Covers Patents (Class 281/29)
  • Patent number: 5961150
    Abstract: A portfolio, folder or wallet is formed from a flexible leather or synthetic leatherlike cover member forming front and back covers with one of the covers having a window formed therein and a fabric inlay secured to the cover member around the periphery of the window. The inlay includes a multicolor image formed thereon by transferring the image from an image source, preferably by a transfer sheet using a multicolor photocopier, and thermally transferring the image on the transfer sheet to the inlay. The cover member may be preformed to include flap parts which are folded over to form pockets for various types of folders and wallets. Portfolios or desk folders are formed by including an interior liner and, preferably, stiffening elements in the form of flat rectangular sheets which may include a layer of resilient foam formed thereon and engageable with the backside of the inlay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1999
    Assignee: Dart Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Randy A. Kogutt, Michael A. Kogutt
  • Patent number: 5957501
    Abstract: Cover (1) for holding together sheets of paper, which cover is provided with one or two scored grooves (4) for forming a spine by folding over, so that the contents (8), in the form of the sheets to be held together, are enclosed between a front leaf (2) and a back leaf (6), the front leaf (2) being provided near the spine with an incision, such that a part or lip (7) which is attached to the spine of the back leaf, respectively, but is otherwise free, is formed, which part or lip is suitable for retaining the contents (8) while the remaining part of the front leaf (2) and the contents can be opened, characterized in that the lip (7), attached to the (first) score line (4), is formed in the corner region near the top edge (5), running from the score line (4) or from the first score line in the direction of the top edge (5).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Assignee: Ardebridge B.V.
    Inventor: Robertus A. M. van Ardenne
  • Patent number: 5954518
    Abstract: A children's book including a front cover, a back cover, and at least one leaf positioned between the front cover and the back cover. A spine portion of the book connects the front cover, the leaf and the back cover. The book further includes at least one attachment arrangement and at least one rotation member. The front cover, the leaf, and/or the back cover has at least one cut-out portion. The rotating member is rotatably connected to a respective front cover, back cover and/or leaf by positioned within the cut-out portion using the attachment arrangement so that the rotating member is rotatable about an axis extending along a plane of the book.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1999
    Assignee: Reader's Digest Children's Publishing, Inc.
    Inventor: Ira Teichberg
  • Patent number: 5951358
    Abstract: A combination toy vehicle and book having a toy vehicle with an inner rigid frame and an outer flexible three-dimensional shell that alleviates possible pinch points when the vehicle is opened to reveal the book and the internal book has page tabs that extend out of an opening in the toy vehicle to assist opening toy vehicle when desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Assignee: The Ertl Company
    Inventors: Steve Hilko, Mark Reyner
  • Patent number: 5951190
    Abstract: A die-cut sheet of material is folded in three and clamped by a ring binder mechanism so that two panels formed by the folding are pressed to a third panel that is between the folds, forming a binder cover leaf on each side of the mechanism. The ends of the folded panels are spaced from the fold lines, and may be fastened together to form a horizontal pocket, a vertical pocket, or horizontal and vertical pockets in both leafs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Assignee: Specialty Loose Leaf, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert B. Wilson
  • Patent number: 5951051
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing reassurance that a notification of an occupant's change of address has been received is provided. The apparatus consists of a first document which includes occupant's change of address information, and which is sent to an intended recipient. A second document is also included, to be returned to the occupant, which contains an acknowledgement by the intended recipient that the change of address was received. The first and second documents may be detachably connected, and integrally supplied for dispatch to the intended recipient. The invention is particularly useful for children when the intended recipient is an ethereal being such as Santa Claus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Inventor: Dominic J. Pileggi
  • Patent number: 5951189
    Abstract: This binder (10) includes a front cover (12), a rear cover (14) and a spine (16) and is provided with a transparent label holder (50) which extends across the spine (16) and is attached to at least one of the covers (12,14). The label holder (50) provides an open upper margin (52) and is attached at the side margins (60, 62) and at least partially attached at the lower margin (54) to retain the label (100) which thereby has an increased area for label information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Assignee: American Trading and Production Corporation
    Inventor: Debra Winzen
  • Patent number: 5944352
