Separable Transparent Cover Patents (Class 40/772)
  • Patent number: 8978281
    Abstract: A display member includes a frame member formed of heat insulation material; an adhesive layer with removable adhesion formed on one side of the frame member to be attached on a window pane; and a synthetic resin plate arranged on the other side of the frame member. The synthetic resin plate is removably provided on the frame member, thereby to form a housing for a printed material in a space defined by the synthetic resin, the frame member, and the window pane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Nam Corporation
    Inventor: Nobuyoshi Tanaka
  • Patent number: 8936278
    Abstract: A system for affixing a printed image onto a book cover, comprising a sleeve having a front surface, a back surface and four edges. The sleeve includes a front layer having a transparent window region surrounded by an opaque mask region and a back layer joined to the front layer along at least two of the edges, wherein the back layer is not joined to the front layer along at least one of the edges thereby providing at least one open edge adapted to receive the printed image. Adhesive strips having peelable coverings are affixed onto the back surface of the sleeve along at least two of the edges. The opaque mask region is adapted to cover the edges of the printed image, and the adhesive strips are adapted to affix the sleeve onto the book cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Richard Salter, Mark Anthony Harris, Cheryl Lenhard, William N. Richardson
  • Patent number: 8745908
    Abstract: Index tab holders are movably mounted on top portions of file folders or data separation sheets to locate the tab holders in selected lateral locations without removing the tab holders from the file folders. Linear rails associated with the top portions of the file folders cooperate with ribs on the tab holders to mount and laterally guide the tab holders on the file folders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventor: Merrill Hansen
  • Patent number: 8733004
    Abstract: A picture frame molding according to one embodiment includes an elongated body that has an exterior wall, a first channel formed therein for receiving a first member, and a second channel formed therein for receiving a second member. The first and second channels are at least substantially parallel to one another. The elongated body also includes an interior angled wall that is joined to the exterior wall and is formed at an angle thereto. The interior angled wall includes a track that receives an object, such as matboard. The track faces away from the exterior wall and is formed between and at an angle to the first and second channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Nielsen Bainbridge
    Inventor: Michael Andrulewich
  • Patent number: 8595968
    Abstract: Systems and methods for producing an accessorizable frame system comprising a display plate, a frame plate, and an attachment, which selectively and releaseably holds the display plate away from the frame plate, are disclosed. In some cases, the attachment that connects the display plate to the frame plate includes a clip that extends from the display plate and which is configured to be received in a corresponding opening within the frame plate. In some instances, to accessorize the frame system, a user adds an aligner, a liner, a back cover, and/or any other suitable component to the frame system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Inventor: Richard E. Byfield
  • Patent number: 8302339
    Abstract: A display system utilizing a graphics box as a primary component is disclosed. The graphics box greatly increases the flexibility and aesthetic appeal of displayed graphics cards. The ability to mass produce the graphics box, use multiple graphics boxes to deliver displays of different size and information content and, especially, the ability to reuse the graphics boxes, means that costs of the disclosed display system are relatively low and are achievable without a decrease in the aesthetic appeal of the entire display. Structures for supporting the graphics box to further increase the flexibility of the display system are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Inventors: Randy Pender, Van Stry Erik
  • Patent number: 8250795
    Abstract: A ground-mounted device for presenting a message can comprise a ground-mounted base, a cover, and one or more panels. The ground-mounted base can have a support surface, a first retainer extending around at least a portion of a periphery of the base, and opposing ends that are substantially rounded. The cover can be configured to be removably attached to the base. The cover can substantially span the support surface. The cover can extend beneath the first retainer when the cover is attached to the base. The one or more panels can be securable to the base with at least a portion of the panel extending over the cover to inhibit movement of the cover away from the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Inventors: Allen C. Barbieri, Gregory Douglas Blake, Sam Iravantchi, Craig A. Broman
  • Patent number: 8181376
    Abstract: A floor display comprises a window plate (2) made from a transparent material, a baseplate (3), and a frame made from flexible material, the frame (4) extending around the two plates (2, 3) and holding them together, it being possible for an exchangeable image carrier (21) made of material in sheet or film form to be placed between the plates (2, 3), the frame (4) being nonreleasably connected, by means of a bonded join, to substantially the entire peripheral edge (9) of the window plate (2), and the frame (4) furthermore being nonreleasably connected, by means of a bonded join, to at most two peripheral edge sides (10) of the baseplate (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Comax B.V.
