Personal Patents (Class 283/75)
  • Patent number: 6142532
    Abstract: There is disclosed herein a memorabilia card in the form of a substrate having an image surface and wherein the image surface typically includes an action image of a famous figure. An example is a baseball batter in the act of batting a ball. There further is provided a miniature replica of an item used by the personality at a memorable event and which replica item is made from an item used by the personality at the memorable event. An example is a miniature bat adhered to the image surface in the position where an image of the bat normally would appear, and which is made from the bat used by the personality at a memorable event, such as a particular home run. The card further preferably includes the name of the personality and a certification of the authenticity of the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Assignee: LNCJ Limited
    Inventor: Adrian Gluck
  • Patent number: 6142531
    Abstract: A foldable card for providing information to a user including a backing sheet, a printable sheet and an adhesive material on one side of the printable sheet releasably securing the backing and printable sheets together. The printable sheet includes first and second sections having substantially similar dimensions connected together at a fold line. Information is printable on a side of the first and second sections opposite the adhesive material during a single pass through a printer. When the printable sheet is removed the backing sheet and folded along the fold line, the adhesive material on the first and second sections secures the first and second sections together allowing the information printed on both the first and second section to be viewable. The foldable card may be produced in any shape such as a post card or I.D. tag. When used as an I.D. tag the first section may include a window through which an item between the first and second sections is viewable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Inventor: C Whit Harris, II
  • Patent number: 6144304
    Abstract: A parent-infant identification system includes a matched set of three bracelets each bearing matching visual indicia and an electronically readable data button and a data button reading apparatus. Two of the three bracelets are sized to fit adult wrists and the third bracelet is sized to fit an infant wrist or ankle. The matching visual indicia preferably includes a color code. The data buttons each contain electronically readable data which allows the data buttons to be identified with the data button reader. The data button reading apparatus includes an audible signal apparatus for signalling whether or not the data buttons match, and recording apparatus for recording the results of button readings. According to a presently preferred embodiment of the invention, the electronically readable data in each data button includes data which identifies whether the button is attached to a parent bracelet or an infant bracelet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Inventor: Nicholas J. Webb
  • Patent number: 6126204
    Abstract: The apparatus for implementing a living will according to the applicant's method, includes a first indicator for wearing by a testator so as to adorn the testator in a readily visible fashion, and wherein the first indicator clearly indicates and communicates by a notice the existence of a living will belonging to the testator and directs a medical attendant to a second indicator carried by the testator in a portable fixed form, for example, fixed in written form on a concealable portable member such as a planar member, for example, a flexible card or the like, for indicating on a surface thereon at least the instructive terms of the living will, wherein the second indicator in the preferred embodiment may indicate the presence and location of an original living will executed by the testator in the event that the second indicator is not the original living will executed by the testator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Inventor: William W. Arkinstall
  • Patent number: 6116654
    Abstract: The invention relates to a registration form (1) for the registration of one or more particulars of a person or an object and of an identification means of that person or object, and for coupling the particulars and the identification mark to a registration means, to the registration mark. The form (1) comprises, at least for a part, an interacting upper part and under part which are detachable and reattachable to each other and between which upper part and under part the identification means can be visibly incorporated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2000
    Assignee: Good Sports BV
    Inventor: Jan Arie Frederik Grootveld
  • Patent number: 6095567