    Abstract: A notebook binder device having a first and second member. The first member having a front cover section. The front cover section having a central opening defining a window. The first member includes a connecting fold. The second member having a transparent, see through, cover and a back. When the first and second members are connected the back is viewed through the window and the transparent middle cover section. The second member includes a connecting fold suitable for connecting the connecting fold of the first member and for connecting the transparent cover section. Rivets and other connecting devices are adapted to connect the first and second members. Additionally, the rivets include male and female paper holding members for holding papers between the front and back covers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1999
    Inventors: Jimmy Crouch, Glenn N. Christoffel, Peter F. Lynch, Scott W. Osiecki
  • Patent number: 5944577
    Abstract: Plush toy that includes a concealed message therein is comprised of first and second halves or portions. The first half of the plush toy has a plush-like surface and a flat, printable surface on which a message is written, and the second half has a plush-like surface and a flat surface that optionally has a message written thereon. When the flat surfaces of the first and second halves are brought face to face with one another, magnets within the two halves, or other suitable device, keep the two halves coupled together producing a complete plush toy that only reveals the plush-like surfaces. When the flat surfaces are moved away from one another, the flat surfaces are revealed thus revealing the concealed message(s) written on one or both of the flat surfaces. The plush toy may include one or more straps, or other suitable device, that keep the two halves together even when the flat surfaces thereof are not in face to face contact with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1999
    Assignee: Wow Wee International
    Inventors: Richard Yanofsky, Peter Yanofsky
  • Patent number: 5944353
    Abstract: A document cover formed of a thin sheet material of synthetic resin, includes a front cover portion, a rear cover portion, and a fold portion formed in a boundary portion between the front cover portion and the rear cover portion. The fold portion includes a plurality of fold lines formed at intervals, whereby the cover can be folded easily in the vicinity where documents are bound, and after the front portion of the cover is once opened, the opened state of the cover can be held as it is.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1999
    Inventor: Hisao Sato
  • Patent number: 5938241
    Abstract: A plurality of U-shaped springs are hingedly attached by the arms of the U to a pair of covers forming a hinge on each cover and a channel configured to receive an article in the channel through the hinges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1999
    Assignee: Specialty Loose Leaf, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert B. Wilson
  • Patent number: 5931505
    Abstract: A casing for a binder or book is disclosed in which there is at least one stiff panel portion and a thermoplastic sheet for covering the panel portion with the end and/or edge portions of the sheet being folded under and secured to the underside of the panel portions. The sheet comprises between about 30% and about 55% copolymer of propylene and ethylene; from 0% to about 12% propylene homopolymer; between 0% to about 20% high density polyethylene; between about 23% and about 35% calcium carbonate or talc filler. The product is especially adapted for high speed machines for making binder casings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1999
    Assignee: Industrial Coatings Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas H. Malpass, John Pelszynski, Ronald V. Mounts
  • Patent number: 5931506
    Abstract: A folder comprising an upper cover for a ring binder has a lip 13 which is arranged to fit into a normal ring binder press. The lip and a bundle of sheets can then be formed with slots to receive the ring binder in conventional manner. The lower cover 10 has a fold line 14 to allow it to remain free of the press and to wrap around the ring binder and cover the bundle of sheets. The folder itself has no holes in it and can be formed of virtually any material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1999
    Assignee: The Coronet Paper Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Kenneth K. L. Lo
  • Patent number: 5916280
    Abstract: A high-security brief case book in which a case is integrated with a loose-leaf binder whose loose-leaf sheets are he pages of the book. The case is defined by front and rear covers of flexible material such as leather, whose inner edges are hinged to opposing edges of a flat spine. Mounted on the spine is a holder having a series of rings adapted to engage the loose-leaf sheets. The upper end of the holder is spaced from the corresponding end of the spine to provide a site on which is anchored a key-operated locking mechanism whose keyhole lies in a plane normal to the plane of the flat spine whereby only the keyhole is exposed when the book is closed. The lower end of the holder is spaced from the corresponding end of the spine to provide a site on which is secured the leading end of a slide fastener whose trailing end is adjacent the locking mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1999
    Assignee: A. Rifkin Co.