    Inventor: Matthijs Alphons Rietveld
  • Patent number: 8046945
    Abstract: A transparent picture frame allows artwork to appear more prominent relative to surrounding wall surfaces. The assembly includes a transparent cover plate having dimensions corresponding to the dimensions of the artwork, a transparent inner mat portion having a cut-out dimensioned to receive the cover plate and artwork, and a transparent outer mat portion having a cut-out with dimensions less than those of the inner mat portion, resulting in a peripheral overlap. The assembly further includes a transparent back panel, wherein the inner mat portion, outer mat portion and back panel all have the same outer dimensions. One or more fasteners are provided for holding the assembly together in the following order from front-to back: the outer mat portion, the inner mat portion with the cover plate over the artwork, and the back panel. In the preferred embodiment, the inner mat portion, outer mat portion and back panel are made of plastic, whereas the cover plate is made of glass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Inventor: Arthur J. Radcliffe
  • Patent number: 7536814
    Abstract: A frame for supporting artwork, having a surrounding matt structure having a first stiffener, a second stiffener and a fillet extension, a rectangular tubular grid structure attached to the support, and a plate attached to the rectangular tubular grid structure, wherein the mounting plate is configured to support the artwork.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Inventor: Clifford Ross
  • Patent number: 7418796
    Abstract: The invention comprises, in one form thereof, a customized picture framing apparatus and method of making the same. The framing apparatus includes a window, a picture affixed to the window, and a custom cut piece of glass attached to the window through the application of an adhesive material to at least one of the sides of the custom cut piece of glass. Decorations such as paint, a decorative pattern, and three-dimensional items may be added to the framing apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2008
    Inventor: Annmarie Anastasio
  • Publication number: 20080120874
    Abstract: An apparatus, and method of use thereof, to assist in the signing and display of trading cards. The main body of the apparatus, preferably constructed from plastic, is shaped and angled to facilitate signing an inserted card while the apparatus rests on a flat surface. Means for attaching or holding a writing implement is provided on the apparatus. Means is further provided in the apparatus to cover the signed card to prevent damage to the card. In alternative embodiments, the apparatus may be constructed in a multiple-piece, interlocking design to permit several uses if desired. The apparatus may also bear graphical information for advertising, identification, or other informational uses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2006
    Publication date: May 29, 2008
    Inventor: James Schroeder
  • Patent number: 7089696
    Abstract: A document displaying system for facilitating easy access to documents being displayed. The document displaying system includes a support assembly having a backing member selectively couplable to a vertical support surface; a frame assembly operationally couplable to the support assembly; a transparent cover member operationally couplable to the frame assembly, and abutting a perimeter edge of the transparent cover member; and a pair of magnetic coupling members for selectively operationally securing the transparent cover member to the support assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Inventor: Thomas Grayson
  • Patent number: 6907686
    Abstract: A portable model picture framing gallery comprising an easily carried box containing multiple image cards, multiple mat cards, one or more transparent protective covers, and multiple frame cards. The image cards contain preselected representations of artwork images manipulated to a predetermined size, the mat cards are of a variety of colors and textures, the transparent cover can be non-glare or regular glass or plastic, and framing cards are each imprinted with representation of a frame. The user selects an image card, one or more mat cards, a protective cover, and a suitable frame card to view a representation of the custom framed image suitable for placing an order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Assignee: Kensington Art Centre, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Symons
  • Patent number: 6905770
    Abstract: A method of protecting a glazed frame mounted document from the ravages of light and a fade protector therefore, the protector comprising a transparent UV absorbing polymeric film layer, preferably PET, having a thickness such that the film in use remains substantially flat against the glazing when clamped between the frame and glazing, the film layer being coated on its exposed side in use with a transparent anti-glare hard coating. The glazing is removed from the glazed frame, the fade protector is placed against a surface of the glazing which is then re-assembled in the frame with the fade protector adjacent the eternal surface of the glazing with the anti-glare coating facing outwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2005
    Assignee: CPFILMS, Inc
    Inventors: David Newton Kaliser, William Dean Jarrett, Philip J Solomon, Steven A Barth, Mary Elizabeth Lawless, James P Enniss
  • Patent number: 6892487