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a key locator (10) having a tag (12). A key attachment means (14) is securely attached to the tag (12) and at least one key (16) is securely attached to the key attachment means (14). At least one set of instructions (18) are inscribed on the tag (12). The tag (12) includes a mailing address (20) having mailing address postage indicia (20A) inscribed on the tag (12). A microchip (22) which comprises an user's personal identifier therein embedded with the tag (12). A bar code (24) which comprises an user's personal identifier therein inscribed on the tag (12), along with a magnetic strip (26) which also has an user's personal identifier therein recorded. A method is included describing the method to record the user's personal identifier onto the tag (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Inventor: Robert Buell
  • Patent number: 6095566
    Abstract: An image recording system superimposes, on an original image, an additional image which is same as at least any one of visible characters, symbols and numerals recorded on a recorded product and records the superimposed image on the recorded product as an image for certification. The additional image superimpose-recorded on the recorded product cannot visually be recognized and it is permitted to be visible when a universal optical filter is used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Naofumi Yamamoto, Hidekazu Sekizawa, Haruko Kawakami, Kazuhiko Higuchi
  • Patent number: 6092843
    Abstract: A license plate decal is provided on a folded (e.g. Z-folded) business form which acts as a carrier for the decal. A cut out is formed in a panel of the mailer and a patch (such as a glassine patch) is adhesively secured at a peripheral portion to the mailer panel and a release coating is provided on at least a significant part of the central portion of the patch. The decal adhesive engages the release coating so that the decal and its associated pressure sensitive adhesive may be readily removed from the patch. The patch may be secured to the paper on either face thereof; if secured at the bottom face, the patch and decal can flex into the cutout to provide a minimum thickness when in a stack of mailer intermediates. Where the patch is secured at its top face, the maximum thickness of the patch and decal combination is preferably about 0.008 inches, which is significantly less than the thickness at the decal in prior art carriers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2000
    Assignee: Moore U.S.A., Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne Charles Peterson, Mark S. Casper, Jimmie A. Harrod
  • Patent number: 6086702
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for personalizing a beverage container utilizes a field labels which are removably mounted on the container. A portion of the labels are removed from the container, are organized in a desired sequence, and are remounted at a new location on the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Assignee: Reaperot Ltd. Inc.
    Inventor: Donald J. Rea
  • Patent number: 6082774
    Abstract: Collector-targeted memorabilia articles, and a a method of producing collector-targeted memorabilia articles by affixing one or more integral collectible attractiveness attributes to each selected base article. Items selectable for use as base articles are, for example, sports-related items, non-collector-targeted utilitarian items, pre-existing memorabilia items, items intentionally manufactured for use as base articles, and like items. Each memorabilia article is a unified body of tangible material comprising a base article and a a requisite integral collectible attractiveness attribute affixed to the base article in the form of a genuine fingerprint of a preferred personality, a genuine autograph of a preferred personality, or a facsimile fingerprint of a preferred personality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Inventor: Frederick C. Schlauch
  • Patent number: 6067739
    Abstract: A multi-layer, multi-web, laser printable, page-sized form with an identification band blank comprises a multi-layered web die cut with a first paper label portion for receiving a printed image and an adhesive backed transparent film layer approximately twice the width of the paper layer so that upon separation from a carrier, the transparent film may be folded over and completely encapsulate the paper layer to moisture proof it and protect it. The transparent film layer includes a pair of adhesive backed tabs at the ends to facilitate its attachment about a patient's wrist or ankle. The band blank web is joined to a second multi-layer web with an overlapping glued joint, the second multi-layer web having a plurality of adhesive backed labels die cut into it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2000
    Inventor: James M. Riley
  • Patent number: 6064307
    Abstract: A method for relating information about an article to a finder of that object, person, or animal including providing an identification device proximate the article. Providing the identification device with a telephone number, code, and instruction for a finder of the article to call the telephone number. Using the telephone number to link the finder to a clearing house. The clearing house prompt the finder to enter the code. Using the code, the clearing house accesses information about the article and forwards the call to the proper recipient of the call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Assignee: John P. Herres, Jr.
