Sheet Patents (Class 402/79)
  • Patent number: 10787021
    Abstract: A tab system including a tab for attachment to a component, the tab having a display portion proximate to a first edge of the tab and a pair of attachment portions. Each attachment portion is located on a corner of the tab along a second edge opposite from the first edge. Each attachment portion includes curved or angled, generally parallel upper and lower edges, or, alternately each attachment portion includes a pair of generally parallel, spaced-apart outwardly-extending legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignee: ACCO Brands Corporation
    Inventors: Edward P. Busam, Kenneth P. Richied, Kevin W. Witter
  • Patent number: 10710396
    Abstract: A pocket sheet protector and a booklet thereof include a main body portion that is formed in a pocket shape. The main body portion includes a first welding line that divides the main body portion into an accommodating section and a binding margin in the vicinity of one side thereof, and a second welding line that seals the bottom side of the main body portion. Further, the main body portion includes, at a bottom side corner, a notched portion which extends closer to the accommodating section than the first welding line, and cuts out a lower end of the first welding line and an end of the second welding line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: LIHIT LAB., INC.
    Inventors: Akio Omori, Tamaki Sanada, Eri Kitahara
  • Patent number: 10086637
    Abstract: A system including a panel having a panel opening and a coupling device coupled to the panel. The coupling device includes a coupling device opening and a flange positioned adjacent to the coupling device opening. The coupling device opening at least partially overlaps with the panel opening, and the flange is elastically deflectable to allow a binding mechanism to pass the flange and into or out of the coupling device opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: ACCO BRANDS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Richard H. Harris, Noah E. Dingler, Patrick B. Nolan, Michael A. Dotsey, Andrew J. Miller
  • Patent number: 9796206
    Abstract: A bound system including a plurality of pages and a cover/divider bound to the plurality of pages and having at least one free edge. The cover/divider includes a tab secured to a body of the cover/divider such that the tab is movable between an extended position wherein at least part of the tab protrudes beyond the free edge and a refracted position wherein the at least part of the tab does not protrude beyond the free edge. The cover/divider has a slit/opening formed or pre-formed therein and positioned adjacent to the tab and spaced away from the free edge. The slit/opening is positioned such that at least part of the tab is receivable through the slit/opening when the tab is in the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: ACCO BRANDS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Edward P. Busam, Bobby G. James, Jr., Michael D. Rowe, Ellisa A. Stone
  • Patent number: 9221294
    Abstract: A sheet system including a sheet of paper and a tab coupled to and protruding outwardly from the body, wherein the tab is co-planar with the body. In one embodiment, the invention is a sheet system including one or more sheets of paper having a generally rectangular body and a tab coupled to and protruding outwardly from the body, wherein the tab is co-planar with the body. In one case the tab and body are unitary and made of a single piece of paper. In some embodiments an unbound set of tabbed sheets may be provided. In other embodiments the system further includes a front cover, a rear cover, and a binding mechanism binding the front cover, rear cover, and the one or more sheets of paper together. In this embodiment the one or more sheets of paper and/or the front cover and/or rear cover may be tabbed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: ACCO BRANDS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ellisa A. Stone, Bobby G. James, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8985633
    Abstract: A foldable and unfoldable pop-up article with a tensioning member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventor: Douglas P. Bodziak
  • Patent number: 8955884
    Abstract: A book having a page construction for improved page manipulation. The book includes a plurality of pages bound together at an edge margin, wherein each page includes a bound edge and a plurality of free edges. At least one of the free edges of at least one of the pages includes an edge relief. The pages may comprise cardboard or other stiff material having a thickness. The free edges include opposed top and bottom edges and a side edge. The edge relief may extend along the entire side edge or only a portion thereof. The edge relief may be in the form of, for example, a chamfer, a bevel, a radius, a notch, a step, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Inventor: Kinch Robert Reindl
  • Patent number: 8953231
