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Publication numberUS3777378 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateDec 11, 1973
Filing dateJun 19, 1972
Priority dateJun 19, 1972
Publication numberUS 3777378 A, US 3777378A, US-A-3777378, US3777378 A, US3777378A
InventorsSant Anselmo R
Original AssigneeSant Anselmo R
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Reinforcing patch
US 3777378 A
Abstract
A reinforcing patch for reinforcing an opening through sheet material including a pair of spaced plate members interconnected by a hinge member to form a U-shaped reinforcing patch and with a pair of openings extending in line through both plate members and with a plurality of teeth extending inwardly from each plate member and with the teeth spaced around the periphery of the opening in each plate member. The plate members are positioned on opposite sides of the sheet material and with the teeth extending into the opening through the sheet material. The invention also includes the use of a loop member integral with and extending from the hinge member. In addition, the teeth may abut each other in the opening or the teeth may interlock within the opening through the sheet material.
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tlnited States atent [191 SantAnselmo 1 REINFORCING PATCH [76] Inventor: Robert SantAnselmo, 1 1001 Wagner St., Culver City, Calif.' 90230 [22] Filed: June 19, 1972 [21] Appl. No.: 264,025

Mauchline 40/11 R Dec. 11, 1973 Primary Examiner-Lawrence Charles Assistant ExaminerWenceslao J. Contreras Attorney-Charles H. Schwartz et al.

[57] ABSTRACT A reinforcing patch for reinforcing an opening through sheet material including a pair of spaced plate members interconnected by a hinge member to form a U-shaped reinforcing patch and with a pair of openings extending in line through both plate members and with a plurality of teeth extending inwardly from each plate member and with the teeth spaced around the periphery of the opening in each plate member. The plate members are positioned on opposite sides of the sheet material and with the teeth extending into the opening through the sheet material. The invention also includes the use of a loop member integral with and extending from the hinge member. In addition, the teeth may abut each other in the opening or the teeth may interlock within the opening through the sheet material.

9 Claims, 6 Drawing Figures PAIENIEUUEC 11 1975 3777378 REINFORCING PATCH The present invention is directed to a reinforcing patch for reinforcing an opening through sheet material. For example, the sheet material may be a business form composed ofa plurality of sheets, or the sheet material may be a single sheet.

As an example, it may be desirable to attach the business form to a product or a container for a product, for example, to accompany the product during the manufacture of that product or during the packaging or shipment of that product and with the different individual sheets of the business form being removed at periodic times. In the past, the business form would include an opening, usually near the top edge of the business form, which opening could be used for attachment of the business form to the product. For example, a wire may be passed through the opening to provide attachment of the form to the product, or the opening may be used to pass over a hanger such as a nail associated with the product or the container for the product.

It is obvious that the business form, which is usually constructed of paper, does not have great strength and that the business form may be lost since the opening through the form can tear or break and the business form may therefore become detached from the product. The present invention is directed to a reinforcing patch for use with sheet material such as a business form and which provides for a reinforcement of the opening through the business form. Additionally, the reinforcing patch of the present invention may also include an integral loop which could facilitate the attachment of the business form to a particular product. For example, the loop may be formed as two members which may be interconnected so that the loop could be placed around a portion of the product and then locked together.

The particular design of the reinforcing patch of the present invention includes a pair of spaced plate members which are interconnected along a first side portion by a hinge member. The spacing between the plate members may correspond to the thickness of the sheetmaterial which is. to be reinforced. The plate members have openings extending therethrough and with these openings in line to correspond to the. opening through the sheet material.

A plurality of teeth extend inwardly from each plate member and with the teeth spaced around the periphery of the openings in each plate member and with the teeth having an outer configuration conforming to the configuration of the opening through the sheet material. The plate members may be positioned on opposite sides of the sheet material and with the teeth extending into the opening through the sheet material so as to lock the reinforcing patch on the sheet member. The teeth may be flexible and abut each other or the teeth may be interlocking so as to extend into the opening in the sheet material for interlocking within this opening. The inner surfaces of the plate members may have gripper portions extending outwardly so as to grip the sheet material.