    Abstract: A picture frame and hanging system for hanging and displaying fine art and documents in a level and secure fashion by means of a perforated metal frame covered in acrylic glass with a length and a width and a metal or acrylic C-Rail with a length and a width connected by metal fasteners and metal pins. A first fastener, such as washers, nuts and bolts are provided on the perforated metal frame to attach the acrylic glass to the front of the frame. A second fastener is provided such as metal pins to attach the metal frame to the metal or acrylic C-rail provided. A third fastener is provided such as a L-bracket with holes, in a length and a width to adapt the C-rail to any picture frame needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Inventor: David Lawrence Keigley
  • Publication number: 20040163298
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a photo album comprising a plurality of mounting sheets, and interleaves interposed between two mounting sheets, respectively, each mounting sheet being formed at either surface thereof with an adhesive layer for use in attachment of a photograph. As the adhesive layer formed at the surface of each mounting sheet is positioned only on a region where a photograph will be attached, it is possible to prevent a remaining portion of the mounting sheet, where it is unnecessary to attach a photograph, from being contaminated due to a pollutant such as dirt and debris, as well as to restrict an attachment area of each interleaf to the adhesive layer. Further, even if the adhesive layer where the photograph is not attached is contaminated, in order to prevent such a contaminated portion from being easily visible, the mounting sheet is further formed with a pollutant hiding portion having a colored surface portion at least on a region where the adhesive layer is formed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2004
    Publication date: August 26, 2004
    Inventor: Dong Kim
  • Patent number: 6729058
    Abstract: An apparel mounted picture securing and displaying apparatus is provided having a lower support member with a corner attachment orifice formed at each corner point. An upper frame element forming a transparent retention means within an outer perimeter is attached to the lower support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2004
    Inventor: Alfred Ferguson
  • Patent number: 6688649
    Abstract: A form with a well has a form layer with a top and a bottom surface and a perimeter, a die cut through the form layer that defines a portion of said form layer within said die cut, a patch layer having a perimeter and top and bottom surfaces, and an adhesive layer that is repositionable and peelable. The patch layer is adhesively but removably secured to the bottom surface of the form layer such that the die cut and form layer portion are entirely within the perimeter of the patch layer. The form has a well, that is created by removal of the form layer portion from within the die cut. The bottom of the well is the top surface of said adhesive layer and the sides of the well are the edges of said die cut. The adhesive layer has a greater affinity for the patch layer than the form layer portion such that when the form layer portion is removed from the form, the adhesive stays adhered to the patch layer. Articles such as photographs may then be inserted into the well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Assignee: Strata-Tac, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles L. Casagrande
  • Publication number: 20030217498
    Abstract: A display device for displaying flat articles. The device includes a frame having a front side and a rear side. A transparent sheet is mounted to the frame at its front side. A planar mat having a plurality of cutouts in predefined shapes and at predefined positions is then positioned flatly against the transparent sheet. Thereafter, a planar article holder having a plurality of pockets wherein each pocket corresponds in shape and location to an associated cutout in the mat, is then positioned flatly against the planar mat. Each pocket is designed to hold one flat article for display. A planar backing is then mounted to the frame adjacent the rear side of the frame so that the mat and article holder are sandwiched in between the transparent sheet and the backing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2003
    Publication date: November 27, 2003
    Inventor: Frederic E. Champnella
  • Publication number: 20030177684
    Abstract: A three-dimensional, lightweight and thin frame made from a single sheet of formable material such as printed and embossed paper and a flexible transparent cover. The cover is countersunk into and held flat against a mat region in the center of the front of the frame, leaving the surrounding frame region free for whatever two- and three-dimensional ornament is desired. An article holding recess is further countersunk into the center of the mat region such that when an item is placed therein the cover may still lie perfectly flat and away from the item. The article holding recess may be accessed by pulling the cover up from one side of the mat region, where it is held with restickable adhesive, while the other side remains firmly in place, held with permanent adhesive. An article for display, such as a photo, may then be fixed against the back of the article holding recess, which is also covered with restickable adhesive, and the cover then smoothed back down flat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2003
    Publication date: September 25, 2003
    Inventor: Aram J. Irwin
  • 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
  • Patent number: 6472038
    Abstract: An exchangeable decorative frame cover is provided for decoration. The exchangeable decorative frame cover includes a frame cover made of flexible material with a shape adaptable to a solid frame, and a means for securing the frame cover on to the solid frame, and releasing the frame cover from the solid frame. The exchangeable decorative frame cover can be made of fabric, leather, fur and plastics. Additionally, a kit is also provided, which contains a plurality of exchangeable decorative frame covers for providing a decorative picture frame an ability to be matched with eclectic decor. The kit can further include a picture frame together with a plurality of exchangeable decorative frame covers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2002
