Covers Patents (Class 281/29)
  • Patent number: 6196748
    Abstract: What is provided is a folio having at least one set of interleaved attachment tabs hingedly formed at the folio spine, comprising a first tab and a second nested tab, where both tabs share the same spine axis, and where each tab provides a means for attaching a leaf thereto, whether by providing a surface for fixedly attaching a leaf to or by providing a structural support for attaching a leaf thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2001
    Assignee: Productive Environments, Inc
    Inventor: David C. Schwartz
  • Patent number: 6196591
    Abstract: An office binder, having a surface made of board, paper, coated paper, paperboard, or plastic film, on which a transparent film is attached over part of it surface via attachment surfaces in order to form a film pocket. A method for equipping the office binder, having a surface made of board, paper, coated paper, or plastic film, with a film pocket, in which a film having an adhesive side is laid onto the surface and is attached over part of the surface via adhesive attachment surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2001
    Inventor: Wolfgang H. Lieth
  • Patent number: 6189932
    Abstract: A book constructed of foam provided with manipulatives for use with enjoyment of the book is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2001
    Assignee: Innovative USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Shari Kaufman
  • Patent number: 6186551
    Abstract: A book stiffener of a type having a relatively flat, thin, elongated, rigid rotatable-strip (32) attached by a swivel mechanism (34, 108) to an outside surface of a book cover, also includes an indexing mechanism between the rotatable strip and the book cover for holding the rotatable strip in predetermined angular index positions relative to the book cover. The index positions include a stiffening position in which the rotatable strip extends across hinge seams (24, 26) of front and rear flap covers (18, 20) of the book cover, and a disabled position in which the rotatable strip extends more nearly parallel with a back binding (22) of the book cover so as not to substantially extend across the hinge seams. The indexing mechanism includes protrusions (102, 122) on one of the book cover and the rotatable strip and indentations (104, 124) on the other of the book cover and the rotatable strip, with a protrusion resiliently snapping into an indentation at the index positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2001
    Assignee: DAQ, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis A. Quinn, Sr.
  • Patent number: 6179333
    Abstract: A notebook or similar page element that includes a plurality of bound pages, a first page provided with a limited friction surface, with the function of supporting and serving as a computer mouse pad, and a second page prepared with non-slip surface located on an extremity of the plurality of pages. The first page is arranged with a controlled-friction surface opposite to the non-slip surface of the second page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Assignee: Lediberg S.p.A.
    Inventors: Franco Luini, Nicol{grave over (o)} Lurani
  • Patent number: 6179509
    Abstract: The present invention provides a book for vertically displaying safety information on selected pages. The book is particularly well-suited for use in laboratory, hospital and industrial environments where emergency situations can prevent access to remote reference manuals. The book has front and back covers with a releasable mounting means for mounting the book in a vertical position on a planar surface. The book also has a plurality of adjacent informational pages releasably adhered together, and a binder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Assignee: Perkins & Will, S.E.
    Inventor: Bevan D. Suits
  • Patent number: 6179332
    Abstract: A copy safe binder is disclosed. The binder includes a cover member including a coupling flap and a cover panel linked by a first fold line. The binder further includes a coupling member associated with the coupling flap for attaching loose sheets thereto. The cover panel is provided with a security strip secured to the cover panel adjacent to the fold line for preventing access to the coupling member for the removal of loose sheets from the binder without destroying a fully assembled binder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Inventor: James D. Funkhouser
  • Patent number: 6179508
    Abstract: A ring binder (100) has a center spine (102) and end leafs (104). The spine section has jaws (108) formed on each side which extend the length of the spine section. Each end leaf has one end (104a) insertable into one of the jaws and thereafter held in place by serrations (110) forming the jaws and which frictionally engage the one end of the leaf to keep it permanently in place. A binder ring assembly (10) includes binder rings (18-22) and a mechanism (14,16) for opening and closing the rings. The spine section includes rivets (72) integrally formed at each end of the spine section and the binder ring assembly includes a cover (12) having corresponding openings (68a,68b) for attaching the binder ring assembly to the spine section. This binder construction allows different width end leafs to be used with a common spine section to form a variety of different size binders using a common spine section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Assignee: U.S. Ring Binder Corporation
    Inventor: Charles B. Coerver
  • Patent number: 6168338
