Title:
MEMORY CARD CASE AND METHODS
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A memory card case for holding memory cards includes an outer casing and a memory holder. The memory holder is connected to the outer casing, and includes a pocket for holding a memory card therein. Methods of making and using the memory card case are also disclosed.



Inventors:
Altman, Joan E. (Adrian, MN, US)
Baumgartner, Ryan J. (Fulda, MN, US)
Mitchell, Timothy S. (Edgerton, MN, US)
Application Number:
12/170256
Publication Date:
01/15/2009
Filing Date:
07/09/2008
Assignee:
FEY INDUSTRIES INC. (Edgerton, MN, US)
Primary Class:
International Classes:
B65D85/57
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Primary Examiner:
QUEST, DENE JASON
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
MERCHANT & GOULD P.C. (P.O. BOX 2903, MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 55402-0903, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A memory card case for holding a plurality of memory cards therein, the memory card case comprising: an outer casing comprising a front casing and a rear casing, the front casing and the rear casing coupled together at an end of the outer casing, the outer casing having an open position and a closed position, wherein when in the closed position the outer case defines an interior space between the front casing and the rear casing; and a memory holder comprising at least one sheet, the memory holder connected to the outer casing at the end such that the memory holder is within the interior space when the outer casing is in the closed position, the sheet including at least one pocket arranged and configured to support a memory card therein, the sheet comprising a backer layer and a pocket layer in facing arrangement, and joints connecting the backer layer and the pocket layer together to define edges of the pocket, the pocket layer including an opening for insertion of the memory card into the pocket.

2. The memory card case of claim 1, further comprising a flap connected to the rear casing.

3. The memory card case of claim 2, the flap further comprising a fastener configured to releasably connect the front casing with the rear casing.

4. The memory card case of claim 1, further comprising a first sidewall connected to and extending from the front casing.

5. The memory card case of claim 4, further comprising a second sidewall connected to and extending from the rear casing.

6. The memory card case of claim 5, wherein the first sidewall includes a recess and the second sidewall includes an extension region, the recess and the extension region being arranged and configured to frictionally engage when the outer casing is in the closed position.

7. The memory card case of claim 6, wherein the interior space is further defined by the first sidewall and the second sidewall.

8. The memory card case of claim 1, wherein the memory holder includes at least two sheets, the at least two sheets formed of the backer layer and the pocket layer.

9. The memory card case of claim 1, wherein the pocket has a width that is less than a length of the memory card, such that the pocket is sized to prevent the memory card from rotating therein.

10. The memory card of claim 1, wherein the pocket is vertically oriented, such that the opening of the pocket is located at or near to a top side of the pocket.

11. The memory card of claim 1, wherein the pocket is horizontally oriented and wherein the opening of the pocket is located at or near to a side of the pocket closest to the end of the outer casing.

12. A method of making a case, the method comprising: forming an outer casing including a front casing and a rear casing, the front casing and the rear casing being connected at an end of the outer casing; forming a memory holder including at least one sheet, the sheet including at least one pocket sized to support a memory card therein, the sheet comprising a backer layer and a pocket layer in facing arrangement, and joints connecting the backer layer and the pocket layer together to form edges of the pocket, the pocket layer including an opening; and connecting the memory holder to the outer casing at the end.

13. The method of claim 12, wherein forming the outer casing further comprises forming a first sidewall extending from the front casing and a second sidewall extending from the rear casing, the first and second sidewalls arranged and configured to releasably engage when the outer casing is in a closed position.

14. The method of claim 13, wherein forming the outer casing further comprises forming a recess in the first sidewall and forming an extension region in the second sidewall.

15. The method of claim 14, wherein forming the outer casing further comprises thermoforming.

16. The method of claim 12, wherein forming a memory holder further comprises: cutting a pocket layer at a pocket opening location; and connecting the pocket layer to the backing layer with a plurality of joints to define edges of the pocket.

