Hinge Mounted Display Item Or Item Support Patents (Class 40/530)
  • Patent number: 10271438
    Abstract: A light-emitting device can be folded in such a manner that a flexible light-emitting panel is supported by a plurality of housings which are provided spaced from each other and the light-emitting panel is bent so that surfaces of adjacent housings are in contact with each other. Furthermore, in the light-emitting device, in which part or the whole of the housings have magnetism, the two adjacent housings can be fixed to each other by a magnetic force when the light-emitting device is used in a folded state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshiharu Hirakata, Yasuhiro Jinbo, Shunpei Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 9250096
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for browsing a map displayed on a device including a touch screen display. The method includes displaying the map on a full screen of the touch screen display; receiving a user input for setting a variation axis on the map; setting the variation axis according to the user input; dividing the full screen into a first area and a second area, using the variation axis as a boundary; receiving a first map shift command in the first area; and shifting a displayed portion of the map in the first area and maintaining a displayed portion of the map in the second area, in response to the first map shift command in the first area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Hyun-Mi Kwak, Moon-Bae Song
  • Publication number: 20140366412
    Abstract: A page-turning device turning a page of a book includes a sticking part, an arm part and a first drive unit. The sticking part sticks to the page of the book being opened. The arm part is provided with the sticking part on a top end and swings such that the sticking part sticks to the page at a departure position of the page and separates from the page at a destination position of the page while the sticking part goes to and fro between the departure position and the destination position over the page of the book. The first drive unit swings the arm part around a drive shaft of the drive unit. An effective surface of the sticking part obliquely comes into contact with the page at the departure position at an initial stage of the contact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: Hirokazu HASEGAWA
  • Publication number: 20140168726
    Abstract: A page-turning device turning a page of a book includes a turning unit and a blower. The turning unit holds the page at a departure position of the page of the book being opened and releases the holding of the page at a destination position of the page. The blower sends air above the page at the departure position to blow against the page at the destination position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventor: Hirokazu HASEGAWA
  • Patent number: 8591318
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for use in a wagering environment are disclosed. An exemplary embodiment comprises a wagering terminal including a processor, a memory, a primary display, and a secondary display. The primary display is configured for displaying visual messages. These visual messages are displayed as part of a graphical user interface and include at least one wagering transaction message. The secondary display is configured for displaying additional visual messages associated with the visual messages of the primary display. These additional visual messages are displayed as part of an additional graphical user interface. The wagering terminal may further include a proximity detector configured for detecting the presence of a gaming patron, a user identification unit configured for sampling a unique physical attribute of a user, and an image capture unit configured for capturing at least one image in a vicinity of the wagering terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: United Tote Company
    Inventors: Scott B. Pfennighausen, Jim Baker, Brendan Burgess, Kenneth A. Vlazny
  • Publication number: 20130125432
    Abstract: An office status notifier that may be placed at an employee's work station to let co-workers know where the employee is when they are not at their desk. The notifier may include a plurality of pre-printed (or user defined) cards that may rotate about one or more card holders. The card holders may be suspended from a base by a cross-member supported by legs. The notifier may be designed with an attachment mechanism to affix the notifier to a piece of office equipment, such as a top portion of a computer monitor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Inventor: Janice Dill-Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20100088933
    Abstract: The present invention provides a page for binding in an album. The page includes a blank, printer paper sheet and a hinge strip mounted along an edge of the printer paper sheet, the hinge strip including a flexible line for allowing the hinge strip to bend along the flexible line and a portion for binding to an album. The paper sheet and the hinge strip are adapted to go through a printer together to provide a ready-to-bind printed page.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Applicant: Stone Editions, Inc.
