Covers Patents (Class 281/29)
  • 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
  • Patent number: 5692849
    Abstract: A file folder improved in stiffness otherwise to fall down or deform when the S-binding file folder is placed in the E-type storage mode comprises a pair of foldable front and rear covers 4 and 5, a back cover 6 integrally located between and connected to them, and a binding fastener 3 fixedly attached on the inner face of the back cover 6 or the inner face of one of the foldable covers 4 and 5 near the back cover 6. A top wall section 8 and a tip wall section 9 are provided along the top and tip edges of one of the covers 4 and which detachably engage with the another cover 5.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 2, 1997
    Assignee: Kokuyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takio Kiyomi
  • Patent number: 5683112
    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: April 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 4, 1997
    Assignee: R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company
    Inventor: Thomas P. McQueeny
  • Patent number: 5683111
    Abstract: A binder system having a cover with interior and exterior front and back segments large enough to cover a plurality of pages with edges separated by a spine segment having a plurality of parallel scores defining substantially parallel spinal subsegments which bend and are secured to the edges of a plurality of papers with adhesive strips with removable covers to the spinal subsegments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 4, 1997
    Assignee: Image Bind, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Richard L. Bass, Louis Michael Trani
  • Patent number: 5674021
    Abstract: A cover for holding multiple pages containing transcribed oral testimony and exhibits mentioned in those transcript pages. The cover comprises front, center and back panels that are joined by means of hinges. The front panel is arranged to swing from a stored position overlying the center panel to an open position. The cover is also provided with an attachment device located between the front and center panels for securing the transcript pages therein. The attachment device enables a reader to swing multiple transcript pages from a position overlying the center panel to a position overlying the cover panel when the cover panel is in the open position. The back panel is arranged to swing from a stored position wherein the back panel is in overlying relationship with the center panel to an open position. The back panel also comprises a binding means secured thereto which is arranged for securing exhibits within the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 7, 1997
    Inventor: Maria Hutnick
  • Patent number: 5672022
    Abstract: Disclosed is a binder for loose-leaf notebook mainly including a hollow middle connector having two side axes and a label recess formed at a ridge portion thereof, two loose covers, two pivotal connectors having axis grooves and loose cover grooves to respectively engage with the side axes of the middle connector and two inner edges of two loose covers, two end insertions inserted into two end openings of the hollow middle connector, and two closing members disposed between the two loose covers. The binder can be easily produced and assembled to form a loose-leaf notebook while the loose covers thereof can be locked up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 30, 1997
    Inventor: Yu Chia Lin
  • Patent number: 5671950
    Abstract: A binding (B) for a plurality of sheets (10) has a front cover (12) attached to a rear cover (14) along a fold line (16). The front and rear covers (12 and 14) each have an interior and an exterior surface. A movable closure flap 26 is attached to the rear cover 14 joins the front and rear covers (12 and 14). A first retainer (34) attached to the front cover 12) and a second retainer (36) complementary thereto releasably secures the closure flap (26) to the front cover (12) in a closed position (32). A display jacket (38) has a front panel (40) connected to a rear panel (42). The front panel (40) has a passageway (46) through which the second retainer (36) releasably engages the first retainer (34). A front pocket (40) is formed with the interior side (20) of the front cover (12) and has an opening (50) facing a top edge (52) of the front cover (12) for receiving a flap (54) of the rear panel (42) of the display jacket (38).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 30, 1997
    Assignee: Ampad Corporation
    Inventor: Charles Hanson
  • Patent number: 5662447
    Abstract: A frontcover mountable with a photo for books is made of two layers of hard board, having an opening in an outer layer. A cover paper having an opening corresponding to the opening of the outer layer of the hard board is adhered on an outer surface of the outer layer, with one side unadhered to allow a photo inserted through a gap between the both to expose out of the opening. Its manufacturing method includes eight steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 2, 1997
    Assignee: Jiun Wey Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: B. H. Tsai
  • Patent number: 5660514
    Abstract: A flexible sheet having the back coated with a glue is formed into panels which are folded back on themselves with at least one layer being the back glued to itself by the coating. In one embodiment the glue is an energy responsive adhesive, and energy is applied to the folded sheet while it is on a cover, so that a cover having the cover liner with reinforced pocket is made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 26, 1997
    Assignee: Specialty Loose Leaf, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Bruce Wilson
  • Patent number: 5653471
