Changeable Book, Card, Or Picture Patents (Class 446/147)
  • Publication number: 20150135565
    Abstract: A flexible sheet (1) comprising at least one removable blank (5) wherein the blank (5) is configured to be foldable into a three-dimensional model (13).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Jonathan Klemenz
  • Publication number: 20140120799
    Abstract: An interactive book assembly has first and second page portions, and a plurality of uniquely-shaped workpieces. The first page portion removably retains the workpieces in a plurality of first receiving areas. The second page portion has a plurality of second receiving areas that have unique shapes that each match a respective one of the workpieces so as to receive and retain a mating. Each second receiving area has a switch area located to correspond to the position of an indicia area of the mating workpiece when the mating workpiece is positioned in the respective second receiving area. Membrane switches are positioned adjacent to a switch area of each second receiving area to align with the indicia area of the workpiece inserted into the matching second receiving area. When a reader presses the activation indicium on the workpiece, the workpiece will press against the switch area, causing activation of the associated membrane switch and generation of a sound relating to the workpiece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: Leo Paper Bags Manufacturing (1982) Limited
    Inventor: Cannie Lam
  • Patent number: 8708767
    Abstract: In one aspect of the present invention, a toy arrangement involving a flickering, animated and/or luminescent toy object will be described. The toy arrangement includes a toy object having an ultraviolet sensitive layer. A light source is arranged to illuminate the ultraviolet sensitive layer with ultraviolet light. The ultraviolet sensitive layer is arranged to emit colored light in response to exposure to the ultraviolet light. In some implementations, the light source is arranged to vary the intensity of the ultraviolet light, which in turn can cause the colored light emitted from the toy object to fade, brighten and flicker. The toy arrangement may also include a speaker that emits sounds that are synchronized with changes in the colored light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: FunFare, LLC
    Inventors: Jason Gene Heller, Charles Albert, Joshua William Garrett, Jeff McKnight, Eduardo Martinez
  • Patent number: 8668543
    Abstract: A kit for a child's play structure includes poles removably attached to one another and arranged to form a three-dimensional box-like structure of a size to permit a child to fully enter therein. A plurality of panels are attached to the poles. The panels have graphic representations thereon corresponding to at least a portion of a story or illustration, such as depicted in an accompanying storybook. Three dimensional objects may be positionable within, or removably attached to the panels, and which correspond to objects in the storybook to enhance the play experience. Multiple structures may be placed side-by-side so that a child can move from one structure to another, and thus from one portion of the story to the next.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Inventor: Anne L. Manrique
  • Patent number: 8568194
    Abstract: A collapsible toy kitchen apparatus and method, an embodiment including a back support including a backsplash, a kitchen counter including a countertop and a range and being pivotably connected to the back support, a base pivotably connected to the back support, and two side walls that are each foldable. The pivotable connections and foldable side walls allow the toy kitchen to collapse, such as for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Guidecraft Inc.