    Inventor: Jennifer Murphy
  • Publication number: 20020116853
    Abstract: A frame system for holding a planar display article includes a frame component defining a border region, and a central platform located inward of the border region and including an outer layer of reusable adhesive. A see-through cover is coupled adjacent the central platform and sized to fit over the central platform to be held there by the reusable adhesive. A planar display article may be placed over the central platform and held in place by the reusable adhesive. The see-through cover is movable over the planar display article to protect it.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2001
    Publication date: August 29, 2002
    Inventor: Aram J. Irwin
  • Patent number: 6405465
    Abstract: A magnetically mounted display board has a rear surface providing magnetic support, a display panel which removably holds flat articles for display, and a transparent protectant for viewing and protection of the displayed articles. The display panel and the transparent protectant are bound together with a binding tape. This allows one to display photos, childrens artwork, calendars, post cards and other flat articles on a refrigerator in a creative, organized and protected fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2002
    Assignee: Fridge Frame Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Harry Dwyer, Kollin Ignatius Schammel, Sheila Gerette Dwyer
  • Publication number: 20010035367
    Abstract: A book-like display showcase includes an enclosure having an interior compartment for containing articles of memorabilia therein. The enclosure is made of a transparent material permitting the viewing and displaying of the articles of memorabilia through the enclosure from exterior thereof. The showcase also includes a covering assembly having front and back covers and a rear portion interconnecting the front and rear covers such that they are separate from one another and the enclosure and movable toward and away from opposite side portions of the enclosure. The middle portion is disposed along a rear portion of the enclosure and connected thereto and removably covers an opening defined through the rear portion of the enclosure through which the articles of memorabilia are inserted into and removed from the enclosure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2001
    Publication date: November 1, 2001
    Inventors: Mary Lou Cliff, Kerry D. Cliff
  • Patent number: 6209248
    Abstract: A picture frame is constructed of a base member and a backing member with the backing member in some embodiments having the same configuration as the base member. The backing member, typically, is deflectable. The base member includes a border section which encloses a planar center section. Relative to the backing member, the border section is concave. The base member and backing member can be hinged. Mounted in conjunction with the border section of the base member are series of locking tabs with these tabs to be movable to fixedly retain the backing member in conjunction with the base member. A sheet material attachment is connectable with at least one pair of slits formed within the backing member able to assume an angular relationship relative to the backing member resembling an easel shape to support the picture frame in an upright manner when the attachment and a portion of the border section of the picture frame rest on a supporting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Inventor: Siegbert K. Reinhard
  • Patent number: 6119386
    Abstract: The certification display has a multilayer matting board including similarly sized first and second matting layers. The first matting layer is connected in coextensive overlaying relation to a front surface of the second matting layer. The multilayer matting board provides a predetermined location for the placement of a certification document or diploma and recertification labels. A certificate aperture for viewing a certificate, diploma or other certification documents extends through the matting board. The certificate aperture has a sufficient depth to act as a spacer between a front cover and the face of the certificate or diploma. A certificate, diploma, or other documentation is mounted on a back surface of the second matting layer in registry with the certificate aperture. A plurality of label wells extends through the first layer of the matting board. A recertification label is placed within the label wells, typically adhered to the bottom of the label well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2000
    Inventors: James H. Henry, Jeffrey J. Henry
  • Patent number: 6067738
    Abstract: A clear plastic, PLEXIGLAS.RTM. or other suitable, clear, "unbreakable" lens may be either hingedly opened from and closed to or otherwise removed from and replaced in laminar relationship with respect to a refrigerator/freezer door. Adhesive, magnetic or other suitable fastening material are used to fix display items to the lens or door. When the lens closes over the items a visually pleasing frame protects the displayed items and allows for easy removal and substitution. In one embodiment, the lens is hinged to one side of a freezer door on an upright, top-freezer refrigerator. In a second embodiment, lenses are hinged to the outside edges and latched on the inside edges of both doors of an upright, side-by-side double-door refrigerator/freezer combination. In either embodiment, the lens can be inset into the door so as to provide surfaces on the same planes as those of the remainder of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2000