17. A method of storing memory cards, the method comprising: obtaining a memory card case, the memory card case including an outer casing and a memory holder, the outer casing having a front casing and a rear casing, the front casing and the rear casing connected at an end, and the memory holder including a sheet, the sheet having at least one pocket configured to hold a memory card; placing the memory card case into an open position to expose the memory holder; opening a first pocket of the memory holder; sliding a memory card into the first pocket; frictionally engaging the memory card within the first pocket to securely hold the memory card; and placing the memory card case into a closed position to protectively contain the memory card within an interior space.

18. The method of claim 17, wherein the memory card is a type of memory card selected from the group consisting of a CompactFlash memory card, a Secure Digital memory card, a mini Secure Digital memory card, a micro Secure Digital memory card, a smart media card, a Multimedia Card, an xD-Picture Card, and a USB flash drive memory stick.

19. The method of claim 17, further comprising sliding a second memory card into the pocket.

20. The method of claim 17, wherein the sheet includes a second pocket, and wherein the method further comprises: opening the second pocket of the memory holder; sliding a second memory card into the second pocket; and frictionally engaging the second memory card within the second pocket to securely hold the memory card.

Description:

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

This application claims priority to U.S. Provisional Application No. 60/948,627 filed on Jul. 9, 2007, titled MEMORY CARD CASE AND METHODS, which is hereby incorporated by reference in its entirety.

TECHNICAL FIELD

The present disclosure is related to cases, and more particularly to a case for holding memory cards.

BACKGROUND

Memory cards are commonly used for data storage. Examples of memory cards include Secure Digital (SD) flash memory cards and MultiMediaCard (MMC) flash memory cards. A wide variety of digital information can be stored on memory cards, such as images from a digital camera, video from a digital video camera, documents from a word processor, and software applications.

Another use of memory cards is for digital data describing, for example, land, road, and lake maps. Such maps are commonly used in conjunction with a global positioning systems (GPSs) to show a user where they are located, and features of the surrounding area. For example, fishermen sometimes install GPS systems on their boats. Memory cards can be purchased that contain lake map data for a particular region. The memory card for the particular lake or region can be loaded into the GPS system to provide the GPS system with detailed lake map information. The GPS system reads the data and displays information to the user, such as the user's current location on the lake and the topology of the lake in that area.

Memory cards have a limited capacity, and therefore it is common for a user to keep multiple memory cards with them at a time. However, the cards are small and can be easily misplaced. Therefore, there is a need for organizing and storing memory cards.

SUMMARY

In general terms, this disclosure is directed to a memory card case for holding memory cards. The memory card case typically includes an outer casing and a memory holder. The memory holder is connected to the outer casing, and includes a pocket for holding an item, such as a memory card therein.

One aspect is a memory card case for holding a plurality of memory cards therein. The memory card case includes an outer casing and a memory holder. The outer casing comprises a front casing and a rear casing. The front casing and the rear casing are coupled together at an end of the outer casing. The outer casing includes an open position and a closed position, wherein when in the closed position the outer case defines an interior space between the front casing and the rear casing. The memory holder comprises at least one sheet, the memory holder connected to the outer casing at the end such that the memory holder is within the interior space when the outer casing is in the closed position. The sheet includes at least one pocket arranged and configured to support a memory card therein. The sheet comprises a backer layer and a pocket layer in facing arrangement, and joints connecting the backer layer and the pocket layer together to define edges of the pocket. The pocket layer includes an opening for insertion of the memory card into the pocket.

Another aspect is a method of making a case. The method comprises: forming an outer casing including a front casing and a rear casing, the front casing and the rear casing being connected at an end of the outer casing; forming a memory holder including at least one sheet, the sheet including at least one pocket sized to support a memory card therein, the sheet comprising a backer layer and a pocket layer in facing arrangement, and joints connecting the backer layer and the pocket layer together to form edges of the pocket, the pocket layer including an opening; and connecting the memory holder to the outer casing at the end.