    Inventor: Ronald B. Silver
  • Patent number: 6040883
    Abstract: A programmable hologram generator comprises a layered structure of a pixelated VLSI chip, a reflective ferroelectric liquid crystal that is physically disposed on the VLSI chip, and a photorefractive crystal that is physically disposed on the liquid crystal. The VLSI chip is controlled by a computer wherein holograms are digitally stored. The reflective state of the individual pixel areas of the liquid crystal are controlled or selected by this computer control of the VLSI chip. A desired hologram is written into the photorefractive crystal by a reference beam that illuminates the photorefractive crystal, and by an illumination beam that is reflected from the selected pixels of the liquid crystal and thereafter interferes with the reference beam. The hologram that is written into the photorefractive crystal is a function of the control of the reflective state of the pixels of the liquid crystal, as this reflective state is in turn controlled by the pixels of the VLSI chip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2000
    Assignee: University Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Kristina M. Johnson, Chong Chang Mao
  • Patent number: 6037028
    Abstract: A prelaminate has a plurality of layers intended for collective insertion in a mutually fixed spatial relation into the pinch between optionally heated, co-acting pressure rollers. The prelaminate includes a carrier layer, a first glue layer arranged thereon and adhered thereto, a cover foil, for instance of transparent material, such as PET, PVC or the like, and a second glue layer arranged thereon and adhered thereto. The two glue layers are directed toward each other. The layer have straight leading edges which are positioned above each other and are held in this registered position by a registering device. A rejecting device is used to prevent mutual adhesion between the two glue layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2000
    Assignee: Sallmetall B.V.
    Inventor: Johannes Antonius Maria Reinders
  • Patent number: 6030001
    Abstract: A method for deterring forgeries and authenticating signatures placed on any document or other object (collectively "Item") is disclosed. A first two dimensional bar code or forgery-proof diffraction grating pattern or similar information bearing medium (Electronic Fingerprint or "EF") is issued to a person whose signature is being protected ("Principal") by a central registrar ("CR"). A personal identification number ("PIN") which has been assigned by the CR to the Principal is encoded on the EF. The PIN remains constant and is encoded on all EFs distributed to the Principal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Inventor: Robert J. Kruckemeyer
  • Patent number: 6027597
    Abstract: A method of producing a single unit phone card assembly including providing sheets of material including a primary sheet, a secondary sheet, and an overlaminating sheet; printing information on the primary sheet; applying a coating of release agent on a face side of the primary sheet; applying a coating of varnish on a rear side of the primary sheet; applying a layer of adhesive on a face side of the secondary sheet; laminating the rear side of the primary to the face side of the secondary sheet using the adhesive layer; cutting the primary sheet after lamination of the primary and secondary sheets; laminating the overlaminating sheet to the primary sheet such that the overlaminating sheet contacts the release agent; cutting the laminated primary, secondary, and overlaminating sheets to form the single unit phone card assembly and to form excess material; applying functional perforations to the assembly; and stripping the excess material from the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2000
    Assignee: Bertex Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: George W. Main
  • Patent number: 6022442
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for producing a card product including a sheet with at least one cut-out and a card which is disposed in the cut-out of the sheet, wherein the sheet and the card are held together by at least one adhesive strip which is coated on one side with contact adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2000
    Assignee: MTL Modern Technologies Lizenz GmbH
    Inventor: Joachim Seidl
  • Patent number: 6006456
    Abstract: A novelty card that is suitable for a novelty or financial commodity and is of a value that can be objectively determined. A noble-metal piece is fixed to one side of a card body. The entire card body except for the noble-metal piece is used as a weight to comparatively measure the weight of the noble-metal piece. There is a balancing point where the noble-metal piece and the remainder of the card body are balanced in terms of weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1999
    Assignee: Heiwa Creation Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akihisa Hiromachi, Toyotsugu Fujimoto
  • Patent number: 6000160
    Abstract: A multi-layer, laser printable, identification band blank comprises a first paper label portion for receiving a printed image and an adhesive backed transparent film layer approximately twice the width of the paper layer so that upon separation from a carrier, the transparent film may be folded over and completely encapsulate the paper layer to moisture proof it and protect it. The transparent film layer includes a pair of adhesive backed tabs at the ends to facilitate its attachment about a patient's wrist or ankle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1999
    Inventor: James M. Riley
  • Patent number: 5979941
    Abstract: An identification and information system for establishing a nexus between discrete entities includes primary and secondary information regarding primary and secondary entities borne by primary and secondary information means. The primary and secondary information may be encoded for mechanical reading which establishes the nexus between said primary and secondary entities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Inventors: Walter W. Mosher, Jr., Reuel S Orocio
  • Patent number: 5978493
