Covers Patents (Class 281/29)
  • Patent number: 7201528
    Abstract: A notebook cover assembly with ergonomic support for providing ergonomic support to the wrist of a user. The notebook cover assembly with ergonomic support includes a cover member having a first portion pivotally coupled to a second portion, and designed for receiving a notebook; and a wrist support member operationally coupled to the cover member for providing support for a wrist of a user writing on the notebook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Inventor: Lance Swegart
  • Patent number: 7121588
    Abstract: A folder with a clamping device for receiving material in sheet form includes a jacket made of a flat, flexible material. By means of a first indentation configuration, this is divided up into a rear leaf and a backbone part and by means of a second indentation configuration into the backbone part and front leaf. The clamping device is provided in a corner region of the rear leaf, adjacent to the backbone part, so that the material in sheet form, insertable into the folder, is held clamped in the respective corner region by the clamping device. The corner region of the rear leaf wherein the clamping device is provided is delimited with respect to the rear leaf by a first crease and the corner region of the front leaf is delimited with respect to the front leaf by a second crease.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2006
    Assignee: Biella-Neher AG
    Inventor: Alexander Benn
  • Patent number: 7118134
    Abstract: A dual sided integral composite image product and method of make same. The image product includes a first support substrate having a separate image layer thereon and a second support substrate having separate image layer thereon. The second support substrate being secured to the first support substrate so as to form the dual sided integral composite image product. A fold line is provided on said image product about which the integral composite image product may be folded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Joseph A. Manico, Dale F. McIntyre, John K. McBride
  • Patent number: 7090252
    Abstract: A dual sided integral composite image product and method of make same. The image product includes a first support substrate having a separate image layer thereon and a second support substrate having separate image layer thereon. The second support substrate being secured to the first support substrate so as to form the dual sided integral composite image product. A fold line is provided on said image product about which the integral composite image product may be folded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Joseph A. Manico, Dale F. McIntyre, John K. McBride
  • Patent number: 7077596
    Abstract: A two-way pocket assembly for use with a notebook (100). The pocket assembly is constructed over a window (208) formed in a subsurface material of the notebook (100). The pocket assembly includes exterior and interior pockets (104), each covering at least a portion of the window (208). The exterior and interior pockets (104) provide access to the pocket assembly from either the exterior (102) or interior (204) of the notebook (100). The pocket may be configured to receive and hold a personal electronic assistant, a cellular telephone (302), or another personal electronic device. The interior pocket includes a window material that allows visual access to the interior (204) of the pocket assembly through the material of the interior pocket (104). The pocket may be constructed so that a personal electronic assistant held inside the pocket assembly is usable through the window without removing the device from the pocket assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald M. Bianco, Douglas M. Jack
  • Patent number: 7063477
    Abstract: A variable capacity binder including an outer cover and a binding mechanism including a plurality of spaced rings, each ring being shaped to be received through a hole of a piece of paper to couple the paper to the binding mechanism. Each ring is non-symmetrical with respect to at least one axis and has a longitudinal axis. The binding mechanism is pivotally coupled to the cover such that the longitudinal axis of each ring can be pivoted relative to the spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Corporation
    Inventors: Edward P. Busam, Thomas B. Remm, John T. Schmidt, Jr., William T. Thorn, III
  • Patent number: 7029034
    Abstract: A calendar is provided for behavior modification as well as a method for using the same. The calendar has calendar sheets and informational sheets. The calendar has objectives sections, data collection sections, analysis sections, non-date pages and/or detachable pages for use by an individual. The calendar may be customized and/or pre-designed for an individual or by the individual. In use, the behavior information may be recorded on the calendar sheet. Information associated with daily, weekly, and/or monthly behavior may be recorded. The information may include weekly and/or monthly averages and/or summations, delta calculations, and/or minimum/maximum data. The calendar may be adapted to measure or track indicators, such as, for example, developmental progress, caloric intake, amount and type of exercise, amount of fat, sodium or sugar, amount of cigarettes smoked, blood pressure measurements, weight gain or the like. A bottom space may also be provided to record monthly goals and/or objectives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Inventor: Patricia M. Newell
  • Patent number: 7025381
    Abstract: A report cover (10) is disclosed which can be used with a report (12) bound by a flexible comb binding (14). An insert (20) is bound with the report (12) in the flexible comb binding (14). The insert (20) is then fit within a pocket (38) in the back cover (28) of the cover (26). The spine or side cover (30) and front cover (32) of the cover (26) then encloses the report (12) and spiral binding (14) to provide an attractive, book-like report with spine labeling and titling for easy shelf reference. The spine also provides a space for advertising. The report cover can be used with a report that is bound with a spiral, wire loop or three ring binding also. A modified cover (100) can be formed with integral side tabs (110) and end tab (112) to form the pocket (102) without the use of adhesive or other fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Inventor: William E. Lockhart
