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Патент USA US3018790

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Jan. 30, 1962
Filed May 15, 1961
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United States Patent
Patented Jan. 30, 1962
Sidney R. Greenblatt and Richard A. Guthman, Jr., At
lanta, Ga., assignors to Montag, Inc., Atlanta, Ga., a
corporation of Ohio
Filed May 15, 1961, Ser. No. 110,088
3 Claims. (Cl. 129-23)
This invention is directed to a novel binder which may
be used to hold loose-leaf ?ller sheets in assembled super 10
posed relationship during use. In particular, the inven
tion is concerned with a binder wherein a writing instru
ment, either pencil, pen or other means, may be carried
in the binder without danger of loss and wherein the
closure means for locking the loose-leaf sheets in the 15
binder also serves the function of retaining the particular
writing instrument, whatever it may be, emplaced within
The elongated well 13'is bounded at the upper mar'—
ginal edge of base 1 by a vertical wall 15 formed, as is
well 13 integrally with the base. Wall 15, however, is
somewhat reduced in thickness such as to be laterally
yieldable. In other words, wall 15 may be ?exed slightly
from a true vertical position and will, because of the
limited resilience of the material from which it is formed,
have a pronounced tendency to spring back to a vertical
Asmay be seen in FIGS. 1 and 2, the base 1 is also
provided with a pair of upstanding pins 17 and 19. These
pins are arranged in spaced vertically co-planar relation
on base 1 and are adapted to be engaged by the men
tioned drilled holes in the ?ller F in a conventional
Disposed over pins 17 and 19 and the elongated well
13, is a cover 21 also preferably moulded from a suit
the binder. By so combining the function of the filler
able plastic material. The cover 21 is journaled in aper
lock or holder with this additional function, the binder
tures 12, 12.’ by trunnions 23, 25 formed integrally there
which results is economical to manufacture, attractive in 20 with, and is- essentially of plate~like con?guration such
appearance and has particular utility where, due to the
that it will completely overlie an area bounded by ears
circumstances of use, it is most essential that a writing
7 and 9, wall 15 and extending a short distance beyond
instrument be associated with it.
pins 17 and 19 over the upper edges of ?ller papers F.
Having thus described the invention in general terms,
The under-surface of cover 21 rests against the tops of
consideration will- now be given to the attached drawing 25 pins 17 and 19, and, if desired, may be provided with
in describing the novel structure in detail.
shallow dimples (not identi?ed) adapted to coincide with
In the drawing, FIG. 1 is a top plan view of a clip
the tops of the pins to assure locking of the ?ller paper F
board type of binder incorporating the novel structure.
securely on these pins.
FIG. 2 is a side sectional view taken along the line
Since the cover 21 is pivotally mounted in cars 7 and
2—2 of FIG. 1 and somewhat enlarged.
9, it is obvious it may be lifted or swung away from pins
FIG. 3 is a vertical sectional view taken along the
17 and 19, as indicated by the arrow in FIG. 2, such that
line 3—3 of FIG. 2 and somewhat reduced in size to cor
?ller paper F may be removed or replenished at will.
respond to FIG. 1.
Projecting downwardly from and formed integrally
The structure, as will be apparent in the drawings, has
with cover 21 is a depending tab 30. This tab, as may
been illustrated as incorporated in a binder of the clip 35 be seen in FIGS. 2 and 3, is con?gured such that it will
board type, so-called because the blank ?ller sheets rest
completely cover or block aperture 11 when cover mem_
on a rigid base such that the entire assembly can be
ber 21 is in closed position. Thus tab 30 is formed on
used as a portable desk enabling the user to write thereon
cover 21 such that it will rest closely adjacent the up
at any location. It is to be understood, however, that
standing ear 7 and serve to close the aperture 11 to pre
the invention may also be incorporated in binders or clip 40 vent dislodgement of any writing instrument which may
boards of any type, particular reference being made to
be inserted in the Well 13. It will also be noted that
that device shown in co-pending application Serial No.