A further aspect is a method of storing memory cards. The method comprises obtaining a memory card case, the memory card case including an outer casing and a memory holder, the outer casing having a front casing and a rear casing, the front casing and the rear casing connected at an end, and the memory holder including a sheet, the sheet having at least one pocket configured to hold a memory card; placing the memory card case into an open position to expose the memory holder; opening a first pocket of the memory holder; sliding a memory card into the first pocket; frictionally engaging the memory card within the first pocket to securely hold the memory card; and placing the memory card case into a closed position to protectively contain the memory card within an interior space.

There is no requirement that an arrangement, system, or method disclosed herein include all features characterized herein to obtain some advantage according to this disclosure.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a front perspective view of an example memory case 100 according to the present disclosure.

FIG. 2 is a front view of the example memory case shown in FIG. 1.

FIG. 3 is a rear view of the example memory case shown in FIG. 1.

FIG. 4 is a cross sectional view of the example memory case shown in FIG. 1.

FIG. 5 is a front perspective view of another example memory case according to the present disclosure.

FIG. 6 is a front view of the example memory case shown in FIG. 5.

FIG. 7 is a cross sectional view of a portion of the example memory case shown in FIG. 5.

FIG. 8 is a front perspective view of another example memory case according to the present disclosure.

FIG. 9 is a front view of the example memory case shown in FIG. 8.

FIG. 10 is a top view of the example memory case shown in FIG. 8.

FIG. 11 is a left side view of the example memory case shown in FIG. 8.

FIG. 12 is a front perspective view of another example memory case according to the present disclosure.

FIG. 13 is a front view of the example memory case shown in FIG. 12.

FIG. 14 is a top view of the example memory case shown in FIG. 12.

FIG. 15 is a right side view of the example memory case shown in FIG. 12.

FIG. 16 is a cross sectional view of an example sheet of the memory case shown in FIG. 12.

FIG. 17 is a front perspective view of another example memory case according to the present disclosure.

FIG. 18 is a front view of the example memory case shown in FIG. 17.

FIG. 19 is a top view of the example memory case shown in FIG. 17.

FIG. 20 is a right side view of the example memory case shown in FIG. 17.

FIG. 21 is a front view of another example memory case according to the present disclosure.

FIG. 22 is a front view of another example holder of a memory case according to the present disclosure.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

FIGS. 1-4 illustrate an example memory case 100 according to the present disclosure. FIG. 1 is a front perspective view of the example memory case 100. FIG. 2 is a front view of the example memory case 100. FIG. 3 is a rear view of the example memory case 100. FIG. 4 is a cross sectional view of memory case 100 taken along line L-L, shown in FIG. 2. Memory case 100 includes outer casing 102 and holder 104. In the illustrated example, outer casing 102 includes front casing 110, rear casing 112, and flap 114. Holder 104 includes one or more sheets, such as first sheet 120 and second sheet 122. Each sheet 120,122 of holder 104 includes one or more pockets 124. In the illustrated embodiment, pockets 124 are arranged in rows 126, 128, 130, and 132.

In some embodiments, outer casing 102 provides a protective enclosure for memory case 100. The illustrated embodiment of outer casing 102 is formed of a single generally planar material, such as paperboard (also known as chipboard) or cardboard. Other embodiments are made from other materials, including leather, vinyl, wood, or fabric. Further embodiments are formed of multiple materials. For example, some embodiments include a core layer that is enclosed in another material, such as vinyl, plastic, leather, fabric, or a finish such as paint.