    Inventor: John Ratzloff
  • Patent number: 7636236
    Abstract: A multi-functional laptop computer. An illustrative embodiment of the multi-functional laptop computer includes a laptop base, a laptop monitor pivotally carried by the laptop base, a CPU provided in one of the laptop base and the laptop monitor, a keyboard provided on the laptop base and connected to the CPU, a display screen provided on the laptop monitor and connected to the CPU and audio/video ports provided in the laptop base and connected to the CPU.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2009
    Inventor: Prince K. Nana
  • Publication number: 20090025263
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a pop-up article from one or more continuous webs of material using an inline printing press. The article comprises a curved or generally semi-cylindrical pop-up device enclosed within a base piece, such that when the base piece is in a closed position, the pop-up device lies flat therein, but when the base piece is moved to an open position, the pop-up device is forced outwardly from the base piece to form a curved or generally semi-cylindrical shape. The method comprises processing a first web or ribbon to define a base piece having a front and back cover, processing a second web or ribbon to define a pop-up device, separating the pop-up device from the second web or ribbon, adhering a tab of the pop-up device to the front cover, adhering a front flap of the pop-up device to the rear cover, and separating the article from the first web or ribbon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2007
    Publication date: January 29, 2009
    Inventors: John Robert Ross, Jeffrey T. Stanlaw, John Robert Muessig
  • Patent number: 7474201
    Abstract: A safety unit for use on vehicles such as school buses. In one embodiment, a housing is provided for the drive motor and related elements for moving a stop sign on the side of the bus between its retracted and extended positions. The housing has a removable cover to provide access to the drive motor and related elements, and the stop sign is mounted on a driveshaft that extends through a single opening in the bottom wall of the housing. In a second embodiment the safety unit is integrated with an access panel on the school bus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Assignee: Specialty Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric D. Swanger
  • Patent number: 6971197
    Abstract: A mounting structure including at least one display board including a first mounting interface and a second mounting interface, a first pivotal interface including a first projection forming a retaining slot adapted to engage the first mounting interface of the display board wherein the first projection is a hook and the second pivotal interface adapted to engage the second mounting interface of the display board so that the display board is adapted to be removably pivotally coupled to the mounting structure at both the first pivotal interface and the second pivotal interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Assignee: Steelcase Development Corporation
    Inventors: Charles Anthony Seiber, Robert Peter Arko, Otto Daniel DeRuntz, William Charles Stewart, Steven Ryutaro Takayama, Frank Friedman, Kristine Rene Chan-Lizardo
  • Patent number: 6932218
    Abstract: A folding photo case includes a pair of exterior case members coupled to each other by a first hinge and a pair of interior frame members coupled to respective exterior case members by respective second and third hinges. The first, second and third hinges are preferably torsion bar hinges with the first hinge biasing the exterior case members to an open position and the second and third springs biasing the interior frame members toward interior surfaces of the exterior case members. One or both of the exterior case members are preferably provided with a latch structure which allows the folding case to be latched in a closed position. The dimensions of the folding case are preferably such that the case can be carried in a pocket or purse when it is folded into the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Assignee: Monica Rich Kosann Photography LLC
    Inventors: Rod G. Kosann, Monica Kosann
  • Patent number: 6913290
    Abstract: Album pages for storing cards securely in place without slipping are disclosed. The album pages comprise a pocket located on a backing sheet. In a further embodiment, the pages comprise a sleeve located on the opposite side from the pocket. When a card mounted within the inventive album pages, the cards are securely retained within the pages and do not slide. The cards can be any type of generally flat items, such as photographs, greeting cards, invitations, or postcards. The invention also comprises an album page containing the inventive pages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2005
    Assignee: Cardswell, Ltd.