    Abstract: A nested book assembly for a child is composed of a first book having a front cover, a back cover, and a plurality of pages attached between the two covers and a second book having a front cover, a back cover, and a plurality of pages attached between the two covers. The second book has a shape which substantially corresponds to the shape of a cavity formed in the front cover of the first book so that the second book may be frictionally retained within the cavity. The nested book assembly may include one or more puzzle pieces which are frictionally retained within one or more cavities formed in one or more of the books, the overall shape of each of the puzzle pieces substantially corresponding to the shape of a respective one of the cavities in which the puzzle pieces may be frictionally retained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 5, 1997
    Assignee: R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company
    Inventor: Annalee Koehn
  • Patent number: 5653333
    Abstract: A portable container and display stand particularly useful for music educational purposes comprising a plurality of hingedly connected panels made from a single sheet of rigid, lightweight material having a plurality of transverse fold lines. One of the panels is fixed in a folded position and attached to the base panel. Light weight borders form an enclosed container area when the various panels are folded, thereby providing a relatively small, lightweight and portable container for transporting and storing papers or other written materials, such as books, magazines or sheet music. Unfolding the various panels to place the device in a display stand mode is a simple process involving easy manipulation of the top two panels. When unfolded, the device forms a display stand for displaying written material in an easily viewable position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 5, 1997
    Inventor: John R. Webster
  • Patent number: 5651628
    Abstract: Disclosed is (1) a method of manufacturing a binder product, (2) an apparatus for use in operations for manufacturing binder products, (3) an improved binder which utilizes a rigid and arcuate spine board, and (4) an improved binder product with lid boards which are of a size in the range of industry standard sizes, but which are capable of fully enclosing tabbed document archiving office products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 29, 1997
    Assignee: Samsill Corporation
    Inventors: James Robert Bankes, Robert Lee Montgomery
  • Patent number: 5649799
    Abstract: An apparatus for securing a binder to the spine of a cover with rivets. A pair of rivet supports holding two rivets in a support position over a pair of anvils is movable between release and support positions with a biasing spring returning the rivet support to the release position. A drive shaft moves the pair of rivets in a downward vertical direction terminating in a downward stroke so as to drive the plain ends of the rivets through the cover spine and the binder. Drive linkage connected to a horizontal rotatable drive bar activated by a lever activates the drive shafts to a limited lowered position and a raised position. The anvils receive the plain ends of the rivets and make the plain ends of the rivets into second heads upon termination of the downward stroke of the drive shafts whereby the rivets secure the binder and the cover spine. Keepers prevent lateral and transverse movement of the binder and and cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 22, 1997
    Assignee: C-Lock, Inc.
    Inventors: Theo A. Constantine, Fred W. Berg
  • Patent number: 5634667
    Abstract: A book like album having a front cover with a hologram, photograph, painting or drawing placed thereon which will have a special meaning to the person who owns it. When opened one side of the inside of the album has a specific portion for poetry, memoir cards, a fragrance pouch, a pocket for the memoir cards and a section to display the union of fingerprints superimposed one over another in a specific shape made possible by stencil superimposition. The other portion of the inside has a section for holding art works, a picture, painting or a hologram. Also included inside the album are "Forever Treasure" removable cards about the size of credit cards, personalized with poetry. The album also has a pocket to secure these cards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 3, 1997
    Inventor: Aurellius M. Jordan
  • Patent number: 5634666
    Abstract: A binder with cover spacer which restrains the covers of a binder in a near-parallel relationship to enable the binder to be stored in a stacked or shelved manner. The binder of the invention is comprised of a back portion, or spine, which determines the width of the closed binder, and generally two covers hingedly attached to the spine. The cover spacer of the invention comprises a first base portion affixed to one of the covers of the binder near the distal, or outer, edge of the cover. A stand-off element is hingedly attached to the first base portion, such that the stand-off element is moveable from a position approximately parallel to the cover, essentially laying flat against the cover, to a position approximately perpendicular to the cover. A second base portion is affixed to the other cover in a position generally opposite to the first base portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 3, 1997
    Inventor: Dong H. Lee
  • Patent number: 5626368
    Abstract: A file folder system including a file folder comprising a first and second folder member, foldably connected in a manner to create a storage space for paper records and the like between the first and second folder members; and a labeling tab extending from a perimeter edge one of the first and second folder members having an ink receiving surface disposed on an area thereof that will receive a quantity of ink thereon in a semi-permanent fashion and which ink is removable by wiping the ink receiving surface. The labeling tab may further include a flexible, transparent cover member that is normally disposed over the ink receiving surface to prevent inadvertent erasure of the labeling surface. The system may also include a conventional erasable ink pen. The erasable ink pen is preferably fitted with an eraser tip constructed or other suitable erasing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 6, 1997