92,583 ?led March 1, 1961 by Robert Ensign et al.
the wall 15, well 13, the top edge of ?ller F, along with
cover 21, de?nes a compartment serving to house one or
Thel?ller paper F is usually in the form of a pack
more writing instruments, and that, absent the aperture
of unconnected sheets, superposed one over the other and 45 11, it would be impossible without removing at least the
having at least a pair of holes drilled adjacent one edge,
greater majority of ?ller F to gain access to the instru
in this case, the top edge of the sheets.
ment or instruments positioned in well 13. It will also
Filler sheets F, then, rest on a base 1 formed of a
be noted that the tapered shape of channel 13 assures
rigid material, preferably a plastic. The base 1 is pro
that any such instrument will be accurately guided to
vided along two sides with small vertical shoulders 3
aperture 11 when the binder or clipboard is tilted slightly
and 5 which gradually increase in height toward the top
to the right, as viewed in FIG. 1 and the cover 21 is
of the base, ?nally terminating in a pair of upstanding
raised enough for tab 30 to open aperture 11.
ears 7 and 9, adjacent to, and perpendicular with respect
As has been ‘mentioned the vertical wall 15 is resilient.
to the top edge of the base 1. Obviously, since the side
This wall rests against the upper-rear most edge of the
edges of base 1 are parallel, the shoulders 3 and 5 and 55 cover 21 and braces this member to a closed position
ears 7 and 9 are also parallel.
against pins 17 and 19. In addition the cover is shaped,
The ear 7 is provided a pair of apertures 11 and 12.
as seen in FIG. 2, in cross-section such that the men
The ear 9 is provided with but one aperture 12’ which is
tioned edge is in effect an over-center cam such that when
equal in size and in co-aXial relation with respect to the
cover 21 is pivoted to an open position it will also be
aperture 12 in ear 7, such that these apertures serve as
held in this position by the resilience of wall 15.
journals as will become apparent.
It is quite apparent that the structure described may
The aperture 11 is disposed below aperture 12 in ear
readily be incorporated into any one of a variety of
7, and is large enough to permit passage of normal
types of loose-leaf binders, clip-boards, and the like,
writing instruments such as pencils, ball point pens and
particularly the structure disclosed in the aforesaid
the like therethrough. This aperture is in communica 65 Ensign et al. application, therefore, the invention is lim
tion with a tapered, elongated well or recess formed in
ited only as is de?ned in the claims appended hereto.
the base 1 parallel to and adjacent the top edge of the
What is claimed is:
base. It will be noted particularly in FIGS. 1 and 3,
1. In a binder structure for loose-leaf sheets having
that the well tapers in size such that its narrower portion’
‘at least a pair of openings therein disposed adjacent a
conforms to the size of aperture 11 while the ‘larger 70 marginal edge, a base underlying said sheets, a pair of
portion is of a size such as to be able to accommodate
sheet engaging pins on said base for receiving the open
more than one such instrument.
ing in said sheets, said pins being spaced from a mar
ginal edge of said base, a cover means for holding the
sheets on said pins, said cover means comprising a plate
like member pivotally mounted on said base and being
swingable from a position overlying said pins to a posi
tion spaced away from said pins, 21 pair of vertical ears
on said base disposed adjacent said ?rst mentioned mar
adjacent said aperture and movable with said cover for
ginal edge, normal thereto and in parallel spaced rela
tion, a vertical wall de?ning said ?rst mentional mar
covering said aperture to prevent dislodgement of articles
disposed in said well through the aperture in said ear.
2. The binder structure de?ned in claim 1 wherein
said ears serve as journals for said cover member, and
said vertical wall bears against the edge of said cover to
bias it either in an open or closed position.
3. The binder structure de?ned in claim 2 wherein
ginal edge and de?ning with said ears and the marginal
said aperture closing means comprises a dependent tab
edges of the sheets and said cover, a closed receptacle, 10 formed on an edge of said cover adjacent the aperture
an aperture in one of said ears, an elongated well dis
in one of said upstanding ears.
posed adjacent the vertical wall de?ning the edge of said
base, said well tapering toward said aperture, and means
No references cited.
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