    Inventors: Jason L. Fein, Gary L. Bilezkian
  • Patent number: 8388165
    Abstract: The device comprises a visual effecter and a display, wherein the visual effecter comprises at least one encapsulated electronic-optical element; the display can be a 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional display or any combination thereof; the display locates outside the visual effecter; and the display is subject to the visual effect of the visual effecter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Inventor: Yudong Zhang
  • Patent number: 8376408
    Abstract: The book consists, in a conventional way, of a series of pages, each one of them being formed by two plates of hard cardboard and an intermediate layer made of rubber foam. The cardboard plate (1) of the front side and the cardboard plate (1?) of the reverse side respectively incorporate slots (3, 3?), that describe a trajectory with the shape of an “L”, or any other appropriate trajectory. The slots (3, 3?) are intended to allow the children to introduce their fingers and move a cursor (4) that slips through a slot (5) in the rubber foam layer (2), thus making an itinerary or path for the cursor (4), that can be followed with the finger of the child through the path created by such slot (5) of the rubber foam layer (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Inventor: Christian Noel Guy Legrand
  • Patent number: 8371895
    Abstract: A toy play set comprising user designed base plate and structure plates, story telling media, a master doll and accessory toy articles is provided for a child to rebuild a toy playing scene after reading a scene base story, and then for the child to build the play set according to his/her imaginative capability. Interactive audio and/or visual responses are provided when a master toy member touches an accessory toy member for providing further fun in playing the custom designed story scene based play set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: People Innovate for Economy Foundation, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Ar-Fu Lam
  • Patent number: 8352876
    Abstract: Interactive electronic book operating systems and methods for displaying and allowing customization of content of scientific, engineering and other technical and professional digital books. The display screen can include icons for forward and backward page turning, generating of dynamic indexing and tables of contents, bookmarking, color themes, floating pages, highlighting, adding sticky notes, hiding selected content on the pages, quizzing the reader, lecturing the reader, tutoring the reader, showing the reader additional designs and practical relevance, and allowing the instructor to generate uniform seed numbers for problems and designs and/or allowing the instructor to generate random seed values for problems and designs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: University of Central Florida Research Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Issa Batarseh, Ghaith Haddad, Rashad Oreifej, Rawad Al-Haddad
  • Patent number: 8272154
    Abstract: A flip book greeting card having an outside cover containing text and artwork and an inside panel containing a flip book. The flip book is made up of one piece of material that is folded accordion-style to create several smaller folds, each fold containing a series of still frame pictures or drawings, each successive fold containing the same picture or drawing with incremental movements. The flip book is connected to the greeting card in such away that when a user pulls the free edge of the flip book, the flip book is set in motion, creating the illusion of a picture in motion. The user may then push the free edge back to its original location, while the flip book is set in reverse motion, creating the illusion of rewinding the movement of the picture. The picture or drawing used in the flip book may be coordinated with the occasion, theme and/or décor of the greeting card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: American Greetings Corporation
    Inventors: Dave Sapp, David Mayer, Eliza DeVogel, Terry Hughes, Johnny Yanok
  • Publication number: 20120052762
    Abstract: In one aspect of the present invention, a toy arrangement involving a flickering, animated and/or luminescent toy object will be described. The toy arrangement includes a toy object having an ultraviolet sensitive layer. A light source is arranged to illuminate the ultraviolet sensitive layer with ultraviolet light. The ultraviolet sensitive layer is arranged to emit colored light in response to exposure to the ultraviolet light. In some implementations, the light source is arranged to vary the intensity of the ultraviolet light, which in turn can cause the colored light emitted from the toy object to fade, brighten and flicker. The toy arrangement may also include a speaker that emits sounds that are synchronized with changes in the colored light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Applicant: FUNFARE, LLC
    Inventors: Jason Gene Heller, Charles Albert, Joshua William Garrett, Jeff McKnight, Eduardo Martinez
  • Publication number: 20110306267
    Abstract: A creative illustration book is provided that has a story page that has pre-printed text of a written story. An illustration page is included that does not have any of the pre-printed text of the written story thereon. The illustration page is removable from the book so that the entire written story is retained in the book after removal of the illustration page. The illustration page is provided for use in having a user draw an illustration thereon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2010
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Inventor: Tara Anne Malia
  • Patent number: 8042836
    Abstract: A reversibly bound book is provided. A first cover strip is wrapped around the first edge of a first cover board, passes over the first side of the first cover board and along the first side of the second cover board. One end of a second cover strip is wrapped around the second edge of the second cover board, strip passes along the second side of the second cover board and over the second side of the first cover board. The cover boards are only attached to each other via the cover strips and can be rotated and turned inside-out. One book can have two different appearances simply by rotating the cover boards with respect to each other. At least one floating spine is bound to one cover board, serving as a spine in one configuration and a closure in the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Candlepants, Inc.
