Title:
Note organizer
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A note organizer is provided which provided preprinted sticky notes for common tasks to aid a user in efficiently recording information with minimal attention and time expenditure.



Inventors:
Rall, Kurt F. (Overland Park, KS, US)
Rall, Jane M. (Overland Park, KS, US)
Application Number:
10/313519
Publication Date:
06/10/2004
Filing Date:
12/06/2002
Assignee:
RALL KURT F.
RALL JANE M.
Primary Class:
International Classes:
B42D5/00; B42D5/04; B43K23/00; B60R7/05; (IPC1-7): B65D85/00
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Primary Examiner:
MILLER, BENA B
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Chase Law Firm (8900 State Line Road Suite 500, Leawood, KS, 66206, US)
Claims:

Having thus described the invention, what is claimed as new and desired to be secured by Letters Patent is:



1. A note organizer comprising: a mounting plate, a plurality of note pads attached to said mounting plate, said note pads printed with predetermined indicia, and means to secure said mounting plate to a surface.

2. The note organizer as claimed in claim 1 wherein said note pads are sticky notes.

3. The note organizer as claimed in claim 1 wherein said note pads are comprised of at least two different colors.

4. The note organizer as claimed in claim 1 further comprising a writing instrument attached to said mounting plate.

5. The note organizer as claimed in claim 1 further comprising a protective cover attached to said mounting plate and movable between a closed position covering said note pads, and an open position exposing said note pads.

6. The note organizer as claimed in claim 5 wherein said protective cover includes a means to illuminate said note pads when said protective cover is in said open position.

7. The note organizer as claimed in claim 1 further comprising a calculator attached to said mounting plate.

8. A note organizer comprising: a mounting plate, a plurality of sticky note pads attached to said mounting plate, said note pads printed with predetermined indicia, a writing instrument attached to said mounting plate, and means to secure said mounting plate to a surface.

9. The note organizer as claimed in claim 8 wherein said note pads are comprised of at least two different colors.

10. The note organizer as claimed in claim 8 further comprising a protective cover attached to said mounting plate and movable between a closed position covering said note pads, and an open position exposing said note pads.

11. The note organizer as claimed in claim 10 wherein said protective cover includes a means to illuminate said note pads when said protective cover is in said open position.

12. The note organizer as claimed in claim 8 further comprising a calculator attached to said mounting plate.

13. The note organizer as claimed in claim 8 wherein said predetermined indicia include a groceries list, a to do list, an errands list and a calendar.

14. The note organizer as claimed in claim 13 wherein said predetermined calendar indicia is a monthly calendar.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0001] The present invention relates to a note organizer, and more particularly, to a note organizer, which includes preselected text or various other indicia for ready use with minimal operator additions or attention.

[0002] Information organizers are well known in the art. These organizers include tabbed binders with daily, weekly, and monthly schedules, blank “to do” tablets, an alphabetized contacts section and a blank notes section. Such planners are available from Franklin Covey Company for example. Other information organizers have also been proposed such as disclosed in U.S. Pat. No. 5,887,773 to Booth. One problem with these organizers is it takes time to organize the information and they are not readily suited to quick notes and messages.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0003] The present invention provides a note organizer which includes a plurality of preprinted notes with a releasable adhesive backing arranged in a portable case. The notes may include a to do list, a grocery list with common items listed, an errands list, a message list and a calendar, for example. The notes may be further distinguished by color so as to be readily distinguishable by the user. The note organizer allows the user to quickly select a preprinted note and add additional information with a minimum of time expenditure. Additionally, when using the note, the note type is readily apparent.

[0004] Other advantages of this invention will become apparent from the following description taken in connection with the accompanying drawings, wherein is set forth by way of illustration and example, a preferred embodiment of the present invention.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0005] FIG. 1 is a front elevation view of the note organizer of the present invention.

[0006] FIG. 2 is a front elevation view of the note organizer of FIG. 1 shown attached to an automobile visor.

[0007] FIG. 3 is a front elevation view of the note organizer of FIG. 1 shown with a protective cover.

[0008] FIG. 4 is a front elevation view of the note organizer attached to a refrigerator.

[0009] FIG. 5 is a front elevation view of the note organizer of the present invention including a calculator.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

[0010] Referring to FIG. 1, an illustration of the note organizer of the present invention is generally indicated by reference numeral 10. Note organizer 10 includes a plurality of note pads generally indicated by reference numeral 12, a mounting plate 14, and a marking pen 16. Note pads 12 may include a preprinted To Do Today list 18, Just A Note 20, Errands 22, Quick Message 24, Groceries 26 and a calendar 28. Note pads 12 may be different sizes to accommodate the desired preprinted indicia and may be different colors to readily distinguish the notes. Note pads 12 are preferably releasable pressure sensitive adhesive backed paper notes typically referred to as “sticky notes” or Post-it Notes® available from 3M Corporation. Note pads 12 may also be different colors to enhance the user's ability to readily distinguish and select the appropriate note to use.

[0011] Referring to FIG. 2, the note organizer 10 is illustrated attached to an automobile visor 30 using straps or clips 32. Straps or clips 32 may be adjustably secured to mounting plate 14 to allow note organizer 10 to be attached to various sized visors 30. Note organizer 10 is particularly well suited for use in a vehicle where the driver's attention should be directed to the road and surrounding traffic conditions. The preprinted notes 12 provide a means to write down the necessary information with minimal diversion of attention from operation of the vehicle. For example, when driving home from work, a person may call his or her spouse to ask if he or she needs to stop at the grocery store. With a few checks on the Groceries note pad 26, a grocery list may be completed in a short time. Similarly when scheduling an appointment, by glancing at the calendar 28 and jotting down the time and date on the Quick Message note pad 24, the information may be quickly and efficiently recorded for later use.

[0012] Referring to FIG. 3, the note organizer 10 is illustrated with a protective cover 34 attached to mounting plate 14. Protective cover 34 may be hinged at the top to cover and protect note pads 12 from dust or wind, for example. Protective cover 34 may include a battery operated light (not shown) that automatically illuminates the note pads 12 when opened.

[0013] Referring to FIG. 4, the note organizer 10 is shown attached to a refrigerator 36. A magnetic strip (not shown) may be attached to the back of mounting plate 14 to attach not organizer 10 to a metallic object such as a refrigerator 36 in a kitchen. Other mounting methods such as fasteners, adhesives or double-sided tapes, for example, may be used to attach note organizer 10 to a surface.

[0014] Referring to FIG. 5, note organizer 10 is illustrated including a calculator 38. The indicia shown on note pads 12 is for illustrative purposes only and is not intended to be limited thereto. The indicia may be tailored to a specific need or category. For example a set of note pads 12 with indicia specific to delivery vehicles or for the trucking industry may be used.

[0015] It is to be understood that while certain now preferred forms of this invention have been illustrated and described, it is not limited thereto except insofar as such limitations are included in the following claims.