Paper Fastener Patents (Class 24/67R)
  • Patent number: 6149117
    Abstract: A decorative and functional fixture, which is capable of functioning as a sheetlike object hanger for vertically holding sheetlike objects, includes a front fixture having a substantially flat supporting surface at a rear side, wherein at least a rail groove is vertically extended on the supporting surface; at least a holding ball, which is rotatably disposed in the respective rail groove; and a rear supporting panel, which is integrally connected to the rear side of the front fixture, having a front holding surface extending behind the rail groove and the supporting surface to define a holding gap between the front holding surface and the supporting surface means and a back surface for mounting the rear supporting panel onto a vertical or slanted supporting surface. Whereby, the holding ball will move upward and inward into the rail groove when a sheetlike object is slidably placed up and into the holding gap. Due to gravity, the holding ball will return to its normally rest position again, i.e.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Inventor: Dan Shao
  • Patent number: 6142529
    Abstract: An improved structure of a combination file folder includes a pair of clip boards and a connection board which mounted together to form a file folder. The file folder is made from plastic materials and can be detached from one another. Thus, the packaging and transportation costs are greatly reduced, as the file folder does not occupy a large space. Based on the need of the size of the file folder, the change of the connection board can satisfy the needs of the consumers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Inventor: Chun-Ching Liao
  • Patent number: 6129323
    Abstract: A sheet stand which stands a sheet, such as a piece of paper, with a simple operation. The sheet stand includes the sheet stand body 20 and the ball 30. The bottom of the sheet is held between the curved holding surface 21 of the sheet stand body 20 and the ball 30. Then, the ball 30 moves toward the curved surface 24 at the holding surface 21 by its own self-weight, thereby grabbing the bottom of the sheet bending the bottom portion inside to make the sheet firmer to stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2000
    Assignee: Daishin Kohsan Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenjiro Mandokoro, Yoko Mandokoro
  • Patent number: 6116804
    Abstract: The rings of a loose leaf ring binder are selectively locked and unlocked by a locking member which travels within a slot on the spine of the ring binder. The leaf springs of the loose leaf ring binder have notches formed below a portion of the slot. Therefore, when a W-shaped locking prong of the locking member is aligned with the notches, the leaf springs can freely flex upwardly and downwardly allowing the rings of the loose leaf ring binder to open and close. However, when the W-shaped locking prong is not aligned with the notches, the W-shaped locking prong is urged against the leaf springs thereby maintaining the leaf springs in a downward position thereby locking the rings of the loose leaf ring binder in a closed position. The locking member further includes a locking tab to maintain the locking member within a locked position within the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2000
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventor: Nandan R. Mehta
  • Patent number: 6109658
    Abstract: A book holder is disclosed which addresses the unique and heretofore unresolved needs of readers of paperback pocketbooks. In its simplest form, the holder consists of two pieces interlocked so that they are capable of sliding lengthwise in relation to one another. One end of each piece is formed so that when the device is laid upon any flat surface and extended to its most open position, and open paperback pocketbook may be laid face up on top, then the device slid closed to such a position that the formed ends cup over the open pages on opposite sides, thus restraining same for easy viewing. The device includes a detent so as to prevent sliding out of the interlock and falling apart, yet this detent needs be such that it can be overcome with reasonable hand force to allow cleaning or removal of foreign objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Inventor: Theodore W. Moore
  • Patent number: 6088883
    Abstract: This invention relates to a clip with which sheets can be fastened without being pricked. A plurality of long-and-narrow rectangular plate-like clips to be used in a clipping apparatus are arranged to be spaced away from the neighboring clips in parallel. The plurality of plate-like clips are connected by connecting members, and the connected unit of the clips is wound into a roll so that the connecting members are positioned outside the roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Assignee: Max Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Toru Yoshie, Toshiya Ishida, Takuya Satou
  • Patent number: 6018849
    Abstract: The subject invention is an improved paper clip member that comprises a back member having at least two edges that are disposed at substantially a right angle to one another, said back member having an extension member extending from a portion thereof that is structured to be the upper member that is placed in a clasping manner over the front or upper surface of the grouped papers with the back member placed against the back surface of the grouped papers, with the two perpendicular edges adapted to brace the adjoining perpendicular side edges of the grouped papers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2000