    Abstract: A ring binder notebook is described which utilizes readily openable and closable snap rings and one or more covers that, unlike standard ring binder notebooks, are not restricted to either a closed (0°) or a half-open (180°) position—but may be fully opened (360°) back to front. This flexibility, previously possible only with standard spiral bound notebooks, is now achieved while still retaining the ability to readily add, remove, or rearrange the contents of the notebook. A notebook ring assembly is also described. The ring assembly has a shell, a pair of back plates, and one or more sets of longitudinally aligned binder ring members. Each binder ring member attached to the first back plate is transversely aligned with an opposing binder ring member attached to the second back plate. Each binder ring member attached to the first back plate is attached so that it extends away from the upper surface of the first back plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2001
    Inventor: Clifford Kenneth Young
  • Patent number: 6161979
    Abstract: A binder assembly has a partition or intermediate panel separating a ring binder compartment from a storage compartment. The binder assembly includes a spine, a rear cover, a front cover, and an intermediate panel. The rear cover and front cover are pivotally or flexibly mounted adjacent the spine. The rear cover and intermediate panel define a ring binder space for holding pages, closed on one side where the rear and front cover are secured to the spine, and being selectively open on the other three sides. A ring binder is mounted in the ring binder space near the spine. A front cover is pivotally mounted to the intermediate panel. The intermediate panel and the front cover define a storage space closed on one side where the front cover is secured to the intermediate panel and being selectively open on the other three sides. First and second zippers extend around the three open sides of the binder and storage space, respectively, to fully enclose contents of the binder assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: Norman Yamamoto, Bruce Allen Carter, Thomas M. Wien
  • Patent number: 6158776
    Abstract: The folder comprises:(a) a substantially flexible sheet-like body member comprising at least one cover sheet with a marginal band adjacent a longitudinal edge of the cover sheet, the marginal band having first and second opposed major faces;(b) at least one flap member connected to the body member, the flap member being movable from a retracted position, in which access is permitted to the first and second faces of the marginal band, to a covering position in which the flap member substantially covers the first and second faces of the marginal band; and(c) means for bonding the at least one flap member in the covering position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2000
    Inventor: Dale McPhee Purcocks
  • Patent number: 6149200
    Abstract: A report cover (100) is disclosed for securing and protecting a report (12). The report cover (10) includes a front panel (102) and a rear panel (104). Three parallel hinges (22, 24, 26) are formed in the front panel (14). A single hinge (36) is formed in the rear panel (16). The report is secured between the front and rear panels near the first edges (20, 34) of the panels as by staples or other removable fasteners. The front panel (14) is then folded about the hinges to lie parallel to and adjacent the rear panel. The rear panel is captured within a pocket portion (106) which permits limited motion of the rear panel (104) relative to the pocket portion (106). To disassemble the report cover and remove the report therefrom, the pocket portion (106) need only be disengaged from the rear panel (104) providing easy access to the fasteners for removal of the fasteners and removal of the report from the report cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Inventor: William E. Lockhart
  • 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: 6139063
    Abstract: The folder comprises:(a) a jacket member comprising a front cover sheet and a back cover sheet and having at least one substantially median spinal fold intermediate between the front cover sheet and the back cover sheet;(b) at least one flap member affixed to the jacket member, the flap member being movable from a retracted position in which access is permitted to at least a margin of the back cover sheet adjacent the spinal fold and to at least a margin of the front cover sheet adjacent the spinal fold, to a covering position in which the flap member covers at least the margins; and(c) adhesive means for bonding the flap member in the covering position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Inventor: Dale McPhee Purcocks
  • Patent number: 6126201
    Abstract: A folder for holding a compact disc in a position for binding the folder into a magazine is made from a single web of cardstock. The web is folded into two equal portions along a central foldline to form two opposing front and rear panels of the folder. A circular section is cut out of the front panel to display the condition of a compact disc held in the folder. The two panels are glued together to capture the compact disc therebetween and a line of weakening is applied to the panels along one marginal edge thereof to define a combined binding and tear strip. This strip may be edge bound in a magazine and the line of weakening is spaced apart from the edge so that the folder may be separated from the magazine along the tear strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Assignee: Inserts USA, Inc.