    Inventor: Paul D. Lantz
  • Patent number: 5908258
    Abstract: A variable volume file for documents, includes a folder, constituted by two flat parts and by a back, and a box, corresponding in shape and volume to the folder, having two larger bases and by three lateral surface faces. The folder and the box are made individually in two separate parts, which can be partly overlapped on one another in the width direction of the back. Each folder part includes a flat and a back wing; each box part includes one of the bases and lateral surface wings. Provided in the back wings of the folder and in the lateral surface wings of the box are structures for sliding engagement which interact with one another for the relative movement of one part in relation to the other and structures for mutual locking of the respective parts in prefixed positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1999
    Inventor: Roberto Boccacci
  • Patent number: 5904374
    Abstract: A cover member of a book includes: at least a foldable bookmark flap integrally formed on a longitudinal edge of a book cover or a dust cover of a book, or a foldable flap integrally secured to an upper edge or a bottom edge of the cover, whereby upon folding of the bookmark flap to be inserted between the pages of the book, a bookmark is provided for conveniently marking a reading place in the book and the flap inserted into the pages of the book will also protect the pages from dust contamination or atmospheric oxidation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1999
    Inventor: Chun-Yang Lee
  • Patent number: 5904373
    Abstract: The jacket has flexible front and rear walls which are connected together along the bottom and one side of the jacket, but which are separable from each other along the top and other side of the jacket to enable a document to be inserted between, or to be removed from between the front and rear walls. The rear wall has secured to the back thereof two, flexible magnetic strips for removably securing the upper and lower ends of the back wall against the face of a ferrous metal panel. The front wall, which is transparent extends slightly beyond the back wall adjacent the top and other side of the jacket and has secured to the back thereof along its upper edge another flexible magnetic strip which releasably engages the face of the supporting panel to hold the jacket closed when mounted on the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1999
    Inventor: Wallace A. Krapf
  • Patent number: 5893585
    Abstract: A binder cover with a spine or binding section which has a pleated expandable center section with a first folding section and a second folding section on either side and each connected to the binder cover. The first folding section and the second folding section define a channel to receive the documents to be contained within the binder. Fasteners, such as staples, are positionable through the first folding section and the second folding section to secure the documents therein. The fasteners may include, for example, staples, thread, cable, posts and screws, clamps or glue. Adhesive is available to secure the first folding section in its second or closed position and the second folding section in its second or closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1999
    Inventor: John E. Worthen
  • Patent number: 5887901
    Abstract: A detachable metal binder designed to be detached from a file when needed by a user and a file having this detachable metal binder. A detachable metal binder in which a bottom plate (20a) is mounted on a spine (10a) of a cover (10) by means of a connecting pin (14) comprises restricting means (24) provided in each corner of the bottom plate (20a), the restricting means comprising a locking hole portion (24b) for locking a clamping portion (14c) of the connecting pin (14), a passing-through hole (24c) through which the clamping portion (14c) is allowed to pass, and a guiding opening (24a) for establishing a communication between the passing-through hole (24c) and the locking hole and allowing the movement of a shaft portion (14b) of the connecting pin (14) that connects an extended diameter head portion (14a) and the clamping portion (14c) thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1999
    Assignee: King Jim Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tokusige Ohmiya
  • Patent number: 5876143
    Abstract: A document binder is formed with front and back covers hinged together in articulated fashion with a spine located therebetween. An overlay is provided across the outer surface of at least the front cover and the spine and is secured by fusion to inner and outer, plastic cover sheets that encapsulate a flat, stiff, front cover core, spine, and back cover core therebetween. A front cover title sheet pocket is defined between the overlay and the outer, plastic cover sheet. The title sheet pocket is of a narrow enough width to readily accommodate title sheets printed on paper of standard width, such as eight and a half inches. The fabrication technique employed allows a title sheet pocket to be created for the front cover of the document binder which snugly confines the title sheet and prevents it from shifting laterally as occurs in conventional devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1999
    Inventor: Bon S. Ong
  • Patent number: 5876131