Outer casing 102 includes front casing 110, rear casing 112, and flap 114. Front casing 110 is connected to rear casing 112 at end 116. In some embodiments, a fold is located at end 116, along axis Al. In another embodiment, end 116 includes multiple folds. In other embodiments, a flexible joint is connected between front casing 110 and rear casing 112 at end 116. Examples of flexible joints include one or more hinges, or a flexible material such as fabric, leather, or plastic. Front casing 110 includes fastener 117 (shown in FIG. 3). In one example, fastener 117 is a snap. Alternative embodiments include other types of fasteners including a button, clip, zipper, latch, cord, buckle, hook-and-loop fastener (such as velcro), a magnet or other known fastening mechanisms.

Outer casing 102 is able to fold along axis Al, such that front casing 110 can move in the direction of arrow A2 relative to rear casing 112. In this way, front casing 110 and rear casing 112 partially enclose holder 104 with front casing 110 being located on one side of holder 104, and rear casing 112 being located on the opposite side of holder 104.

In the illustrated embodiment, flap 114 is connected to rear casing 112 at end 118, opposite end 116. In some embodiments, a fold is located at end 118, along axis A3. In other embodiments, a flexible joint is connected between rear casing 112 and flap 114 at end 118. Flap 114 includes a fastener 119 configured to fasten with fastener 117 of front casing 110 (shown in FIG. 3). In one example, fastener 119 is a snap. Alternative embodiments include other types of fasteners.

To close memory case 100, front casing 110 is folded at axis Al in the direction of arrow A2, relative to rear casing 112. Flap 114 is then folded at axis A3 in the direction of arrow A4, relative to rear casing 112. Fasteners 117 and 119 are then connected to enclose holder 104. In some embodiments, outer casing 102 provides a water resistant enclosure for holder 104 and memory cards 90. For example, if water splashes on front casing 110, rear casing 112, or flap 114, the water is prevented from contacting holder 104 or memory card 90 in some embodiments of memory case 100.

In the illustrated embodiment, outer casing 102 is connected to holder 104. Holder 104 is configured to hold one or more memory cards 90 in one or more pockets 124. In some embodiments, holder 104 is made of a semi-transparent vinyl. In other embodiments, other materials are used including other types of vinyl, plastic, fabric and the like. In some embodiments an anti-static material is used to help prevent an electrostatic discharge with memory card 90 from damaging the memory card or data stored therein.

Holder 104 typically includes one or more sheets, and preferably two sheets, although other embodiments include more than two sheets, such as three, four, six, eight, or more sheets. In the illustrated embodiment, holder 104 has two sheets, including first sheet 120 and second sheet 122. Each sheet 120,122 holds one or more memory cards 90 in one or more pockets 124. In this example, each sheet 120,122 includes two rows 126,128,130,132, and each row includes three pockets 124. Other embodiments include one or more rows per sheet and one or more pockets 124 per row. Other embodiments do not include rows. For example, sheets can also include columns of pockets 124. In some embodiments, the one or more sheets do not include rows or columns, but do include one or more pockets 124. In some embodiments, pockets 124 are configured to hold more than one memory card 90, such as two or three memory cards 90 arranged in a stacked relationship.

Holder 104 includes at least one pocket, and preferably includes at least two pockets. In some embodiments, the total number of pockets in holder 104 is in a range from about 2 pockets to about 24 pockets, and more preferably from about 6 pockets to about 12 pockets. Other embodiments include more pockets.

In the illustrated embodiment, holder 104 includes backer layer 202 (see FIG. 2). Backer layer 202 is a layer that extends across the back side of holder 104. In some embodiments, backer layer 202 includes multiple layers that are connected together, such as by heat sealing the edges. Backer layer 202 is connected to outer casing 102 at end 116 of outer casing 102. In one embodiment, backer layer 202 is connected to outer casing 102 by heat sealing. In another embodiment, a pair of slots are formed in end 116 of outer casing 102. Sheet 122 of backer layer 202 is inserted into one slot and pulled through the other slot, such that sheet 122 is on one side of end 116 and sheet 120 is on the other side of end 116. In other embodiments, other fasteners are used to connect backer layer 202 to outer casing 102, such as staples, adhesive, thread, rivets, nuts and bolts, a ring binder, and the like.