    Inventor: Ellen Barrett Dudley
  • Patent number: 8021207
    Abstract: A storybook kit for a child's play structure includes poles removably attached to one another and arranged to form a three-dimensional box-like structure of a size to permit a child to fully enter therein. A plurality of panels are attached to the poles. The panels have graphic representations thereon corresponding to at least a portion of a story or illustration depicted in an accompanying storybook. Three dimensional objects may be positionable within, or removably attached to the panels, and which correspond to objects in the storybook to enhance the play experience. Multiple structures may be placed side-by-side so that a child can move from one structure to another, and thus from one portion of the story to the next.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Inventor: Anne L. Manrique
  • Patent number: 8006418
    Abstract: A plurality of patterns 40a through 40e comprising a plurality of plotting lines 41a to 41e of a predetermined width drawn parallel to each other at predetermined intervals and drawn inclined with respect to the axial direction of a can 3 are provided in staggered positions at intervals corresponding to the width of the plotting lines 2. Meanwhile, a plurality of linear opaque portions 21 of a predetermined width alternating with a plurality of linear transparent portions 22 of a predetermined width are provided parallel to each other on a cylindrical heat-shrink film 1 at an inclination angle corresponding to the angle of the plotting lines 41a through 41e on the can 3. This cylindrical heat-shrink film 1 is then mounted on the outside of the can 3. In this way, a container with screen part on which the pattern can be changed is provided in a way not possible before.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Suntory Holdings Limited
    Inventor: Toshiya Kobayashi
  • Publication number: 20110124264
    Abstract: An interactive toy for interacting with a user while a story is being read aloud from a book or played from a movie/video. The toy includes a speech recognition unit that receives and detects certain triggering phrases as they are read aloud or played from a companion literary work. The triggering phrase read aloud from the book or played in the movie/video may have independent significance or may only have significance when combined with other phrases read aloud from the book or played in the movie/video.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Inventor: Jennifer R. Garbos
  • Publication number: 20100279580
    Abstract: An entertainment center for children or other users with a durable backer and two sets of pages bound to the backer along opposite sides. The pages and the backer may provide erasable writing surfaces where markers, pencils, crayons or other writing utensils may be used and then erased to permit future use of the same writing or drawing surface. The sets of pages are bound to the backer along opposite sides so that an inner edges of each set is positioned adjacent each other in a closed position and a locking mechanism is provided to retain the pages in the closed position. A durable cover may be provided in each set of pages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2009
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Applicant: SCHOOL SPECIALTY INC.
    Inventor: Robert Sanford
  • Patent number: 7749041
    Abstract: A portable theater for children that has multiple features of a theater integrated together. The portable theater has a stage, refreshment stand, ticket booth and alternatively a dressing room or puppet theater. Each side of theater has one element for a total of four elements in any given theater. The theater allows children to enact not only a performance, but also other aspects of the theater experience like selling tickets, selling refreshments and changing between scenes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Inventor: Lisa Annette Leleu
  • Patent number: 7682216
    Abstract: An article including a book, a closeable housing and an object in a compressed state in the housing is disclosed. The object is compressed foam that expands into a figure when the housing is opened. The book has one or more characters and the figure is representative of one of the one or more characters. The housing is preferably in a back cover of the book. The compressible toy is made from a compressible and expandable foam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Inventor: Donald Spector
  • Patent number: 7647718
    Abstract: A multi-panel fold-out device made from a blank includes at least first, second, and third panels which are joined together in sequence, and formed by separation lines between the first, second, and third panels. The first and second panels each have an internal panel portion including a score line adjacent to an edge of the panel. Each internal panel portion is releasably secured to its panel such that the internal panel portion can be pivoted around its score line relative to its panel. The first panel is foldable over, along the first separation line, to secure the first panel to the second panel. The first and second panels are foldable under, along the second separation line, to secure the first and second panels to the third panel. The first and second internal panel portions are of different sizes so that these panels can be folded out in sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Inventor: Richard A. Burtch
  • Publication number: 20090206593
