Container With Sheet Retainer Patents (Class 402/502)
  • Patent number: 8814215
    Abstract: A response form security device is provided for use with a generally planar response form having an answer area bearing answer blanks upon which a respondent makes marks to indicate a plurality of responses. The security device includes a sleeve adapted and constructed to slidably receive and cover the response form. An access window is formed in the sleeve, and permits visual access by the respondent to a number of fewer than all of the answer areas of the response form. The length of the sleeve and the configuration of the answer window are chosen so as to prevent anyone other than the user from seeing a number of marks on the answer area sufficient to observe a repeatable pattern of marks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventor: Leonore Martin Neary
  • Patent number: 8690469
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an item holding assembly that may include a binder and portfolio with one releasably attached to the other enabling quick and easy separation for use of one independent of the other. In a preferred embodiment, binder and portfolio panels can overlie one another, particularly when releasably engaged in a manner that releasably attaches them. A flap, such as part of the panel or the panel of one is received in a pocket formed in the panel of the other to facilitate and preferably provide releasable attachment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventor: Adam Merzon
  • Patent number: 8591135
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an organizer comprising a unique structural configuration to house and store both non-perforated documents and perforated documents. The organizer comprises a ring binder that is associated with an expandable compartment that is arranged peripheral to the ring binder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventors: Jeff Baker, Mark Bunker, Seth Freytag, Kelly Tran, Paul van der Pol
  • Patent number: 8485750
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an organizer comprising a unique structural configuration to house and store both non-perforated documents and perforated documents. The organizer comprises a ring binder that is associated with an expandable compartment that is arranged peripheral to the ring binder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Promising Ground, LLC
    Inventors: Jeff Baker, Mark Bunker, Seth Freytag, Kelly Harden, Paul van der Pol
  • Patent number: 8485557
    Abstract: A book has a front cover having a first edge which is unconnected, and an opposing second edge which is connected to a spine. A back cover has a first edge which is connected to the spine and an opposing second edge which is connected to flexible joint or fold-line. The book has a third cover having a first edge which is connected to flexible joint and an opposing second edge which is connected to binding which contains pages and a stabilizing sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Kermit Zarley Enterprises
    Inventor: Kermit Zarley
  • Patent number: 8118514
    Abstract: A display system includes a binder, a header, a retaining bracket and an extension assembly. The binder includes a plate, a plurality of sheets and an attachment assembly. The plate has a front surface, a rear surface and an edge. The attachment assembly secure the sheets at the front surface of the plate and maintains and displays information. The header includes indicia and is adapted to be positioned in a retracted position where the header is substantially obscured from view by the plate and an extended position where the header extends substantially from the edge of the plate. The retaining bracket is attached to the rear surface of the plate. The extension assembly is adapted to engage the retaining bracket to maintain the header in the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary Dukes
  • Patent number: 8052343
    Abstract: A ring mechanism for retaining loose-leaf pages including a housing, hinge plates, and ring members mounted on the hinge plates for retaining pages on the mechanism. An actuating lever is pivotally mounted on the housing for engaging the hinge plates and pivoting them to selectively move the ring members between an open position and a closed position. A travel bar is operatively connected to the lever for selective movement between a position in which locking elements of the travel bar block the pivoting movement of the hinge plates and a position in which the travel bar allows the hinge plates to pivot. The lever is configured to deform when pivoting the hinge plates to close the ring members to delay movement of the travel bar and locking elements to the blocking position from the onset of pivoting motion of the hinge plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: World Wide Stationery Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ze Yu Zhang, Wing Yiu Ng
  • Patent number: 7717639
    Abstract: A binder for holding papers or other objects is described. The binder comprises a window which enables a user to identify the contents of the binder. The outer surface of the window may be substantially flush with the outer surface of the binder. At least one tab may be located behind the window which enables a user to load a label and holds the label such that it is viewable through the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignee: Staples The Office Superstore, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth Zins, Aidan Petrie, Daniel Nelsen
  • Patent number: 7661900
    Abstract: A binder arrangement that has a plurality of covers hingably connected to a spine that spaces apart each cover such that each cover can carry a binder and be closed one on top of the other without either binder interfering with each other or case closure. Each binder includes a hold down page that is releasably attached by a hold down page latch that accommodates the binder holding contents having different thicknesses. In a preferred embodiment, the hold down page latch comprises a hook and loop fastener that has a loop strip fixed to a latch strap and a hook strip that is fixed to the hold down page. To increase the number of opening and closing cycles the binder arrangement can endure, the binder arrangement has sidewalls joined by a fastening arrangement that is resiliently anchored at one end to the spine, preferably by an elastomeric connector. In one preferred embodiment, the fastening arrangement is a zipper that is resiliently anchored at its zipper bottom stop by a piece of elastic fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Inventor: Adam Merzon
  • Patent number: 7478964
    Abstract: A file (100), provided with a front cover (2), a back cover (3) and a spine (4) connecting the covers, wherein a binding element is provided for detachably fixing sheets, between the front (2) and back cover (3), wherein at least the front cover (2) and the back cover (3) are provide with a longitudinal edge and wherein a closure element is provided, which can be coupled to at least one longitudinal edge, such that the space enclosed by the front cover (2), back cover (3) and the spine (4) is covered by the closure element and the file (100) with the closure element has a substantially closed box shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2009
    Assignee: Fountain Technologies B.V.