The reinforcing patch of the present invention generally has the plate members, hingemember and teeth all integrally formed of a flexible plastic and with the loop member also integrally formed of the same plastic. A clearer understanding of the invention will be had with reference to the following description and drawings wherein:

FIG. 1 illustrates a reinforcing patch of the present invention including an integral loop used for reinforcing sheet material which is specifically shown to be a business form;

FIG. 2 illustrates a front view of a reinforcing patch without an integral loop;

FIG. 3 illustrates a side view of the reinforcing patch of the present invention including a first form of inwardly extending teeth;

FIG. 4 illustrates a side view of the reinforcing patch illustrating a second form of inwardly extending teeth;

FIG. 5 illustrates a front view of a reinforcing patch including a first form of an integral loop; and

FIG. 6 illustrates a front view of the reinforcing patch illustrating a second form of an integral loop.

In FIG. 1, a reinforcing patch 10 is shown reinforcing an opening 12 through sheet material 14. The sheet material 14 may be composed of a plurality of sheets or may be a single sheet. The reinforcing patch 10 includes a body portion 16 and, as shown in FIG. 1, also includes an integral loop 18. The reinforcing patch 10 with the integral loop 18 may be formed from a flexible plastic material. The reinforcing patch as applied to the business form 14 provides for an attachment of the business form to a product, either through the use of the reinforced opening 12 on through the use of the integral'loop 18. I

In FIG. 2, a front view of a reinforcing patch 50 is shown, which reinforcing patch does not include a loop member and provides for reinforcement of an opening in sheet material such as a business form. The appear ance of the reinforcing patch 50 is substantially identical from both sides. The reinforcing patch 50 is formed from a substantially square plate member 52 having a raised circular area 54 and with an opening 56 extendingtherethrough. The circular area 54 is basically symbolic to represent that the patch is for reinforcing a generally circular opening. It is to be appreciated that the opening 56 may take other configurations other than circular and that the patch 50 has an opening which conforms in configuration to the opening through the' business form. It is also to be appreciated that the outer shape of the patch 50, as shown by the substantially square portion 52, is arbitrary and may take other shapes, such as circular, rectangular, triangular, etc. 1

FIGS. 3 and 4 illustrate two alternative forms for the inner construction of the reinforcing patch of the present invention. In FIG. 3, the reinforcing patch includes a pair of plate members and 102 interconnected by a hinge portion 104. The plate members 100 and 102 are spaced apart a particular distance which would be substantially identical to the thickness of the sheet material to be reinforced. The inner surfaces 108 and 110 of the sheet members 100 and 102 have an irregular configuration and generally include portions extending outwardly to formgripper surfaces. It is to be appreciated that the plate members 100 and 102 when slipped over sheet material to be on opposite sides of the sheet material would have these gripper surfaces 108 and 110 in contact with the sheet material to provide for additional gripping of the sheet material.

The main locking of the reinforcing patch shown in FIG. 3 to the sheet material is through the use of a plurality of teeth 112 extending from the inner surface of the plate 100 and a plurality of teeth 114 extending from the inner surface of the plate 102. The teeth 112 and 114 extend inwardly around the periphery of openings 116 and 118 through the plate members 100 and 102. When the plate members 100 and 102 are slipped over the sheet material to be reinforced, such as sheet material 14 shown in FIG. 1, the teeth 112 and 114 will extend into the opening through the sheet material, such as opening 12 shown in FIG. 1.

In FIG. 3, the teeth are shown to be flexible so as to bend away as the reinforcing patch is pushed over the sheet material. When the teeth enter the opening they snap into position within the opening through the sheet material, such as opening 12in sheet material 14 shown in FIG. 1. As an alternative, the plate members 100 and 102 may be flexed apart along hinge member 104 so as to easily position the reinforcing patch around the opening in the sheet material so as to provide the reinforcement. It can be seen in FIG. 3 that if the plate members 100 and 102 are flexed inwardly, the teeth 112 and 114 will abut each other.

