip is formed by bending a continuous elongated oval loop of wire over onto itself with a first bent portion of the loop longer than a second bent portion, leaving a tensioning expansion loop at the bend in each arm of the shorter bent portion to allow the paper clip to expand wide for the insertion of bulky stacks of paper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2007
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Inventor: Stephen M. Crosson
  • Publication number: 20090094797
    Abstract: A method of clipping papers together, to be performed by a user, that utilizes a paper clip made of resilient material and defining a paper clip plane when the resilient material is in its relaxed state, the paper clip includes a torsion bridge linking an inner jaw and an outer jaw. The inner jaw further includes a gap catch extending from a closed end of the inner jaw whereby the gap catch is disposed in a generally offset position in relation to the outer jaw and wherein one end of the gap catch is closely adjacent to a portion of the torsion bridge. The user holds the clip, pressing against the gap catch with a digit, to move the inner jaw out of the paper-clip plane and slides the papers into the gap created and releases the gap catch, so the clip transversely presses against and thereby retain the papers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2008
    Publication date: April 16, 2009
    Inventor: Arsenio P. Santos, JR.
  • Patent number: 7448155
    Abstract: A money clip for organizing and storing paper bills such as currency. The money clip includes a single length of wire having two free ends which form a clasping portion and a flap attached thereto. The two free ends of the wire have spherical elements attached thereto to cover the free ends. The wire is folded symmetrically with respect to a straight base portion to provide a “butterfly-like” configuration; the base portion being “the body” of the butterfly, and the folded portions on either side of the base forming “the wings” of the butterfly. The flap is a substantially flat, disc-shaped member affixed to the base portion along a diameter thereof such that the base portion is substantially colinear with a diameter of the flap. A portion of the flap covers a portion of the clasping portion disposed adjacent the base portion and serves to maintain the correct orientation of the bills in the clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Inventor: Michael Dolas
  • Patent number: 7434343
    Abstract: A portable attachment (1) with a clip allowed to be easily fitted to a portable object by integrally holding a specified used-article such as a diverging component-contained material having a smell components or medically effective components and the clip, wherein an intermediate material (5) and a rear sheet material (6) are stacked on the rear side of a synthetic resin front sheet material (4) and the peripheral edge portion thereof is sealed to form a front storage part (7) and a rear storage part (8), and the front storage part forming an opening part (9) with a fastener (20) in the upper part thereof and partly having a ventilation part (21) stores the diverging component-contained material so as to be extracted and retrieved and the rear side storage part (8) is formed such that the one end part (3a) thereof for holding the clip (3) is inserted into clip insert storage parts (8a) separately formed on both sides thereof and the other end part (3b) thereof for holding the clip is formed to have a locking
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Assignee: NS Planning Inc.
    Inventor: Tsukasa Yoshida
  • Publication number: 20080072403
    Abstract: A bistable clip suitable for clipping sheaves of paper, made from sheet metal with at least one hole in its upper surface (3), which toggles between a stable open position (for putting papers in or taking papers out) and a stable closed position (for gripping the papers), and which comprises a spine (2) stiffened to some degree by the shaping of the material in the spine (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2005
    Publication date: March 27, 2008
    Applicant: INNOVERCE ENGLINEERING LTD.
    Inventors: Julian Claude Peck, Jack Harvie-Clark, Kathryn Young