  • Patent number: 7021853
    Abstract: A body and pouch combination including a body having a front cover and a rear cover pivotally coupled together. The front cover has a generally flat, planar outer surface having a body attachment structure located thereon. The combination includes a pouch that can cooperate with the body attachment structure to removably attach the pouch to the outer surface, the pouch having an inner storage cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Corporation
    Inventors: Lindsay R. Hall, Thomas J. Africa, Mark R. Stockstill
  • Patent number: 7008134
    Abstract: An optical storage media management system and process for storing and organizing a relatively large collection of optical discs in the form of a display binder with a plurality of display sheets including associated indicia matching a positional identifier indicating the location of the disc. In one embodiment, the binder is used in conjunction with a table of contents indicating the position of individual optical discs in relation to the binder contents and a centralized database for storing optical disc information in a categorized format in cooperation with a computerized table of contents generator for generating the table of contents for the binder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Inventor: Bradley P. Lane
  • Patent number: 6997481
    Abstract: A checkbook cover has an exterior cover, an interior check and register holder affixed adjacent to the cover, and a slot formed through the exterior cover. A writing instrument, preferably with a pocket clip thereon, passes partially through the exterior cover slot to a chamber between exterior cover and interior check and register holder. The pocket clip encompasses at least a part of the exterior cover. The checkbook cover is formed using standard sheet processing techniques, but includes the additional step of severing at a selected strategic internal location to form the slot. Additional force distributors, preferably in the form of circular cut-outs, may be formed at the terminations of the slot. Heat stamped reinforcements are provided in the preferred embodiment about the slot and force distributors, to further strengthen the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Inventor: Paul Hardwig
  • Patent number: 6974158
    Abstract: A cover and insert assembly includes a cover having a pocket or sleeve formed between cover sections. One or more inserts are held by friction and/or spot glue within the pocket or sleeve and are slidably removed from the pocket or sleeve through an outer edge of the cover. The cover and insert assembly can be used with periodicals, magazines or any other type of multi-page printed material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2005
    Assignee: Concord Litho Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert J. Westcott, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6969091
    Abstract: A book that is capable of displaying one or more coins related to its theme, including a front cover and a back cover. At least one book cover defines one or more apertures that are capable of receiving coins. The book theme is displayed on at least one of the book covers. The book may optionally include one or more caps that may be inserted into and removed from the coin-receivable apertures. These caps will preferably display images that are related to the theme of the book. The invention provides a coin specific display that stores and displays one or more coins in an appealing manner, and that also conveys or provides additional information about the theme displayed on the coin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2005
    Assignee: Anderson Press Incorporated
    Inventors: Richard Hilicki, Harold Anderson
  • Patent number: 6969092
    Abstract: A file folder blank can be folded to form a file folder. The file folder blank is designed for single side printing. The file folder blank can be folded to reveal printed indicia to two directions of a single panel. The printed indicia can be printed by a standard desktop type of printer. The printed indicia can include graphics, location indicator, content indicators, pictures, graphs or the like. In addition, top taps or side tabs are integrally formed with the file folder blank that can be printed with identifying indicia. In some applications, the identifying indicia comprises a repeating set of color bars that can be individualized during printing of the folder blank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2005
    Assignee: Smead Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Steve C. MacWilliams, John A. Calkins
  • Patent number: 6966721
    Abstract: A wrap-around notebook or binder includes a ring assembly with a shield and a pair of frames forming a bistable construction, and a hinge plate pivotally coupled to the shield with the outer surface of the hinge plate aligned with the outer extent of the shield/frame assembly when the hinge plate is parallel to the plane of the shield. The exposed frame member may be convex, recessed to receive rivet heads, and may be plated. The hinge plate(s) may have curls which interfit with alternate curls from the shield to provide a hinge. The ring assembly may be mounted in the notebook or binder so that the shield side of the ring assembly faces the front cover of the binder. The pivot line between the shield and the hinge plate may be spaced from the shield by a clearance distance. The notebook or binder lies flat on an underlying surface with either the front cover of the rear cover folded under the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: Jay K. Sato, Paul Whaley
  • Patent number: 6964433
    Abstract: A photo album is disclosed having a cover, a fastener threaded through the cover, and a reinforcement member positioned between the fastener and the cover. The reinforcement member is preferably made of plastic, and more preferably made of rigid plastic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2005
    Assignee: Pioneer Photo Albums, Inc.
