Patent Number: 6,332,630

Title: Bound folder

Abstract: The present invention is directed to a sheet holder comprising a spine having at least first, second, third, and fourth panels attached in series by first, second, and third hinges, respectively. The panels and hinges are configured and associated such that the spine has a folded position in which the first and second panels are opposed to each other and define a stack space therebetween dimensioned to receive a stack. In this folded position, the third panel is folded over the second panel, and the fourth panel is folded over the first panel. The panels are associated such that a binding fastener is positionable through the first panel, the stack in the stack space, and the second panel. The fastener portions of the binding fastener are disposed between the second and third panels and between the first and fourth panels such that the third and fourth panels cover the fastener portions. A spine closure fastener associated with the first and fourth covers in the folded position to cover the fastener from view. The present invention is also directed to a method of holding at least one sheet within the sheet holder. A stack of sheets is insertable between the first panel and the second panel, forming an inner spine portion. Mechanical fasteners are driving through the inner spine portion to secure the stack of sheets. Once the stack of sheets is secured within the sheet holder with the mechanical fastener, the third and fourth panel are folded over the stack of sheets atop the second panel to abut the first panel. The fourth panel is secured to the first panel to cover the fastener from view.

Inventors: Wolff; Scott S. (Evanston, IL), Lausen; Marcia E. (Evanston, IL), Pfanner; Stephan Peter James (Chicago, IL), Melamed; Meeyoung C. (Chicago, IL)

Assignee: ACCO Brands, Inc.

International Classification: B42D 5/00 (20060101); B42D 1/06 (20060101); B42D 1/00 (20060101); B42D 003/00 ()

Expiration Date: 12/25/2018