    Inventor: Jeffrey H. St. Romain
  • Patent number: 5622386
    Abstract: A binder apparatus including a replaceable outer cover. The outer cover is formed of a completely recyclable material such as paperboard to allow it to be recycled after it has been removed from the ring binder mechanism. The spine of the outer cover is releasably connected to a ring binder mechanism having hinged rings for holding papers and the like by a removable rivet assembly inserted through corresponding apertures in the spine and the ring binder mechanism. The removable rivet assembly includes a sleeve having a plurality of arms, and a pin having a shaft and a head. The shaft of the pin is inserted into the sleeve and holds the arms on the sleeve outward against the ring binder mechanism, thus securing the spine of the outer cover to the ring binder mechanism. The rivet assembly is inserted into the corresponding apertures in the spine and ring binder mechanism such that, when the rivet assembly is in place, the head of the pin contacts the spine of the outer cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 22, 1997
    Assignee: Rock-Tenn Company
    Inventor: Roy Young
  • Patent number: 5620207
    Abstract: A ring binder cover (4) is composed of a pair of themoplastic 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 flexible strips (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. The insert can be provided with insert notches (370, 470, 570) at each end of each flexible strip to reduce outward protuberance of the peripheral edge at the hinge ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 15, 1997
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: Edward Podosek, Vytautas K. Beleckis
  • Patent number: 5618061
    Abstract: This folder (10) includes covered pocket portions (12, 14) connected by a spine (16) and each separately reinforced. The reinforcing for one portion (12) includes a slide-stiffener assembly (20) and the reinforcing for the other portion includes at least one stiffener (160, 260) separated from the slide-stiffener assembly (20). The slide-stiffener assembly (20) includes a base unit (22) housing a sliding extension member (40) which can be extended to bridge the spine (16) to hold the two pocket portions (12, 14) in an open position and provide a rigid writing surface and retracted to permit the folder (10) to be folded for storage by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 8, 1997
    Assignee: American Trading and Production Corporation
    Inventor: Douglas Ritterling
  • Patent number: 5611573
    Abstract: A retractor (50), for a binder (20) having two covers (22, 24) foldably connected by a spine (26) and selectively closable by a split gusset (28) carrying a slide fastener (34) and having an extending portion (36), includes an elastic member (52) having one end (54) connected to the extending portion and the opposite end (56) fixedly positioned along the spine. As the covers are closed, the extending portion is drawn inwardly along the spine, and as the covers are opened the extending portion moves stretchably outwardly along the spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 18, 1997
    Inventors: Frederick B. Lobel, Alexander Dolmatsky
  • Patent number: 5607246
    Abstract: A ring binder which is easy to grasp at the spine and is capable of accommodating a great number of loose-leaf sheet. According to one embodiment, such a ring binder comprises a stiffener assembly, the stiffener assembly having an interior surface and an exterior surface and comprising a front cover stiffener panel, a rear cover stiffener panel and a flexible backing. The front and rear cover stiffener panels are spaced apart from one another and are interconnected by the flexible backing, the stiffener assembly being devoid of any stiffeners disposed between the front and rear cover stiffener panels. An interior surface sheet, preferably of canvas material, is secured to the interior surface of the stiffener assembly, and an exterior surface sheet, preferably of canvas material, is secured to the exterior surface of the stiffener assembly. A ring assembly is secured to the rear cover stiffener panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 4, 1997
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventor: Edward Podosek
  • Patent number: 5603528
    Abstract: A photo album includes rigid front and rear cover pages, a plurality of picture holding sheets sandwiched between the front and rear cover pages, and a binder for hinging together connecting edge portions of the front and rear cover pages and the picture holding sheets. At least one male fastener is secured on an outer surface of one of the front and rear cover pages adjacent to the connecting edge portion, while at least one female fastener is secured on an outer surface of the other one of the front and rear cover pages adjacent to the connecting edge portion for engaging releasably a corresponding male fastener when the front cover page is turned so as to be disposed adjacent to the rear cover page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 18, 1997
    Inventor: Cheng-Sung Chen
  • Patent number: 5601312
    Abstract: This invention comprises a two-piece cover for binding a plurality of sheets into a booklet or brochure. The front cover panel is adapted to having printed material applied to one side by use of a standard photocopy or offset printing equipment. After application of the printed design on the front cover panel, the booklet is assembled by securing the front cover panel to the rear cover panel. The front cover panel is secured to the edge of a stack of sheets by securing means or staples. The rear cover panel contains a flap portion situated along a longitudinal side edge which is delineated from the remaining rectangular portion of the rear cover panel by two hinge-forming scorelines. The distance between the two scorelines is slightly greater than the height of the stack of sheets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1997
    Assignee: Pengad, Inc.