    Abstract: A printed work, such as a book or a card, may include one or may pages having a first layer having an image on a surface thereof, a second layer covering at least a portion of the first layer and having a flap configured to move between a closed position, in which the image is covered by the flap, and an open position, in which the flap exposes the image, and a third layer covering the second layer and having a portion being movable relative to the second layer to expose the flap. Methods of displaying such a printed work are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2008
    Publication date: August 20, 2009
    Applicant: Transglobal Communications Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven C. Prescott
  • Publication number: 20090104838
    Abstract: A storybook kit for a child's play structure includes poles removably attached to one another and arranged to form a three-dimensional box-like structure of a size to permit a child to fully enter therein. A plurality of panels are attached to the poles. The panels have graphic representations thereon corresponding to at least a portion of a story or illustration depicted in an accompanying storybook. Three dimensional objects may be positionable within, or removably attached to the panels, and which correspond to objects in the storybook to enhance the play experience. Multiple structures may be placed side-by-side so that a child can move from one structure to another, and thus from one portion of the story to the next.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Publication date: April 23, 2009
    Inventor: Anne L. Manrique
  • Patent number: 7469495
    Abstract: A folding display apparatus includes: first and second forms; and at least one flexible connector strip interconnecting the first and second forms and carrying indicia thereon in a preselected pattern. The apparatus is moveable between a first position in which the first and second forms collectively define a face bearing a first image composed from the indicia; and a second position in which the first and second forms collectively define a second face bearing a second image composed from the indicia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Assignee: Clear Blue, Inc.
    Inventors: Robin Konieczny, Al Christensen
  • Patent number: 7467985
    Abstract: A three dimensional storybook with a plurality of base plates, a plurality of horizontal and vertical support poles, a plurality of pole connecting members and a fabric floor portion The floor portion terminates at each edge in a base plate retaining loop of fabric. A plurality of felt wall curtains are each capable of being hung on a the horizontal support poles. The felt curtains include decorative graphics that correspond with a story as told in a two dimensional storybook. A plurality of graphic felt accessory panels that relate to the story can be attached to the curtains and or floor portion. A see through fabric mesh panel acts as a roof portion. Multiple structures can be placed side by side so that a child can crawl from one portion of the story to the next.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2008
    Inventor: Anne L. Manrique
  • Patent number: 7429045
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and device for playing a game in which values of a game piece are gradually revealed. In one embodiment, a housing receives a game piece. The housing includes an opaque portion covering markings on the game piece. The opaque portion is movable for gradually revealing at least one marking on the game piece. The opaque portion can include a pair of movable doors. The doors are moved laterally toward one another to reveal markings on outer columns of the game piece. The doors are moved vertically for revealing markings on an inner column of the game piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2008
    Inventor: Richard Darling
  • Patent number: 7390237
    Abstract: A learning toy includes a board assembly having a plurality of perforations, and at least one toy element provided with a stud member for insertion into one of the perforations so as to attach the toy element onto the board assembly. The board assembly includes a base and a face panel removably superposed on the base, the base being formed with a plurality of perforations extending through the thickness of the base, and the face panel being formed with a plurality of perforations respectively aligned with the perforations of the base. A plurality of toy elements may be provided, the heads of the toy elements being embodied in various forms and configurations so that a variety of games may be played on the board assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Inventor: Wen-Pin Lin
  • Publication number: 20080070470
    Abstract: The invention relates to an improved based structure with changeable colorful figures, wherein the based structure is printed with colorful figures. A coating layer is provided over the colorful figures to show a single color in usual time. The coating layer will become transparent after contacting water and the original colorful figures are then displayed. In use of the change, the based structure can be applied on many products being apt to water that obtains decorative effect of figures with changeable color and improves utilization.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2006
    Publication date: March 20, 2008
    Inventor: Cheng Min Lai
  • Publication number: 20080003919
    Abstract: An article including a book, a closeable housing and an object in a compressed state in the housing is disclosed. The object is compressed foam that expands into a figure when the housing is opened. The book has one or more characters and the figure is representative of one of the one or more characters. The housing is preferably in a back cover of the book. The compressible toy is made from a compressible and expandable foam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2006