    Inventor: Stephen J. Zeligson
  • Patent number: 6043866
    Abstract: This specification discloses a carrier sheet for original having an upper sheet and a lower sheet, the two sheets having their leading end portions as viewed in the direction of advance of the original adhesively secured to each other in the widthwise direction thereof, and adapted to be opened to set the original and to be closed to hold the original therebetween, characterized by the provision of original keeping means for preventing the deviation of the original held by the carrier sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2000
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tsutomu Kawai, Shinya Asano, Hiroshi Nakai, Hiroyuki Tanaka
  • Patent number: 6039495
    Abstract: A storage page for a three-ring binder or the like has a plurality of three-dimensional cavities for storing and displaying three-dimensional objects. The storage page is constructed of a clear plastic material sufficiently rigid to maintain its shape. In a preferred embodiment, the three-dimensional cavities are defined by raised sections in the front sheet of the storage page, the raised sections generally defined by a planar wall parallel to the front sheet, and one or more walls normal thereto to form a three-dimensional pocket. The back sheet of the storage page includes identically shaped and mating indentations that cooperate with the three-dimensional pockets of the front sheet of the storage page to define the three-dimensional cavity. An opaque matte may be sandwiched between the front and back sheets of the storage page, the matte being used for backing or contrast, and also in a writing surface for labeling and other indicia the contents of the individual three-dimensional cavities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2000
    Assignee: Kallman Corporation
    Inventors: Julie G. Zimmerman, Alex W. Jacobsen
  • Patent number: 5979096
    Abstract: A mask is adapted for superimposing on a photograph to accentuate a portion of the photograph. The mask is made of a thin sheet of plastic, by means of, e.g., colored raster which is opaque in a periopheral region surrounding a transparent, central area without raster. The peripheral region and the central area are separated by a relatively narrow, transitional zone with increasing distance between the raster, so that the transitional zone gradually fades out into the transparent, central area. The mask may be employed in the same simple manner as a passe-partout frame for accentuating one particular portion of a photograph, and with the same good visual effect achieved by a traditional phototechnical method for integrally providing a photograph with a neutral peripheral region gradually fading out via a soft transitional zone into the desired portion of the photograph.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Assignee: Zoomas ApS
    Inventors: Alexander Ferdinandsen, Bendix Ferdinandsen
  • Patent number: 5974715
    Abstract: An article for framing a visual work includes a framing member, the rear surface of which has first and second adhesive portions. A transparent sheet adheres to the first portion and a bifurcated cling film adheres to the second adhesive portion. A pocket is formed between the sheet and the film for receiving the visual work. A method for making an article for framing a visual work includes providing a framing member having a rear surface and adhering a transparent sheet on the first adhesive portion of such surface. A cling film is mounted on a second adhesive portion of the rear surface and in a manner such that the cling film overlays the transparent sheet. The cling film is bifurcated by slitting it, thereby providing an access slot for inserting the visual work between the sheet and the film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignee: Richard S. Werner
    Inventors: Richard S. Werner, Carey P. Woods
  • Patent number: 5944352
    Abstract: A notebook binder device having a first and second member. The first member having a front cover section. The front cover section having a central opening defining a window. The first member includes a connecting fold. The second member having a transparent, see through, cover and a back. When the first and second members are connected the back is viewed through the window and the transparent middle cover section. The second member includes a connecting fold suitable for connecting the connecting fold of the first member and for connecting the transparent cover section. Rivets and other connecting devices are adapted to connect the first and second members. Additionally, the rivets include male and female paper holding members for holding papers between the front and back covers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1999
    Inventors: Jimmy Crouch, Glenn N. Christoffel, Peter F. Lynch, Scott W. Osiecki
  • Patent number: 5916650
    Abstract: A resilient monolithic plastic sheet transparent display cover is used to hold a photograph or other item next to a surface, such as the surface of a refrigerator door. The plastic sheet, such as a cling vinyl, is removably adherent to the surface chosen, and may be peeled off and repositioned as desired. The display cover may include one or more de-bossed portions of suitable sizes for receiving photographs or other items, and may be provided with an attractive decorated, non-transparent border, or frame region for enhancing the appearance of the item to be displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1999
    Inventors: Brian Sidney Rosenbaum, Ronald Howard Rubinoff
