Easy open envelope

  • US 7,178,713 B2
  • Filed: 08/28/2003
  • Issued: 02/20/2007
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/28/2003
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. An easy open, reusable envelope comprising:

  • a front panel and a back panel hingedly connected to one edge of said front panel;

    a sealing flap;

    said front panel of said envelope including an upper, generally rectangular marginal area;

    said sealing flap being hingedly connected to said marginal area at a fold line and having on an outer side of said sealing flap in one corner section thereof a legend or indicia indicating where to pull on said corner section of said sealing flap to open said envelope;

    a first line of perforations at or adjacent said fold line;

    a first strip of adhesive sealing material extending longitudinally across said envelope on one of said sealing flap or back panel of said envelope in an area where said sealing flap overlies said back panel, but not in the area of said corner section or in an area which will overlie said marginal area, and, an inside surface of said marginal area having a resealing strip of sealing adhesive thereon thereby to form said marginal area as a resealing flap;

    said back panel of said envelope extending over said marginal area of said front panel thereby to provide side openings in said envelope between said sealing flap and said front panel where said marginal area is located;

    a transverse line of perforations extending from an outer free edge of said sealing flap to said fold line between said sealing flap and said marginal area of said front panel and at an end of said first strip of adhesive material adjacent said corner section,whereby, once said sealing flap is sealed by said first strip of adhesive material to said back panel, said sealed envelope easily can be opened by pulling on an edge of said corner section of said sealing flap having said legend or indicia to create an opening in said sealed envelope where a finger or tool can be inserted to open said sealed envelope along said line of perforations at said fold line and said resealing flap then can be used for resealing said envelope for reuse.

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