    Inventor: James D. Funkhouser
  • Patent number: 5590909
    Abstract: A file cover restraining device includes a strut-like restraining member for bridging the inside surfaces of the file cover members and constructed from first and second elongate strut members interconnected for relative longitudinal sliding movement thereby to adjust a length of the restraining member to match the separation of the cover members and retained in a selected position by manually operable latches. The first strut member has a hook on an end thereof remote from the second strut member, a first cover mounting portion being pivotally connected to an end of the second strut member remote from the first strut member and having adhesive for attachment to an inside surface of one cover member and, a second cover mounting portion has adhesive for attachment to an inside surface of the other cover member and is formed with an eye. The hook and eye are releasably engaged by pivotal movement of the restraining member toward the spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 7, 1997
    Assignee: Fikre Ayele
    Inventors: Joseph Urban, Richard Roig, Fikre Ayele
  • Patent number: 5580097
    Abstract: A cover comprising a spine (3), a strip of binding agent (4) connected to the spine, and two cover sides 1, 2) which are connected with the spine by means of a first pair of creasing lines (5, 6) extending parallel to the strip, the cover sides also being provided with a second pair of of creasing lines (7, 8) extending parallel to the strip, which creasing lines are at at short distance from the first pair and along which the cover sides are folded on opening and closing of the booklet, a sheaf of papers (20) being intended to be inserted into the cover with one side edge of the same in contact with the strip, such that on melting and subsequent cooling of the strip, the sheaf of papers will be connected to the spine to form a finished booklet. The second pair of creasing lines are deformed in such a way that when the cover sides of the cover are essentially parallel, the two portions (9, 10) between the two pairs of creasing lines exert an inwardly directed pressure against the not yet melted strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 3, 1996
    Assignee: Bindomatic AB
    Inventors: Urpo Latvakangas, Jan Sabelstrom
  • Patent number: 5577918
    Abstract: By providing integrated circuit constructed for recording, retaining, and delivering an audible message upon demand and securely retaining the circuit means in a housing, a unique, multi-purpose, audible message delivery system is attained for use either independently or in cooperative relationship with a plurality of alternate products. In the preferred embodiment, the integrated circuit is constructed to provide ease of message re-recording upon demand. In this way, any desired message can be substituted for an existing message whenever desired. As a result, repeated use of the audible message delivery system is realized, with the system being used independently or in association with other products, such as picture flames, medicine packages, folders, notebooks, etc. In this way, specific messages can be easily transmitted between individuals in a manner previously unattainable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 26, 1996
    Inventor: Christopher S. Crowell
  • Patent number: 5575505
    Abstract: A thin pamphlet or book cover, with a flat spine portion in a `T` configuration that is made from a single sheet of material folded four times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1996
    Inventor: Donald Y. Bridges
  • Patent number: 5575503
    Abstract: A filing tool (1) for filing one or more sheets 6 provided with a magnetically attractable area (7) on a side end or periphery of the sheet is composed of a two-folded cover member (2) having a back (2a), an electromagnet (3) situated along the back (2a), an and an ON-OFF switch (5) for changing "ON" to "OFF" or "OFF" to "ON" for flowing a current to the electromagnet (3). Thereby, the sheet can be readily attracted by the cover member and can be readily detached therefrom by operating the ON-OFF switch. Further, even an intermediate sheet can be easily picked up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1996
    Assignees: Masakatsu Takahashi, Toki Takahashi, Ryutaro Takahashi, Megumi Hashimoto, Chizuko Yamada, Kentaro Takahashi
    Inventor: Masakatsu Takahashi
  • Patent number: 5575504
    Abstract: A file folder which remains neatly open and neatly closed is comprised of a front, a back cover and a spine made in one piece and connected along two folds, and a groove milled along at least one of these folds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1996
    Inventor: Konrad Wagner
  • Patent number: 5562309
    Abstract: The present invention is a folder, particularly adapted for containing and viewing photographic prints or the like. The folder includes a front cover and a rear cover foldably connected to the front cover at a spine or binding area. The folder includes a selectively releasable closure and an adhesive binding region for removably securing the contents in the folder. The invention also encompasses a flat blank for forming the folder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1996
    Assignee: Waldorf Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas J. Brink, Jack B. Keable
  • Patent number: 5556134
    Abstract: A cover for a dust jacket that protects a bookcover is provided with a substantially clear film which has spaced apart longitudinal edges, with an exterior surface opposite an interior surface, a plurality of paper strips with an exterior side and an adhesion side which has a pressure sensitive adhesive disposed thereon, the adhesion side having a film edge complementary with a strip edge, the film edge is bonded to the exterior surface of the longitudinal edge of the film, and a release material correspondingly disposed on the strip edges. The present invention also includes a method for affixing the cover to a dust jacket that protects a bookcover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1996
    Assignee: Kent Adhesive Products Co.