    Inventor: George R. Royer
  • Patent number: 5970584
    Abstract: Buckling plates are provided at comers or sides of a base plate. Each bucking plate selectively buckles between a fixing position, at which a corner or side of a sheet placed on the base plate is fixed, and a release position, at which the corner or side of the sheet is released. This reduces the number of parts and simplifies the structure, thus reducing cost. Further, this simplifies operation and fixes the sheet on a flat surface of the base plate in a stable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Inventors: Buhei Akahane, Tosiki Akahane
  • Patent number: 5964480
    Abstract: A document folder assembly includes a folder unit which has a front sheet portion, a back sheet portion, and a hinge portion for hinging together adjacent edge sections of the front and back sheet portions. The front and back sheet portions are adapted to receive documents therebetween such that one edge of the documents extends into the hinge portion. A clip member has a front clip portion, a rear clip portion, and a connecting portion interconnecting the front and rear clip portions. The front and rear clip portions cooperatively confine a clamping space for clamping the folder unit at the hinge portion. The clip member is mounted pivotally on the folder unit, and is movable between a first position in which the hinge portion is clamped between the front and rear clip portions in order to retain the documents in the folder unit, and a second position in which the hinge portion is released from the clip member in order to permit removal of the documents in the folder unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1999
    Inventor: Cheng-Sung Chen
  • Patent number: 5965225
    Abstract: A sheet of paper is provided with pressure-sensitive adhesive on areas of its front and rear surfaces. In a preferred form, the sheet is provided as a pad of similar sheets that may be removed from the pad one sheet at a time. The adhesive on the rear of the sheet is employed to secure the sheet to a first object. The adhesive on the front of the sheet is employed to secure a second object to the sheet. An area of the sheet face free of adhesive may be employed for a written message. A modified sheet is provided with cuts formed in an adhesive area of the sheet so that the cut area of the paper may move away from the plane of the sheet to adhere to irregular surfaces. The cut sheet may have adhesive on one or both sides. Where the adhesive is applied to both sheet sides, pressure-sensitive adhesive on the back of the uncut side of the sheet is used for adhering the sheet to a smooth surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1999
    Inventor: Carlos A. Torres
  • Patent number: 5950283
    Abstract: A clip which is made from a band-like metal plate having spring characteristics, in which opening of the clip can be performed by a considerably weak force, in which setting is less even if sheets of paper having a stack thickness nearly equal to the maximum clipping thickness, and which comprises a body including a back portion formed at a longitudinal center portion of the band-like metal plate so as to have a length substantially corresponding to the maximum clipping thickness, and abutment portions formed adjacent to the back portion so that the respective free ends of the abutment portions form abutting edges which abut against each other for clipping sheets of paper; a pair of finger grips for opening the abutting edges of the abutment portions, the finger grips being attached to the abutment portions respectively in a manner so that each of the finger grips is formed into a U-shape and respective free ends of the U-shape of the finger grip are rotatably inserted into lock portions formed at each of the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Inventor: Hisao Sato
  • Patent number: 5937485
    Abstract: A paper fastening device for securing a stack of papers in superposed relation without creasing or deformation of the papers is disclosed. The paper fastening device includes a flexible body portion comprising a pair of generally flat, members which are interconnected by flexible hinges such that stacks of paper of variable thicknesses can be inserted therebetween. A clamping member is integrally formed with the body portion and adapted for pivoting movement so as to compress the body portion against the stack of papers and retain them in the clamping member under spring tension. In one embodiment, the device is fabricated entirely from a sheet of flexible plastic material and folded into its function configuration. In this version a conventional steel binder clip is disposed within the clamping member to provide the spring tension for the clamping member. In an alternative embodiment the entire device is molded from a thermoplastic material in its completed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1999
    Inventor: Allen J. Dittmer
  • Patent number: 5896624