    Inventor: Sheldon Plutsky
  • Patent number: 6942413
    Abstract: An optical storage media management system and process for storing and organizing a relatively large collection of optical discs in the form of a display binder with a plurality of display sheets including associated indicia matching a positional identifier indicating the location of the disc. In one embodiment, the binder is used in conjunction with a table of contents indicating the position of individual optical discs in relation to the binder contents and a centralized database for storing optical disc information in a categorized format in cooperation with a computerized table of contents generator for generating the table of contents for the binder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2005
    Inventor: Bradley P. Lane
  • Patent number: 6932534
    Abstract: A notebook including a stack of papers and a pouch having generally the same size and shape in top view as the stack of papers, the pouch including an inner cavity in which loose objects can be stored. The notebook further includes a binding mechanism binding the stack of papers and the pouch together, wherein at least part of the binding mechanism extends through the stack of papers and the pouch to bind the stack of papers and the pouch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Corporation
    Inventor: Kate O'Hara
  • Patent number: 6926306
    Abstract: A one-piece report cover and improved binding structure. The report cover has a front panel, spine and back panel. The improved binding structure comprises a male connector panel, female connector panel and binding element. The female panel has an aperture for receiving and retaining a tab shaped portion of the male panel located between fastening means fastening the female panel to the back panel and a plurality of integrally formed hinges for folding the panel about an edge of a document. The binding element fixes the relationship between the female panel, document and male panel thereby preventing disengagement of the tab portion from the female panel aperture during use. The document may be removed from the improved binding structure by removing the male panel tab portion from the female panel aperture allowing access to the binding element for disassembly. The improved binding structure allows reuse without damage to the components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Inventors: Thomas V. Ward, Jr., Jeanne M. Ward
  • Patent number: 6923590
    Abstract: A binding structure for binding together sheets of paper having multiple openings along a margin thereof is provided. The structure comprises a male connector panel having multiple openings along its edge and a female connector panel fastened to the back panel of a one-piece report cover by means of adhesive, extending adjacent and parallel to the second hinge and distanced to allow enough room for the tab-shape on the male connector panel to be inserted to the center opening of the female connector panel without interfering with the adhesion of the female connector panel to the back panel of the cover. An elongated binding element is provided extending adjacent and parallel to the margin of the sheets of paper and the male connector panel edge. The male connector panel is disposed on a bottom side of the elongated binding element. A one-piece report cover is provided having a front panel, a center spine panel, a back panel, a first hinge and a second hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2005
    Inventors: Thomas V. Ward, Jr., Jeanne M. Ward
  • Patent number: 6854915
    Abstract: A binder for papers, photographs, or other sheet-like materials is provided with a cover having one or more window openings defined therein. A flat, transparent protective sheet is located in contact with the inside surface of the binder cover and a backing sheet overlies the protective sheet. The backing sheet is secured to the peripheral margin of the protective sheet, and elsewhere as required, to delineate at least one, and preferably a plurality of pockets. The pockets are formed between the backing sheet and the protective sheet. An elongated slit in defined through the backing sheet behind each pocket created. The peripheral edges of the backing sheet are permanently secured to the inside surface of the binder cover. Photographs or other flat display materials may be inserted into the pockets formed between the backing sheet and the protective sheet through the elongated slits. The pockets are delineated so that they are aligned with the window opening in the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2005
    Inventor: Bon S. Ong
  • Patent number: 6843473
    Abstract: An apparatus for manufacturing book covers having a board feed for supplying cover boards and a spine insert having a covering material feed for supplying covering material, having a covering material cylinder, by means of which the supplied covering material is taken over, conveyed past a glue spreading roller and assembled with the supplied cover boards and having a folding and pressing apparatus as well as having a delivery apparatus and having a drive apparatus for the covering material feed, the board feed the covering material cylinder and the folding and pressing apparatus it is provided that at least the covering material feed the board feed and the folding and pressing apparatus are drivable in each case independently of one another. The covering material cylinder is preferably also provided with an independent drive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2005