    Inventor: Charles J. Barnette
  • Patent number: 5553959
    Abstract: A notebook system wherein a stack of sheets is bound together using a plurality of disk fastening members insertable into openings of the stack of sheets to retain the sheets in the stack. The disk members have a substantially flat disk-like central surface portion and an enlarged continuous rim portion which extends around the periphery of the central surface portion of the disks. The rim portion extends outwardly in a direction perpendicular to the flat central portions of the disks, and the central surface portion has a radius which is larger than the thickness of a stack of sheets to be bound thereby. Covers for the notebook comprise a front cover and a rear cover which are arranged to have a stack of sheets therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 10, 1996
    Inventors: Jacobo Feldman, Shirley Czukerberg
  • Patent number: 5540462
    Abstract: By a cover device (6, 30) for subsequent mounting on paperbacks (2) for instance telephone books, and comprising a first cover part (8, 32) being adapted to be permanently secured by gluing along a longitudinal edge of a cover side member of the paperback (2), a connecting part (10, 36) adapted to stretch across an open side (20) of the paperback (2) opposite the back thereof, and a second cover part (12, 40) adapted to be releasably connected to a second cover side member of the paperback (2), said second cover part (12, 40) in a distance from said connecting part (10, 36) being provided with connecting means (24, 42) for effecting said releasably connection of the second cover part (12, 40) to said second cover side member of the paperback (2), that said cover device (6, 30) being manufactured from deformation-resistant material being capable of taking up or transmitting shearing forces, as said cover device being adapted to stretch across a lowermost section of said open side (20) of the paperback (2) and
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 30, 1996
    Inventors: Helle Laursdahl, Nis Oellgaard
  • Patent number: 5529418
    Abstract: In order to personalize a product of the planning calendar/appointment book type, a binder is disclosed having a flexible cover with top, bottom, and a pair of opposed side edges in a flat, unfolded position. The cover has a plurality of pairs of holes disposed along at least one, and preferably a pair, of hole-locating axes extending generally between the top and bottom edges in parallel relation to one another. The hole-locating axes are disposed generally to one side of and parallel to a cover bisecting axis but nearer the cover bisecting axis than a nearest one of the opposed side edges of the cover. The binder kit also includes a plurality of separate binding components, a flexible cord, and a button-like fastener. The binding components may comprise rings each of which is adapted to be associated with one of the pairs of holes in the cover for binding an insert to the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 25, 1996
    Inventor: Sylvia R. Alotta
  • Patent number: 5527069
    Abstract: A tray having a peripheral ridge that defines a tray opening for receiving articles. A tray lid having a first portion that forms a flat working surface and a second portion in sliding engagement with the tray between a closed position wherein the tray lid covers the tray opening and an extended position wherein the tray lid is adjacent the tray opening with the tray opening uncovered. The tray lid further includes a support ridge projecting below the flat working surface to support the flat working surface in a substantially level orientation when the tray lid is in the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 18, 1996
    Assignee: Day Runner, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald M. Bianco
  • Patent number: 5511825
    Abstract: A file comprises a rectangular cover having a front wing, a rear wing, and a spine between the wings. A lever arch mechanism is secured to the rear wing close to the spine to receive and retain thereon punched paper sheets. The side edges of the spine are inclined to the lower edge of the spine at a small angle. The file is extremely stable when standing on its lower edges. Another file has the cover in the form of a parallelogram with the side edges of the wings and spine parallel and inclined at a small angle to the top and bottom edges. A third file has its wings of rectangular shape with the lower edge of the spine inclined relative to the side edges of the spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 30, 1996
    Inventor: Rudolf E. Van De Pol
  • Patent number: 5501490
    Abstract: An album including a rectangular case consisting of a rectangular bottom shell and a rectangular cover shell pivoted to one side of the rectangular bottom shell, a stack of pocket-designed blank pages received inside the rectangular case for holding pictures, and a binding plate having a plurality of upright retainer rods spaced at one side and respectively inserted through respective binding holes in the middle of the stack of pocket-designed blank pages and then fitted into respective binding holes on an upright wall of the cover shell to hold down the stack of pocket-designed blank pages in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 26, 1996