    Inventors: Nathalie T. Warriner, Marshall L. Weingarden
  • Patent number: 6854203
    Abstract: A combination advertising and warning sign for mounting in a retail store to display promotional materials and warn of spills and other hazardous conditions includes a housing and a movable warning arm. The housing has a front cover removably hinged to a horizontal edge of a base member. The housing can take a closed position in which the cover and base form a closed cavity concealing the warning arm. When the housing is closed, a display region for mounting the promotional material is visible at a front exterior of the cover. The housing can be opened by pivoting the cover about the hinges. When the housing is open, warning indicia are revealed and the warning arm can be pivoted horizontally to an extended position substantially perpendicular to the housing. A switch-activated audio alarm disposed within the housing cavity can also be operated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2005
    Assignee: Aisle Sentry, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce R. Kern, Don Ladson, Lewis G. Libby
  • Patent number: 6839995
    Abstract: An album page adapted for inclusion in an album for holding an applied display sheet or sheets, comprising in combination narrow flat elongated spacers extending lengthwise on the page, in spaced apart relation, and to project from a plane defined by the page; and a retainer or retainers on the page and located between the spacers, to retain applied sheet or sheets, protectively between the spacers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2005
    Inventor: Alan Chun Ming Chiu
  • Patent number: 6837521
    Abstract: A book with improved binding includes a front cover page having at least one binding hole extending therethrough, a rear cover page having at least one binding hole extending therethrough and at least one center page having at least one binding hole extending therethrough which is positioned between the front and rear cover pages. Each of the front, rear and center pages are constructed of foam material and the invention includes at least one binding cord which extends through each of the binding holes of the front cover page, rear cover page and center pages for binding the pages to one another in book format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2005
    Inventor: Christian Nol Guy Legrand
  • Publication number: 20030221346
    Abstract: An album page adapted for inclusion in an album for holding an applied display sheet or sheets, comprising in combination narrow flat elongated spacers extending lengthwise on the page, in spaced apart relation, and to project from a plane defined by the page; and a retainer or retainers on the page and located between the spacers, to retain applied sheet or sheets, protectively between the spacers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2002
    Publication date: December 4, 2003
    Inventor: Alan Chun Ming Chiu
  • Patent number: 6601327
    Abstract: A bidirectional album for the storage of photographs and the like in which typically rectangular photographs may be retained in either a latitudinal or longitudinal vertical orientation. Each page of an album leaf is partially covered by a transparent sheet attached along several of its edges to a leaf page. Additional lines of attachment between the transparent sheet and leaf page are disposed and oriented so as to permit horizontal storage of photos and the like between the attachment lines. Photos and the like can also be stored in a vertical orientation under the sheet adjacent the storage lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2003
    Assignee: Pioneer Photo Albums, Inc.
    Inventor: Jason I. Ruebens
  • Publication number: 20030110672
    Abstract: A photo album page system comprises a rectangular piece. The piece has an upper edge, a lower edge and side edges. The piece has an extent. The extent is a mounting region for positioning pages within a photo album. The mounting region has a central vertical fold line and spaced circular apertures on opposite sides of the fold line at the center. Also provided is a piece of cardboard adjacent to the fold line. Glue couples the cardboard to the mounting region over the apertures. Short projections are provided above and below the mounting region to aid in the mounting of the pages into a photo album. Provide last are at least two pages. One rectangular mounting zone is provided per page. Each mounting zone includes mounting components adjacent to each mounting zone. Each mounting zone is adapted to removably receive and support a photo.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2001
    Publication date: June 19, 2003
    Inventor: Whang Kwee Tan
  • Patent number: 6493969
    Abstract: The invention relates to a desktop information carrier which comprises a support (1) of foldable material with a bottom part (3) and two walls adjoining thereto and converging towards the top, namely, a front wall (4) and a rear wall (5), and comprises a number of pages (2). One of the walls (4) has a lip (4A) at its upper extremity, and the pages (2) are exclusively attached to the upper extremity of the other wall (5), and in such a manner that, in between two locations, over a distance larger than the largest width of the lip (4A), they are loose from this wall (5). In usage condition, the aforementioned lip (4A) protrudes between said wall (5) and at least one page (2) which then is situated on the wall (4) with the lip (4A).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2002
