|Publication number||USRE34024 E|
|Application number||US 07/635,942|
|Publication date||Aug 11, 1992|
|Filing date||Dec 28, 1990|
|Priority date||Aug 29, 1986|
|Publication number||07635942, 635942, US RE34024 E, US RE34024E, US-E-RE34024, USRE34024 E, USRE34024E|
|Inventors||Myun H. Kim|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (25), Referenced by (1), Classifications (4), Legal Events (2)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This application is related to application Ser. Nos. 901,741 and 901,942 filed Aug. 29, 1986; Ser. Nos. 901,744 and 947,966 filed Dec. 30, 1986; Ser. No. 042,787 filed Apr. 27, 1987; Ser. No. 077,443 filed Jul. 24, 1987; and Ser. Nos. 081,239 and 081,240 filed Aug. 4, 1987.
The present invention relates to a tear strip opening device and, more particularly, to a package, for example, an envelope containing a thread positioned at the inside thereof along the crease line between adjacent non tearable material ridges attached thereto which is adapted to be used for easily and readily opening the envelope.
Many types of envelopes have been developed in the stationary industry to facilitate the opening of the envelope. For example, envelopes have been designed with dotted punch lines disposed along one end of the envelope. Also, envelopes contain a thread positioned along the bottom thereof. However, these envelopes suffer from a number of disadvantages, such as they are difficult to open easily and, thus, an opening device, such as a paper opener, must be used for opening these envelopes. Also the prior art devices produce zigzag cuts when using thread positioned along the bottom of an envelope for opening the envelope. Furthermore, to place the tear strip containing the thread at positions other than at the bottom crease of an envelope is very difficult.
Accordingly, it is an object of the present invention to provide a tear strip opening device for use in producing a straight opening in an envelope in an easy manner.
Another object of the present invention is to provide an envelope which utilizes a woolen thread tightly pasted thereto to facilitate the easy opening of the envelope.
A further object of the present invention is to provide an envelope containing a thread positioned along any portion of the inside thereof, e.g., along a crease line and disposed between adjacent non tearable material ridges attached thereto. For example, the thread can be positioned along the middle, top or bottom of the envelope where it is sealed with a glue on the inside surface of the paper and the thread is positioned between adjacent non tearable material ridges disposed on the reverse side thereof.
Still a further object of the present invention is to provide an envelope which provides an opening member to facilitate the easy and ready opening of the envelope.
Other objects and further scope of applicability of the present invention will become apparent from the detailed description given hereinafter. It should be understood, however, that the detailed description and specific examples, while indicating preferred embodiments of the invention, are given by way of illustration only, since various changes and modifications within the spirit and scope of the invention will become apparent to those skilled in the art from this detailed description.
The present invention relates to a tear strip device for opening any type of container, such as an envelope which comprises a thread disposed along any surface of the envelope, and parallel non tearable material such as plastic ridges or strips disposed on the reverse side of said surface and on opposite sides of the thread. Advantageously one end of the thread extends through the surface of the envelope and is sealed within a tab (folded sheet) which in turn is sealed to the outside the surface of the envelope. Thus by pulling the tab away by pulling from the outside surface of the envelope, the thread tears the surface of the envelope in the area between the parallel stubs or ridges.
The present invention will become more fully understood from the detailed description given hereinbelow and the accompanying drawings, which are given by way of illustration only, and thus are not limitative of the present invention, and wherein:
FIG. 1 is a front view of an envelope including the tear strip device disposed at the middle of one side thereof according to the present invention;
FIG. 2 is an enlarged front view showing an opening tab of the envelope including the tear strip device of the present invention;
FIG. 3 is a cross-sectional view of a partially torn envelope of FIG. 1, taken along line 3--3;
FIG. 4 is a cross-sectional view of FIG. 1, taken along line 4--4;
FIG. 5 is a front view of an envelope the tear strip device of the present invention disposed at the lower front surface of the envelope.
FIG. 6 is a front view of an envelope containing the tear strip device of the present invention disposed at the edge thereof;
FIG. 7 is a cross-sectional view of FIG. 6, taken along line 7--7;
FIG. 8 is a plan view of a sealing tape of another embodiment of the present invention; and
FIG. 9 is a cross-sectional view of FIG. 8, taken along line 9--9.