One or more pocket layers 204, 206, 208, 210 are connected to backer layer 202 to form pockets 124. In the illustrated example, pocket layers 204 and 206 are connected to sheet 120 and pocket layers 208 and 210 are connected to sheet 122. For example, pocket layer 204 is connected to backer layer 202, such as by heat sealing. Alternatively, adhesive, thread, or other fasteners are used.

In the illustrated example, sheet 120 includes a plurality of joints between pocket layers 204, 206 and backer layer 202. The joints include end joints 211, 212, 214, 216, bottom joints 220, 222, and divider joints 230, 232, 234, 236. Joints 211, 212, 214, 216 connect opposing ends of pocket layers 204 and 206 to backer layer 202. Bottom joints 220, 222 connect a bottom end of pocket layers 204 and 206 to backer layer 202. Bottom joints 220, 222 extend between joints 211 and 212, and 214 and 216, respectively. Divider joints 230, 232, 234, 236 divide pocket layers 204 and 206 into regions appropriately sized to receive memory cards 90. In the illustrated embodiment, each of pocket layers 204 and 206 include three pockets 124. Therefore, two divider joints 230, 232 and 234, 236 are provided to connect pocket layers 204 and 206 with backer layer 202 and to divide adjacent pockets 124 from each other.

Pocket layers 208 and 210 of sheet 122, of the illustrated embodiment, are the same or similar to pocket layers 204 and 206, such that they are also connected to backer layer 202 with a plurality of joints to form one or more pockets 124. Therefore, pocket layers 208 and 210 are not, and need not be, separately described in detail herein.

After pocket layers 204, 206, 208, 210 have been connected to backer layer 202, an opening 240 remains at one side of pockets 124. The opening 240 is sized to receive memory card 90 into pocket 124. Once memory card 90 is inserted into pocket 124, interior surfaces of pocket 124 can frictionally engage with memory card 90 to hold memory card 90 in place. Such frictional engagement can help prevent memory card 90 from inadvertently sliding out from pocket 124. However, the frictional engagement is typically weak enough that memory card 90 can be removed from pocket 124 by the application of a removal force to memory card 90, such as when a user grasps an end of memory card 90 and pulls memory card 90 out through opening 240.

In some embodiments, pocket layers 204, 206, 208, 210 include some elasticity. One possible benefit of the elasticity is that it increases the frictional force applied to memory card 90, to further assist in preventing memory card 90 from inadvertently slipping out from pocket 124. Another possible benefit of the elasticity is that it enables pocket 124 to be sized slightly smaller than memory card 90, to form an interference fit with memory card 90. The interference fit causes pocket 124 to apply a force to memory card 90 that further assists in preventing memory card 90 from inadvertently slipping out from pocket 124. Another possible benefit of the elasticity is that it makes it easier for a user to insert and remove memory card 90, because pocket 124 can stretch during insertion and removal of memory card 90.

Various embodiments of memory case 100 include pockets that are sized and shaped to receive various types of memory cards 90. Some examples of memory card 90 include a CompactFlash (CF) memory card (including type I or type II), a Secure Digital (SD) memory card, a mini Secure Digital (miniSD) memory card, a micro Secure Digital (microSD) memory card, a smart media (SM/SMC) card, a Multimedia Card (MMC), an xD-Picture Card (xD), a memory stick (MS) including any of the variations of memory sticks, an NT card, a USB memory stick (such as a flash-type memory stick), and a game card (such as used for Xbox, Nintendo, and other gaming systems). Other embodiments are configured to receive other memory cards or memory storage devices, including those presently in existence and others not yet in existence. Table 1 indicates the typical size of various memory cards.

