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Publication numberUS3583358 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication date8 Jun 1971
Filing date10 Mar 1969
Priority date10 Mar 1969
Publication numberUS 3583358 A, US 3583358A, US-A-3583358, US3583358 A, US3583358A
InventorsLeonard J Hanson Jr
Original AssigneeLeonard J Hanson Jr
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Detachable marker tab and retainer therefor
US 3583358 A
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United States Patent 1 13,ss3,35s

[72] Inventor Leonard J. Hanson,,lr. 1,013,659 1/1912 Johnson 283/37 11820 Live Oak Drive, Minnetonka, Minn. 1,895,233 1/1933 Rossen 206/29 55343 2,314,578 3/1943 Erb 283/42 [21] Appll No. 805,671 2,551,700 5/1951 Pinco 206/29X [22] Filed Mar. 10,1969 3,191,767 6/1965 Glowiak 40/23X [45] Patented June 8, 1971 3,444,635 5/1969 Setzler 40/360 FOREIGN PATENTS {54] DETACHABLE MARKER TAB AND RETAINER 1,226,935 2/1960 France 40/360 THEREFOR 5 Claims, 8 Drawing Figs.

[52] U.S.Cl 116/119, 40/23,116/114, 206/29, 206/56, 281/5, 283/42 [51] Int. Cl 842d 9/00 [50] FieldofSearch 116/119,

[56] References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,213,666 9/1940 Burke 281/5 3,225,916 12/1965 Fie1d et a1, 206/56 3,361,252 l/1968 Wise 206/56 715,799 12/1902 Hendrickson 40/23UX Primary ExaminerLouis J. Capozi Attorneys-Frederick E. Lange, John J. Held, Jr. and Eugene L. Johnson ABSTRACT: A detachable marker tab for temporarily calling attention to a particular portion of a page of a book or other document, the tab being in the form of an elongated strip shaped at one end in the form of a pointer and coated over a portion of one surface including the pointed end with a pressure sensitive adhesive which is sufficiently soft to permit ready removal of the tab from ordinary fibrous paper without injury to the paper or any indicia thereon. The tabs may be detachably mounted in a folder resembling a match book cover.

PATENTEU JUN 8 4911 J 7 TOP/V5 V DETACHABLE MARKER TAB AND RETAINER THEREFOR BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION It is often necessary to temporarily mark particular portions of a page or book or other document. A lecturer may wish to not only designate a particular page but also a particular por tion of a page to which he wishes to refer in the course of his talk or lecture. It is often necessary in connection with legal documents to be signed by an executive of a company to indicate the various portions where the document is to be signed. In some cases, there may be several copies of the document and several places in each copy where a signature is necessary. The usual practice is to employ paper clips for indicating the significant portions of the various pages. Paper clips, unfortunately, are readily displaced. Furthermore, they tend to deform the page and may tear the page when being carelessly removed. Various metal clips have been devised for attachment to the side of a page. Again, these suffer some of the disadvantages pointed out above for paper clips.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION The present invention is concerned with a readily detachable marker tab in the form of an elongated strip having a portion of one surface coated with a pressure sensitive adhesive, there being an end portion free of adhesive for readily gripping the tab to remove it either from a retainer for it or from a page to which it has been applied. The pressure sensitive adhesive is soft enough so that the tab can be readily removed from an ordinary fibrous page without damage to the page-or any indicia thereon. Preferably, one end of the tab has converging sidewalls so as to form a pointer which can be directed to the particular portion of the page in question. The upper surface of the coated and uncoated portions of the tab may be colored in contrasting colors. The uncoated portion may be left in its natural color state to facilitate the addition of any identifying data thereto. Thus, the outer uncoated portions may be white while the remaining portions may be colored in any of a variety of colors. Certain of the tabs may be colored differently from others to designate the purpose of the reference to the particular page.

The tabs may be retained in any desired way prior to usage. One type of retainer which forms part of my invention is a container simulating a match book cover in which are fastened various sheets to which the tabs are secured. The uncoated portions of the tab project beyond the sheet so as to be readily accessible. These sheets may be of varying lengths so as to present the tabs in a staggered manner to further facilitate access thereto.

Other objects of the invention will be apparent from a consideration of the accompanying specification, claims and drawing.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING Referring to FIG. 1, this is a perspective view of the marker tab of my invention;

FIG. 2 is an elevational side view of my marker tab;

FIG. 3 is a bottom plan view of the tab;

FIG. 4 is a top plan view, with color coding applied to indicate that a portion of the tab may be colored;

FIG. 5 is an assemblage of the tabs on a backing sheet;

FIG. 6 shows a legal document with these tabs being applied to various places to designate places at which the document is to be signed;

FIG. 7 is a retainer for the marker tab simulating a match book cover, the front flap of the retainer being opened to show the marker tabs in position; and