    Abstract: An improved binder clip comprised of resilient sheet metal pincher substantially triangular in cross section and metallic wire actuating arms which are rotably hinged at pincher grip edges. Pressure applied on the actuating arms urge open the pincher at grip edges while making contact at pivot bars. By providing a pivot point closer to the gripping edges, the pincher requires less pressure to open and consequently less pain and discomfort to the fingertips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1999
    Inventor: Stephen Lee Horswell
  • Patent number: 5806147
    Abstract: A clip made from a band-like metal plate having spring characteristics, includes: a back portion formed at a center portion of the metal plate in its longitudinal direction so as to have a width in the longitudinal direction corresponding to a maximum clipping thickness of the clip; a pair of abutment portions formed by bending the band-like metal plate in the same direction at longitudinally opposite ends of the back portion so that longitudinal opposite ends of the respective abutment portions form abutting edges which abut against each other for holding edge portions of sheet-like members to be clipped between the abutting edges of the abutment portions; and at least three bent portions for giving an elastic force to the abutment portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1998
    Inventor: Hisao Sato
  • Patent number: 5711057
    Abstract: A clamp apparatus including a support member and a clamping arm member detachably and hingeally secured to the support member. The support member includes a first mating member of a hinge mechanism and the clamping am member includes a second mating member of the hinge mechanism. The clamp apparatus can not only rotatably and compressively clamp an elongate panel, or sheet object, or other material, but can be assembled by longitudinal engagement of the component members in a flanked, snap-fit manner. To facilitate the flanked, snap-fit formation of the hinge mechanism, the first mating member includes a resilient socket structure having an expandable opening for receiving the second mating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 27, 1998
    Inventor: Joseph Thomas Dameron
  • Patent number: 5682650
    Abstract: A sheet clipping device of the invention is designed to detachably hold one or more sheets. The sheet clipping device is formed of an elongated base member, and a plurality of gripping devices fixed to the elongated base member at a predetermined distance away from each other along the longitudinal direction thereof. The elongated base member is formed of upper and lower portions with diagonal upper and lower guide members, and a back portion situated between the upper and lower portions. Distal ends of the upper and lower guide members are vertically spaced apart from each other. Each gripping device includes an upper frictional member fixed to the upper portion, and a lower frictional member fixed to the lower portion to face to each other. When the sheets are inserted between the upper and lower frictional members through the guide members, the sheets are frictionally retained between the frictional members. The sheets can be easily attached to or removed from the clipping device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 4, 1997
    Assignees: Colleague Agencies, Inc., Takatoshi Suzuki
    Inventors: Toshio Noguchi, Yasushi Yamaguchi, Takatoshi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 5619789
    Abstract: A spring clip in the form of a generally U-shaped clamp, the clamp comprising a pair of holding members for resiliently gripping sheets of paper or the like inserted therebetween. The holding members having forward or leading ends extending outwardly, folded back over themselves with J-shaped hook cross-section, and formed as outer lips portions of clamping jaws with the openings of the J-shaped hooks facing the rear ends of the holding members. The openings of the J-shaped hooks provide access to which leading guides of special opening applicator are engaged to open the normally closed clamping jaws. In contrast to the conventional spring clips of the similar type, the clip disclosed herein has no levers or widthwise, ear-like side projections for opening the clip is thus advantageous over the prior art devices because of its simplicity and ease in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 15, 1997
    Inventor: Jin W. Chung
  • Patent number: 5608950
    Abstract: A file for gripping sheets of the invention is formed of an elongated base member and a plurality of gripping devices attached to the base member. The base member is formed of upper and lower portions, a back portion situated between the upper and lower portions at a back side, and upper and lower guide members fixed to the upper and lower portions to face to each other at a front side. Each guide member diagonally extends toward the back portion. Each gripping device includes upper and lower frictional members with elasticity. The upper frictional member is fixed to the upper portion, and the lower frictional member is fixed to the lower portion to face to each other. When the sheets are inserted between the upper and lower portions, the sheets are guided by the guide members and are frictionally retained between the frictional members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 11, 1997
    Assignees: Toshio Noguchi, Yasushi Yamaguchi, Colleague Iowa, Inc., Colleague Agencies, Inc.