    Inventor: Hendricus Antonius Hoogland
  • Patent number: 7320554
    Abstract: A document storage device configured to receive a title sheet. The document storage device including a cover having a cover lip and a cover sheet coupled to the cover. The cover sheet is movable between an open position and a closed position such that when the cover sheet is in the closed position, at least a portion of a first edge engages the cover lip and defines a title sheet space between the cover and the cover sheet that is configured to receive the title sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2008
    Assignee: ACCO Brands USA LLC
    Inventors: Jack B. Hough, Sue Y. Kim, Stephen P. Corr, Timothy P. Grady, Marilyn J. Morgan, Philip E. Hague, Jason C. Campbell
  • Patent number: 7237805
    Abstract: A report cover, which can secure papers therein and may itself be secured into a ring binder. The interior portion of the spine, which lies between the front and back pages of the cover, includes a securing device for loose papers. The securing device can be cooperating pronged fasteners and apertures, clamps or clasps. The exterior portion of the spine includes a plurality of apertures, which are spaced apart from each other. The distance between the apertures is adapted to be complementary to the spacing between the prongs of a ring binder, more specifically prongs of a three-ring binder. The apertures in the spine may be formed within the exterior portion of the spine or may be offset therefrom, by spring clips, which are movably attached to the exterior portion of the spine. The apertures in the exterior portion of the spine receive the prongs of the ring binder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2007
    Inventors: James A. Fasan, Robert G. Dickie
  • Patent number: 7021853
    Abstract: A body and pouch combination including a body having a front cover and a rear cover pivotally coupled together. The front cover has a generally flat, planar outer surface having a body attachment structure located thereon. The combination includes a pouch that can cooperate with the body attachment structure to removably attach the pouch to the outer surface, the pouch having an inner storage cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Corporation
    Inventors: Lindsay R. Hall, Thomas J. Africa, Mark R. Stockstill
  • Patent number: 7018125
    Abstract: A notebook device includes an intermediate connection member integrally coupled between a top and a bottom cover sheet members with folding lines. The intermediate connection member includes one or more bars and one or more straps coupled between the top and the bottom cover sheet members. The straps include a length greater than that of the bars, to form one or more curved or convex binder members between the top and the bottom cover sheet members. One or more sheet members may be attached to the intermediate connection member and retained between the top and the bottom cover sheet members with the binder member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Inventor: Ken Jui Su
  • Patent number: 6962457
    Abstract: A binder for receiving and retaining papers includes first and second strips slidably connected to one another. Each strip includes spaced-apart fingers extending upwardly therefrom. The fingers of the first and second strips are offset from one another when the first and second strips are in a closed position. The first and second strips include releasable locking catches to retain the strips in a closed position, and release tabs for selectively moving the second strip into the open position. A cover having living hinges is attached to a lower surface of the first strip. The cover may include pockets on an outer surface thereof for accepting inserts, such as file hangers or printed labels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2005
    Assignee: Xporactive Concepts
    Inventor: Earl K. Forsse
  • Patent number: 6821045
    Abstract: An improved ring metal (12) includes a shield (12). An elongate plate (14) has a length generally corresponding to the length of a binder (B) in which the ring metal is installed. A hollow cylindrical post (16a, 16b) extends from the underside (18) of the plate, at each end of the plate. One end (US) of a concealed fastener (CF) used to secure the ring metal to a binder cover is fitted onto each post. The post subsequently engages the concealed fastener to secure the shield and fastener together. The posts aid alignment of the shield and fasteners during fabrication of the binder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2004
    Assignee: U.S. Ring Binder, LP
    Inventor: Paul A. Whaley
  • Patent number: 6773195
    Abstract: A notebook including a plurality of sheets of paper, a binding mechanism binding the plurality of sheets together; and a cover bound to the plurality of sheets of paper by the binding mechanism. The cover includes first and second opposed panels coupled together and having a hinge line extending between the opposed panels. The cover includes a lower panel fixedly coupled to and facially abutting at least one of the panels to form a pocket therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Corporation
    Inventor: J. Michael Tims
  • Patent number: 6764242