FIG. 8 is a side view of the retainer of FIG. 7 on a much larger scale than in'FlG. 7 and with the front cover in closed position.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT Referring to FIG. 1, one of the improved marker tabs of my present invention is shown in perspective in FIG. I and indicated by the reference numeral 10. This tab comprises a strip I l which may be of paper, card stock paper, sheet plastic or similar material. A layer of pressure sensitive adhesive extends over a portion of the underside of strip 11, this layer being indicated by the reference numeral 12. The strip 11 is preferably formed with its sides converging at one end to form a pointer 13. The opposite end may have its corners beveled as at 14 to avoid the presence of sharp corners. It will be noted that the pressure sensitive adhesive 12 covers somewhat over half of the underside of strip 11 including the end forming the pointer 13. Thus, looking at FIGS. 1 through 4, there is a portion at the right-hand end of strip 11 which is uncoated and which may be readily grasped when it is desired to remove the tab from a sheet of printed material, as will be explained later. The pressure sensitive adhesive 12 should preferably be of a relatively soft type which will retain the tab 10 in position on a printed page but which permits its ready removal, when the right-hand end of the tab is pulled, without damage to either the surface of the page or the printed material thereon. Such pressure sensitive adhesives are well known in the art, being made with a wide degree of softness or adhesiveness.

It is desirable to indicate on the top surface of strip 11 which is the uncoated end and which is the coated end. This, of course, is indicated to a certain extent by the pointed end 13. I find it helpful, however, to further indicate which is the un coated end by applying some indication on the top surface. In FIG. I, I have indicated a line 15 which is employed to indicate the left-hand boundary of the portion which may be grasped. This line is slightly to the right of the right-hand end of the adhesive coating 12 to permit some flexing between the portion of the uncoated end that is being grasped and the beginning of the pressure sensitive adhesive layer. If the tab were grasped too close to the area over which the pressure sensitive adhesive 12 extends, it would be more difficult to grasp the uncoated end and peel it away from the surface to which the tab 10 has been attached.

While I have shown merely a boundary line 15 in FIG. 1, this line may indicate the boundary between areas of two different colors. Thus, in FIG. 4, l have shown the left-hand portion of the tab as being lined for the color red. The right-hand portion to be grasped may be in the natural color of the stock of which the strip 11 is formed or it may be colored in a contrasting color. An advantage of leaving the right-hand portion uncolored is that it is possible to apply any suitable indicia by pen or pencil to identify the purpose of the tab. Thus, I have shown the letter A written in a script fashion on the righthand end of the tab in FIG. 4.

As is conventional with members coated with pressure sensitive adhesive, it is desirable to mount these on a sheet of backing paper until they are ready for use. This prevents the adhesive from adhering to other surfaces and preserves its adhesive properties intact until the device coated with the pressure sensitive adhesive is ready to use. In FIG. 5, l have shown a plurality of the tabs 10 mounted on a sheet 17 of suitable backing paper. This backing sheet 17 may be formed of any material having a smooth, relatively glossy" surface. In lieu of fibrous paper, a thin sheet of plastic material may be employed. It will be readily apparent that the tabs 10 are retained on the sheet 17 until such time as it is desirable to use one. The tab 10 may then be readily detached by grasping the upper uncoated portion indicated by the lines l5 and removing it from the backing sheet 17.

In FIG. 6, l have shown an application of my tab. The numeral 18 is used to indicate a document having a number of pages having various indicia thereon. The document may, for example, be a legal document having a number of places at which the document is to be signed. The document is shown as being open to a page designated by the numeral 19 on which a signature line 20 appears. It will be noted that the tab 10 is affixed to the page so that the pointer 13 is directed to the signature line 20 and so that the outer uncoated portion projects beyond the edge of the paper. In the drawing, I have shown two other tabs affixed to various other pages. It will be readily apparent that the tabs 10 not only indicate the pages to which attention is to be directed but also indicate the portion of the page in question. Unlike paper clips, the tabs when removed leave no crease or deformation of the paper. Furthermore, they remain in position much more securely than paper clips. In addition, as indicated in connection with FIG. 4, the tabs may have indicia applied thereto. For example, the right-hand uncoated portion of the tab may have a legend Sign Here." The improved tabs furthermore have another advantage over such devices as paper clips. These tabs can be extremely thin, even thinner than the paper of the document in which they are to be placed. The result of it is that a large number of these tabs can be employed at various points in a document without appreciably adding to the thickness at any area.

Referring to FIGS. 7 and 8, I have shown an arrangement for retaining these tabs prior to use. In this figure, the various tabs are mounted within a cover 22 in the form of a folder simulating a match book cover. The cover 22 comprises a strip of cardboard or similar material which is folded to provide a back portion 23, a short front flap portion 24, and a front closure flap 25, as is conventional with match book covers. Two sheets of flexible material 26 and 27 have their lower ends disposed between the back portion 23 and the front flap portion 24, and suitable fastening means, such as a staple 28 is employed to hold together the front flap portion 24, the back portion 23 and the lower ends of the sheets 26 and 27. The sheets 26 and 27 are employed as backing sheets on which a number of the tabs 10 are mounted. These backing sheets, like sheet 17 of FIG. 5, should be made of a material having a smooth, glossy surface so that the tabs 10 can be readily detached from the sheets 26 and 27. As is clearly apparent from FIGS. 7 and 8, the rear backing sheet 26 is longer than the front backing sheet 27 so that it projects thereabove. The sheet 26 is preferably of a length greater than sheet 27 by an amount approximating the length of the uncoated portion of a tab 10. In this way, the tabs 10, when mounted on the sheets 26 and 27 as shown in FIG. 7, are staggered so as to facilitate the access to the uncoated portion of the tabs and their removal from the backing sheets.