    Publication date: January 3, 2008
    Inventor: Donald Spector
  • Patent number: 7313878
    Abstract: A rotary pop-up envelope is disclosed. The device comprises an envelope that holds a pullout tab that is pivotably connected to a pop-up sheet member. The envelope includes a slotted panel with a slot through which the pop-up sheet member is inserted. The envelope further includes a middle panel and a cover panel that, when folded together, enclose the slotted panel, the pop-up sheet member, and the pullout tab. The envelope is open at one end and partially open at a top edge such that when the pullout tab is pulled away from the envelope, the pop-up sheet member engages an apex of the slot in the slotted panel that forces the pop-up sheet member to rotate up through the open portion at the top side of the envelope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2008
    Inventor: Tim Clegg
  • Patent number: 7201402
    Abstract: The book with spinning globe has a front cover, a back cover, and a spine or binding portion which binds the front cover, and the back cover. An earth globe is rotatably connected to a front cover, back cover, or spine so that the globe is rotatable about an axis extending along a plane of the front cover, back cover, or spine to which the globe is connected. The book may optionally include at least one leaf positioned between the front and the back cover. The globe may also be rotatably connected to the leaf. The globe is configured to represent the earth, and has outlines representing the continents and at least larger countries or geographical regions, and may have contours representing mountains or other features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Inventor: John F. Duprey
  • Patent number: 7182667
    Abstract: A coloring sheet, coloring book, coloring roll, and coloring desk and roll assembly having a coloring sheet with a printed coloring image outline on one surface is substantially visually imperceptible under normal viewing conditions, such as when viewed at a non-coloring distance using a standard incandescent light source, and a method of coloring the sheet. The image may be printed with ink extender, ultraviolet, or infrared ink, or printed opposite the coloring surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Assignee: Cardinal Brands, Inc.
    Inventor: Larry Wittmeyer, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6951352
    Abstract: Included is a flap board book having at least one page constructed of a first piece of grayback board and a second piece of grayback board wherein each piece of grayback board has a front and a back side. Each front side includes a coating adapted to accept printing. The first piece of grayback board includes a rotateably attached section positioned to allow viewing of a portion of the backside of the first piece of the grayback board and a portion of the backside of the second piece of grayback board. The portion of the backside of the first piece of the grayback board and the portion of the backside of the second piece of the grayback board includes a flashing adapted to accept printing ink. In this invention, only the portion of the back of each grayback board piece has been flashed, or treated. This treatment enables these portions, and only these portions on the flashed side of each piece, to properly accept printing ink.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2005
    Assignee: The Clever Factory, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew M. Hyde
  • Patent number: 6930600
    Abstract: An image and audio processing system includes a housing, a storage medium, a non-contact audio storage device installed inside the housing for storing audio data in the storage medium by wireless communication technology, and a print device installed inside the housing for printing an image on the storage medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Assignee: Hi-Touch Imaging Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tung-Ming Hsieh
  • Patent number: 6893317
    Abstract: The device provides auditory and visual stimulation to an infant or young child. The device includes a themed housing with a base portion and an upper portion. The base portion includes electronic circuitry and a drive mechanism. The upper portion houses a plurality of planar members that are drivably co-engaged. The floor of the upper portion includes a plurality of grooves in which the planar members travel, a microswitch arrangement for identifying which planar members are viewable, and a slot through which a driving member engages the planar members. The upper portion includes two or more lights for selectively illuminating the viewable planar members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Inventor: James Vlodek
  • Patent number: 6871428
    Abstract: A calendar comprising front and rear covers with multiple pages disposed therebetween and being saddle stitched together. A portrait mounting area formed on the inside of the front cover with aligned perforated punch outs formed in each of the pages such that a photograph mounted in the portrait mounting area is viewable through the apertures formed by removal of the perforated punch outs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2005
    Inventor: David Howard Gelin
  • Patent number: 6837521