    Abstract: Provided is a document reading apparatus capable of suppressing a shock that may occur when a trailing edge of a tabbed sheet passes through a roller pair. In an image reading section, when a document to be read is the tabbed sheet, a timing to start separation of the roller pair in response to detection of a trailing edge of the document is delayed by a time period corresponding to a tab length with respect to the timing to start separation when a document other than the tabbed sheet is conveyed. Thus, it is possible to prevent the shock when the trailing edge of the tabbed sheet passes through the roller pair, and to thereby suppress image reading failure due to the shock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Asahiro Nakayoshi, Kenji Morita, Yohei Katto, Akiko Kanno, Hidenori Sunada, Satoshi Seki
  • Publication number: 20140306440
    Abstract: A left-handed checkbook device is disclosed that makes it possible for left-handed users to write checks from a ringed binder without discomfort. The left-handed checkbook device comprises a plurality of check blanks and check receipts which comprise a plurality of binder holes which are positioned on the right end of each check receipt. The plurality of check blanks can also comprise a plurality of perforations positioned on the right end of each check blank, between the check blank and the check receipt, for removing the check blanks from the binder. The plurality of check blanks are secured within a binder via a plurality of binder rings. The plurality of check blanks are positioned on a left side of the binder with a front surface of the plurality of check blanks exposed, such that a left-handed person can easily utilize the check blanks without contacting the binder rings of the binder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventor: Stanislaw Franczykowski
  • Publication number: 20140294482
    Abstract: A multi-pocketed sleeve system includes a first pocket sheet having a first set of pockets. A second pocket sheet includes a second set of pockets. A pocket is formed between the first and second pocket sheets by connecting at least a portion three edges of the first pocket sheet with at least a portion of adjacent three edges of the second pocket sheet. A binder edge is connected to the first and second pocket sheets and configured to be placed in a binder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Tavnir J. Carey
  • Publication number: 20140294481
    Abstract: A binding member, including a first disk ring portion configured for reception in a binding recess of a sheet member. The first disk ring portion can have an inner surface that faces radially inward for engaging and retaining a first binding protrusion of a sheet member for binding the sheet member. The first disk ring portion can be configured for allowing the bound sheet members to slide around the first disk ring portion while retaining the engagement. The binding member can also have an axial extension member associated with the first disk ring portion and extending generally in an axial direction with respect thereto.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: ESSELTE CORPORATION
    Inventor: Lauren Cenzano
  • Patent number: 8820792
    Abstract: An inside leaflet of a book is provided which is bond-bound with pages of the book to provide an advertisement. The inside leaflet includes an advertisement printed part and a binding part. Catchphrases or illustrations for advertisement are printed on at least one side of the advertisement printed part. The binding part is configured to be bound with the pages along an edge of the inside leaflet such that the binding part has less binding portions than those of the pages in order to leave no traces or marks when the inside leaflet is detached from the book. Accordingly, since the inside leaflet is able to be bound to pages of various kinds of books and easily removed from the books without leaving any traces or marks in the books, the inside leaflet contributes to extension of the application range of advertisements and improvement of advertisement efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventors: Sang-Mok Lee, Sin-Ho Lee, Byeong-Ho Seong
  • Patent number: 8727653
    Abstract: A multi-pocketed decorative fabric organizer that resembles a folding file and serves as a workspace when opened and then folds up in seconds keeping all the items and materials stored in it intact, and provides a portable and compact organizer for various purposes. The organizer consists of a hard surface that folds out to a writing or working space consisting of conveniently located plastic storage pockets and an exterior of decorative fabrics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventor: Natalie F. Nelson
  • Patent number: 8668228
    Abstract: A sheet stock having a flexible hinge area is described. The sheet stock includes a substrate having an opening and gap stiffener, and a flexible film covering the opening and defining a flexible hinge area in the region of the opening and gap stiffener covered by the film. Methods for producing sheet stock having a flexible hinge area are also described. The sheet stock may be used in printing, binding, and in other applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Holmberg Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas A. Holmberg
  • Publication number: 20130315651