    Abstract: A printer for printing on a binder strip and having a platen for supporting the binder strip, a print head mechanism and a print head controller. An interface unit is provided which includes indicia formed on the housing of the unit indicative of the spine of a bound book. The indicia includes three regions that represent three zones of the spine, with the three regions each having as associated visual indicator and switch for enabling a user to select a spine zone. A user can enter text, using a keyboard, to be printed on spine zone when the visual indicator associated with the spine zone has been made active using the associated switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1999
    Assignee: Powis-Parker, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin P. Parker, Leo M. Fernekes, Stefan Rublowsky, Peter M. Maksymuk IV, Rebecca Chan
  • Patent number: 5873513
    Abstract: A folio is comprised of a sheet of flat, expansive panel stock having a backing region and a document retention region that is folded about a laterally-extending fold or folds against the backing region. The sheet is also folded longitudinally perpendicular to the laterally-extending fold in articulated fashion to define a plurality of panels or leaves. Specifically, the longitudinal folds form a pair of mutually-adjacent interior panels and a pair of side panels. A separate one of the side panels is joined to each of the interior panels by longitudinal side panel delineating folds. Each of the side panels has one bound edge and one unbound edge. The bound edges of the side panels are secured to each other, preferably by means of transition webs that are defined between the side panels and the interior panels. The folio may include a jacket within which the sheet of folded stock forming the interior panels and side panels is encompassed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1999
    Inventor: Bon S. Ong
  • Patent number: 5857706
    Abstract: A puzzle book having a front cover, a back cover, a plurality of pages disposed between the front and back covers, and a puzzle disposed on the exterior side of the front cover. The puzzle is composed of a plurality of interlocking puzzle pieces which are disposed in a cavity formed in the exterior side of the front cover. Each of the puzzle pieces has a portion of a printed image formed thereon and a plurality of interlocking portions. The cavity in which the puzzle pieces are disposed may have a shape defined by an internal perimeter of a border area, and the border area may have a plurality of interlocking portions which mate with the interlocking portions of the puzzle pieces to help hold the puzzle pieces within the cavity when the front cover of the puzzle book is opened. The puzzle book may also be provided with a single sheet of transparent material which covers at least a portion of the puzzle and which is removable from the front cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1999
    Assignee: R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company
    Inventor: Thomas P. McQueeny
  • Patent number: 5853259
    Abstract: A binder labeling assembly used with a report binder having sheets retained by binder posts for facilitating quick and easy identification of the report binder. The binder labeling assembly comprises a front cover having a cutout window, a cover label for the rear edge, and a tab label for the rear edge, to permit instant identification in situations such as the following: when the report binders are lying in it horizontal position, when the report binders are arranged in the upright position on the bookshelves, or when the report binders are stacked on top of each other in storage boxes or in mailing packages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1998
    Inventor: George E. Murray, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5850914
    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: November 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1998
    Assignee: Iomega Corporation
    Inventors: Robert S. Patterson, Brian R. Schick, Edward L. Rich
  • Patent number: 5799980
    Abstract: A bound assembly with posable projections projecting outwardly from a cover of the assembly for supporting the assembly in a selected position or for pointing to selected pages within the assembly. The projections include coverings shaped to resemble hands, feet, heads, or other appendages of people or animals to make the assemblies more attractive to youthful readers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1998
    Assignee: Indigo Corporation
    Inventor: Christine A. McAdam
  • Patent number: 5799978
    Abstract: An improved cover material for hard- and soft-book covers is disclosed. The material comprises a conventional substrate, such as paper, and a coating that comprises an acrylic binder, the binder having a Tg of -10.degree. to 10.degree. C., and a filler system, the filler system comprising (a) about 2.0% to about 7.0% of silica or a silicate; (b) about 28% to about 38% of calcined clay; (c) about 20% to about 27% of titanium dioxide; and (d) about 30% to about 45% of a white filler pigment. The filler system may additionally comprise 3% to 7% of a pigmentary polymeric particulate. The laminate may also additionally comprise a protective top coat coated over the layer of cover material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1998
    Assignee: Rexam DSI Incorporated