    Inventor: Toshio Noguchi
  • Patent number: 5606777
    Abstract: A clip made of a springy plate by stamping for fastening sheets of paper together, having a bottom wall, a top wall obliquely suspended above the bottom wall, and an upright stop wall connected between the bottom wall and the top wall, wherein the bottom wall has a front end terminating in a downwardly sloping paper guide and the top wall has a longitudinal reinforcing rib in the middle and a front end terminating in an upwardly sloping paper guide, and defines two side openings above the bottom wall for access by the fingers of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 4, 1997
    Inventor: Chaio-Lan Lu
  • Patent number: 5592721
    Abstract: A holder for flexible sheet material providing a substantially horizontally oriented housing containing convergent parallel walls forming an interior passageway with an opening. Contained within the housings' passageway are several spaced cylindrical rods with removable handles attached and exposed through the opening of the housing. The relationship between the diameter of the rods and the opening between the convergent walls is such that the rods can not pass through the opening and exit the housing. Sheet material moved into the opening in an upward direction between the inside front of the housing and the rods is secured by pulling on the handles attached to the rods to activate the wedging action. The sheet material can be removed from the holder by moving the handles vertically within the passageway to allow the sheet material to slip freely out of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1997
    Inventor: Hal M. Zeller
  • Patent number: 5533236
    Abstract: A paper holder has a pincher made of a metal plate bent to have a triangular cross-section, and two press handles made of a metal wire bent to have a triangular portion and a nearly circular portion. The pincher has two ends in close contact and formed with two elastic semicircular hinge hooks and another semicircular hook between the two hooks for a bottom side of each press handle to be pushed therein with the triangular portion of each press handle to rest thereon. Then the two press handles can be pressed down to let the bottom sides of the pincher to open for papers to be inserted and pinched therein after the press handles are released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 9, 1996
    Assignee: Chun-Hsiung Hsu
    Inventor: Liang-Chuan Tseng
  • Patent number: 5511661
    Abstract: For mounting in a notebook having outer covers and a spine, a sheet of clips comprises: a frame having inner and outer side rims, top and bottom cross rims, and optionally at least a rib connected between a pair of the rims; a set of paper clips integrally connected to the frame via the rims and the rib; each of the clips including an outer retainer, an inner retainer and a yoke connecting the outer retainer and the inner retainer; a rupturable junction extending between the frame and the yoke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 30, 1996
    Assignee: Clix Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert G. Karlis, Gordon A. Vinther
  • Patent number: 5479682
    Abstract: Clamp having a U-shaped body (1) for inserting objects therebetween wherein one (2) of the legs is provided with a resilient lockable lip (4) for clamping the objects concerned between the lip (4) and the other leg (3) of the U-shaped body. In this arrangement, the hinge axis of the lip extends essentially at right angles to the longitudinal center line of the web (7) of the U-shaped body. As a result, the clamp extends to a smaller extent over the width of the object to be clamped and over a greater length of the object to be clamped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 2, 1996
    Inventors: Remigius V. Hendrikx, Johanna M. A. T. Cave-Jansen
  • Patent number: 5425160
    Abstract: The clamp comprises a strip of heat-settable plastic which has two spaced, parallel strip magnets secured on one surface thereof, and which is bent into generally U-shaped configuration, for example by directing a heat Knife onto the plastic strip medially of the space between said magnets, while folding opposite ends of the strip toward each other until the two magnets are placed in registering engagement with each other. After the plastic strip has been folded it is cooled to heat set the radiused fold, which thereby helps to retain the clamp closed and the magnets in engagement with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 20, 1995
    Inventor: Wallace A. Krapf
  • Patent number: 5419018