    Inventor: Yung-Hung Lo
  • Patent number: 5499846
    Abstract: A hardcover for reinforcing the binding end cover of a periodical. The inventive device includes a front cover envelope for receiving the front cover of the periodical, and a rear cover envelope for receiving the rear cover of the periodical. The front and rear cover envelopes include overlapping binding panels which can be adhesively secured to the binding of the periodical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 19, 1996
    Inventor: Jason L. Phillip
  • Patent number: 5499847
    Abstract: A hardback book comprises a plurality of leaves connected together at the rear of the book so as to form a spine, and two rigid or semi-rigid cover boards covering the front and back leaves respectively. Each cover board projects rearwardly beyond the spine of the book when the book is closed and, preferably, beyond the edge of the spine by a distance which is approximately half the distance between the two longitudinal edges of the spine when the book is fully opened at its center on a flat surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 19, 1996
    Inventor: Charles P. Smith
  • Patent number: 5494366
    Abstract: An organizer notebook having front and rear covers hingedly secured to one another. The inner face of one of the covers has pockets for receipt and retention of personal items such as pens, pencils and the like. The inner surface of the other cover has document retention means in the form of a pair of opposed flaps foldably secured to the cover beneath which papers and other documents can be placed in an organized manner. The flaps are securable to one another by a closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 27, 1996
    Inventors: Herbert C. Pell, Eugenia S. D. Pell
  • Patent number: 5489120
    Abstract: A discount coupon organizer for storing and displaying discount coupons redeemable at grocery stores including a breakback notebook having a back and two (2) sides and configured when in an open condition to fit within the child's seat of a grocery shopping cart. A multi-ring structure is mounted to the notebook and a plurality of plastic sheets are supported on the ring structure. Each of the plastic sheets is provided on both sides with a plurality of clear plastic pockets for receiving and viewing discount coupons. The binder sides and back are divided into upper and lower portions which are at least partially foldable upon each other. The ring structure is secured only to the upper portion of the back and a strap is connected to a lower portion of the ring structure and to the lower portion of the binder to limit the movement between the upper and lower portions of the binder and thus to provide structure for enabling the binder to be self-supporting on a level surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 6, 1996
    Inventor: Bettie A. Thornsburg
  • Patent number: 5472364
    Abstract: A puppet toy which can be transformed from a book to a puppet and vice versa is disclosed. The puppet toy comprises a cover having a pocket therein. A number of pages are connected to the cover, such that in one form the puppet toy is a book. A number of puppet features are located on the inside surface of the pocket of the cover. The puppet toy is turned inside-out to transform the book into a puppet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 5, 1995
    Inventor: Virginia Castleman
  • Patent number: 5470109
    Abstract: An adjustable book jacket for covering 100% of the external surface area of book covers in a wide range of book sizes is disclosed. A LYCRA-spandex fabric is cut in a unique diamond shaped pattern which eliminates waste fabric during production, and assures that the differential X and Y axis stretch characteristics of the fabric are properly located on the book jacket. Books of various size are neatly and snugly covered without visible seams, including the external spine portion of the book cover which is secured by the unique spine corner locking mechanism inherent in the combination of the diamond shaped pattern and the two way differential stretch nature of the fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 28, 1995
    Inventor: Dennis Grande
  • Patent number: 5447333
    Abstract: A customized insert sheet is laminated by heat and pressure between a plastic cover sheet and a major portion of a folder sheet. A heat activatable adhesive strip may thereafter be applied to an adhesive strip receiving channel adjacent a side edge of the plastic cover sheet, and edge portions of a stack of sheets may then be affixed to the adhesive strip receiving channel by heating the adhesive strip. The cover sheet is affixed to a side edge portion of the folder sheet to reduce wrinkling of the cover sheet upon lamination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 5, 1995
    Assignee: Avant, Incorporated
    Inventors: Roger J. Kuhns, Chris E. Isbell, Robert L. Nathans