    Abstract: Information including images of the parent and child are stored in an integrated circuit device in a child's watch or bracelet. The device contains write only once, non-volatile, storage and contacts for coupling the device to data entry and reader stations. At the time of entry into a protected facility, information identifying the child and guardian, along with digitized photos of the child and the guardian, are stored in the non-volatile storage at an entry station. Once the identification information is written into the device at the entry station, the child's watch or bracelet is attached with a tamper proof seal to the child in such a way that it cannot be easily removed by the child. If, while in the protected premises, the child is lost, found and taken to a security station, the watch is removed from the child and placed in the reader at that station and the information retrieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jeff Kenneth Kravitz, Elaine Rivette Palmer
  • Patent number: 5967559
    Abstract: The present invention involves a patient identifier processed and displayed on a printable medium and a method of generating the identifier. The identifier is generated from a block of identifying information in a health-care facility's data base. It is structured in segments for rapid visual or tactile discernment of patient-specific information, treatment-specific information, and facility-specific information for a particular patient. The identifier takes the form of different symbols, alpha-numerics, and geochromes (color and shapes). Patient-specific information has a numeric portion of two or more numbers with at least one of the numbers being enlarged and positioned at an outer edge of the identifier, an alpha portion of two or more letters with at least one of the letters being enlarged and positioned at an opposite outer edge. Between the alpha and numeric portion is a geochrome segment made of one or more colors in combination with one or more shapes or one or more patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Inventor: Joseph M. Abramowitz
  • Patent number: 5933993
    Abstract: A multi-layer, multi-web, laser printable, page-sized form with an identification band blank comprises a multi-layered web die cut with a first paper label portion for receiving a printed image and an adhesive backed transparent film layer approximately twice the width of the paper layer so that upon separation from a carrier, the transparent film may be folded over and completely encapsulate the paper layer to moisture proof it and protect it. The transparent film layer includes a pair of adhesive backed tabs at the ends to facilitate its attachment about a patient's wrist or ankle. The band blank web is joined to a second multi-layer web with an overlapping glued joint, the second multi-layer web having a plurality of adhesive backed labels die cut into it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1999
    Inventor: James M. Riley
  • Patent number: 5915733
    Abstract: Difficulties with removing an identification card as part of a business form and/or costs concerns in making such business forms with readily removable cards are avoided in a business form incorporating a removable identification card made by the steps of a) providing a base sheet (10) of a relatively destructible material such as paper and having an area (20) intended to be an identification card; b) adhering a laminate layer (30), (34) of relatively indestructible material to the base sheet (10) to cover the area (20) on at least the underside of the base sheet (10); c) placing a layer of adhesive (50), (52) on the laminate layer (34) and to the sides (40), (42), (44), (46) thereof to be on the base sheet (10) adjacent the laminate layer (34); d) adhering a liner layer (56) to the laminate layer (34) and the base sheet (10) with the layer of adhesive (50), (52) and e) placing a continuous, closed die cut (26) about the area with the die cut extending through the laminate layer (30), (34) and the base sheet
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1999
    Assignee: The Standard Register Company
    Inventors: David H. Schnitzer, Gerard J. Maynard
  • Patent number: 5913542
    Abstract: An identification instrument such as a pocket-sized card includes both human-recognizable and machine-readable indicia. The human-recognizable material may be any combination of photographs, graphical or textual information, with the machine-readable section encoding any or all of the human-recognizable areas in their entirety. When the card is presented for verification, the machine-readable section is scanned, decompressed and/or deciphered and compared to the database used to generate the human-recognizable section or sections. Only with a substantial matching of the information may the card and its user be authenticated. Preferably, a Symbol Technologies compliant two-dimensional barcode is used as the machine-readable encoding format. Multiple levels of encryption and decryption are also described in conjunction with enhanced security.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1999
    Assignee: Bell Data Software Corporation
    Inventors: Barry Belucci, Eliot Charlip
  • Patent number: 5900307
    Abstract: A self-laminating system for sealing a business card or the like to a luggage tag. The self laminating system comprises a rigid backing, a flexible transparent sheet with a layer of pressure sensitive adhesive material thereon and a removable cover liner which covers the entire area of the pressure sensitive adhesive material. The cover liner has a pre-cut crease which separates it into an upper portion and a lower portion, where the upper portion is pre-removed such that an exposed area of the pressure sensitive adhesive material on the flexible transparent sheet is affixed to the rigid backing. The card is placed between the rigid backing and the transparent sheet such that the lower portion of the cover liner is peeled off which exposes the rest of the pressure adhesive material so that the flexible transparent sheet can be securely affixed to the business card and the periphery of the rigid backing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1999
    Assignee: Innovation Specialties, Inc.