    Abstract: A sheet-like, integral plastic accessory for a notebook is disclosed featuring at least one paper clip sheet. Each paper clip sheet is formed with a frame as defined by a pair of parallel spaced rims and a pair of outer cross rims. A plurality of ribs extend between the parallel spaced rims in parallel spaced relation to one another. A plurality of paper clip configurations extend from the rims and the ribs. Each paper clip configuration is formed with inner and outer elongated bands joined at one end at a nexus. A pair of curved segments define the nexus at one side thereof, with a constricted portion defining the same at an opposed side. Preferably, a pair of shoulders straddle the constricted portion and a burr connects the constricted portion of the paper clip configuration to the rims and the ribs. Preferably, the nexus is wider and stronger adjacent the curved segments than at the constricted portion, allowing the inner band to bend thereat with respect to the outer band without fracture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 30, 1995
    Assignee: Clix Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert G. Karlis, Linda M. Gauger, Richard J. Keohan
  • Patent number: 5406680
    Abstract: A family of improved paper clips and a process for their formation is disclosed which comprises a central bridge leg joining two overlapping and contacting gripping jaws. Each gripping jaw lies in its own plane and controlled torsional forces in the legs comprising the jaws provide for independently controlled gripping forces at multiple tangential contact points. The controlled gripping forces and two layer planar shape result from a substantially elastic transformation from a preceding stepped helix wire form. The advantages include a firm grip on thin or thick packets, the ability to stay flat on thick packets of material, resistance to distortion, special features to aide application to thin or thick packets of material, and modest size facilitating its general purpose use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 18, 1995
    Inventor: Morton Silverberg
  • Patent number: 5404622
    Abstract: A corner clip for clipping a plurality of sheets of documents or the like at their corner part without piercing the documents or the like, is made from a strip of bendable metallic material with a predetermined width, has an approximately trapezoidal substrate part and a pair of leg parts which are bent at approximate right angles from a pair of mutually slanted edge parts of this substrate part. In case after these leg parts are applied to outer edges of the corner part of the documents when the documents are to be bound, the leg parts are bent toward back side so that the substrate part of the corner clip presses the uppermost document from its surface side and the pair of legs press the lowermost document from its back surface side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 11, 1995
    Inventor: Hisao Sato
  • Patent number: 5398384
    Abstract: The present invention is a novel and unique paper clip with writing surfaces on the front and back surfaces of the paper clip for writing notes. It has a flat body surrounded by an integrally connected frame which can be bent in a general arc for holding at least two papers between the flat body and the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 21, 1995
    Inventor: Ernest W. Rinard
  • Patent number: 5384935
    Abstract: In a clip device having two clip legs (1,2) connected via a spine (3), one (1) of the two clip legs (1,2) consists of two sections (1a, 1b) which are connected together via a joint (4). The section (1a), facing the spine (3), of the one clip leg (1) is connected via a further joint (5) to the spine (3) and, via an elastic web forming a spring (6), to the other clip leg (2). In order to receive an article to be clipped (7) the section (1b), facing away from the spine (3), of the one clip leg (1) is first folded upwards in the manner of a pivot lever and, after introduction of the article to be clipped (7) between the clip legs (1,2), folded back into its starting position in which it presses the article to be clipped against the clip leg (2) without joint by means of a clip strut (8) assuming an engagement position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 31, 1995
    Assignee: "Durable" Hunke & Jochheim GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Horst-Werner Maier-Hunke, Gunter Rupprecht
  • Patent number: 5335399
    Abstract: A clip comprised of two pivoted clamping plates with a V-shaped plate spring supported thereinbetween, wherein said two pivoted clamping plates are each comprised of a heart-shaped knob at one end and a heart-shaped clamping portion longitudinally aligned, said knob having an elongated retaining hole, said clamping portion having a first vertical side wall and a second vertical side wall at two opposite sides, a rectangular pressure board curving inwards between said first and second vertical side walls, and a clamping end spaced from said knob, said clamping end having a series of rectangular teeth, said rectangular pressure board having a projecting strip obliquely projecting upwards and outwards, said first vertical side wall having an eye end, said second vertical side wall having a stubbed tube, the stubbed tube on one clamping plate being inserted into the eye end on the other clamping plate; said V-shaped plate spring comprised of two opposite spring boards extending from a corrugated connecting portio