    Abstract: This invention relates generally to a file note device for use with a file or stack of sheets bound together by way of one or more binding members disposed through substantially aligned apertures in the sheets, the file note device comprising a planar body including a note zone; and an engagement zone located adjacent an edge portion of the planar body. The engagement zone comprises at least one pair of spaced apart teeth defining a binding member recess therebetween, wherein at least one tooth defines a retaining formation for removably retaining the binding member in the binding member recess, in use. It will be noted that the invention also relates to a bound file comprising one or more file note file note devices in accordance with the invention and a method of providing a note on a file or stack of bound sheets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Inventor: STEVEN MARK LEVINSOHN
  • Publication number: 20130147178
    Abstract: A sheet system including a sheet of paper and a tab coupled to and protruding outwardly from the body, wherein the tab is co-planar with the body. In one embodiment, the invention is a sheet system including one or more sheets of paper having a generally rectangular body and a tab coupled to and protruding outwardly from the body, wherein the tab is co-planar with the body. In one case the tab and body are unitary and made of a single piece of paper. In some embodiments an unbound set of tabbed sheets may be provided. In other embodiments the system further includes a front cover, a rear cover, and a binding mechanism binding the front cover, rear cover, and the one or more sheets of paper together. In this embodiment the one or more sheets of paper and/or the front cover and/or rear cover may be tabbed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Applicant: MEAD PRODUCTS LLC
    Inventors: Ellisa A. Stone, Bobby G. James, JR.
  • Patent number: 8381648
    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: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Holmberg Company, Inc.
    Inventor: John Ratzloff
  • Patent number: 8360675
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein relate to dividers and folders with tabs adjustable along at least two edges thereof. One embodiment is directed to a folder comprising a first panel, a second panel coupled to the first panel, at least one tab mating feature associated with the second panel, and a tab configured to mate with the at least one tab mating feature. The at least one tab mating feature is configured such that the tab is positionable in at least two positions along a first axis adjacent a first edge of the second panel and in at least two positions along a second axis adjacent a second edge of the second panel, wherein the first axis is transverse to the second axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Staples The Office Superstore, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Kent, Chad Kendall, Kara Brunetta, Patrick Conway, Irene Wong
  • Publication number: 20120224911
    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: May 17, 2012
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Inventor: John Ratzloff
  • Publication number: 20120201594
    Abstract: A tab system including a tab for attachment to a component, the tab having a display portion proximate to a first edge of the tab and a pair of attachment portions. Each attachment portion is located on a corner of the tab along a second edge opposite from the first edge. Each attachment portion includes curved or angled, generally parallel upper and lower edges, or, alternately each attachment portion includes a pair of generally parallel, spaced-apart outwardly-extending legs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2012
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Applicant: MeadWestvaco Corporation
    Inventors: Edward P. Busam, Kenneth P. Richied, Kevin W. Witter
  • Patent number: 8225717
    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: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Inventor: John Ratzloff
  • Patent number: 8142096
    Abstract: A computer-contained binder provided in the disclosure has a document binder and a computer device. The document binder having at least one cover plate and plural parallel folder rings piercing through an edge of the cover plate. The computer device has a main body, a column-shaped battery portion pierced through by all of the parallel folder rings, and a movable arm. The movable arm has two opposite ends, in which one end thereof is fixed on one of the opposite ends of the column-shaped battery portion, and the other end thereof is movably disposed on one side of the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Quanta Computer Inc.
    Inventors: Chee-Chun Leung, Yuan-Chen Liang, Chia-Hui Wu, Yi-Chun Lin
  • Patent number: 8137020
    Abstract: A computer-contained binder provided in the disclosure has a document binder and a computer device. The document binder having at least one cover and plural parallel folder rings piercing through an edge of the cover. The computer device has a main body, a column-shaped battery portion pierced through by all of the parallel folder rings, and two shafts. Each shaft respectively pivots the column-shaped battery portion and the main body at two opposite end of the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Quanta Computer Inc.