    Assignee: Drukkerij Stockmans, naamloze vennootschap
    Inventor: Birgitte Devos
  • Publication number: 20020162257
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a page for displaying inserts, such as photos. The page comprises a backing sheet, a clear display sheet and at least one horizontal row of pockets for receiving the inserts. The clear display sheet overlays at least one side of the backing sheet and is attached thereto about the backing sheet peripheral edge and along predetermined attachment patterns. The clear display sheet includes at least first and second openings, such as slits. The attachment patterns and the openings define a row of pockets. Two adjacent pockets of a given row share one of either first and second openings. A row of pockets may be used to display inserts, such as landscape photos, which span at least two adjacent pockets of this row. Also disclosed is an album including such pages, and a similar page in which the backing sheet includes at least first and second openings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2001
    Publication date: November 7, 2002
    Inventor: Gerald Aubut
  • Patent number: 6474010
    Abstract: The multi-use photograph album pages of this invention are configured with three overlapping clear polymer panels secured to a central panel. The transparent panels are overlapped so that the top edges are exposed and open. Each of the polymer panels is attached at its left and right edges and its bottom edge. The bottom panel is attached all along its bottom edge while the top and middle polymer panels have left, central and right attachment points which act as stops. The stops position horizontally oriented photographs and permit vertically oriented photographs to stand therebetween. The page configuration thus accepts vertical or horizontal orientation without modification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2002
    Assignee: Euikwon Hwang
    Inventor: Mikyung Hwang
  • Publication number: 20020144440
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of collecting memorabilia of a person and/or an event, the method or comprising or including the steps of:
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2002
    Publication date: October 10, 2002
    Inventor: Anna Maria Le Sueur
  • Patent number: 6450819
    Abstract: A book that is combined with a scroll upon which can be viewed augmentative material related to the story material of the book is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2002
    Assignee: Innovative USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Shari Kaufman, Ed Gemma
  • Patent number: 6353529
    Abstract: A multiply pivoted folding computer housing structure is disclosed which may be deployed in a generally Z-shaped configuration (“Z-computer”) applicable to portable computers as well as other computer-user interface systems such as laptop, notebook and desktop personal computers, checkout scanners, video and communication devices such as cell phones, TV and digital video players. The preferred embodiment of the Z-computer of the invention comprises at least three separate panels: a low profile keyboard base panel which supports at its back end an upright CPU panel, which in turn supports at its upper edge an elevated flat panel display. These panels are interconnected by two hinge systems and are adjustably securable by means of a lock mechanism to an improved ergonomic deployed configuration with the display at a better viewing angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2002
    Inventor: Thomas Cies
  • Patent number: 6284330
    Abstract: An expandable three-dimensional display device is provided with a cover and a support post at least partially disposed within the cover. The display device includes a mechanism associated with the cover and support post that is operable alternately to expand the cover to an enlarged configuration about the post to provide a three-dimensional display and collapse the covers to a collapsed configuration. A light is mounted within the cover to illuminate it. Addition display structure is formed to be mounted on the upper end of the support post which projects through the cover and additionally to be secured to the cover in order to provide the assembled display with further texture and interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2001
    Assignee: Mr. Christmas, Inc.
    Inventor: Terry Hermanson
  • Patent number: 6253475
    Abstract: A bidirectional album for the storage of photographs or similar objects in which typically rectangular photographs may be retained in either a horizontal or vertical orientation. Each page of an album leaf is partially covered by a transparent sheet attached along several of its edges to a leaf page. Additional lines of attachment between the transparent sheet and leaf page are disposed and oriented so as to permit horizontal storage of photos and the like between the attachment lines. Photos and the like can also be stored in a vertical orientation under the sheet adjacent the storage lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2001
    Assignee: Pioneer Photo Albums, Inc.