    Inventor: John C. Barcikowski
  • Patent number: 5897144
    Abstract: A passport includes a data sheet of an individual and a plurality of visa sheets combined with the data sheet and bound by a thread to form a thread binding along a central folding line. A surface of an individual's data printing page of the data sheet is laminated with a protective film composed of a see-through synthetic resin film. An anti-counterfeit structure of the passport is characterized in that the protective film is laminated over a gutter portion of the data sheet including the central folding line, and the thread binding is formed through the laminated area of the gutter portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1999
    Inventor: Tadao Uno
  • Patent number: 5895074
    Abstract: A combined business form/identification card includes a sheet of cellulosic stock material having a barrier coating on a first portion of the sheet with an overlay of laser-printable varnish on the barrier coat. Lines of weakness are provided in the sheet in the area of the barrier coat and varnish to produce an identification card detachable from the sheet. A second portion of the sheet has indicia imaged thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1999
    Assignee: Moore U.S.A., Inc.
    Inventors: Stanley C. Chess, Myron C. Heeb, Scott A. Moeller, Michael C. Maier, Thomas P. Nash
  • Patent number: 5890742
    Abstract: An identification document and a method of placing personalized data (variable text and color image) directly on the identification document having a data receiving page. The method comprises the steps of: printing personalized data directly onto a silicone release coat of a release sheet; positioning the release sheet with the side containing fused toner adjacent to the adhesive of an adhesive side of a security laminate; passing the release sheet and the security laminate through a laminator to transfer the personalized data to the adhesive of the security laminate; removing the release sheet leaving the personalized data on the security laminate; and passing the security laminate and the data receiving page through a laminator to seal personalized data between the security laminate and the data receiving page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1999
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventor: Robert A. Waller
  • Patent number: 5887899
    Abstract: A card has a printed face, a back, and a fold line which divides the card into a main portion and a flap which is foldable over the fold line so that the back of the flap is flush with the back of the main portion and the face of the card has the shape and appearance of a conventional business card. An adhesive layer is disposed on the back of the card so that with the flap open the adhesive may be exposed and the card removably adhered to a smooth vertical surface, juxtaposing the face of the flap and an auxiliary message printed upon the same with the face of the main portion. Removal of the card from the surface and either folding of the flap or separation of the same from the main portion converts the card back to one which has a face that has the shape and appearance of a conventional business card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1999
    Inventor: Vincent A. Dobbins
  • Patent number: 5884942
    Abstract: There is described a security device 10 and a method for verifying the identity of a person making a transaction. The security device 10 comprises a document 12 bearing a picture of the intended user 14 of the security device 10, the picture 14 having been produced by printing of picture 14 by a printer activated by computer memory in which a likeness of the intended user is stored. The devices 10 may be self adhesive for attachment to a second document and be provided in a form comprising a plurality of such devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1999
    Inventor: Yogendra K. Raja
  • Patent number: 5878399
    Abstract: A computerized voting system has a central computer, regional computers and voting modules connected to a data transfer link for communication with one another. The voting modules access the central computer database under control of the central computer control center. Voter data is created at one of the voting modules and communicated to the database for storage. Input voter data for a given voter at any one of the plurality of voting modules during an election is compared to the stored data for the given voter to verify that the given voter is eligible to vote. Access to the stored voter data for the given voter during an election is restricted to prevent the given voter from voting more than once during the election.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1999
    Inventor: Ryan G. Peralto
  • Patent number: 5873606
    Abstract: An identification badge comprises a base coated with an adhesive protected by release paper. This badge is assembled by removing the release paper, placing an identification card into contact with the adhesive, and then attaching a fastener through a slot in the base of the badge. Various fasteners may be used to attach this badge to wearer's apparel. The badge can be assembled without damaging the identification card or the identification indicia, contained therein. The identification card can also be mounted so that the identification indicia is placed against a transparent, adhesive and viewed through a transparent base. In this embodiment, the information placed on the identification card cannot be altered without damaging the identification card. Also in this embodiment, a timing indicator can be incorporated into the badge so as to show the expiration of the badge after a selected period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1999
