(12) United States Patent ao) Patent No.: us 6,293,399 Bi
Cooper (45) Date of Patent: *Sep. 25,2001
(54) FASTENER CLIP
(75) Inventor: William J. Cooper, Woonsocket, RI (US)
(73) Assignee: Avery Dennison Corporation,
Pasadena, CA (US)
( * ) Notice: Subject to any disclaimer, the term ol this patent is extended or adjusted under 35 U.S.C. 154(b) by 0 days.
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
(21) Appl. No.: 09/624,582
(22) Filed: Jul. 24, 2000
Related U.S. Application Data
(63) Continuation of application No. 09/416,784, filed on Oct. 13, 1999, now Pat. No. 6,173,836, which is a continuationin-part of application No. 09/116,008, filed on Jul. 15,1998, now Pat. No. 6,129,206.
(51) Int. C I. B65D 89/24
(52) U.S. CI 206/346; 206/820
(58) Field of Search 206/346, 343,
206/345, 338, 348, 820
A unitary plastic lastener clip comprising a plurality ol individual lasteners which are disposed in a substantially parallel, side-by-side, spaced relationship. Each lastener comprises an elongated flexible filament having a first enlarged end and a second enlarged end. In one embodiment, each ol the first enlarged end and the second enlarged end is a substantially cylindrical transverse bar. In another embodiment, the first enlarged end is a transverse bar ol non-uniform transverse cross-section and the second enlarged end is a generally knob-shaped head. A first connector post connects the first enlarged end ol the first lastener to the first enlarged end ol the second lastener at the approximate midpoints ol their mutually-opposing sides. A second connector post connects the second enlarged end ol the first lastener to the second enlarged end ol the second lastener at the approximate midpoints ol their mutuallyopposing sides. The first and second connector posts, which may be uniform in transverse cross-section or may taper towards one end, are prelerably sufficiently flexible to permit the first enlarged ends ol the first and second lasteners to pivot relative to one another and to permit the second enlarged ends ol the first and second lasteners to pivot relative to one another.
18 Claims, 4 Drawing Sheets