    Abstract: A binder assembly and manufacturing process thereof includes a front cover, a back cover, a spine, and openings in the assembly for the purpose of placing windows inside the front cover and spine. The front cover, back cover and spine define the space for holding loose-leaf pages. The openings in the front cover and spine define the space for placing loose papers into the front cover and spine. Pockets are included on the inside of the binder assembly for securing additional loose-leaf papers. Manufacturing processes of the binder assembly include methods in which the same material is used for all components and in which different materials are used to manufacture various components in the same process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: Stuart Karten, Dennis Schroeder, Paul Kirley, Eric Olson, Norman Yamamoto, Arthur G. Castillo, Robert Fey, Donald W. Finkle
  • Patent number: 6761497
    Abstract: For ring binders of externally fitted types it is an essential requirement that they do not interfere with the turning of loose leaves. Conventional binders have had too broad backbone plates supporting binder rings to permit smooth turning of the leaves. The invention provides a loose-leaf binder a loose-leaf binder comprising an elongate first backbone plate having a plurality of first binder half-rings formed at given intervals upright along its outer edge, and a second backbone plate having a plurality of second binder half-rings formed at given intervals upright along its edge opposite to that of the first backbone plate. The first and second backbone plates are adapted to be combined to close the first and second half-rings to form complete binder rings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2004
    Inventor: Kokki Kaneda
  • Patent number: 6705793
    Abstract: A binder for receiving and retaining loose leaf papers comprising a cover, a binding mechanism coupled to the cover, and a hole punch coupled to the cover. The hole punch is configured to punch a set of holes in a sheet of paper such that the binding mechanism can be received through the set of holes to receive and retain the paper in the binder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Corporation
    Inventor: Jon R. Wyant
  • Patent number: 6695518
    Abstract: An improved system for labeling the spine of a binder is disclosed. The system includes an improved flexible label leader to load labels into a binder slot. The leader includes a first end portion having an adhesive section for adhering a binder label thereto. It also includes a second end portion for pulling the label adhered to the first end portion into a binder slot and a middle portion between the first and second end portions that resides in said binder slot. The adhesive section of the first end portion in detachable from the remainder of the leader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Inventors: Paul E. Ruble, Jacqueline T. Ruble
  • Patent number: 6695519
    Abstract: A portfolio assembly including a first portfolio including a pair of opposed panels with a hinge line extending therebetween and a second portfolio including a pair of opposed panels with a hinge line extending therebetween. The first and second portfolios are directly coupled together at or adjacent to the hinge line of each portfolio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Corporation
    Inventors: J. Michael Tims, Bobby G. James, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6666608
    Abstract: A loose-leaf file folder includes two covers, a spine made integrally with the covers, and a plurality of paper-holding sets, each set being formed of a shaft, a paper-holding stem, and a crossbar. The shaft and the stem are integrally made with one of the two covers such that the shaft and the stem are uprightly projected from a margin of the one of the two covers. The shaft and the stem are provided in a top end with a retaining hole. The crossbar is provided at two longitudinal ends with a retaining arm and is detachably joined with the shaft and the stem such that the two retaining arms of the crossbar are retained respectively and removably in the retaining holes of the shaft and the stem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2003
    Inventor: Chin-Liang Chen
  • Patent number: 6663310
    Abstract: The primary object of the present of invention is to provide a button binder in which paper or sheets can be easily retained and moved out, which exclude the above-mentioned disadvantages. In accordance with one embodiment of the invention, the button binder includes several buttons, connection pieces, pulling pieces, a front sheet, a rear sheet and strips. An appropriate number of the buttons are fixed on the appropriate position on the binder, such as on the left portion or top portion of the rear sheet. The buttons mainly compromises a cap and a post. The cap has an axial hole. The post is capable of engaging in the axial hole of the cap and being fastened tightly. Punched papers or sheets can be hold by the post under the cap. When paper in the button binder is opened, there is big force to open the buttons. In order to secure the paper tightly, the buttons are designed to be opened only in a proper direction or site, and the buttons can not be opened in non-proper direction or site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Inventor: Nanlin Han
  • Patent number: 6659676