    Inventors: James Pace, Frank J. Puisis
  • Patent number: 6116652
    Abstract: A learning materials delivery system contains an instruction unit. The instruction unit has a number of instruction sets, and each instruction set corresponds to a lesson in the instruction unit on an instruction subject. Each instruction set bears indicia corresponding to the instruction subject and includes a first instruction document, a second instruction document, and optionally one or more resource documents. The documents include information relating to the instruction unit and the instruction sets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2000
    Assignee: The Link to Learning LLC
    Inventor: Jeanne M. Page
  • Patent number: 6116651
    Abstract: The folder is made with a pair of sections, each of which is provided with an inside panel to form a pocket. The inside panel and the front panel of each section of the folder is provided with vertical and horizontal score lines adjacent the respective edges of the folder to permit expansion of the pockets when filled with paper or the like. The folder is also provided with a pair of score lines on opposite sides of the vertical fold line to allow the folder to triangulate along the vertical fold line when the folder is filled to capacity. When filled to capacity, the folder retains a flat appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2000
    Assignee: Pama Enterprises
    Inventors: Marvin A. Makofsky, Jerome B. Schwartz
  • Patent number: 6109812
    Abstract: An insert for a window formed in a binder spine. The insert can be separate or part of a binder sheet. The insert is readily removable from said spine to be relabeled to indicate the materials located in the binder. The insert can be pivotally mounted relative to the spine or can be provided with openings that resiliently connect the insert to the rivets that secure the spine to the ring holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Assignee: ACCO Brands, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen R. Welch
  • Patent number: 6109657
    Abstract: A system for the packaging of a photo album of the type having a spine with an exterior closed edge and an interior open edge and with elements for holding pages includes a plurality of pages. The pages have interior edges adapted to be coupled with respect to the spine and parallel free exterior edges as well as free upper and lower edges parallel with respect to each other. Front and rear covers each have an interior edge coupled with respect to the spine and a parallel exterior edge as well as free upper and lower edges parallel with respect to each other and encompassing the pages. A generally rigid packaging support has a central component in a generally rectilinear configuration positioned between the exterior edges of the covers in proximity to the exterior edges of the pages. A spacer has a first vertical edge formed integrally with the central component of the support and a free second vertical edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Inventor: Whang Kwee Tan
  • Patent number: 6106015
    Abstract: A binder for storing collectibles in holder pages of a material dissimilar to the binder cover. The sheets of pages are fastened to each other and to the binder cover by ultrasonically sealing the sheets directly or indirectly through the internal surface of the cover to a concealed anchoring rib of the same material as the holder pages, which anchoring rib is disposed and secured in the spine of the cover. A method of manufacturing a binder for storing collectibles is also disclosed in which a series of sheets of pages is superimposed over the internal surface of the binder cover and then the sheets are fastened by ultrasonically sealing them to the cover by means of ultrasonic sealing tools which pierce and fuse the sheets along the desired line of attachment to form a single booklet, and then continue directly or indirectly through the internal surface of the cover to contact a concealed anchoring rib of the same material disposed in the spine of the binder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Assignee: Enor Corporation
    Inventors: Steven C. Udwin, Marshall L. Weingarden, David Tarica
  • Patent number: 6095564
    Abstract: A binder assembly having a partition separating a ring binder compartment from a storage compartment. The binder assembly includes a spine, a rear cover, and a front cover. The rear cover and front cover are pivotally mounted to the spine. The rear and front cover define a ring binder space for holding pages, closed on one side where the rear and front cover are secured to the spine, and being selectively open on the other three sides. A ring binder is mounted in the ring binder space near the spine. A storage cover is pivotally mounted to the front cover. The storage cover and the front cover define a storage space closed on one side where the storage cover is secured to the front cover, and being selectively open on the other three sides. First and second zippers extend around the three open sides of the binder and storage space, respectively, to fully enclose contents of the binder assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas M. Wien
  • Patent number: 6089608
    Abstract: An improved booklet of the present invention comprises: (a) a cover having a fold which divides the cover into a front cover panel and a rear cover panel wherein each panel has an inner and an outer surface where at least one of said inner surfaces is vinyl treated latex saturated paper substrate; (b) a vinyl sheet heat sealed along three adjacent edges to said surface of said vinyl treated paper substrate thereby forming a pocket between said vinyl sheet and said vinyl treated paper substrate and further leaving one non-sealed edge; and (c) a plurality of leaves each attached along at least one marginal edge to the fold, the leaves forming pages in the booklet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Assignee: William Exline, Inc.