    Inventors: Chee-Chun Leung, Yuan-Chen Liang, Chia-Hui Wu, Yi-Chun Lin
  • Patent number: 8104669
    Abstract: A folder system with an accordion spine 16, and a method of making same is disclosed. The folder may have a plurality of insert elements 52, 60 either at manufacture or by a stub system which are bound into the spine at the valleys 32 of the web which forms the spine. The web is made of outer zig-zag web 40, with the inner web 42, 44, 46 joining adjacent insert elements and the outer web, to create a strong spine of web and inserts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Smead Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Duane Christensen, Michael Lasky
  • Patent number: 8096726
    Abstract: Sheet Lifter for use with multi ring sheet or page holders and multi ring binders. The Device is made from a thin ridged panel with a plurality of notches and slots. The Device is positioned in order to interact with the rings and binder spine of the page holder or binder. The Device rests on the spine with the pages or sheets resting on the Device. The Device prevents the pages or sheets from traveling past the maximum horizontal diameter point of the rings when the holder or binder is fully opened. When the holder or binder is closed the Device creates sufficient upward pressure against the pages or sheets to return them to their closed position at the maximum vertical diameter point of the rings. The pressure required is minimal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Inventor: Gary M. Cananzey
  • Patent number: 8083429
    Abstract: A modular locking binder system is disclosed having a channel is coupled to the binder spine. The channel has an open end and a constricted region. A channel block is located at the open end of said channel and is configured to block and unlock the channel opening. The modular locking binder system is configured to removably hold a document module within the channel. The document module includes a module spine having a widened portion configured to operatively engage and be restrained by the constricted region of the channel. By either obstructing or un-obstructing the channel with the channel block, it is possible to removeably secure the document module within the channel when the widened ends of the document module are operatively engaged and restrained by the constricted portions of the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Esselte Corporation
    Inventor: Lauren Grassia
  • Patent number: 8082843
    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: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Inventor: John Ratzloff
  • Patent number: 8043019
    Abstract: A system for storing index cards, the system including at least one storage sheet having at least one pocket, at least one supply sheet having at least one index card formed therein and detachable therefrom. The system further includes a binding mechanism that binds the storage sheet and the supply sheet together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Corporation
    Inventors: Dana M. Walker, Edward P. Busam
  • Patent number: 8044107
    Abstract: A method of producing an embedded recycled container sheet includes: (a) providing a plurality of empty recycled plastic containers; (b) flattening the plurality of empty recycled plastic containers to reduce their width by at least 80%; (c) providing a base substrate of plastic; (d) placing the plurality of flattened, empty recycled plastic containers on the base substrate; and, (e) applying a molten top layer of plastic on the plurality of flattened, empty recycled plastic containers and on the base substrate, and cooling the molten top layer, so as to embed the plurality of empty recycled plastic containers between the top layer and the base substrate. A method of producing product from the resulting sheet involves creating the product using a processing step selected from the group consisting of molding, casting, cutting, machining, and combinations of these.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Bgreen Innovations Inc
    Inventor: Kenneth P. Glynn
  • Patent number: 8042837
    Abstract: A bound component including a cover having an outer perimeter, a plurality of pages, and a binding mechanism binding the cover and the plurality of pages together, wherein the binding mechanism includes a plurality of coils. The bound component further includes a sell tag including at least one opening, the at least one opening receiving at least one coil of the binding mechanism therethrough, wherein the sell tag includes a flap which is folded about part of the outer perimeter of the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Corporation
    Inventors: Edward P. Busam, Lisa K. Brooks
  • Patent number: 7980779
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention relate to dividers with tabs adjustable along at least two edges of the binder. One embodiment is directed to a divider for use in a binder. The divider comprises a panel, the panel comprising a binding edge and a plurality of non-binding edges, and a tab. The panel comprises at least one binding feature adjacent the binding edge and at least one tab mating feature adjacent at least first and second edges of the plurality of non-binding edges. The tab is configured to mate with the at least one tab mating feature. The at least one tab mating feature is configured such that the tab is positionable in at least two longitudinal positions along the first non-binding edge and in at least two longitudinal positions along the second non-binding edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: Staples The Office Superstore, LLC