    Assignee: Kolbus GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Volker Bohn, G√ľnter Geldmeier, Frank Tautz
  • Patent number: 6817516
    Abstract: A ballot secrecy sleeve is presented which is used to cover a ballot once it has been marked by the voter. The secrecy sleeve has a top and a bottom and a narrow shoulder at one end as well as a slot for pushing the ballot once it has been inserted into the ballot scanning machine. The ballot secrecy sleeve covers the entire ballot except for a small portion of the ballot that protrudes out of the secrecy sleeve. The ballot is placed within the sleeve. The ballot and sleeve are then placed into the scanning machine ballot slot. Once the ballot and sleeve are in place, the voter pushes the upper end of the ballot using the cutout so that the ballot is fed onto the receiving and advancing rollers of the machine. The ballot is then fed into the scanning and tabulating portion of the machine while it is completely hidden by either the ballot machine slot cover or the ballot secrecy sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Inventors: Mark A. VonNida, Robert A. Jennings
  • Publication number: 20040222624
    Abstract: A combination book and enclosure has a series of panels, at least one of the panels having a printed feature. The panels are in end to end relationship around a hinge line so as to be foldable in a fan-like mode and the first panel and the last panel in the series having respectively free-ends. The free end of the first panel and the fee end of the last panel are connectable together when the panels are opened and extended such that the free ends can be brought into contact. A connection feature of the free end of the first panel are for mating engagement with the a complementary mating connection feature on the free end of the last panel. The panels in a first mode are readable sequentially as a book when successive panels are sequentially turned about the hinge line between the panels. The panels in a second mode are extendible from the front panel to the last panel and the respective connection features are brought into mating engagement thereby to form an enclosure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2003
    Publication date: November 11, 2004
    Inventor: Anne M. Diebel
  • Patent number: 6808104
    Abstract: A subfolder insert, or otherwise short-termed a “subfolder” for depicting its sub-file contents, for holding related papers of its conventional file folder, and as such, the subfolder is inserted within the file folder, for separation of designated papers from other papers within the file folder. To avoid the subfolder causing the file folder from being bulky and obscuring the “sub-held” papers, its surface area is effectively less than the surface area of the sub-held papers of a respectively standard size, such as a U.S. letter size and legal size; this, too, allows visual, physical exposure of the sub-held papers for easy reference and manual retrieval from within the subfolder. The front and back panels of the subfolder are integrated along multiple adjacent edges, as ideally a vertical edge and the bottom horizontal edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2004
    Inventor: Daniel L. Cobble
  • Publication number: 20040178622
    Abstract: A book jacket which may be used in the manufacture of durable, high quality softbound or hardbound books is disclosed which is constructed of a transparent or semi-transparent jacket sheet having opposed first and second surfaces. The jacket sheet is printed on its second surface in multiple layers, including at least one printed layer of indicia which is applied in a wrong-reading orientation that appears in readable orientation when viewed from the first surface, or exterior surface of the book jacket. The improved book jacket of the present invention eliminates the need for paper book jackets requiring laminates or protective coatings before the book is shipped or sold. If desired, the improved book jacket of the present invention may be partially transparent, thereby allowing an image printed on the cover of the book to be visible therethrough, further adding to the depth of the visible images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2003
    Publication date: September 16, 2004
    Inventor: Jeffrey L. Hengsbach
  • Publication number: 20040164543
    Abstract: Binders disclosed herein include a front cover, a back cover and a spine interconnecting the front cover and the back cover. The spine includes a means for reducing the width of the spine when the front cover is folded back against the back cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2003
    Publication date: August 26, 2004
    Applicant: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: Norman C. Yamamoto, Steve Plorek
  • Patent number: 6773195
    Abstract: A notebook including a plurality of sheets of paper, a binding mechanism binding the plurality of sheets together; and a cover bound to the plurality of sheets of paper by the binding mechanism. The cover includes first and second opposed panels coupled together and having a hinge line extending between the opposed panels. The cover includes a lower panel fixedly coupled to and facially abutting at least one of the panels to form a pocket therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Corporation
    Inventor: J. Michael Tims
  • Publication number: 20040145175