    Inventor: William B. Exline
  • Patent number: 6086106
    Abstract: A double vision binder includes a front cover, a rear cover and a binding portion; a large transparent pocket is formed on the front cover of the binder by a layer of transparent sheet material bonded to the front cover on three sides; and additional smaller transparent pockets are bonded to the first transparent layer, so that a large sheet of background visual material may be inserted in the large pocket, with an overlay of additional visual material in the small pockets. the first layer may extend over the entire outer surface of the binder to provide additional pockets on the rear cover and on the binding portion of the assembly. A plurality of the small pockets may be formed from a single transparent sheet, with pockets separated by bonding lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: Laurel S. Joe, Bruce Allen Carter, Norman Yamamoto, Cloyd Dixon Rauch, III
  • Patent number: 6086105
    Abstract: A clamshell blister package permits packaging of activity pieces with a book in an activity kit. The package is reclosable and see-through and extends through and is connected to the cover for holding the activity pieces such that the package may be removed (and later replaced) so as not to interfere with the pages when the book is being used. The package is configured to friction fit into an aperture in the front cover of the book so that the package can be removed and reinstalled into the cover. The package includes a top and a bottom connected together by a hinge. The bottom includes an integrally formed platform which releasably engages a ledge and ledge wall of the top for holding the top closed onto the bottom in a reclosable fashion. The top defines a receptacle into which the activity pieces are stored when not in use, within or outside the book.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Assignee: Learning Resources, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Woldenberg, Lisa Hoffman
  • Patent number: 6082769
    Abstract: A clip for securing cut sheets of image bearing medium to a notebook or picture book is provided that has an inverted U-shape. The clip is made of an elastic material that has a latch on either end to attach to a cavity in either a notebook, picture book, or similar device. The clip can be made symmetrically so that it can be operated while in a reversed orientation. By producing the clip as a detachable piece, repairs to a picture book become trivial because one can discard the broken clip and simply replace it without needing to discard the entire picture book. Furthermore, this type of paper binding means is ideal for children and the handicapped as the clips can be made of low enough rigidity to enable them to be simply operated, while reducing the odds of accidents resulting from sharp edges or metallic parts. Manufacturing efficiency is increased because the clips and the notebooks can be produced separately and sold disconnected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Assignee: SamSung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kwang-Sig Park
  • Patent number: 6082770
    Abstract: A fastening device for schedule folder covers with a side plate to join two covers of schedule folder, wherein both ends of the side plate is connected with a side chain band similar to a metallic watchband and identical to the width thereof, and a connecting zipper fitted to both sides of the side chain band and the edge of the covers, and wherein a closed state between two covers and the side chain band is created by means of the connecting zipper while a soft parting member can be mounted inside of the side chain band, if necessary, for dividing the internal space of the folder in accordance with the using requirements and for enhancing the flexible using of the whole internal space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Inventor: Jack K. L. Lin
  • Patent number: 6079748
    Abstract: A book having a storage tube attached thereto for storage of manipulatives for use with enjoyment of the book is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2000
    Assignee: Innovative USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Shari Kaufman
  • Patent number: 6076989
    Abstract: A casing board for use as an information displaying and storage device, which may be formed into a binder, a storage box or be used as a flat board includes a substrate, an opaque intermediate covering layer affixed to the substrate and a transparent outer layer affixed to at least one of the substrate and the opaque covering layer at predetermined affixation locations to define a pocket intermediate the transparent layer and the opaque layer characterized by folded flaps defining turned-edge corners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Inventors: Jerry W. Pearce, J. Rockland Proffit
  • Patent number: 6070909
    Abstract: A book constructed of foam provided with manipulatives for use with enjoyment of the book is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2000
    Assignee: Innovative USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Shari Kaufman
  • Patent number: 6059478
    Abstract: The invention is a binder or portfolio for carrying looseleaf paper, books, school supplies, etc. wherein the binder includes an expandable gusset attached to the front and back covers of the binder. The gusset is preferably made from an elastic material, such as neoprene, so that the gusset may expand if the binder is filled to greater than normal capacity without threatening the integrity of the binder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Assignee: The Mead Corporation
    Inventor: Marc Moor
  • Patent number: 6047990
    Abstract: The present invention provides a new report cover system that is useful for providing the user with a convenient, integrated tuck closure device for securing the front cover and thereby enclosing the desired report contents. The present invention also provides a report cover system with a novel information layout, wherein an inner face of the report cover and any text or other materials printed on, attached thereto, or visible therethrough, are visible as the user turns the pages of the report contents. The report cover system includes back cover means, a front cover, and at least one front cover strip, to which the report contents are attached, such that there is a groove by and between the report contents and an inner face of the front cover strip(s). The new report cover is closed by tucking an edge of the front cover into the groove created by and between the front cover strip and the report contents attached thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2000
    Assignee: Post-Fax Inc.