    Abstract: A part recycle device of a document file includes two spaced first through holes formed in a clamping member, two spaced second through holes formed in a side wall of an outer plate, two screw members, a press plate, and two nuts. Each of the two screw members extends through one of the two spaced first through holes and one of the two spaced second through holes. The press plate has a first end face formed with two spaced third through holes, and a second end face provided with two spaced protruding rings each formed with a polygonal recess aligning with one of the two spaced third through holes. Each of the two nuts is received in the polygonal recess of one of the two spaced protruding rings of the press plate, and may be engaged with one of the two screw members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2003
    Inventor: Zhi-Yuan Zheng
  • Patent number: 6345924
    Abstract: A binder ring assembly (10) for a ring binder comprises a plurality of spaced binder rings (12-16). A user operable mechanism (18) to which the rings are attached allows the user to open and close the rings to open and close the binder. A shield (22) covers the mechanism. The binder rings protrude through the shield. A recess (26) is formed in the cover adjacent each cover location where a binder ring is located. During shipment of binder ring assemblies, one layer (L1) of assemblies is placed in a container (C) with another, inverted layer (L2) of assemblies placed over them. The outer ends of the binder rings are received in the recesses of the covers, and the depth of each recess is such that the outer end of the binder rings of the mating assembly will not come out of the recesses and rub against the non-recessed portion of the cover which, if scratched, renders the assembly unusable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2002
    Assignee: U.S. Ring Binder Corp.
    Inventor: Paul Whaley
  • Patent number: 6200056
    Abstract: An apparatus for attaching an electronic device to one or more of the retaining elements of a loose-leaf support assembly. The attachment apparatus includes a securing element and an attachment element. The securing element mutually engages a corresponding feature of the electronic device, such as a slotted recess proximate, adjacent, or in a peripheral edge of the electronic device. The attachment element includes apertures to facilitate the loose attachment of the attachment apparatus to the retaining elements of a loose-leaf support assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2001
    Assignee: Franklin Covey Co.
    Inventors: Cherell Jordin, Gary E. Hogge, Jeffery O. Brown
  • Patent number: 6179332
    Abstract: A copy safe binder is disclosed. The binder includes a cover member including a coupling flap and a cover panel linked by a first fold line. The binder further includes a coupling member associated with the coupling flap for attaching loose sheets thereto. The cover panel is provided with a security strip secured to the cover panel adjacent to the fold line for preventing access to the coupling member for the removal of loose sheets from the binder without destroying a fully assembled binder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Inventor: James D. Funkhouser
  • Patent number: 6179508
    Abstract: A ring binder (100) has a center spine (102) and end leafs (104). The spine section has jaws (108) formed on each side which extend the length of the spine section. Each end leaf has one end (104a) insertable into one of the jaws and thereafter held in place by serrations (110) forming the jaws and which frictionally engage the one end of the leaf to keep it permanently in place. A binder ring assembly (10) includes binder rings (18-22) and a mechanism (14,16) for opening and closing the rings. The spine section includes rivets (72) integrally formed at each end of the spine section and the binder ring assembly includes a cover (12) having corresponding openings (68a,68b) for attaching the binder ring assembly to the spine section. This binder construction allows different width end leafs to be used with a common spine section to form a variety of different size binders using a common spine section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Assignee: U.S. Ring Binder Corporation
    Inventor: Charles B. Coerver
  • Patent number: 6019540
    Abstract: A device for use in inserting a label into a holder or pocket comprises a pair of laminar members of low friction material of a size and shape corresponding generally to that of the label so as to be adapted to lie against opposite surfaces of the label to reduce frictional resistance between the label and the surfaces of the pocket to facilitate insertion of the label, a central portion of one of the members being removed at the end which is first inserted into the pocket and the other member being shorter in length, whereby following insertion pressure may be applied through the container or pocket to the portion of the label at said central location to hold the label in position during withdrawal of the device. An alternative form of device incorporates locating devices at intervals along its length for use in inserting labels of different length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2000
    Assignee: Duraweld Limited
    Inventor: Richard McAlister Moorehouse Senior
  • Patent number: 5908258
