TODAY’S PATENT – BAND AND CLIP ARTICLE
The BAND AND CLIP ARTICLE was invented by Donald O. Teachout (Grand Rapids, MI) on the 22nd of June 1982 , bearing patent number US4335490A.
The present invention comprises a method and apparatus whereby a simple clip can be readily attached to or detached from a common, closed loop rubber band, enabling one to wrap the band around objects to be banded together one or more times and finally loop the looped end of the rubber band over the clip. The clip is wider at least in part than the rubber band so that the rubber band will engage the clip and be held in place.
The following invention relates to articles and methods for banding objects together. The most common banding device is the popular rubber band. It is inexpensive and versatile. However, it is cumbersome to use for banding long objects together in that one has to slip the rubber band over the ends of the objects and slide it down the length. Also, it is more difficult to use where it has to be looped two or three times prior to slipping it over an object in order to hold the objects sufficiently securely.