    Inventors: Sasha Barausky, Ryan Shafer, Irene Wong, Tom Lutzow, Matthew Chace Carpenter
  • Publication number: 20110129290
    Abstract: Tabbed dividers for use with protective sleeves of the type each comprising a receiving portion having front and rear sheets closed together along sealed edges thereof and left open along at least one unsealed edge for receipt of one or more pages between the sheets and a securing portion extending along a lengthwise one of said sealed edges of the retaining portion with a sleeve retaining feature for cooperation with a retaining mechanism of a binder. The tabbed dividers each comprise a separator page having a divider retaining feature thereon and a tab connected to the separator page to project outward therefrom at a widthwise edge thereof by a distance great enough to project outwardly past a respective widthwise edge of the receiving portion of the protective sleeve with the protective sleeve and the divider arranged face to face to align the sleeve retaining features and the divider retaining features.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Inventor: Mark Danko
  • Publication number: 20110091266
    Abstract: A notebook divider configured to insert into notebook bound pages has a generally rectangular planar inner panel having an inner panel front side and an inner panel back side and a generally rectangular planar outer panel having an outer panel front side and an outer panel back side. A hinge rotatably connects the outer panel to the inner panel so that the outer panel can be moved between a folded position generally overlapping the inner panel and an unfolded position generally juxtaposed with the inner panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Inventor: G. Randall Bell
  • Patent number: 7905672
    Abstract: A system including a bound component comprising a plurality of sheets of paper and a binding mechanism binding the plurality of sheets of paper together. The system further includes a divider configured to be directly releasably coupled to the binding mechanism such that the divider can be positioned between adjacent ones of the sheets of paper. The divider is made of a polymer material. The system further includes a permanent writing instrument configured to dispense permanent markings on the divider when the divider is written upon by the writing instrument. The system further includes an erasing means for erasing permanent markings from the divider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Corporation
    Inventors: Edward P. Busam, Diana W. Juratovac
  • Publication number: 20100272501
    Abstract: An insertable index application kit consists of at least one set of divider sheets, each having insertable index tabs attached to the outer edge of the divider sheets or a set of individual insertable tabs, at least one index insert sheet perforated into at least one index insert strip which include one set of index inserts defined by perforated lines and a pre-inserted strip. The pre-inserted strip is pre-inserted into the insertable tabs; holding and binding the divider sheets or the multiple individual insertable tabs together in a set.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2009
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Inventor: Soon Huat Lim
  • Patent number: 7815388
    Abstract: A retractable writing surface system including a binding mechanism and a pocket directly bound to the binding mechanism, the pocket having an inner cavity. The system further includes a polymer writing surface at least partially received in the pocket. The writing surface is movable between an extended position wherein at least part of the writing surface is exposed for writing upon by a writing instrument, and a retracted position wherein less of the writing surface is exposed for writing upon by the writing instrument compared to when the writing surface is in the extended position. At least part of the writing surface is located in the cavity when the writing surface is in the retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Corporation
    Inventors: Edward P. Busam, Bertholt Ludwig Ted Schroeder, Jeffrey T. DeBord
  • Patent number: 7793986
    Abstract: An improved structure for book cover includes a cover layer, a left positioning plate and a right positioning plate, wherein the left and the right positioning plates are disposed above the cover layer and the edges of the cover layer can be folded inwardly for being adhered or stitched at the edges of the left and the right positioning plates, and the left and the right positioning plates respectively have a protruded left binding portion and a protruded right binding portion which both have plural holes corresponding to each other for fixing loose leaf papers between the left and the right positioning plates directly by a spiral so as to form a book. Through the improved structure of book cover in the present invention, the manufacturing process can be simplified and the cost of labor and material can be saved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: C. & T. Enterprises Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chiu-Lieh Liang