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 9, 1994
    Inventor: Kuo H. Chou
  • Patent number: 5309181
    Abstract: A pressing clip for pressing a flexible member against a circuit board is provided which comprises a web portion, a presser portion extending from the web portion, the presser portion being elastically deformable for pressing engagement with the flexible member on a side thereof away from the circuit board, and an anchoring portion also extending from the web portion on a side of the circuit board away from the flexible member. The web portion is formed with an access opening through which the flexible member extends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 3, 1994
    Assignee: Rohm Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shgeo Ota, Yasushi Ema
  • Patent number: 5272792
    Abstract: A paper clip to secure a plurality of sheets of paper which are located in juxtaposition. The paper clip includes a rigid sheet material metallic body which is bendable and when bent remains in the bent position. The body is to be bent into a pair of wings of substantially equal size that are to be located against the back side of the sheets of paper with the sheets of paper being bound between the wings and the front of the body. These wings are to be bent over toward the front clamping the sheets of paper between the wings and the front. The body includes a plurality of ridges for tightly pressing the sheets of paper facilitating securement. The body can be manufactured in any one of variety of colors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1993
    Inventor: Matthew C. Harper
  • Patent number: 5214825
    Abstract: An Improved Clip with multiple panels that enables user to secure multiple groupings of gathered papers or the like without wrinkling or cramping. Also, this clip is able to accommodate thin or thick insertions or both simultaneously. The clip having a vertically raised neck(s) and having centrally located stopping elements to prevent the clip from wandering. The outermost panel is larger than the middle panel and the middle panel is larger than the center panel. The front of the center and middle panels are slanted toward the front. The clip also has a rear solid portion having a back edge adapted to be pushed down by fingers. The clip will allow insertion of a single of paper or a stack of papers. The clip is made of one piece by plastic by injection molding and stamped metal sheet, or single wire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1993
    Inventor: Suzy C. Hirzel
  • Patent number: 5202169
    Abstract: A releasable fastener, a method of fastening together a number of pieces of paper, and a dispenser carrying a supply of releasable fasteners are disclosed. In a first embodiment, a releasable fastener is disclosed which includes a first portion having front and back oppositely-facing sides which are substantially covered with an adhesive, and a second portion having front and back oppositely-facing sides which ar free of adhesive. A releasable fastener dispenser carrying a supply of releasable fasteners is also disclosed which includes a strip of carrier material, and a plurality of releasable fasteners releasably adhered to the strip of carrier material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1993
    Inventor: Max J. Spendlove
  • Patent number: 5170535
    Abstract: An improved paper clip is provided with an extra loop of wire so that the clip can be used from either end to attach papers together. Modifications include providing the clip with serrated gripping edges, bend points and adhesively attachable labels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1992
    Inventor: Billie E. Strong
  • Patent number: 5086545
    Abstract: A paper clip has a U-shaped holder containing first group of hairs and second group of hairs in an obliquely inclined abutment relation in the confronting inner surfaces of the U-shaped holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1992
    Assignee: Ohto Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takatoshi Suzuki
  • Patent number: 5058242
    Abstract: A pen holder is adapted to be attached to a spring of a clip-board. The spring has a U-shaped portion. The pen holder has a recess for holding a pen. A notch and a pair of grooves are formed in the base portion for receiving the pivot axle and the legs of the U-shaped portion of the spring. The width of the base portion is arranged such that the pen holder can be retained in position by the engagements between the notch and the pivot axle and between the grooves and the legs of the U-shaped portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 22, 1991