    Assignee: Temtec, Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Haas, Sandra F. Haas
  • Patent number: 5868430
    Abstract: An information and pricing device which is quick and easy-to-affix, easy-to-remove, and is re-usable. It provides information and/or price to any dimensional item whereas the price or information appears on the body (10), while the slit (12) snaps over the product. The product remains in place in the hole (14) and is held in place by the top loop (16). The entire tag can be cut, formed or die cut from a thin, flat, flexible material, any material which allows the tag to be snapped onto and off of a product without breaking. In addition, the tag stays close to the product to which it is attached, hangs neatly and predictably from the product, does not require an additional apparatus or device to affix it, is available in any color, allows for viewing from either side of the product, is inexpensive to produce, is automatically collated in price-order, requires just a quick motion to affix or remove from a product, is re-usable and leaves no residue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1999
    Inventor: Judy Kolosvary
  • Patent number: 5839763
    Abstract: A security card and a method of manufacturing security cards are provided by the invention. The security card includes a peel away cover having a top film and a first transparent film adhered thereto, a card base having a substrate with a second transparent film adhered to the top surface of the substrate surface; and clean release adhesive releasably adhering the first transparent film of said peel away cover to the second transparent film of said card base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1998
    Inventor: Duncan McCannel
  • Patent number: 5836616
    Abstract: A self-contained, electronic message-emitting device in the form of a talking business card for providing a recorded message. The talking business card includes a card holding member having a base member and opposite side wall members thereon which form a first receiving channel on one side and a second receiving channel on the opposite side for slidably receiving therein the opposite sides of the business card. The base member includes a compartment for receiving an electronic message emitting assembly. The electronic message emitting assembly includes an electronic voice microchip for recording a message, a record button to initiate and activate the voice microchip to record a given message and/or sound, a play back button to play back the given message and/or sound for audio listening by the user, and a power source component for energizing the voice microchip. The business card holding member may be made of plastic or metal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1998
    Inventor: David S. Cooper
  • Patent number: 5816620
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a key locator (10) having a tag (12). A key attachment means (14) is securely attached to the tag (12) and at least one key (16) is securely attached to the key attachment means (14). At least one set of instructions (18) are inscribed on the tag (12). The tag (12) includes a mailing address (20) having mailing address postage indicia (20A) inscribed on the tag (12). A microchip (22) which comprises an user's personal identifier therein embedded with the tag (12). A bar code (24) which comprises an user's personal identifier therein inscribed on the tag (12), along with a magnetic strip (26) which also has an user's personal identifier therein recorded. A method is included describing the method to record the user's personal identifier onto the tag (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1998
    Inventor: Robert Buell
  • Patent number: 5803501
    Abstract: There is disclosed herein a memorabilia card in the form of a substrate having an image surface and wherein the image surface typically includes an action image of a famous figure. An example is a baseball batter in the act of batting a ball. There further is provided a miniature replica of an item used by the personality at a memorable event and which replica item is made from an item used by the personality at the memorable event. An example is a miniature bat adhered to the image surface in the position where an image of the bat normally would appear, and which is made from the bat used by the personality at a memorable event, such as a particular home run. The card further preferably includes the name of the personality and a certification of the authenticity of the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1998
    Assignee: LNCJ Limited
    Inventor: Adrian Gluck
  • Patent number: 5785354
    Abstract: An identification band is provided which includes an elongated band having an outer surface, an inner surface and first and second ends. A first chemical composition, e.g., a soluble ink, is distributed on the outer surface of the band proximate the first end. A display region is disposed in the band proximate the second end. A second chemical composition, e.g., an adhesive ink activator is distributed on the inner surface of the band overlying the display region proximate the second end. When the band is wrapped around an object, e.g., a user's wrist, with the outer surface exposed, the outer surface of the first end and the inner surface of the second end overlay and are in contact, preferably in adhesive contact, with each other. The first and second chemical compositions coact with each other to cause a visually perceptible change in the display region after a predetermined time interval. Such visually perceptible change is viewable from the outer surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1998
    Assignee: Temtec, Inc.