  • Patent number: 5445468
    Abstract: This invention relates to a kit for assembly into a portfolio folder. The kit includes a separate first panel comprising a first rectangular sheet having a first elongate spline portion along a first side edge thereof delineated, from a remaining first rectangular portion of the first panel, by a hinge-forming scoreline parallel to the first side edge. The first spline portion has a longitudinally spaced plurality of first openings. The kit includes a like separate second panel comprising a second rectangular sheet having a second elongate spline portion along a second side edge thereof delineated, from a remaining second rectangular portion of the second panel, by a hinge-forming scoreline parallel to the second side edge. The second spline portion has a longitudinally spaced plurality of second openings. Elongate inner binding means are provided for retaining one side edge of bound sheet material in an assembled portfolio between the first and second panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1995
    Inventor: Peter L. Pacione
  • Patent number: 5441357
    Abstract: A case made ring binder for holding a plurality of loose-leaf papers or the like and a method of fabricating the same. In one embodiment, the case made ring binder comprises three rectangular, spaced apart, stiffener panels arranged as a front cover panel, a rear cover panel and a spine panel, respectively. An oversized, rectangular cover sheet is affixed to the outside surfaces of the three stiffener panels using a dry, heat-actuable adhesive, and the four marginal edges of the cover sheet are turned over the corresponding edges of the three stiffener panels. A wet glue is then used to affix the inturned edges overlying the front and rear cover panels to the inside surfaces thereof. A flat backplate having means for mounting a conventional ring mechanism is then affixed to the inside surface of the spine panel using a dry, heat-actuable adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 15, 1995
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventor: Robert B. Wilson
  • Patent number: 5435598
    Abstract: A portfolio is formed from a blank of relatively rigid sheet material that includes front and rear covers hingedly connected for enclosing a multiple-page document. A document securement flap extends as an integrally formed member from the top edge of the rear cover. The document securement flap includes multiple panels defined by parallel fold lines. Folding of the panels about the fold lines creates a pocket for receiving and securing the upper marginal edge of the multiple-page document, and creates a structure that permits the document so secured to pivot about the fold line at which the document securement flap joins the rear cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 25, 1995
    Inventor: Robert T. Robinson
  • Patent number: 5427413
    Abstract: An information pad for checkbooks including a cover of a flexible foldable plasticized material, a plurality of sheets affixed together along a common edge, a backing layer affixed to the plurality of sheets and having a front side and a back side, and a hinge member affixed to the backing layer and extending outwardly beyond the common edge of the plurality of sheets. The hinge member is adhesively affixed to the cover. The cover is a checkbook cover. The hinge member has an adhesive strip extending thereacross for engaging the cover. The hinge member is affixed to the back side of the backing layer. The frontal surface of the hinge member has a display area formed thereon for the display of advertising indicia. The hinge member has a length corresponding to an edge length of the backing layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 27, 1995
    Inventor: Paul G. Garza
  • Patent number: 5411293
    Abstract: This ring binder (10) includes a first cover (12) and a second cover (14) interconnected by a ring element (16). The first cover (12) is divided into mirror image sections (24) each having a pocket (30) on at least one face (20). The second cover (14) is also divided into mirror-image sections (44) each having a pocket (50) on at least one face (42).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 2, 1995
    Assignee: American Trading and Production Corporation
    Inventor: Debra Monzyk
  • Patent number: 5409340
    Abstract: Spine strip stock material, being withdrawn from a supply reel, is cut into pieces of the desired length and the pieces are subsequently fed into positionally accurate contact with cover boards which are moving on a conveying system. High cutting and feeding accuracy are achieved by a servomotor control system which, in response to sensing the motion of the cover boards, stops the infeed of the stock material, clamps and cuts the stationary stock material, feeds the cut spine strip pieces to a waiting position and then moves the pieces from the waiting position into contact with the cover boards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 25, 1995
    Assignee: Kolbus GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Holger Engert