    Abstract: A variable volume file for documents, includes a folder, constituted by two flat parts and by a back, and a box, corresponding in shape and volume to the folder, having two larger bases and by three lateral surface faces. The folder and the box are made individually in two separate parts, which can be partly overlapped on one another in the width direction of the back. Each folder part includes a flat and a back wing; each box part includes one of the bases and lateral surface wings. Provided in the back wings of the folder and in the lateral surface wings of the box are structures for sliding engagement which interact with one another for the relative movement of one part in relation to the other and structures for mutual locking of the respective parts in prefixed positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1999
    Inventor: Roberto Boccacci
  • Patent number: 5876143
    Abstract: A document binder is formed with front and back covers hinged together in articulated fashion with a spine located therebetween. An overlay is provided across the outer surface of at least the front cover and the spine and is secured by fusion to inner and outer, plastic cover sheets that encapsulate a flat, stiff, front cover core, spine, and back cover core therebetween. A front cover title sheet pocket is defined between the overlay and the outer, plastic cover sheet. The title sheet pocket is of a narrow enough width to readily accommodate title sheets printed on paper of standard width, such as eight and a half inches. The fabrication technique employed allows a title sheet pocket to be created for the front cover of the document binder which snugly confines the title sheet and prevents it from shifting laterally as occurs in conventional devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1999
    Inventor: Bon S. Ong
  • Patent number: 5785445
    Abstract: A ring binder cover (4) is composed of a pair of thermoplastic sheets (20, 22) superimposed in edge-to-edge relation with a stiffener insert panel (23) disposed therebetween. The insert panel bears two parallel grooves (25, 27) which divide the insert into a spine zone (30) and two cover zones (24, 26). The material of the insert lying at the bottom of the grooves forms a pair of webs (32, 34) which, combined with the adjacent portions of the cover sheets, form hinges between the spine and each cover. The peripheral edge portions (40) of the two thermoplastic sheets are sealed together and provide a sealed envelope for the stiffener insert which defines semi-rigid back and front cover panels of the binder, hingedly connected to a rigid spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1998
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: Edward Podosek, Vytautas Kazimeras Beleckis
  • Patent number: 5711627
    Abstract: A flexible spine binder with an open pocket extending the length of the spine and a stiff elongate member insertable into such pocket transforming the flexible spine into a stiff spine and also providing means for labelling the binder. The binder is made of film vinyl, polypropylene or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 27, 1998
    Inventor: David R. Chapman
  • Patent number: 5620207
    Abstract: A ring binder cover (4) is composed of a pair of themoplastic sheets (20, 22) superimposed in edge-to-edge relation with a stiffener insert panel (23) disposed therebetween. The insert panel bears two parallel grooves (25, 27) which divide the insert into a spine zone (30) and two cover zones (24, 26). The material of the insert lying at the bottom of the grooves forms a pair of flexible strips (32, 34) which, combined with the adjacent portions of the cover sheets, form hinges between the spine and each cover. The peripheral edge portions (40) of the two thermoplastic sheets are sealed together and provide a sealed envelope for the stiffener insert which defines semi-rigid back and front cover panels of the binder, hingedly connected to a rigid spine. The insert can be provided with insert notches (370, 470, 570) at each end of each flexible strip to reduce outward protuberance of the peripheral edge at the hinge ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 15, 1997
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventors: Edward Podosek, Vytautas K. Beleckis
  • Patent number: 5607246
    Abstract: A ring binder which is easy to grasp at the spine and is capable of accommodating a great number of loose-leaf sheet. According to one embodiment, such a ring binder comprises a stiffener assembly, the stiffener assembly having an interior surface and an exterior surface and comprising a front cover stiffener panel, a rear cover stiffener panel and a flexible backing. The front and rear cover stiffener panels are spaced apart from one another and are interconnected by the flexible backing, the stiffener assembly being devoid of any stiffeners disposed between the front and rear cover stiffener panels. An interior surface sheet, preferably of canvas material, is secured to the interior surface of the stiffener assembly, and an exterior surface sheet, preferably of canvas material, is secured to the exterior surface of the stiffener assembly. A ring assembly is secured to the rear cover stiffener panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 4, 1997
    Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation
    Inventor: Edward Podosek
  • Patent number: 5522508