    Inventor: Gary Churchill Grinnell
  • Patent number: 5799979
    Abstract: A magazine cover is made with a perforated front cover which can be torn along the perforation to reveal the inside front cover while retaining the front cover on the magazine. This is accomplished efficiently by forming the front cover, inside front cover and back cover from a single sheet of material that is folded, perforated, and bound to the magazine pages to form the magazine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1998
    Assignee: Publishers Printing Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Theodore A. Hutton
  • Patent number: 5791690
    Abstract: A holder for soft-covered documents has first and second components that are both formed of sheetlike materials secured together. The first component forms one of a pair of document covers, either the front or the back cover, and a first attachment strip along an edge of that document cover. The first component also includes a flat, elongated document retaining strip that defines within its structure an elongated document slot. The slot receives some of the pages of a document therethrough such that some of the pages reside on one side of the document retaining strip while the remainder of the pages reside on the other side of the document retaining strip. The first component also includes a first elongated hinge that secures a first attachment strip of the first component to the document retaining strip. The second component forms the other cover and a second attachment strip that is delineated from the other cover by a second hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1998
    Inventor: Bon S. Ong
  • Patent number: 5785444
    Abstract: A fastener for binding documents having binding holes includes a fastening band and a back cover having binding holes. A layer of adhesive on one surface of the back cover is covered with a peel-off paper. The fastening band is inserted through the binding holes of the documents and the back cover. According to one embodiment, the fastening band includes a flat board part that holds the documents down and first and second clasp parts having engagement crenelations connected to both ends of the flat board part. The documents are securely bound by bending the first and second clasp parts to lock the engagement crenelations. Then, the peel-off paper is removed and the back cover is folded to conform to the documents and glued to the documents. According to another embodiment, the fastening band includes a flat board part having a narrow clasp part. The flat board part includes multiple spaced clamp holes. The clasp part is inserted into one of the clamp holes to bind the documents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1998
    Inventor: Toyoki Matsuura
  • Patent number: 5785445
    Abstract: A ring binder cover (4) is composed of a pair of thermoplastic sheets (20, 22) superimposed in edge-to-edge relation with a stiffener insert panel (23) disposed therebetween. The insert panel bears two parallel grooves (25, 27) which divide the insert into a spine zone (30) and two cover zones (24, 26). The material of the insert lying at the bottom of the grooves forms a pair of webs (32, 34) which, combined with the adjacent portions of the cover sheets, form hinges between the spine and each cover. The peripheral edge portions (40) of the two thermoplastic sheets are sealed together and provide a sealed envelope for the stiffener insert which defines semi-rigid back and front cover panels of the binder, hingedly connected to a rigid spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1998
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: Edward Podosek, Vytautas Kazimeras Beleckis
  • Patent number: 5779423
    Abstract: A soft cover, lay flat book in which a non-adherent, unreinforced coating of a volatile liquid carrier and powdered material is disposed over the glue along the backbone of the book block prior to the assembly of the cover, and the cover is adhered or otherwise secured to the book block only between the front and rear leaves and outer surface portions of the book block so that the backbone is movable independently of the spinal cover when the book is opened and closed.Alternately, the coating may be applied to the spinal portion of the cover and a laminate film affixed over the inner surface of the cover, again allowing independent movement of the backbone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1998
    Inventor: John F. Bermingham
  • Patent number: 5772247
    Abstract: A kit for creating artwork such as sand painting is provided having a front cover, a back cover, and an interposed spine. The spine spaces the front and back cover when folded into a book form. The back cover extends outwardly beyond the front cover when folded and has a container mounted thereon which retains a series of dispensers therein. A booklet is mounted to the inside of one of the covers and an envelope is mounted to the inside of the other cover. A plurality of drawing sheets are provided having a base and a cover sheet. The base has a layer of pressure sensitive adhesive which is removably covered by the cover sheet. The cover sheet has perforations to define a plurality of removable portions. Each dispenser has a plurality of small color particles of a pre-selected color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1998
    Assignee: International Book Marketing Ltd.