    Inventor: David J. Haas
  • Patent number: 5743568
    Abstract: A blocking label is provided for use with protective covers enclosing inserts such as identification cards. The blocking label is custom cut and applied on the clear outside surface of the protective cover to cover a desired information contained on the information bearing surface of an insert which is visible through the clear outside surface of the protective cover. The blocking label is coated with an adhesive that is compatible with the clear material of the protective cover and the blocking label to achieve a semipermanent adhesion of the blocking label to the protective cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 28, 1998
    Inventor: Steele Clarke Smith, III
  • Patent number: 5736212
    Abstract: A form (1) with a detachable card (3) is disclosed. A support material (2) is glued on the back of the form and contains besides a support layer (21) a layer of glue (22) that may be peeled off the card. The card (3) is a blank held by the supporting layer (21) within the form and produced by punching (31, 32) through the front of the form up to the supporting layer (21). The card may be punched all around its periphery without leaving any punching bridges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1998
    Assignee: Folien Fischer AG
    Inventor: Jules Fischer
  • Patent number: 5735548
    Abstract: A container system for food is provided, especially suited for confections received by a donee from donors at Halloween, which identifies the various donors by name and/or address. The container system comprises at least one first receptacle having an opening for receiving donated food items from a donor. The first receptacle has indicia thereon for identifying the donor and closure means for closing the opening. The indicia may be preprinted and may include the word "ADDRESS", the word "NAME" or some other suitable identification. A second, larger receptacle is provided having an opening for receiving and carrying a plurality of the first receptacles. The container system may have identifiable indicia entered by a separate recording device such as a pencil or pen to enable the donee to record and identify the donor of the food items contained in each of the first receptacles. The first receptacles may be boxes with lids, bags, either paper or plastic, or other suitable containers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1998
    Inventor: Gwendolyn T. S. Anderson
  • Patent number: 5720158
    Abstract: A card package and method for delivering a card to a customer is provided. The card package includes a card carrier constructed of a synthetic sheet of paper laminated with a plastic material and having unique customer data disposed thereon. The card package further includes an information card constructed of the synthetic sheet of paper and laminated with the plastic material and having unique customer data disposed thereon corresponding to the customer data disposed on the card carrier. The information card is integrally formed with and selectively detachable from the card carrier. The method comprising inserting the card carrier and the integrally formed information card into an envelope with the card carrier and the information card remaining in a flat condition and delivering the envelope with the card carrier and the information card inserted therein to the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 24, 1998
    Assignee: SSI Photo I.D.
    Inventor: Ron E. Goade, Sr.