    Inventor: Jason I. Ruebens
  • Patent number: 6246461
    Abstract: An image positioning device includes surface elements having front and back sides and images on the front and/or the back sides. An end of a first surface element and a front side of a second surface element are turnably coupled along a first axis of rotation and an end of the second surface element and a front side of a third surface element are turnably coupled along a second axis of rotation. The first and second rotational axes are approximately parallel with one another. Successive flipping of the surface elements animates the images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2001
    Inventor: Gregor Hinsberg
  • Patent number: 6154993
    Abstract: A leafable program table for use in a music box includes a frame having opposed end and side peripheral strips and a plurality of intersecting strips forming a row of rectangular fields and a row of approximately square fields. The square fields are larger than the rectangular fields. Title pages of content booklets for compact discs may be held in the square fields, and lists of song titles may be held in the rectangular fields. Each rectangular field also includes a recessed field into which a numbered label corresponding to a compact disc may be adhered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2000
    Assignee: NSM Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Wilhelm Menke, Borge Heidersberger
  • Patent number: 5927672
    Abstract: A card holder having a spring biased, card-holding clamp and a support with first and second side members that are attached to each other at the top of the support. Each side member extends downwardly and outwardly with respect to each other, defining an angle therebetween. Ends of the clamp are mountable on the side members below a first stop and between second stops disposed on at least one of the side members. The spring-biased clamp and outwardly extending side members cooperatively bias the clamp upwardly. The first stop prevents upwardly movement of the clamp beyond a predetermined vertical position, and the second stops prevent movement of the clamp beyond preselected horizontal locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Assignee: Jim Beam Brands Co.
    Inventor: Kenneth A. Ruff
  • Patent number: 5830033
    Abstract: A sheet has a number of slots laterally defining elements with fold lines extending between said slots. One end of the sheet is attached to the bottom surface of a box and the other end is attached to the inner surface of a lid hinged to the box. The elements can be spatially unfolded, forming at least one plane parallel to one of the said surfaces when it is substantially perpendicular to the other surface, and so that the scenery construction is folded on itself when the lid is swung down on the box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1998
    Inventor: David Piron
  • Patent number: 5614991
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a document placement device suitable for accommodating book-like documents for image reading and image reader device provided with the document placement device. The document placement device has a first platform for placement of pages on the right side of an open book document on the top surface thereof and a second platform provided adjacent to said first platform for placement of pages on the left side of an open book document on the top surface thereof. The first platform slides in a rightward direction when raised thereby inducing the second platform to slide in a rightward direction while being moved in a downward direction, and the first platform slides in a leftward direction when lowered thereby inducing the second platform to slide in a leftward direction while being moved in an upward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 25, 1997
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Fuminori Moro, Hiroshi Nagashima
  • Patent number: 5291677
    Abstract: A rotary file is disclosed herein for holding a plurality of photo holders slideably carried on a pair of spaced-apart rings between support members which are mounted on a base by a swivel mechanism. The rings include an extension arm securing each ring to a turning shaft having its opposite ends rotatable through the spaced support members. Each ring includes a space or gap between opposing end segments selectively opened and closed by a closure element such as a movable sleeve or the like. Each photo holder includes openings to receive the rings so as to be slideably carried thereon. Knobs mounted on opposite ends of the turning shaft permit manual rotation of the shaft about a horizontal axis while the photo holders are loosely held on the rings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 8, 1994
    Inventors: Gerald Samson, Mildreth Samson
  • Patent number: 5274936