    Inventors: Larry Leibe Mogelonsky, Spencer Wynn, Douglas G. Schwartz
  • Patent number: 6045880
    Abstract: A three-dimensional relief plastic sheet for use on articles such as binders comprises a decorative overlay sheet made of a plastics material and at least one three-dimensional relief representation integrally formed on the overlay sheet, for instance, by vacuum forming. The overlay sheet is adapted to be mounted to various articles, preferably made of plastics materials, by way of adhesives, heat-sealing, high-frequency welding, etc. The overlay is preferably made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polyethylene or styrene (e.g. polystyrene) and thus can be secured, for example along the periphery thereof, to the vinyl covering of loose-leaf binders and other document carrying folders respectively using high-frequency welding and glues. The three-dimensional representation and the overlay sheet typically include colored sections and possibly transparent sections. A mirror-like backing sheet is provided behind the overlay sheet when there are such transparent sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2000
    Assignee: Creations Executive - 153291 Canada Inc.
    Inventor: Nick Minichiello
  • Patent number: 6045159
    Abstract: A holder for a book, such as a paperback or hard cover book, comprises a stiff flat member creased to provide a central stationary panel corresponding to the spine of the book, and a pair of pivoted panels corresponding to the front and back of the book. A spring assembly comprises a plurality of long concave thin metal members connected together by a strip of tape and connected to the stiff flat member by a pop rivet. The ends of the springs are received by a pair of plastic sleeves which are stitched to the stiff flat member. The stiff flat member is covered by a vinyl sheet in such a way as to have a curved edge providing a radius of at least 1/16". A transparent strap connects to the opposite sides of the book holder and presses open pages of the book against the flat stiff member. The curved edge prevents the transparent strap from being cut by the book holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2000
    Assignee: DarCat Corp.
    Inventor: Charlie L. Bellah
  • Patent number: 6045160
    Abstract: A new binder for holding articles such as a Bible or other religious text, note pads, and tracts in pockets disposed on the outside surfaces of the front and back cover. The device includes a front cover and a back cover hingedly attached to a spine, a plurality of open-ended sleeves hingedly attached to the spine between the front and back covers, and at least a first pocket disposed upon a front cover outside surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2000
    Inventor: Helen Weeks
  • Patent number: 6039494
    Abstract: A casing board for organizing, storing, protecting and displaying communications media, such as papers, audio and video cassettes and compact discs, includes a substrate made of a relatively rigid material. The substrate includes a front cover portion, a rear cover portion and a spine portion positioned between and hingedly connected to the front cover portion and the rear cover portion. The casing board further includes an outer wrap made of a flexible, polyolefin material and sized to have longitudinal and lateral dimensions slightly greater than the longitudinal and lateral dimensions of the substrate. The outer wrap is positioned adjacent the exterior surface of the substrate with the longitudinal and lateral edges of the outer wrap turned over the periphery of the substrate and affixed, preferably with an adhesive, to the interior surface of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2000
    Inventor: Jerry W. Pearce
  • Patent number: 6036229
    Abstract: An improvement for a file binder of the type having a back portion (4) made of a porous or nearly porous material, for instance cardboard, wherein the back portion has an inner side on which an amount of glue (6) which melts under the influence of head is provided, includes a layer of substantially non-porous material (5) disposed between the back portion and the glue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2000
    Assignee: UniBind (Cyprus) Limited
    Inventor: Guido Peleman
  • Patent number: 6030163
    Abstract: A method of fusing two or more pieces along an edge to produce a bound volume uses an activating agent which dissolves and mixes with a component present on the pieces, and thereby causes the edges of the various pieces to fuse together. The method is particularly useful for producing bound periodicals and magazines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Assignee: Heidelberger Druckmaschinen Ag
    Inventor: James W. Flannery, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6030140
    Abstract: An improved binder formed of two cover portions made of rigid material joined together with a living hinge. A closure flap with a second living hinge joins the free ends of the cover opposite the binder spine. An improved method of attaching a pocket to the binder is also disclosed. The use of such a technique on rigid polypropylene material allows roll feeding of materials, eliminates the need for a chipboard, allows existing printing and sealing machinery to be employed in the manufacture of the binder, and provides improved durability and aesthetics at a low cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: Stuart Karten, Paul Kirley, Dennis Schroeder