    Abstract: A file device includes one or more cover members each having one or more surfaces ground or polished into a smooth surface and formed as a white board for note making purposes. The notes may be easily removed with board erasers, toilet papers, hands of users, etc., such that no paper sheets will be wasted. One or more inner sheets may further be attached to the cover member with such as clips or binding members, and each may include one or more surfaces ground or polished into a smooth surface and formed as a white board for note making purposes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2003
    Publication date: July 29, 2004
    Inventor: Jui Yang Chang
  • Patent number: 6767152
    Abstract: A binder including a front cover, a rear cover directly or indirectly coupled to the front cover, and a gusset extending generally between the front and rear covers. The pocket further includes a pocket located on an outer surface of the binder, the pocket at least partially overlapping with at least part of the gusset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2004
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen D. Wehmeyer, Michael K. Brann
  • Patent number: 6764242
    Abstract: A binder assembly and manufacturing process thereof includes a front cover, a back cover, a spine, and openings in the assembly for the purpose of placing windows inside the front cover and spine. The front cover, back cover and spine define the space for holding loose-leaf pages. The openings in the front cover and spine define the space for placing loose papers into the front cover and spine. Pockets are included on the inside of the binder assembly for securing additional loose-leaf papers. Manufacturing processes of the binder assembly include methods in which the same material is used for all components and in which different materials are used to manufacture various components in the same process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: Stuart Karten, Dennis Schroeder, Paul Kirley, Eric Olson, Norman Yamamoto, Arthur G. Castillo, Robert Fey, Donald W. Finkle
  • Patent number: 6764101
    Abstract: An improved file folder specially adapted to conventional printers and optical scanners and a system and method for printing and using the improved folder. The improved folder has an enclosure for holding documents and printable panels with an integrated tab and integrated document labels. The folder panels, integrated tab and labels are printed with machine-readable identifying indicia and text in one pass through a standard printer. The tab is foldable such that folder identifying indicia and text are visible from either the front or back side of the folder. After printing, the documents labels are removeable and affixable to the folder documents. Images of the folder documents are captured with a standard optical scanner which also reads the document identifying indicia printed on the labels. The document images form a database indexed according to the indicia printed on the document labels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Assignee: Smead Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Steve C. MacWilliams, Frank C. Kezmoh
  • Patent number: 6752578
    Abstract: Systems and methods of binding sheets by activating a microencapsulated binding agent are described. Each sheet to be bound has an exposed binding surface region near a spine edge. A frontside adhesive system is disposed over the frontside binding surface region and comprises a binding agent that is encapsulated in a plurality of microcapsules. The adhesive system is non-tacky to enable the sheets to be stacked and individually processed until the binding agent is released from the microcapsules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2004
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: John P. Ertel, Akinobu Kuramoto, Robert L. Cobene
  • Patent number: 6752427
    Abstract: A folding booklet is disclosed having a booklet cover and one or more of booklet pages in which are formed a plurality of spaced apart longitudinal fold lines defining a plurality of longitudinal panels and a plurality of transverse fold lines defining a plurality of transverse panels. The longitudinal panels can be folded along the longitudinal fold lines to overlay one another and the transverse panels can be folded along the transverse fold lines to overlay one another. The cover can then be folded along a booklet cover fold line to completely contain the folded booklet pages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2004
    Inventor: Richard Wilen
  • Publication number: 20040108709
    Abstract: An improved book cover which may be used in the manufacture of durable, high quality bound books is disclosed which is constructed of a transparent or semi-transparent cover sheet having opposed first and second surfaces. The cover sheet is printed on its second surface in a wrong-reading orientation, and the second surface of the cover sheet is then adhered to a frontpiece, a spine piece, and a backpiece. The improved book cover of the present invention eliminates the need for paper book coverings requiring expensive laminates or protective coatings, and provides increased durability and strength over such conventional book covers while also having a superior glossy appearance over conventional book cover constructions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2002
    Publication date: June 10, 2004
    Inventor: Jeffrey L. Hengsbach