    Abstract: A hinge member comprising a plurality of hinge units, each unit having a body portion, with a slotted region and an annular region. The annular region is formed by an elongated circular channel in a cylindrical portion of the hinge. An elongated groove in the slotted region of the body has a region of reduced thickness relative to the slotted region. The elongated groove intersecting with the elongated channel, with a first passage in the slotted region and a second passage in the region of reduced thickness. A ridge is thereby provided between the slotted region and the region of reduced thickness. The axis of the first passage means is parallel to the axis of the second passage and parallel to the axis of the elongated channel. The first passage has its axis perpendicular to the first surface of the slotted region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 4, 1994
    Inventor: Emile Fournier
  • Patent number: 5161321
    Abstract: This invention relates to apparatus for display and storage, and more particularly relates to an reversible wall panel system for storage and display. The apparatus provides approximately double the useable space of the area on which it is mounted. The apparatus is comprised of a panel rotatably mounted on a frame via integral pivot arms. Springs help maintain an essentially coplanar relationship between the panel and frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1992
    Inventor: Horst F. Kuhnke
  • Patent number: 5068987
    Abstract: This invention concerns a box (receptacle) for holding and displaying photographs, in the form of a somewhat flattened parallelepiped, inside which one or more tidily stacked photographs of suitable format can fit exactly, and the first of which, starting from the top of the pile, is clearly visible from the outside of the box, in that the lid of the latter possesses a sizeable central window closed by a sheet of transparent material, thus obtaining the optical effect of making said photograph-holding box into a simple photograph frame, without giving any clues that would enable its primary function as a photograph holder to be seen or surmised. The box for holding photographs, according to the invention, is characterized by certain constructional aspects that render both its use and assembly particularly simple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1987
    Date of Patent: December 3, 1991
    Inventor: Sergio Tontarelli
  • Patent number: 5056823
    Abstract: This invention relates to a new and improved design associated with the fabrication and construction of a prebound album wherein the individual pages of the album are selectively interchangeable in accordance with the invention, each particular page evidencing a new and unique method of fabrication and construction capable or having mounted thereon, in accordance with the invention, a photograph or other item for display purposes so as to achieve an overall aesthetically appearing album design.Additionally, through the utilization of a unique binder assembly in conjunction with the unique design of the albums individual pages, there is achieved an interrelationship between the album binder and the individual album page wherein there is realized the ability to selectively add or delete individual pages to the album without disturbing the prebound aesthetic appearance thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 15, 1991
    Inventor: Enzo Stancato
  • Patent number: 5037137
    Abstract: A filing binder comprises a plurality of elongated binding members made of a resilient material. Each of the binding members has a groove extending along the length of the binding member and formed with a slit opening opened at one side of the binding member. The groove is of a cross-sectional configuration which is enlarged from the slit opening toward transverse inward direction. The binding members are arranged in side-by-side relationship with the slit openings directed to the same orientation and connected together by flexible or hinge connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 6, 1991
    Assignee: Slidex Corporation
    Inventor: Jiro Ozeki
  • Patent number: 5031936
    Abstract: The binding for a book of samples, such as carpets or floor coverings, comprises a succession of adjacent binding elements (1 to 5) with an elongated shape and each equipped with sample-retaining means. The spine (11) of each retention element is provided on the one hand with an elongated tongue (12) with a flange (13), situated in the extension of the plane of the spine of the upper side of the element, and on the other hand with a longitudinal groove having an inclined narrow zone (14) adapted to interact with a portion of an elongated tongue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 16, 1991
    Assignee: Onis S.A.
    Inventor: Patrice Vannier
  • Patent number: 4949997
    Abstract: A two-part binding system is disclosed, comprising an elongated sheet holder and a twin-barrel link made up of adjacent tubular portions. The sheet holder comprises an elongated planar sheet-holding section which is expandable to accommodate documents of different thicknesses. One side of the sheet-holding section terminates in a plurality of tubular barrels arranged in a spaced-apart relationship. A plurality of the links are placed in the spaces between the barrels of the sheet holders and are aligned so that a pin can pass through the barrels of both the sheet holders and the links. The links are staggered relative to each other to facilitate joining of several sheet holders in a compact, expandable book-like unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 21, 1990
    Assignee: Les Profiles d'Extrusion Plastival, Inc.