In FIG. 4, a second embodiment of a reinforcing patch is shown, which second embodiment includes interlocking teeth members. In FIG. 4, plate members 150 and 152 are interconnected by a hinge member 154. The plate members include openings 156 and 158 which are in line and with a plurality of teeth 160 extending inwardly from plate 150 and surrounding openings 156, and a plurality of teeth 162 extending inwardly from plate 152 and surrounding opening 158. The teeth 160 have recessed portions 164 which receive ridge portions 166 of the teeth 162 so as to provide for an interlocking between the teeth 160 and 162 when the plate members 150 and 152 are pushed inwardly toward each other.

Normally, the reinforcing patch of FIG. 4 would be slipped over the sheet material such as sheet material 14 shown in FIG. 1 and with the teeth 160 and 162 entering the opening such as opening 12 shown in FIG. 1. The reinforcing patch is locked in position bysqueezing the plate members 150 and 152 toward each other until the teeth 160 receive in interlockingrelationship the teeth 162.

FIGS. and 6 illustrate two variants for a loop which may be integrally extended from the hinge member portion of the reinforcing patch. FIG. 5 illustrates basically the same loop member 18 shown in FIG. 1 and it can be seen that the length of this loop member may be varied so as to be used in the attachment of the business form to different desired locations. The loop 18 is integrally formed with the reinforcing patch, and the entire structure, including the plate members, hinge member, teeth and loop member, may be integrally formed from plastic material which is flexible.

FIG. 6 illustrates a loop member formed from two integral portions 170 and 172. The end of portion 170 is a male plug member 174 which is received in a female member 176 for interconnection so as to form a loop member. It is to be appreciated that the loop member as shown in FIG. 6 may be used for placing the loop around an object and then locking the loop and the attached business form in position by interlocking the male and female members 174 and 176.

The present invention is therefore directed to a rein-.

forcing patch which may include an integral loop member and with the patch formed of a pair of spaced plate members inter-connected by a hinge member and with the thickness of the sheet material.

inwardly extending teeth to engage an opening through sheet material. The reinforcing patch of the present invention is simple to manufacture since it may be molded and with a simple attachment to the sheet material to be reinforced since the plate members are slipped over the sheet member until the teeth engage and lock into the opening through the sheet material. The opening through the sheet material, such as the business form, is therefore reinforced and the business form may be attached by using wire or string which passes through the reinforced opening or the business form may be attached by using an integrally formed flexible loop member.

Although the invention has been described with reference to particular embodiments, it is to be appreciated that various adaptations and modifications may be made and the invention is only to be limited by the appended claims.

I claim:

1. A reinforcing patch for reinforcing an opening through sheet material, including a pair of spaced plate members interconnected along a first side portion by a hinge member to form a U shaped reinforcing patch,

a pair of openings extending in line through both plate members,

a plurality of teeth extending inwardly from each plate member and spaced around the periphery of the openings in each plate member and with the outer configuration formed by the plurality of teeth spaced around the opening in each plate member conforming to the configuration of the opening through the sheet material to have the spaced plate members positioned in opposite sides of the sheet material and with the teeth extending into the opening through the sheet material and with the teeth flexible to bend away when the reinforcing patch is slipped over the sheet material and to snap into the opening through the sheet material.

2. The reinforcing patch of claim 1 wherein the hinge member is formed of plastic and including an integral plastic loop extending from the hinge member.

3. The reinforcing patch of claim 2 wherein the loop is formed from two intercoupling members each integral with the hinge member.

4. The reinforcing patch of claim 1 wherein the plate members, hinge member and teeth are all integrally formed from plastic.

5. The reinforcing patch of claim 1 wherein the inner surface of the plate members is irregular to form grippers. I

6. The reinforcing patch of claim 1 wherein the outer configurations formed by the plurality of teeth on each plate member are substantially identical to have the teeth abut when the plate members are flexed inwardly.

7. The reinforcing patch of claim 1 wherein the teeth on one plate member are designed to interlock with the teeth on the other plate member when the plate members are flexed inwardly.

8. The reinforcing patch of claim 1 wherein the plate members, hinge member and teeth are all integrally formed from flexible plastic and including an integral plastic loop extending from the hinge member.

9. The reinforcing patch of claim 1 wherein the spacing between the plate members is substantially equal to

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Classifications
U.S. Classification40/27
International ClassificationG09F3/14, G09F3/08
Cooperative ClassificationG09F3/14
European ClassificationG09F3/14