    Inventor: Christian Legrand
  • Patent number: 5765875
    Abstract: An identification system is provided for children traveling as a group under the guidance of a teacher. Each child carries an identification tag on a frangible length of bead chain. The tag has first identifying indicia such as an unduplicated number unique to that child and second identifying indicia providing information relating to the group. The name of each child and of the group containing the child is written on an information sheet held by the teacher. A support sheet has a front side with a plurality of pocket members, each defining a device compartment for removably receiving one of the identification tags and its chain and a rear side including a pouch member coextensive with all of the pocket members and defining an information cell therein. An identification sheet is received in the information cell has a plurality of information zones, each bearing the name and biographical information relating to a child.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1998
    Inventor: Clayton W. Rowley
  • Patent number: 5762375
    Abstract: A portfolio or desk folder is formed from a flexible leather or synthetic leather cover member forming front and back covers, two generally rectangular stiffening elements, an interior liner and a flap forming a pocket. The cover member, liner and flap are bonded and/or sewn together around the periphery of the portfolio to secure the stiffening members spaced apart from each other with a spine formed therebetween. A generally rectangular window is formed in the front cover and a fabric inlay is secured to the cover member around the periphery of the window. The inlay preferably includes a multi-color image formed thereon by transferring the image from an image source to a transfer sheet by way of a multi-color photocopier and transferring the image from the transfer sheet to the inlay prior to insertion of the inlay in the window. Portfolios with ornamental images of a wide variety may be fabricated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1998
    Assignee: Dart Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Randy A. Kogutt, Michael A. Kogutt
  • Patent number: 5752721
    Abstract: A dual paged printed material storing device (201) that is made up of several transparent sleeves (202). The sleeves are made of two sheets (212, 210) connected to create a bag-shaped cover that is closed on at least three edged portions. The sleeve (202) contains an insertion opening (216) for the insertion of printed material (214). The sleeves are folded in the center in order to create a folder or greeting card type structure as to accommodate a greeting card or other printed material of the like. The sleeves (202) may be permanently binded to a binder type cover (204). They may also be produced in a manner that allows them to be stored and easily removed from a ringed binder. Sleeves (202) for a ringed binder have a tab (222) across the back sheet (210) that contains holes (220).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1998
    Inventor: Andrea Balbas
  • Patent number: 5749666
    Abstract: An expanding file includes an upper cover, a bottom cover and a plurality of plates which are disposed between the upper cover and the bottom cover. A flexible connecting member connects each pair of adjacent upper cover plates and bottom cover. A fastener binder which has a base portion having two ends is fixedly attached to at least one of the upper cover and the bottom cover by way of ultrasonic welding. Deformable extension parts extend from each of the two ends of the base portion such that a document can be securely positioned in the expanding file by extending the two extension parts through holes defined in the document and then pressing the extension parts toward the document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 12, 1998
    Inventor: Chung Cheng Yu
  • Patent number: 5746637
    Abstract: A book particularly suitable and attractive to young children. Relatively stiff front and rear covers open and shut along a side spine to expose and cover a plurality of pages in a typical book fashion. The rear cover is formed of two cardboard or other relatively stiff layers or sheets. A plush toy configured to resemble an upper portion of a figure has a thin base sandwiched between the cardboard layers and adhered therein. Thereby the toy extends above the top edge of the rear cover. On the back of the rear cover is a design aligned and continuous with the toy and depicting a lower portion of the figure. The story written on the pages is about the figure and the figure is preferably illustrated on the front cover. For example, the figure can be a bear, the story can be "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," the figure upper portion can include the bear's head, chest and outstretched front legs (arms), and the rear cover design can be the bottom half of the bear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1998
    Assignee: The Hunt Group
    Inventor: Waldo Henley Hunt
  • Patent number: 5738460