  • Patent number: 6017164
    Abstract: A folder or loose leaf type binder has a novel spine construction using a rigid sheet with a pair of spaced apart creases to form a spine stiffener with adjacent cover stiffeners. Since the cover stiffeners extend only partially into the cover portions of the folder, a natural break occurs in each of the two covers which, in turn, makes the folder easier to handle, prevents the covers from closing inadvertently, and allows the pages of the folder to lay at a preferred attitude and angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2000
    Inventor: Marc Dean Abbott
  • Patent number: 6017062
    Abstract: The invention provides a day planner for holding calendar pages, papers, notes, cards, etc., which includes a separate compartment for holding photographs. More particularly, the present invention provides a day planner that has front and back covers that are attached to a central spine. The interior of the day planner is partitioned by a divider into a pair of compartments, one of which includes a binder for securing calendar pages, notes, addresses, etc. and the other of which includes a plurality of photo album pages. Additionally, fasteners are provided for keeping each compartment closed and for securing the contents of each compartment in the planner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2000
    Assignee: The Mead Corporation
    Inventor: Lew E. White
  • Patent number: 6010157
    Abstract: A two-piece cover for binding a stack of loose sheets into a booklet or brochure is disclosed. The cover includes a front cover panel and a rear cover panel. The rear cover panel includes a cover portion and a spine portion. The spine portion includes a front side and a back side, and is adapted to be folded to securely bind the stack of loose sheets within the cover. The spine portion includes a plurality of score lines respectively defining fold sections. The cover further includes a first second and third adhesive strips respectively coupled to the back side of the first fold section, the back side of the fourth fold section, and the front side of the fifth fold section. In use, the spine portion is folded along the third score line to create a recess between the second fold section and the third fold section into which the loose sheets of paper may be placed and secured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2000
    Assignee: Pengad, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas S. Pierson, James D. Funkhouser
  • Patent number: 6000722
    Abstract: A device is disclosed for binding together sheet-like articles such as photos or documents. In combination, the device includes a first cover and a second and a plurality of sheet-like articles interposed between the covers and secured therebetween by adhesive. A first closure member is secured with respect to the first cover and the second cover includes a second closure member coacting with the first closure member, whereby the closure members secure the covers in an article-protecting relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1999
    Assignee: Richard Werner
    Inventors: Richard S. Werner, Serge Marini
  • Patent number: 5992886
    Abstract: A cover for a for a book-type article includes a front and a back cover, each of the front and the back cover having an inner and an outer surface, and a spine joining the front and the back cover. The cover also includes flaps extending from outer edges of the front and the back covers and being separated therefrom by groove portions, the flaps being folded along the groove portions substantially parallel to the outer surface of the front and back covers. An outer surface of the flaps is joined to connecting portions of the book-type article such that the inner surface of both the front and the back cover and at least one of an inner surface of the flaps and the connecting portions of the book-type article define an air pocket, the air pocket being closed at outer edges of the front and the back cover and being open toward the spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Inventor: Sture Udd
  • Patent number: 5988685
    Abstract: The present invention provides a new customizable folio or report cover system that is useful for presenting customized optical characteristics to both the outer and inner faces of a folio cover. The customized optical characteristics are presented at the outer and inner faces of the folio cover as the result of selective replacement of insert sheet(s) that are placed into a pocket formed between the outer and inner faces of the folio cover. The outer and inner faces of the folio cover each have at least one cutout section(s), of any desired shape or design, through which selective part(s) of the replacement sheet(s) can be viewed. The insert sheet(s) have optical characteristic(s) that are different from those of the outer and inner faces of the folio cover, at least in those areas of the insert sheet that can be seen through the cutout section(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Assignee: Post-Fax Inc.