    Abstract: A book with improved binding includes a front cover page having at least one binding hole extending therethrough, a rear cover page having at least one binding hole extending therethrough and at least one center page having at least one binding hole extending therethrough which is positioned between the front and rear cover pages. Each of the front, rear and center pages are constructed of foam material and the invention includes at least one binding cord which extends through each of the binding holes of the front cover page, rear cover page and center pages for binding the pages to one another in book format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2005
    Inventor: Christian Nol Guy Legrand
  • Patent number: 6821182
    Abstract: A gear-driving device that allows the user to create an interlocking moving gear display that is coordinated with the subject matter in a book or on a page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2004
    Assignee: Innovative USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Polick
  • Publication number: 20040198144
    Abstract: A pad of paper (or book) is interconnected with a box of writing implements (or other materials) in a manner allowing the pad or book and other items to be folded over in overlying registration for a more compact configuration. In addition to writing implements, the other materials may include rubber stamps, ink pads, playing cards or flash cards, stickers, temporary tattoos, and so forth. The dimensions of the paper and box of materials are preferably the same, though the dimensions may themselves be dictated by the size and number of implements, or other considerations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2003
    Publication date: October 7, 2004
    Inventors: Joshua Pokempner, Jonathan Wright, Kellie Hebert
  • Publication number: 20040197758
    Abstract: An imaging system includes a magnetically responsive display. The imaging system includes a first panel, a second panel hingedly connected to the first panel and a plurality of transplant cards that are also hingedly connected to the second panel. A magnetic drawing panel for eraseably forming a magnetic image is mounted on the first panel. A hand operated instrument comparable to a pen or pencil has a magnetic tip which the user employs much like a pen or a pencil to draw an image on the magnetic drawing panel. The instrument is removeably mounted to one of the panels or to some other part of the imaging system. Alternative embodiments of the imaging system include, for example, drawing toys, notebooks, notepads and three-ring binders having a magnetically responsive panel incorporated therein on.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2003
    Publication date: October 7, 2004
    Inventor: Gordon B. Langford
  • Patent number: 6796061
    Abstract: A book having at least one fold out page with a display-changing device that allows the user to vary and experiment with the words, pictures or colors associated with the text, representations, characters, objects or scenes depicted in the book.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Assignee: Innovative USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward A. Gemma, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6773324
    Abstract: A bilboquet toy (20) is provided. The toy (20) incorporates a handheld radio (26), such as a cellular telephone or other handheld electronic device, to which is attached a coupler (22). A bille (24), in the form of a stylized ring or cup, is coupled to the coupler (22) by a tether (32). In play, the bille (24) is tossed upward and caught as it falls upon an antenna (28) of the radio (26). The bille (24) may assume any of a plurality of shapes to allow different forms and levels of play. The coupler (22) may be removable, such as an O-ring pressed over the antenna (28), semi-removable, as a two-part hook-and-loop fastener, or permanent. Either the coupler (22) or the bille (24) may display advertising copy (46). The coupler (22), the bille (24), and the tether (32) are fabricated of non-conducting materials to avoid interference with communicative use of the handheld radio (26).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Inventor: Richard W. Davis
  • Patent number: 6702331
    Abstract: A concertina-bound foam-based book is presented, comprising a plurality of foam pages, each having a first edge and a second edge. The first edge is opposite the second edge on each page, and the pages are bound along their first edges and second edges in a concertina fashion with a water-resistant binding means. When fully opened, the concertina-bound foam-based book opens as a string of pages and such that when closed, the pages of the concertina-bound foam-based book form a stack of pages. A variety of specific binding means and binding materials may be used in conjunction with the present invention. A method for making the concertina-bound foam-based book of the present invention is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2004
    Inventors: William Derraugh, Michael John Morris
  • Patent number: 6672929
    Abstract: A puppet system consisting of puppet, or other first body, able to fit within an opening or hole in an second object. The first object has straps that are attached on both ends to the first object. At least one end of the strap is reversibly attachable. The strap is able to fit in second openings in the second objects and then re-attached to the first object securing the first objects to the second object in a loose but secure manner. A preferred embodiment is use of a puppet as the first object and a book cover as the second object so that an operator can use one to both support the book cover and operate the puppet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2004