  • Patent number: 7780369
    Abstract: An organizer which includes a plurality of holders for holding recording media such as disposable cards. A first holder has a first upper edge and a second holder has a second upper edge and a second lower edge. The second holder is disposed behind the first holder and attached thereto at the second lower edge so that the second upper edge is above the first upper edge. The first holder and second holder are movable with respect to each other about the second lower edge. A method for organizing information includes recording information on a plurality of items of a disposable recording medium in accordance with categories of information, each item corresponding to one category and one subcategory; and arranging those items in the organizer including removing and/or inserting the items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Inventors: Emily Penn, Alison Schneiderman
  • Publication number: 20100209177
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention relate to dividers with tabs adjustable along at least two edges of the binder. One embodiment is directed to a divider for use in a binder. The divider comprises a panel, the panel comprising a binding edge and a plurality of non-binding edges, and a tab. The panel comprises at least one binding feature adjacent the binding edge and at least one tab mating feature adjacent at least first and second edges of the plurality of non-binding edges. The tab is configured to mate with the at least one tab mating feature. The at least one tab mating feature is configured such that the tab is positionable in at least two longitudinal positions along the first non-binding edge and in at least two longitudinal positions along the second non-binding edge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2010
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Applicant: Staples The Office Superstore, LLC
    Inventors: Sasha Barausky, Ryan Shafer, Irene Wong, Tom Lutzow, Matthew Chace Carpenter
  • Publication number: 20100207375
    Abstract: A book product is described comprising a plurality of sheets. Each sheet is provided with at least one binding preweakening pattern along at least one side parallel to the edge between straight lateral edges of the sheet. The binding preweakening patterns of sheets lying on top of one another are aligned with one another. An elastic binding device is arranged in the area of the binding preweakening patterns, the elastic binding device holding the sheets together. Further, a sheet for insertion into the book product is described. The sheets can be easily inserted into and removed from the book product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Applicant: COLLECTOBOOK GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Hermann Gruber
  • Publication number: 20100183358
    Abstract: A machine-printable sheet material having pop-out index tabs. The index tabs have a printable region on a face of the sheet material opposite from the face from which the index tabs will pop-out. Each index tab is perforated along its perimeter except at a fold line. The index tab is rotatable at the fold line when it pops out. Each index tab has ears that are insertible into slits positioned from the edge of the sheet material such that when the ears are inserted into and engaged with the slits, the printable region extends from the edge of the sheet material to provide an index tab.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Publication date: July 22, 2010
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventor: John Falk Kelley
  • Patent number: 7731442
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention relate to dividers with tabs adjustable along at least two edges of the binder. One embodiment is directed to a divider for use in a binder. The divider comprises a panel, the panel comprising a binding edge and a plurality of non-binding edges, and a tab. The panel comprises at least one binding feature adjacent the binding edge and at least one tab mating feature adjacent at least first and second edges of the plurality of non-binding edges. The tab is configured to mate with the at least one tab mating feature. The at least one tab mating feature is configured such that the tab is positionable in at least two longitudinal positions along the first non-binding edge and in at least two longitudinal positions along the second non-binding edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: Staples The Office Superstore, LLC
    Inventors: Sasha Barausky, Ryan Shafer, Irene Wong, Tom Lutzow, Matthew Chace Carpenter
  • Publication number: 20100119292
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention relate to dividers with tabs adjustable along at least two edges of the binder. One embodiment is directed to a divider for use in a binder. The divider comprises a panel, the panel comprising a binding edge and a plurality of non-binding edges, and a tab. The panel comprises at least one binding feature adjacent the binding edge and at least one tab mating feature adjacent at least first and second edges of the plurality of non-binding edges. The tab is configured to mate with the at least one tab mating feature. The at least one tab mating feature is configured such that the tab is positionable in at least two longitudinal positions along the first non-binding edge and in at least two longitudinal positions along the second non-binding edge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2008