  • Publication number: 20040108710
    Abstract: A book cover which may be used in the manufacture of durable, high quality softbound or hardbound books is disclosed which is constructed of a transparent or semi-transparent cover sheet having opposed first and second surfaces. The cover sheet is printed on its second surface in multiple layers, including at least one printed layer of indicia applied in a wrong-reading orientation that appears in readable orientation when viewed from the first surface, or exterior surface of the book cover. Further, the second surface of the cover sheet may contain at least one printed layer of indicia corresponding to the information or ornamentation designated to appear on the interior surface of the book cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2003
    Publication date: June 10, 2004
    Inventor: Jeffrey L. Hengsbach
  • Patent number: 6746050
    Abstract: An end leaf of the type which is meant to be used in combination with binding means with which a bundle of loose leaves (6) can be bound, wherein this end leaf (1) comprises at least a leaf (2) made of synthetic material and a strip-shaped part (4) firmly attached to an edge (3) of said leaf (2) which is suppler than the above-mentioned leaf (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2004
    Assignee: Unibind (Cyprus) Limited
    Inventor: Guido Peleman
  • Patent number: 6742809
    Abstract: A photo album is disclosed, made from a unitary strip of image bearing media having images printed in a pre-determined sequence. A plurality of pages is formed by folding the image media strip between the images into accordion folds and adhering the folds together so that each pair of the images forms two sides of a page. The photo album may have reinforced front and rear photo album covers. A binding holds the pages together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2004
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Peter A. Frosig, Joseph A. Manico
  • Patent number: 6742811
    Abstract: An editorial and stationery article, such as a diary, exercise-book, book, magazine, newspaper, file-holder, etc., having particular ergonomic features, characterized in that it has a structure that can be opened as a book, with sheets or pages of quadrilateral shape, with the back or spine side oblique to the upper and lower sides, so that in the open position at least the lower sides converge towards the opening central axis, with convergence according to the obliquity angle of the spine side with respect to said upper and lower sides, so as to have a substantially user-enveloping configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2004
    Assignee: Zamaz S.r.l.
    Inventor: Marco Mazza
  • Patent number: 6739784
    Abstract: A binder, notebook or portfolio including a body having a front cover and a rear cover pivotally joined together and a retaining mechanism located on an outer surface of the body. The retaining mechanism includes a pair of panels coupled to the body, the panels being releasably attachable together. In another embodiment, the invention is a binder, notebook or portfolio including a body having a front cover and a rear cover pivotally joined together and a retaining mechanism located on an outer surface the body. The retaining mechanism includes a pair of panels pivotally coupled to the body such that loose components can be located between the panels and the outer surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2004
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Corporation
    Inventors: J. Michael Tims, Thomas Joseph Africa
  • Patent number: 6712396
    Abstract: A soft book comprised of foam pages bound by a book binding portion and a plurality of page binding portions is presented. A front cover page, a rear cover page, and at least one page, each having a perimeter, are provided, with the pages forming a spine portion, with the book bound such that at least a portion of the perimeter each page is approximately flush with the binding portions. The pages of the book may include impressions or cutouts that may be made in various shapes. Cutouts may provide a puzzle-type game for children. Various binding materials may be used, preferably chosen to provide sufficient support for the flexible foam pages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2004
    Inventor: William Derraugh
  • Patent number: 6705793
    Abstract: A binder for receiving and retaining loose leaf papers comprising a cover, a binding mechanism coupled to the cover, and a hole punch coupled to the cover. The hole punch is configured to punch a set of holes in a sheet of paper such that the binding mechanism can be received through the set of holes to receive and retain the paper in the binder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Corporation
    Inventor: Jon R. Wyant
  • Patent number: 6702331
    Abstract: A concertina-bound foam-based book is presented, comprising a plurality of foam pages, each having a first edge and a second edge. The first edge is opposite the second edge on each page, and the pages are bound along their first edges and second edges in a concertina fashion with a water-resistant binding means. When fully opened, the concertina-bound foam-based book opens as a string of pages and such that when closed, the pages of the concertina-bound foam-based book form a stack of pages. A variety of specific binding means and binding materials may be used in conjunction with the present invention. A method for making the concertina-bound foam-based book of the present invention is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2004