    Abstract: A game carrying and storage system is provided for enclosing, carrying, and maintaining games in an organized manner. A carrying case has a ring binder mounted within the case for retaining multiple game pages. The game pages hold all the pieces of a particular game. The game pages are removable from the carrying case permitting an individual to substitute different games within the system. The game pages additionally have a closure and securing means for keeping the pages closed and secured prohibiting the game pieces from spilling out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 4, 1996
    Inventor: Bruce E. Pesola
  • Patent number: 5380111
    Abstract: A releaseable spacer assembly for the cover members of a binder for holding paper and the like, the releaseable spacer assembly allowing for the spacing of the cover members in a substantially parallel relationship for even stacking and standing of several binders while maintaining the cover members in a closed position when the releasable spacer assembly is in place. The releaseable spacer assembly comprises a longitudinal spacer member which is releasably attached independently to the inside of both of the cover members of the binder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 10, 1995
    Inventor: S. John Westrom
  • Patent number: 5332327
    Abstract: A ring binder having D-shaped rings wherein the rings, when opened, position a generally straight leg of the D-shape in a vertical orientation with respect to a horizontal bottom cover panel of the binder. The straight leg has a short turned end portion which allows for simple vertical loading of pages onto the rings. The arrangement provides for greater efficiency at loading multiple pages onto a ring binder in the factory, as well as replacing pages in the ring binder by the consumer. A plurality of D-shaped rings can be used in an arrangement wherein the ring carrier can be mounted on the bottom cover, rather than mounted onto a spine panel of the ring binder. By arranging the ring carrier on the bottom cover rather than the spine, the top and bottom cover members can be made of shorter width, resulting in a savings of material of manufacture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 26, 1994
    Assignee: U.S. Ring Binder
    Inventor: Steve Gillum
  • Patent number: 5222825
    Abstract: A binder having a rectangular stiffener board and a sheet retaining assembly. The stiffener board is provided in its first surface with at least three spaced parallel channels medially located between the side edges of the board. Each channel defines a hinge line extending along the height of the stiffener board. The sheet retaining assembly is mounted on the first surface of the board adjacent to the channels but outside the medial section of the board where the channels are located. The binder thus structured allows the stiffener board to define front and rear cover of the binder interconnected by the medial section which is foldable conformingly about the retaining assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1993
    Assignee: The Mead Corporation
    Inventor: Jon R. Wyant
  • Patent number: 5213433
    Abstract: A cardboard blank has a plurality of fold lines dividing the blank into section for folding into a loose leaf folder or a box file. The fold lines define two cover sections between which there is a spine portion having multiple spine fold lines defining a binding zone which can be formed as a double thickness ridge to which papers can be attached. The fold lines additionally define various flaps which can be folded flat onto the cover portions to form a loose leaf file or which can extend to form a box shape with the cover portions and spine portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 25, 1993
    Inventor: Lim S. An
  • Patent number: 5190127
    Abstract: A storage device and organizer is provided for card collections. The interior of the storage device is divided into a right, central and left zone by dividing slats permanently affixed to the case. The right and left zones are dimensioned in such a fashion to receive collectible cards in either a case or in a loose condition. The central region has a three-ring binding device included for the storage of cards placed in a transparent storage page. One may flip the pages or display a favorite page. The case has a handle for carrying and a latch for securing. A lock may be provided for security.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1993
    Inventor: Don E. Cummings
  • Patent number: 5174674
    Abstract: A sample book for retaining a plurality of sample cards includes at least two retaining members for the sample cards disposed on opposite sides of a foldable spine. In the folded position of the spine, the retaining members are relatively close to one another, while in the unfolded position of the spine the retaining members are spaced from one another so that the sample cards can lie flatly therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1992
    Assignee: Economy Color Card, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert K. Norwood
  • Patent number: 5044807
    Abstract: A writing platform for a notebook, the writing platform including a writing table that can be elevated from a flat configuration to an elevated position along one edge so as to provide a writing surface underneath one or more pages in the notebook. A riser is hingedly joined to the writing table and supports the edge of the writing table at a preselected elevation. Detent means are included to releasably support the riser in a generally vertical orientation. The dimensional characteristics of the writing table, the riser, and the detent means determine the ultimate elevation of the edge of the writing table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 3, 1991