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a portfolio type device employing sealed plastic sheet protectors fastened together in a ringed binder, and enclosed by a durable outer shell this shell may be made of a suitable material such as leather, vinyl or nylon canvas. When in the closed position, the present invention employs a zipper on three sides to secure the shell, thereby completely encasing the documents and providing protection from wind, rain and other elements. On the fourth side of the device is attached a handle to facilitate portability of said device. The plastic sheet protectors may be of varying sizes to accommodate oversized documents such as blueprints, photographs, business cards or other documents. The oversized sheet protectors may be folded over to fit within the present invention when it in the closed position, although not causing permanent folds or curling of the edges of the document.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1998
    Inventor: Dallas Edward Flynn
  • Patent number: 5732976
    Abstract: An academic material organizing folder for maintaining academic papers in an organized orientation. The inventive device includes a front cover and a rear cover pivotally mounted together. A plurality of storage pocket pages are mounted between the covers and each include one or more pockets which can store academic assignments. A schedule listing is printed inside the front cover, and the rear cover includes a note pad, a note card storage slot, pre-printed labels for labeling the pockets, and a diskette pocket for storing computer disks to allow organization of all academic materials for a particular class.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1998
    Inventor: William C. Snyder
  • Patent number: 5732977
    Abstract: A card filing device for filing a plurality of cards, which is inexpensive, easy to assemble, suited to mass production, exceptionally versatile, capable of being easily stored in storage cases or wallets, and easy to handle, having a simple and compact structure which allows the stored cards to be easily identified and allows the selected cards to be simply and quickly removed. The invention comprises a plurality of card cases B each having a card storage pocket 10 which can hold various types of cards, and a plurality of attachment leaves 4 to which respective card cases B are slidably attached. Each card case B is provided with a protruding tab portion 11 which is capable of being grasped and pulled by the fingers. In this manner, when a selected card case B is slid out with respect to the corresponding attachment leaf 4 of the holder A, then the selected card case B is made to protrude farther than the other card cases. This then allows the selected card to be easily removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1998
    Assignee: Tops Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Norio Kohana
  • Patent number: 5727816
    Abstract: A document cover of simple construction conceals and shields the fasteners that are customarily employed in binding a stack of pages of uniform size together along a binding margin. The document cover is formed of a plurality of panels including a broad top cover panel located atop the stack and residing in contact with the top sheet of the stack. The document cover also includes at least a narrow top concealment panel attached to either the top cover panel or the back panel by at least one spine fold. The top concealment panel extends from the binding edge of the stack of pages cross the binding margin of the stack. The document cover includes at least a single layer of adhesive secured to the stack so that the top concealment panel conceals the fasteners from view from the top of the stack of pages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1998
    Inventor: Bon S. Ong
  • Patent number: 5722783
    Abstract: A file folder is provided which includes a pair of foldable front and rear covers 4 and 5, a back cover 6 integrally located between and connected to them via hinge sections 7, and a binding fastener 3 fixedly attached on the inner face of the back cover. An engaging projection 8 is formed on the inner face of at least one of the front and rear covers 4 and 5 for abutting engagement with the binding fastener when the file folder is closed. With this arrangement, the file folder having a plurality of loose papers bound together along their longer edges by the fastener 3 can be kept standing with its back cover 6 positioned above and horizontally oriented without causing the back cover 6 and hinge sections 7 to be distorted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1998
    Assignee: Kokuyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takio Kiyomi
  • Patent number: 5716075
    Abstract: A device and method for the packaging and distribution of sample products to consumers along with a publication, whereby said product samples are enclosed within product sample holders and inserted into a rectangular tube made of transparent plastic material having at least one planar surface. The planar surface of the rectangular tube is then secured against the square binding of a magazine or publication by means of clear adhesive tape, thereby allowing the product samples to be distributed to magazine subscribers or at newsstands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 10, 1998