    Inventor: Michel Champagne
  • Patent number: 4896900
    Abstract: This invention discloses a loose-leaf binder such as a loose-leaf photo album or a loose-leaf file binder, which is disposed a plurality of hinge members having a pillar at one end and an axially concave knuckle at the other end. A slit is formed on the outer wall of the concave knuckle so that a pillar may be inserted into the concave knuckle therefrom. When the assembly is completed, a single page of the photo album or file is created. With the addition of many single pages, a complete photo album or file is formed. The hinge members of the pages of this loose-leaf binder may be easily attached and detached so as to increase or decrease the number of pages of the binder as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 30, 1990
    Assignee: Hsin Yu Album Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Wu-Hsin Hong
  • Patent number: 4881336
    Abstract: A display device including a base, to which an upright standard is mounted. A display frame is rotatably mounted on the upright standard to permit rotation of the display frame about a vertical axis. Display support rods are mounted on the display frame for holding multiple groups of display items, such as photographs and the like. By rotation of the display frame, a selected group of the display items may be brought to view. The display support rods are constructed to be removeably inserted in holes in the dependent sheet so as to extend cantilevered therefrom, to permit selected display items to be flipped upwardly to expose the reverse side of the display item being flipped upwardly as well as the front side of the display item next behind the display item being flipped upwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 21, 1989
    Assignee: Jefferson International
    Inventors: Melvin Braverman, Joseph Lazar
  • Patent number: 4874356
    Abstract: An improved method for making promotional pieces wherein a high speed web-press operation results in mass-production of attractive pieces which include three or more interconnected pop-up panels which assume a three-dimensional shape when the outer folder is opened. The preferred method utilizes a plurality of longitudinal slitting and folding steps, together with the application of glue lines in strategic locations, and culminates in the transverse cutting of the continuous moving web to separate each blank in series from the next. A continuous web is preferably longitudinally slit into at least three continuous ribbons which are then manipulated and associated with one another to create an endless series of interconnected pop-up assemblies atop a ribbon consisting of two side-by-side basepieces. In an alternative method, only two ribbons are employed, and pieces having a false backbone are created.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1987
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1989
    Assignee: One Up, Inc.
    Inventor: John K. Volkert
  • Patent number: 4864753
    Abstract: Visible index systems which include a support and hanger wires for detachably affixing cards and pocket cards to the support in an overlapping arrangement. The arrangement for fixing the hanger wires to the support is so constructed that each card or pocket card is independently supported, and lateral movement of the hanger wires is precluded as is lateral movement of the cards along those wires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 12, 1989
    Inventors: Alexander P. Janssen, Samuel A. Loyd, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4863194
    Abstract: An indexing system made of a plurality of arranged index sheets, each provided with indicia such as a letter, color, or symbol on an extended area thereof and a plurality of holes so that when the sheets are arranged one on the other, a viewer can see the specific indicia through the holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1988
    Date of Patent: September 5, 1989
    Inventor: Michael N. Friedman
  • Patent number: 4860474
    Abstract: A single-position signal device comprising a base plate adapted to be attached to a primary object, such as an office file, and a signal panel having obverse and reverse display sides mounted in a single signaling position against the base plate which can be releasably held in the signaling position while displaying one of the display sides, and can be reversed to display the other of the display sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1989
    Inventor: David Leflet
  • Patent number: 4842303
    Abstract: An advertising insert for ad signatures in magazines is convenient when comprised of a readily peelable and adhesively repositionable sheet bearing a coupon, phone number or the like which is part of a backer which can be removed along perforations from an edge adhered to the ad signature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 27, 1989
    Assignee: Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Robert P. Molenda
  • Patent number: 4830197
    Abstract: A display stand for graphic materials display panels has a frame with a supporting structure for the panels. An upstanding handle on the frame is cooperatively related to the supporting structure. A slotted shell keeper device is guided by the upstanding handle for movement into and out of panel retaining position relative to the supporting structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 16, 1989
    Inventor: William H. Wallo
  • Patent number: 4819963
    Abstract: A combination book and three-dimensional sculpture is provided, which sculpture has bifurcated first and second portions. The bifurcated portions of the sculpture are hingedly fastened along one mating marginal edge of said bifurcation. Included, in combination between said bifurcated portions, are one or more printable flat sheet which is bound along one marginal edge in registration with said bound marginal edge of said sculpture. The resulting combined structure provides an article having at least a first position, in which said sculpture is closed and appears to be a substantially continuous three-dimensional object, and a second position in which said sculpture is opened to reveal the space between said bifurcated portions, so that the one or more sheet is accessible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 11, 1989
    Inventor: Bruce E. Wolski
  • Patent number: 4782615
    Abstract: An advertizing board for use with a mobile display system is arranged in parts surrounding the display board of the system. For transport, the advertizing board is collapsible in a "nested" fashion such that a plurality of boards are arranged parallel to and adjacent each other. The top board may be simply pivoted relative to the other boards so as to fold over the top thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1984
    Date of Patent: November 8, 1988
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Denki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Shunichi Futatsuishi, Shozo Fujita