    Inventors: Jay A. Meservy, Jerry D. Meservy
  • Patent number: 5017037
    Abstract: An assembly of superposed transparent flexible plastic leaf-like pockets connected at one edge for folding and each having therein a removable sheet to mount keepsake memorabilia for leafing display through the pocket walls; and a protective enclosure for the assembly facilitating storage and transport thereof without folding or collapse of the pockets and included keepsake material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 21, 1991
    Inventor: Emily B. Sturtevant
  • Patent number: 4997207
    Abstract: A notebook cover restraining system and method of use is disclosed. The system provides that a short extension be attached to a notebook cover by means which have a natural tendency to assume a flat shape. The system also provides that complimentary hook structures be placed on the edge of the short extension, and on the edge of the notebook cover which does not have the short extension attached thereto. In the preferred embodiment both hook structure equipped edges are distal to the notebook back binder. In use one can very easily cause the short extension to rotate around the attachment point locus between the short extension and the notebook cover to which it is attached, to a position at which the hook structures can be caused to mesh and secure the notebook in a closed position with the top and bottom covers oriented parallel with respect to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 5, 1991
    Inventor: Richard L. Feldman
  • Patent number: 4990017
    Abstract: An expandable double ring binder for carrying and displaying swatches of material samples includes a pair of loose leaf ring metals slidably mounted on a carriage attached to the inside of the backbone of a loose leaf binder case, such that the ring metals may be spread apart laterally when the case is opened to a distance sufficient to allow the samples attached to each ring metal to be fully accessed for examination, removal or the like without interference by the other ring metal and samples attached thereto. Each ring metal is secured to a slide plate which, in turn, is slidably attached to an underlying slotted carriage plate by rivets extending loosely through the slots and attached to a slide plate follower on the underside of the carriage plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 5, 1991
    Inventor: Donald A. Rotherham
  • Patent number: 4943177
    Abstract: A organizer for a large number of documents comprises a rigid backing member, a front cover and a back cover, both pivotally mounted to the backing member. The backing member is sufficiently wide to receive a plurality of removable parallel conventional ring binder assemblies and accordingly includes a plurality of mechanisms to receive the binder assemblies. The ring binder assemblies comprise a rigid spine, a plurality of rings and a mechanism to open and close the rings to receive perforated pages thereon. The front and back covers preferably provide handle holes set back from the edges a distance such that the end pages overlie the user's fingers when the organizer is picked up. In this fashion, the leading edges of the end pages do not cut the user's fingers. In addition, a retractable stand is provided for supporting the ring binders at an inclined readable angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 24, 1990
    Assignee: Litigation Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: Shelby A. Jordan, John W. Apgar, Sr.
  • Patent number: 4941804
    Abstract: A binder apparatus for use in binding together sheets of paper, each correspondingly pre-apertured with multiple openings along a margin includes a three panel one piece cover with a front and rear cover connected by a smaller cover spine portion with parallel scores defining respectively pivotal connections between each of the covers and the spine portions. A plastic ring-type binder includes a spine having an inner concave surface and an outer convex surface and parallel side portions, one side portion having multiple closely spaced flexible rings extending therefrom each with a single free end portion. One or more elongated adhesive bead member extends along the plastic spine convex surface and positioned adjacent the scores and the spine end portions thereof, bonding the spine to the cover set at the cover spine portion thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 17, 1990
    Inventor: John B. Sarpy, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4929110
    Abstract: A sports record board composed of: two board parts having substantially rectangular writing surfaces of substantially the same shape and size, with each writing surface having two longer parallel sides and two shorter parallel sides, a flexible hinge connecting the board parts together along adjacent, equal length sides of the two writing surfaces and providing sufficient movement for either the writing surfaces or the rear surfaces of the board parts, at least one writing sheet adapted to be positioned on at least one of the writing surfaces, and an attachment device for retaining the writing sheet on the writing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 29, 1990
    Inventors: Larry Berg, Ricky A. Wright, Philip A. Caswell