    Inventor: Lisa Leleu
  • Patent number: 6663456
    Abstract: A toy comprising in combination a story media, a puppet manipulator, and puppet figures in a stage-like box. The puppet figures may represent characters objects or scenes from the story media. The puppet manipulator device is adapted to allow a user to removably attach various puppet figures to act out a play, scene or story selected from the story media using several puppet figures at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Assignee: Innovative USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward A. Gemma, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20030143915
    Abstract: Twirling confetti includes a plurality of devices, each said device comprising a thin flat member having a first side edge, a second side edge, a longitudinal center line extending between the edges, a first end and a second end. The member is configured so that the cross-sectional area of the member decreases from the second end towards the first end. An elongated rib extends between the ends to one side of the center line. A weight is connected to the flat member adjacent to the first end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2002
    Publication date: July 31, 2003
    Inventors: Andrew Daniel, Henry Methorst
  • Patent number: 6575803
    Abstract: A card holder is built up with flat parts that are detachably contained in a board before being used to assemble the card holder. The board may be made of a plastic material or a cardboard and is stamped with dies to provide the parts. The parts are then detached from the board to build up the card holder. The board with the parts removed therefrom is used as a base of the card holder, and two generally Y-shaped parts are vertically inserted into two slots provided on the base to serve as two supports for holding a plurality of cards in two deep openings thereon. Other parts may be assembled into decorative models for vertically inserting on the base to also act as a counterbalance to the cards held in the two supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2003
    Inventor: Kuo-Ching Liu
  • Patent number: 6517407
    Abstract: A three-dimensional interactive book includes a wheelfold sandwiched between front and rear covers. The front cover has illustrations on both the convex and concave surfaces of a three-dimensionally contoured element. The rear cover has a holographic element. The wheelfold has a wheel rotatably mounted between opposite front and rear panels. Primary pictorial elements on the wheel are selectively visible through a window on the front panel. A secondary pictorial element on the front panel is juxtaposed with the window. Selected surfaces, elements, and panels have text written thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2003
    Inventor: Tim Peters
  • Publication number: 20030022590
    Abstract: A three-dimensional interactive book includes a wheelfold sandwiched between front and rear covers. The front cover has illustrations on both the convex and concave surfaces of a three-dimensionally contoured element. The rear cover has a holographic element. The wheelfold has a wheel rotatably mounted between opposite front and rear panels. Primary pictorial elements on the wheel are selectively visible through a window on the front panel. A secondary pictorial element on the front panel is juxtaposed with the window. Selected surfaces, elements, and panels have text written thereon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2001
    Publication date: January 30, 2003
    Inventor: Tim Peters
  • Patent number: 6508488
    Abstract: The invention provides a book containing a three dimensional model assembly made from a plurality of model components attached to respective pages in the book. The model can be a human body or anything desired. When the book is closed, the model components combine to form a completely assembled model assembly that is thinner than the book. Thus, the book can lie flat on either its front or back cover on a flat surface. When the book is open, and as a reader turns each page, the model components attached to the respective page separate from the model assembly revealing other components that remain combined to form a partially assembled model assembly. The components can be fixedly or hingedly attached to respective pages with bars, flaps or both. If hingedly attached, the model components can be separated from the model assembly without turning a respective page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2003
    Assignee: becker & mayer!
    Inventor: James F. Becker
  • Publication number: 20020197930
    Abstract: The present invention provides a stuffed toy with an integral book. Generally, the stuffed toy includes a body portion with a pack portion for fixedly securing the book to the body portion and a means for keeping the pack portion closed, when desired. The stuffed toy and the integral book is preferably adapted for use by young children. However, both the stuffed toy and the book may be tailored so that the invention may be used by adults as a note pad, a photo album, or a small dryers type pad. In a further embodiment, the pack portion may be adapted as an enclosure portion for securing a portable electronic device such as a cellular phone or a personal digital assistant. Pockets or other securing means may also be provided to allow for the storage of pens, or other objects in the stuffed toy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2001
    Publication date: December 26, 2002
    Inventors: William Derraugh, Michael Morris