    Inventors: Larry Leibe Mogelonsky, Douglas G. Schwartz
  • Patent number: 5979942
    Abstract: A novel greeting card is disclosed having metallic leaves secured with one or more mechanical hinges. Various forms of engravings, hinges, leaves and overlays may be provided. Interior leaves may be inserted as well. The greeting card constitutes a permanent or semi-permanent commemoration of a special occasion or event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Inventor: Zivko G. Ivicic
  • Patent number: 5980181
    Abstract: An apparatus for applying a wraparound cover to a pad includes a loading station, a creasing station having a pair of knife edges and an anvil for applying a pair of parallel creases in the cover, a gluing station for applying a bead of glue to an under side of the pad and a folding station for folding an overlap portion of the cover about the rear and underside of the pad so as to engage the glue bead. The folding station includes a holddown mechanism and an articulated hand that folds the cover overlap portion at each crease about the rear edges of the pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Assignee: Brackett, Inc.
    Inventor: James M. Franks
  • Patent number: 5975578
    Abstract: A portfolio includes a rectangular piece of a canvas material having an outer peripheral edge, a rectangular peripheral piece of a vinyl material having an inner peripheral edge that slightly overlaps the outer peripheral edge of the canvas material, with an inner surface of the inner peripheral edge and an outer surface of the outer peripheral edge being heat sealed to each other with a predetermined stitching pattern, a first cardboard rigidifying member positioned to an inner surface of the canvas material corresponding to a top panel of the desk folder, a second cardboard rigidifying member positioned to an inner surface of the canvas material adjacent to the first rigidifying member, corresponding to a bottom panel of the desk folder, with a spacing between the first and second rigidifying members which defines a narrow binding edge which connects together side edges of the top and bottom panels, a vinyl backing member positioned over the first and second rigidifying members being heat sealed to the viny
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignee: Graphic Vinyl Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Lawrence Mayer
  • Patent number: 5971145
    Abstract: A crush resistant cartridge case comprises a case shell having left and right halves. Each halve of the case shell contains a rigid insert having a flat portion with a rib extending substantially around the perimeter of the flat portion. The rigid inserts in the left and right halves of the case shell come together when the case shell is closed and provide resistance against crushing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Assignee: Iomega Corporation
    Inventors: Robert S. Patterson, Brian R. Schick, Edward L. Rich
  • Patent number: 5967690
    Abstract: A ring capture mechanism of a loose-leaf binder includes a first plate having a U-shaped slot of continuous circumference designed to receive a ring of the binder through the slot within the circumference. The first plate moves across a second plate having a straight slot of continuous circumference designed to receive the ring of the binder, and locks the arms of a ring contained in both slots in the legs of the U-shaped slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Assignee: Specialty Loose Leaf, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul R. Tibbetts
  • Patent number: 5967556
    Abstract: A method and system for generating, inventorying, storing and managing records and record forms is disclosed. The record management system and method utilizes a system record generator which generates a plurality of policies, record forms and the like in response to a questionnaire record. Customized record forms and policies are generated and stored in a unique record receiver having indicia for clearly identifying forms therein. A record holder is also provided for storing, inventorying, and managing the record forms used. The method and system are particularly useful for managing and insuring that record forms are completed for employees in a company by providing convenient means for visually identifying record forms, such as employment applications and the like, for ascertaining when one or more forms is missing by the presence of an empty compartment in the record holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Assignee: Direct Business Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Ralph F. Conley, Jr.