    Inventors: William Derraugh, Michael John Morris
  • Patent number: 6698796
    Abstract: This is to provide a cover suitable to hollow-backed binding and provide a binding method for an album and the like for obtaining a well-bound appearance using the cover at low cost and easy to turn over. A cover is composed of a decoration cloth, a pair of substratum paper and a spine affiche adhered on required positions on the back of the decoration cloth, an interconnected reinforcement paper adhered to substratum paper to create a space between a spine affiche and a reverse paper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Assignee: Nakabayashi Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shingo Kurahashi
  • Patent number: 6692029
    Abstract: A folder apparatus includes a folder, a holder for holding leaves and a connector for attaching the holder to the folder in a detachable manner. The holder includes a number of hooks formed thereon. The folder includes two covers and an intermediate panel interconnecting the covers. The connector is formed on the intermediate panel. In a first aspect, the holder includes a base attached to the intermediate panel in a detachable manner by means of the connector. The base includes two ends. The connector includes two clips formed on the intermediate panel for engagement with the ends of the base of the holder. In a second aspect, the connector is a hook-and-loop device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Assignee: Your Everyday Stationary Ind.. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yu-Chia Ke
  • Patent number: 6688785
    Abstract: Print systems are provided. One such print system includes a printing device that is operative to receive information corresponding to a print job. The printing device also is operative to receive a request for a cover to be printed in association with the print job, and print the print job and the cover. In particular, the printing device automatically places the cover and the print job in a sequence so that the cover immediately preceding a first page of the print job. Methods, computer-readable media and other systems also are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Anita Tjan
  • Patent number: 6685415
    Abstract: A bookbinding structure and method. The bookbinding structure is used to bind pages together in existing, commercially available binding machines. The bookbinding structure has a heat activated adhesive matrix for binding the pages. To attach a wrap-around book cover once the pages have been bound with the bookbinding structure, an adhesive on the outer surface of the bookbinding structure may be exposed by removing a release liner covering the adhesive. The book cover may then be adhered to the exposed adhesive either by a heat method or by applying pressure over the adhesive, depending on the particular type of adhesive of the bookbinding structure. The book cover may be printed with information and/or graphics prior to being wrapped around the pages of the book.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Assignee: Powis Parker Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Rush, Laura H. Rush
  • Patent number: 6685226
    Abstract: An assembly of a carrier and an information storage unit for attachment to a publication. The assembly includes a support panel and a cover secured thereto and forming a pouch for receipt of a storage unit therein. The assembly is adapted for securement in a publication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Assignee: The Form House, Inc.
    Inventors: Warren McKinney, Gary White, Steve Pasek
  • Patent number: 6682247
    Abstract: The cover of a binder or album is provided with a coating which is receptive to inks which are water based, solvent based or gel based, and which is substantially water-fast after the ink has dried. A coated transparent or translucent sheet may be provided on the front cover of the binder to form a pocket so that visual material inserted in the pocket may be traced, and so that the cover may be personalized. The coating may include finely divided porous particulates and a binder which includes as a component a water soluble polymer. The coating may be applied to backpacks, zippered binders, and pencil pouches, and to the transparent sheet material overlying photographs mounted in a photo album. Personalized writing or designs may be written or drawn onto the coated products using ink pens of virtually any type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Assignee: Avery Dennsion Corporation
    Inventors: Arthur G. Castillo, Norman Yamamoto, Chitto R. Sarkar, Christine Kay Landis, Frank Yen-Jer Shih, Zhisong Huang
  • Patent number: 6682248
    Abstract: A report cover (10) is disclosed which can be used with a report (12) bound by a flexible comb binding (14). An insert (20) is bound with the report (12) in the flexible comb binding (14). The insert (20) is then fit within a pocket (38) in the back cover (28) of the cover (26). The spine or side cover (30) and front cover (32) of the cover (26) then encloses the report (12) and spiral binding (14) to provide an attractive final report appearance. The report cover can be used with a report that is bound with a spiral, wire loop or three ring binding also.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Inventor: William E. Lockhart