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Applicant: Staples The Office Superstore, LLC
    Inventors: Sasha Barausky, Ryan Shafer, Irene Wong, Tom Lutzow, Matthew Chace Carpenter
  • Publication number: 20100084847
    Abstract: A kit is provided that assists a customer to produce a pocket-sized, disposable photo album. The kit generally has some paper that has been perforated and scored into a grid of wallet-sized rectangles, some adhesives, and instructions for use. A customer prints wallet-sized photos onto the paper within the wallet-sized rectangles. The customer then tears along the perforation lines to create strips of rectangles, and tapes the strips together end-to-end. Lastly, the customer folds the rectangles along the score lines in an accordion-like fashion to create an expandable album that is easily shared. The resulting “album” can be carried in most any pocket and displayed at a moment's notice. This type of album is particularly useful to people who carry wallets instead of purses, but would otherwise like to share photos.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2008
    Publication date: April 8, 2010
    Inventor: Michael Friedl
  • Patent number: 7661715
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for binding a stack of sheets. The stack may form a book and may have a binding region about which a binder can be clamped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Inventor: Thomas Porat
  • Patent number: 7658415
    Abstract: A scrapbook, in which multiple fragrances associated with memorable events can be stored for extended periods of time, includes scented pages enclosed in perforated see-through protector sleeves, diffusion barrier sheets bound between adjacent pages having dissimilar fragrances, a diffusion barrier sheet bound between a front cover of the scrapbook and the first scented page, and a diffusion barrier sheet bound between a back cover of the scrapbook and the last scented page. The protector sleeves, which control the release of fragrance from paper sheets to which a fragrance has been applied, are fabricated from polymeric films, such as polypropylene, which have excellent resistance to oils and gases. Barrier sheets may be metalized for enhancement of diffusion barrier qualities. Fragrances may be applied to scrapbook paper by spraying, rolling, painting, stamping, printing or immersion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2010
    Inventor: Robin S. Hironaka
  • Patent number: 7654201
    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: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: Stone Editions, Inc.
    Inventor: John Ratzloff
  • Publication number: 20090311037
    Abstract: An insert is provided for detachable coupling to a plurality of spaces binding guides holding a stack of sheet material. The insert comprises a flexible body and a hook comprising a finger portion extending substantially parallel to a side of the flexible body to form an elongates slit with the flexible body. The finger portion extends from near an end portion of the side of the flexible body in a direction away from said end portion such that the opening of the elongates slit faces away from said end portion. The elongated slit is configured for slidably receiving a binding guide through an opening of the elongated slit whereby to engage the binding guide in a position along the elongated slit. A second hook binding guide to couple the insert to the binding guides.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2006
    Publication date: December 17, 2009
    Inventor: Chi Lam Leung
  • Publication number: 20090297254
    Abstract: A journaling system including a binder, journaling sheets, and template sheet. The template sheet includes a plurality of spaced holes spatially arranged to correspond to at least some of the rings in the binder. Typically, each of the holes includes a slit that allows the template sheet to be inserted and removed from the binder without opening the rings. One or more windows are defined in the template sheet which allows a user to write therethrough onto a journaling sheet. A preprinted instruction is disposed adjacent to the window which instructs the user to write a message within the window.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2008
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Applicant: GEN-T LEGACY INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Carolyn J. Friend, James M. Weiner, Rebecca B. Baker
  • Publication number: 20090290930
    Abstract: A sheet protector for use with a binder including a ring. The sheet protector includes a first cover having a hole configured to receive the ring, a second cover coupled to the first cover along a first edge and a second edge and uncoupled to the first cover along at least a portion of a third edge and at least a portion of a fourth edge, and a tab coupled to the second cover proximate to the third edge. The tab is configured to engage the ring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2008
    Publication date: November 26, 2009
    Applicant: ACCO BRANDS USA LLC
    Inventors: Joseph L. Rodriguez, JR., Stephen P. Corr, Jennifer J. Dortch