    Inventors: David Liu, Jane Keo
  • Patent number: 5016147
    Abstract: A flight desk is simple yet provides visual indicators so that a more failsafe procedure may be followed utilizing the device for pilot pre-flight checklists, or other lists or procedures. A board assembly includes a main body having a flat top surface, and a number of visual indicators, such as LEDs. The LEDs are mounted on the main body top surface so that when an indicator card with pre-flight or in-flight indicia is mounted on the flat surface, the indicia line up with the LEDs. A clip, or like holding device, holds the indicator card on the flat top surface. A storage compartment is formed in the body for receipt of a number of the indicator cards, with tabs of the cards extending outwardly from the body. Channels are defined along the top and bottom edges of the body for receipt of electrical accessories with protrusions shaped like the channels, or mechanical accessories with similarly shaped protrusions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 14, 1991
    Inventor: Scott W. Voorhees
  • Patent number: 5010629
    Abstract: An improved clip with a neck that enables user to easily secure the thick gathered papers or the like without wrinkling or cramping. The clip having a vertical neck at the back of the clip, between the upper grip and lower panel, and lower panel is larger than the upper grip. Lower grip is flat and straight but upper grip is slanted. Front tip of the upper grip is almost the same level as the front tip of the lower panel and rear part of the upper grip is the same height as the top of the neck. The clip also has a rear solid portion having a back edge adapted to be pushed down by fingers. The clip will allow one to insert approximately 1/4" to more than 1/2" papers or like material.The shape of the clip is generally round at the front tip and generally straight at the rear end which is a handle portion. The upper grip may have an additional smaller grip and it can/may hold an additional layer of the paper or like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 30, 1991
    Inventor: Suzy C. Hirzel
  • Patent number: 4991268
    Abstract: An improved memo clip and in particular to one utilizing a saw teeth plate and a pressing plate to clip paper and grasp the paper firmly by means of a spring. When desired to pull one piece of paper out, it is simply by pulling the piece of paper out either from left or right hand side and paper will easily be pulled out without bothering other paper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 12, 1991
    Inventor: Ming-Chuan Ho
  • Patent number: 4989298
    Abstract: Disclosed is a file clip which comprises a pressure bar to drive a clamp plate to clamp on a base plate by means of the operation of a torsional spring. The clamp plate is movably secured to the base plate by two crank levers. The crank levers have each two conical portions at two opposite ends thereof and respectively made in an extended size so that they can be conveniently fastened in the fixing holes on the base plate and the positioning holes on the clamp plate to firmly secure the clamp plate to the base plate. Except the torsional spring which is made metal material, the other parts of the clip are made of plastic material through injection molding process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 5, 1991
    Inventor: Bor-Jou Wang
  • Patent number: 4928361
    Abstract: An improved paper clip is provided which has three modes of use, one of which enables part of the paper clip to extend beyond the clipped papers for easy removal and visibility of the clip, another is partially hidden but partially extended for use as a bookmark, or the like, and the final embodiment is completely rotated against the papers so that it is essentially completely hidden.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 29, 1990
    Inventor: James Brown
  • Patent number: 4920614
    Abstract: A clamping device which has clamping units including a pair of openable arms extending in a V-shape toward one side of a pivotal center and in a X-shape toward both sides thereof, and a pair of retainers projecting from the ends of each of the arms a predetermined length toward the end, and a clamping means slidably engaged with parts of the arms of said clamping units for adjusting and holding the amount of closing of the arms in response to the thickness of an article to be clamped. The article is clamped and held by the force of restoration produced by the deformation of the clamping units occurring when the article is inserted between the pair of retainers and the pair of arms are closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 1, 1990
    Inventor: Tatusabu Tsukamoto
  • Patent number: 4848584