In FIG. 7, I have shown various groups of tabs with their lower portions colored in different manners. Thus, referring to the lowermost row of tabs 10 secured to the backing sheet 27, the left-hand tabs have their lower portions colored green, the next three tabs including one which has been removed have their lower portions colored in red, the next two in purple, and the right-hand two in gold. The upper row of tabs are similarly colored. By employing different colors, different tabs may be used to designate different portions of a document or to identify the purpose for which the tab is applied. Thus, a tab of one color may be employed to indicate a signature line while a tab of another color may be employed merely to indicate that the signer should pay particular attention to a certain point indicated by that tab. In addition to the various colors ofthc tabs serving to identify the purpose of the tab, the coloring of portions of the tabs also serves to enhance the attractiveness of the package, the tabs more closely simulating matches in appearance. The upper uncoated portions, whether they be left in white or a natural color of the base material or whether they are colored in contrasting color, simulate match heads.

CONCLUSION It will be seen that I have provided an extremely simple marker tab which can be readily applied to and removed from printed material without injury thereto. While I have referred to the use of the tabs for marking papers to be signed, it is to be understood that these tabs can be used anywhere where a bookmark is to be employed. For example, they may be used to call attention to a particular picture or a particular textual portion on a printed page.

It will also be seen that I have provided a novel assembly of such marker tabs designed to be carried in the pocket and be readily available for use anywhere.

I claim:

I. An assembly of marker tabs comprising a folder simulating a conventional match book cover, said folder having a strip of cardboard folded to provide a back portion, a short front flap portion, and a front closure flap member, a plurality of sheets of flexible material of a width approximating the width of the folder and with the lower ends thereof disposed between the back portion and the short front flap portion of said folder, means for securing said back portion, said short front flap portion, and the lower ends of said sheets together, and a plurality of elongated marker tabs temporarily secured to said sheets, each such marker tab comprising an elongated strip having pressure sensitive adhesive over a portion of the lower surface of said strip, said strip being free of adhesive at the opposite end portion thereof to provide an end portion free of adhesive, said marker tabs being disposed on said sheets with their pressure sensitive coating in engagement with the front surfaces of said sheets and with their nonadhesive end portions projecting beyond the upper edges of said sheets so that any one of said nonadhesive end portions can be readily grasped to remove the associated tab from said sheet and said folder.

2. The assembly of claim 1 in which the sheet closest to the back of the cover is the longest and the sheet in front thereofis shorter.

3. The assembly of claim 2 in which the sheet in front of the sheet closest to the back of the cover is shorter than the sheet in back by an amount substantially equivalent to the length of the nonadhesive end portion of the tab.

4. An assembly of marker tabs comprising a folder simulating a conventional match book cover, said folder having a strip of cardboard folded to provide a back portion, a short front flap portion, and a front closure flap member, a sheet of flexible material of a width approximating the width of the folder and with the lower end thereof disposed between the back portion and the short front flap portion of said folder, means for securing said back portion, said short front flap portion, and the lower end of said sheet together, and a plurality of elongated marker tabs temporarily secured to said sheet, each such marker tab comprising an elongated strip having an upper end portion and pressure sensitive adhesive over the lower portion of the lower surface of said strip engaging said sheet, said marker tabs being disposed on said sheet side by side with their pressure sensitive coating in engagement with the front surface of said sheet and with their upper end portions adjacent an upper edge of said sheet so that any one of said end portions can be readily grasped to remove the associated tab from said sheet and said folder, the pressure sensitive adhesive material of the coating being sufficiently soft to permit said tab to be readily removed from a sheet of fibrous material after application thereto as a marker.

5. An assembly of marker tabs comprising a folder simulating a conventional match book cover, said folder having a strip of cardboard folded to provide a back portion, a short front flap portion, and a front closure flap member, a sheet of flexible material of a width approximating the width of the folder and with the lower end thereof disposed between the back portion and the short front flap portion of said folder, means for securing said back portion, said short front flap portion, and the lower end of said sheet together, and a plurality of marker tabs temporarily secured to said sheet, each such marker tab having pressure sensitive adhesive over a substantial part of the lower surface of said tab engaging said sheet, said marker tabs being disposed on said sheet adjacent to each other with their pressure sensitive coating in engagement with the front surface of said sheet so that any one of said end portions can be readily grasped to remove the associated tab from said sheet and said folder.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification116/235, 206/37, 428/194, 281/5, 116/240, 206/447, 206/813, 428/187, 428/40.1, 206/460, 206/820, 283/42
International ClassificationB42F19/00
Cooperative ClassificationY10S206/82, Y10S206/813, B42F19/00
European ClassificationB42F19/00