Referring in detail to the drawings for the purpose of illustrating the present invention, FIGS. 1, 2 and 5 show an envelope 10 and a thread 13 having a plurality of woolen hairs 14 which is attached by glue 15 to the inside surface of the envelope 10. The thread 13 in the inside of the envelope is positioned between small adjacent non tearable material ridges or strips 12 attached by glue 18 to the outside of the envelope 10 (FIG. 4). The non tearable material such as plastic ridges or strips 12 are disposed substantially parallel to each other and to the thread 13 and on opposite sides of the envelope 11 from the thread 13. One end 16 of the thread 13 extends through the surface of the paper 11 of the envelope and is sealed within a tab 15 (folded sheet) which, in turn, is releasably sealed by an adhesive 17 to the outside surface of the envelope. Advantageously, the tab 15 is provided with a specific configuration to make it readily identifiable. Also, the thread end 16 has a serpentine configuration in the sealed tab 15 to strengthen the attachment of the thread 13 to the tab 15. The thread 13 can be made of any type of material which is sufficiently strong to cut paper products. Suitable thread materials include cotton threads, synthetic threads and the like.
FIG. 5, illustrates the tear strip device which is disposed on the lower portion of the envelope 10.
FIGS. 6 and 7 illustrate another embodiment of the present invention. In this regard, the tear strip device is located along the edge of the envelope 10. The small non tearable material such as plastic ridges or strips 12 are disposed on both sides, that is on the front and back side of the envelope and on opposite sides of the bottom crease line 19 of the envelope 10. The thread 13 containing the woolen hairs 14 is attached by glue 18 along the crease line 19 (FIGS. 6 and 7). Similarly, the plastic strings or ridges 12 are also attached to the front and back side of the envelope by glue 18. The end 16 of the thread 13 extends through the envelope into the tab 15 disposed on one side of the envelope. The tab 15 is, in turn, releasably attached to the surface of the envelope 10. Advantageously, the tab 15 is provided with a specific configuration to make it readily identifiable. Also, the thread end 16 has a serpentine configuration in the sealed tab 15 to strengthen the attachment of the thread to the tab.
In still another embodiment as shown in FIGS. 8 and 9, the opening device of the present invention can be used in the form of a sealing tape 110 which can be used to seal packages of various types. Thus a paper sealing tape 110, for example, which contains a dry adhesive 117 on one side thereof can be further provided with a thread 113 which is adhesively attached to the dry adhesive side of the tape 110. The other side 111 of the tape 110 is provided with non tearable material such as plastic ridges 112 which are substantially pasted by glue 118 to the tape 110 and extend along the length of the tape 110. The tape, which can be stored in a roll can be merely unwound and used to seal packages by wetting the dry adhesive 117 and attaching it to the package. When it is later desired to open the package, the thread 113 is freed-up at the free end of the tape 110 and pulled away from the package to tear the sealing tape and thereby open the package.
In operation, the paper 11 to be formed into an envelope 10 is provided with the thread 13 having a plurality of woolen hairs 14 attached by glue 18 to the inside surface of the envelope. Along the outside surface of the envelope 10 on opposite sides of the thread are provided small plastic ridges or strips 12 which are attached by glue 18 to the envelope 10. Thus, the thread 13 and the small plastic ridges or strips 12 are disposed substantially parallel to each other with the thread 13 being on the opposite side of the surface from the plastic ridges 12. When the tab 15 containing one end of thread 13 is pulled away from the envelope 10, a straight tear line is produced in the envelope because of the plastic ridges or strips which prevent the tear line from becoming irregular.
Although the tear strip is shown for opening a letter, it is apparent that it could be utilized for opening any type of container which can be readily cut by the tear strip. Thus, a paper opening device, e.g., a letter opener is never necessary utilizing the present invention.
It is also apparent that the tab 15 can be eliminated as long as there is an effective way of grasping the tear strip.
The invention being thus described, it will be obvious that the same may be varied in many ways. Such variations are not to be regarded as a departure from the spirit and scope of the invention, and all such modifications as would be obvious to one skilled in the art are intended to be included in the scope of the following claims.
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