    Abstract: A dispenser for a stack of sheet material comprising sheets joined in the stack by a narrow band of pressure-sensitive adhesive on one side of each sheet adjacent one end. The dispenser includes a support surface for the stack, holding structure for holding the bottom sheet to the support surface, and an abutment for engaging an edge of the pad opposite the adhesively joined sides of the sheets for restricting peeling forces being transferred to the bottom sheet of the pad during separation of the top sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 18, 1989
    Assignee: Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: David C. Windorski
  • Patent number: 4763389
    Abstract: By modification of the design on the U-shaped bracket in previously awarded U.S. Pat. No. 4,628,572, the invention provided a renovated structure for a kind of hinge-typed clipboard which can also equally avoid to use rivets in assembly work. Its elements consist of a board, a supporting base, a clamping element, a torsional spring and a pivotal axle. The distinctive features are that the supporting base is made of metal plate with both sides bent upward and ends rolled up into tube shape. On the board, two transverse groove slots are provided to allow the tube-shaped element of supporting base penetrating through upward from the bottom of the board for combination with clamping element, spring and pivotal axle into an integral clipboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 16, 1988
    Inventor: Shih-Ho Chang
  • Patent number: 4747572
    Abstract: Apparatus which removably attaches to a station such as a computer terminal to display and hold materials such as papers, notes and so forth from the right and left side of the computer terminal and to display paper which hangs down from the apparatus and/or which stands up from the apparatus. The holder includes: (1) a head section having first and second flaps attached by hinges to opposite ends of a middle section and having Velcro on one side for removably attaching them to surfaces; (2) a T-section attached by a hinge to a side of the middle section; and (3) a T-insert section which is removably interlockable with the T-section. The T-section and the T-insert section together provide means for removably holding papers and other materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 31, 1988
    Inventor: Allan B. Weber
  • Patent number: 4693443
    Abstract: A holder for sheet material frictionally secures the sheet material intermediate a back plate and a plurality of rollers. A rigid planar plate in converging relationship to the back plate guides the rollers against the back plate to compress the sheet material against the back plate and frictionally retain the sheet material. On exertion upon the sheet material of a pulling force generally in the plane of the back plate, the compressive force will be increased and withdrawal of the sheet material will be prevented. A pulling force exerted upon the sheet material at a substantial angle with respect to the back plate will urge the rollers along the rigid planar plate away from the back plate resulting in removal of the compressive force and permitting release of the sheet material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1985
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1987
    Assignee: D. L. West Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: James M. Drain
  • Patent number: 4687229
    Abstract: A clamp for a posting board having a clamp arm and hinge which provides the desired clamping force to retain papers on the board, as desired, and also providing a continuous opening force when rotated beyond a fulcrum position defined by a pivoting extension tab of the hinge and a cantilevered leaf spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1985
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1987
    Assignee: R. E. P. Industries Inc.
    Inventor: Richard E. Penniman
  • Patent number: 4628572
    Abstract: Since the utilization of U-shaped bracket of the present invention, the clipboard obviates the use of rivets in assembly, and the clamping bodies of a clip can be formed by injection molding. Therefore, the present invention simplifies the manufacturing process in making a clipboard or a clip, and provides the advantages of easily assembling and low cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 1984
    Date of Patent: December 16, 1986
    Inventor: Shih-Ho Chang
  • Patent number: 4612685
    Abstract: Disclosed is a clip device which retains multiple materials in a separated and organized fashion and which is reversible in design to restore the clip to its undeformed tension if excessively deformed. The clip comprises an oval portion which continues into an essentially rectangular portion positioned on the oval portions between the arcuate ends thereof, with the rectangular portion having a width at least equal to the width of the oval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1985
    Date of Patent: September 23, 1986
    Inventor: Calvin E. Sanders