  • Patent number: 5690365
    Abstract: Pet identification tags and the method of making same. The consumer applies the pet identification information on the tag base. The tag base is then baked for five minutes. After the baking period, the tag base is cooled. The process produces a hard plastic I.D. tag for a pet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 25, 1997
    Inventors: Frederick W. Fascenelli, Jr., Cynthia F. Kirkeby
  • Patent number: 5671006
    Abstract: A method of using color laser printing technology to create printed matter on heavy sheet stock incapable of being accepted by a color laser printer by instead using a plurality of sheets and laminating them after printing so as to be equivalent in total weight to the weight of the non-acceptable weight sheet stock. Laminating sheet stock enables applications requiring use of heavy weight sheet stock to take advantage of laser printer and computer graphics technology. Graphics are created by use of desk-top publishing software, and then are printed using a high-quality color laser printer onto sheet stock regularly capable of being accepted by color laser printers. Supplies of backing sheet stock are obtained and combined with the laser printed sheet stock so as to obtain an end-product weight comparable to that of a sheet stock weight ordinarily used for the given application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 23, 1997
    Inventor: Edwine Anthony Billiot
  • Patent number: 5653472
    Abstract: A form having detachable labels and a wristband is provided. The form includes a face ply adhered to a liner ply by a pressure sensitive adhesive. The face ply includes a first portion and a second portion, where the first portion is die cut to form a wristband and the second portion is die cut to form a series of detachable labels. The form may be printed in a single pass through a printer to provide the wristband and labels with correlating printed indicia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 5, 1997
    Assignee: The Standard Register Company
    Inventors: Joey V. Huddleston, Richard Meara, David F. Laurash
  • Patent number: 5650209
    Abstract: A card package assembly and method of manufacture thereof allow simple and inexpensive production of desirable products, particularly useful for telephone debit cards. A web of card stock is imaged on both first and second faces with indicia (preferably variable and non-variable), and the faces are spot coated with plastic at spaced locations equal to the length of card package ultimately separated from the web. A card is formed from or out of each of the spot coated plastic locations, by die cutting, or with lines of weakness such as perforations. The form is narrower at the card, and adhesive patterns outside the card portions hold other panels of the package together once folded over to sandwich the card between other panels. The cards may be produced from a web one package wide, or from a web two or even more packages wide. A bang tail is preferably provided connected to the card, and of the same width, with a perforation separating the bang tail from the card and coupon indicia imaged on the bang tail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 22, 1997
    Assignee: Moore Business Forms, Inc.
    Inventors: E. Douglas Ramsburg, Gerald C. Krahn, Jeffrey S. Walter, Ralph F. Irelan, Jr., John L. Wantz, Eric Patterson
  • Patent number: 5599052
    Abstract: An improved bag carrier for carrying bags or parcels having one or more loops or handles. The bag carrier is of essentially flat design to allow for inexpensive manufacturing and distribution, as well as providing space for advertising indicia and customer identification information. The bag carrier is comprised of a horizontal upper handle section 26 (FIG. 1) connected to a horizontal lower hook support section 30 (FIG. 1) by connecting vertical members 28 and 29 (FIG. 1). A plurality of hook bases 31 (FIG. 1) and hook sections 32 (FIG. 1) extend down from horizontal lower hook support section 30 (FIG. 1). Areas are included on the surface of the carrier which are unlikely to be handled or rubbed excessively during use, allowing for preservation of important indicia, such as bar codes and magnetic strips. Multiple hooks on the bag carrier allow for bags to be attached or removed from the carrier one at a time without tangling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 4, 1997
    Inventor: Peter C. Van Davelaar
  • Patent number: 5600562
    Abstract: In a method for the operation of a postage meter machine jointly by a plurality of users, at least one message is allocated to each user and has at least one identifier that identifies the respective user to which the message is allocated. A control unit in the machine is supplied by a current user with information about that user's identifier when put into use. The control unit compares the information to the identifier and automatically uses the message allocated to the current user when imprinting postal matter for that user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 4, 1997
    Assignee: Francotyp-Postalia AG & Co.
    Inventor: Stephan Guenther
  • Patent number: 5597182
    Abstract: A personal anatomy card includes a card member and a machine-readable storage medium integrated in the card member. Machine-readable data including compressed data representative of a three-dimensional model of a portion of the individual is stored on the machine-readable storage medium. The three-dimensional model is formed by tomographically creating a plurality of two-dimensional cross-sectional images of a portion of the individual, processing the plurality of two-dimensional cross-sectional images to form data representative of the three-dimensional model, and compressing the data to form the compressed data. Optionally, a three-dimensional data player is integrated in the card member. The three-dimensional data player includes a display device, a user interface, and a processor. The processor is operative to decode the compressed data in dependence upon navigation instructions received by the user interface to command the display device to display a selected portion of the three-dimensional model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 28, 1997
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: William L. Reber, Cary D. Perttunen