  • Patent number: 5904373
    Abstract: The jacket has flexible front and rear walls which are connected together along the bottom and one side of the jacket, but which are separable from each other along the top and other side of the jacket to enable a document to be inserted between, or to be removed from between the front and rear walls. The rear wall has secured to the back thereof two, flexible magnetic strips for removably securing the upper and lower ends of the back wall against the face of a ferrous metal panel. The front wall, which is transparent extends slightly beyond the back wall adjacent the top and other side of the jacket and has secured to the back thereof along its upper edge another flexible magnetic strip which releasably engages the face of the supporting panel to hold the jacket closed when mounted on the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1999
    Inventor: Wallace A. Krapf
  • Patent number: 5840355
    Abstract: A confectionery product that also functions to transmit a greeting or a message to a person receiving the product. The product comprises a rectangular bar of chocolate candy having a top surface provided with a cavity. A wrapper enclosing the candy bar and extending into the cavity is in turn encircled by a tubular heat shrink member. The heat shrink member is in firm engagement with the wrapper that provides access to the cavity so that the greeting card can be personalized and then inserted in one end of the heat shrink member and pushed to a position in the cavity. The resulting product can then be displayed in a flower arrangement or used by itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1998
    Assignee: The King Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas B. Prescott, Marc S. Margolis
  • Patent number: 5819931
    Abstract: A reusable package and method suitable for storage and handling of a fragile dicing blade includes a rigid card having a smooth surface upon which the blade is placed. A flexible plastic film is placed over the blade and card surface and bonds to the surface through a molecular bonding action with sufficient bonding force for holding the disk in place on the card. With such a combination of card, blade and film, the blade is protected during storing, shipping and handling. Further, such a packaging method provides for repeated use of this non-adhesive package thereby increasing useful life of both the blade and package. Molecular bonding of the film to the card surface provides sufficient strength to hold the blade and to provide a hermetically sealed chamber within which the blade is positioned and stored. A package and handling for a fragile dicing blade and electronic components is described but application for components having stringent handling and storage requirements is appropriate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Inventors: John N. Boucher, David E. Bajune
  • Patent number: 5727766
    Abstract: A desk pad comprisinga) a substantially transparent stiff bendable upper sheet having top and bottom faces and including a linear edge,b) a substantially opaque, porous flexible and slightly elastic lower sheet of substantially the same configuration as the upper sheet, the lower sheet having top and bottom faces and including a linear edge substantially underlying the linear edge of the upper sheet;c) first and second double faced adhesive tapes of approximately the length of the straight edges, one face of the first tape being secured by its adhesive along the bottom face of the upper sheet parallel to and adjacent the sheet edge, one face of the second tape being secured by its adhesive along the bottom face of the lower sheet parallel to and adjacent its edge, andwhereby the upper sheet in its entirety may be pivoted relative to the bottom sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1998
    Inventor: Stephen I. Mayo
  • Patent number: 5569503
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an adhesive coated mounting substrate with a clear plastic cover sheet that may be used for mounting and displaying relatively flat items. These mounting substrates are especially useful as pages in photograph albums. The novel advantage of the mounting substrate of the present invention is accomplished by coating the substrate with an adhesive which includes an aliphatic alkene glycol in its liquid phase and an aliphatic acrylate elastomer in its solid phase. A particularly suited use for the coated mounting substrate of the present invention is in the photographic album page art. The solid phase of the adhesive used in the production of the coated substrate of the present invention is comprised of an aliphitic alkene elastomer and an inorganic filler. The liquid phase is comprised of an aliphatic alkene glycol, water and an inorganic hydroxide pH adjuster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 29, 1996
    Assignee: C. R. Gibson Company
    Inventor: Edmund C. Piotroski
  • Patent number: 5546685
    Abstract: A display system for items, the system featuring easy substitution of a second group of items for a first group of items is provided. A display assembly has a frame, a mat, a retainer for the items, and a backing board. Pins inserted through holes anchor the retainer to either the backing board or the mat. The transparent plate may be made of ultra-violet light absorbing material in order to protect the desired materials from ultraviolet radiation striking the transparent plate. The pins may be formed as part of a pin strip, the pin strip formed by plastic molding, and the pins inserted into holes in the backing board. The pins may be wood dowels or may be aluminum rods. The aluminum rods may have a flat head formed thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 20, 1996
    Inventor: Gerald B. Gallagher