    Inventor: John R. Evert, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5713604
    Abstract: A binding structure for binding together sheets of paper having multiple openings along a margin thereof is provided. The structure includes a connector panel having multiple openings along a first connector panel edge. An elongated binding element extends adjacent and parallel to the margin of the sheets of paper and the first connector panel edge. The connector panel being 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, and a back panel. The one-piece report cover including a first hinge and a second hinge parallel to the first hinge, the first hinge and second hinge formed integral with the one piece cover and defining respectively pivotal connections between the front panel, the center spine panel, and the back panel. Adhesive strips attach a bottom side of the connector panel to a top side of the back panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1998
    Inventor: Thomas V. Ward, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5711627
    Abstract: A flexible spine binder with an open pocket extending the length of the spine and a stiff elongate member insertable into such pocket transforming the flexible spine into a stiff spine and also providing means for labelling the binder. The binder is made of film vinyl, polypropylene or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 27, 1998
    Inventor: David R. Chapman
  • Patent number: 5709409
    Abstract: This disclosure is directed to a spiral bound book having a permanent magnet incorporated in one of the covers and a complementary weight or magnet incorporated in the opposite cover. The arrangement is such that the spiral bound book is rendered readily displayable or used by magnetic attraction to a magnetically attractive surface whereby the weight or magnet in the opposite cover will cause the book to be displayed in an open position. The individual pages may also incorporate a permanent magnet whereby the respective pages can be maintained or disposed in any selectable open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 20, 1998
    Inventor: Peter H. Engel
  • Patent number: 5704646
    Abstract: An organizer cover comprises a front cover, a back cover, and a loose-leaf holder for holding loose leaves. The front cover and the back cover are of a sacklike construction and are capable of holding therein a mono-phase or two-phase liquid. Located between the front cover and the back cover is a connection portion to which the loose-leaf holder is fastened. The front cover and the back cover are made of transparent or translucent plastic skin. The mono-phase or two-phase liquid contained in the front cover and the back cover may further contain small solid pieces. Various patterns are brought about on the surfaces of the front cover and the back cover when the mono-phase or two-phase liquid flows about in the interiors of the front cover and the back cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1998
    Inventor: Hsu-Shan Tzeng
  • Patent number: 5702126
    Abstract: This disclosure is directed to a miniature book construction in which one of the book covers includes a permanent magnet whereby the book can be readily affixed to a magnetically attractive surface. The book construction includes a cover jacket formed of a foldable material in which the magnet forming an end cover is adhesively secured to the cover jacket opposite a rigid blank defining the other cover, the ends of the jacket being reversely folded over the ends of the respective covers, with the bound pages of the book secured between the opposed covers by adhesively securing the opposed end most pages to the inside of the adjacent covers. Alternate embodiments may include utilizing a permanent magnet in each of the respective covers whereby the poles of the magnet may be positioned to either attract or repel so that the book may be maintained in a normally closed or open position depending upon the relationship of the poles of the respective magnets included in the book covers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 30, 1997
    Inventor: Peter H. Engel
  • Patent number: 5692866
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for binding books wherein a stack of pages are collated and aligned together. This stack is covered, top and bottom, with end pages which now comprise the first and last pages of the stack. Each end page includes a self-adhesive or sticky-back surface that is temporarily covered with a protective sheet. This stack is inserted within a clasp that is subsequently crimped, thereby securely binding the stack together. The crimped stack is then placed within an outer case or covering whereupon the protective sheet is removed and adhesive is exposed and applied to the case in order to secure or bind the pages to the case. Final compression of the case insures proper adhesion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 2, 1997
    Inventor: John B. Hefty