TABLE 1
Size (width ×
Memory Cardlength × thickness)Volume, mmMass, g
CF-I43 × 36 × 3.3mm51083.3
CF-II43 × 36 × 5mm7740
SD24 × 32 × 2.1mm16132
miniSD20 × 21.5 × 1.4mm6021
microSD15 × 11 × 1mm1650.27
SM/SMC37 × 45 × 0.76mm12652
MMC/MMCplus24 × 32 × 1.4mm1075
MMCmicro14 × 12 × 1.1mm185
RS-MMC, MCmobile24 × 16 × 1.4mm5381.3
XD20 × 25 × 1.78mm8902.8
MS (Standard/PRO)50 × 21.5 × 2.8mm30104
MS (Duo/PRO20 × 31 × 1.6mm9922
Duo/PRO-HG)
MS (Micro M2)12.5 × 15 × 1.2mm2252
NT Card24 × 34 × 2.5mm
USB Memory StickVariableVariableVariable

Example dimensions for the illustrated embodiment of memory case 100 are shown in FIG. 4. W1 is the overall width of memory case 100 when in a fully open position. W1 is typically in a range from about 6 inches to about 24 inches, and preferably from about 10 inches to about 14 inches. W2 is the width of front casing 110. W2 is typically in a range from about 2 inches to about 10 inches, and preferably from about 4 inches to about 6 inches. W3 is the width of rear casing 112. W3 is typically in a range from about 2 inches to about 10 inches, and preferably from about 4 inches to about 6 inches. W4 is the width of flap 114. W4 is typically in a range from about 0.5 inches to about 6 inches, and preferably from about 1 inch to about 3 inches. H1 is the overall height of memory case 100. H1 is typically in a range from about 2 inches to about 10 inches, and preferably from about 4 inches to about 6 inches. Other embodiments can include other dimensions.

Further example dimensions for the illustrated embodiment of memory case 100 are shown in FIG. 4. T1 is the overall thickness of memory case 100 when in a fully open position, including memory cards 90. T1 is typically in a range from about 0.2 inches to about 6 inches, and preferably from about 0.5 inches to about 1.5 inches. T2 is the thickness of outer casing 102. T2 is typically in a range from about 0.01 inches to about 0.5 inches, and preferably from about 0.1 inches to about 0.3 inches. T3 is the thickness of holder 104, including memory card 90. T3 is typically in a range from about 0.05 inches to about 0.4 inches, and preferably from about 0.08 inches to about 0.3 inches. T4 is the thickness of the interior of pocket 124, for holding memory card 90. T4 is typically in a range from about 0.03 inches to about 0.15 inches, and preferably from about 0.05 inches to about 0.1 inches. T5 is the thickness of backer layer 202. T5 is typically in a range from about 0.005 inches to about 0.2 inches, and preferably from about 0.01 inches to about 0.1 inches. T6 is the thickness of the material of pocket layers 208, 210. T6 is typically in a range from about 0.005 inches to about 0.2 inches, and preferably from about 0.01 inches to about 0.1 inches. Other embodiments can include other dimensions.

FIGS. 5-7 illustrate another example memory case 300. FIG. 5 is a perspective view of example memory case 300. FIG. 6 is a front view of example memory case 300. FIG. 7 is a cross sectional view of example memory case 300 taken along line M-M, shown in FIG. 6.

Example memory case 300 includes the same outer casing 102 as shown and described above with reference to example memory case 100, such as shown in FIG. 1. Outer casing 102 includes front casing 110, rear casing 112, and flap 114. However, example memory case 300 illustrates an alternative embodiment of a holder 302.

In the illustrated embodiment, holder 302 has two sheets, including first sheet 304 and second sheet 306. Each sheet 304, 306 holds one or more memory cards 90, 92 in one or more pockets 308, 310. Holder 302 is configured to hold memory cards of various sizes. In this embodiment, pockets 308 are configured to hold a smaller sized memory card 90 and pockets 310 are configured to hold a larger sized memory card 92. In this example, each sheet 304, 306 includes two columns 311, 312, 314, 316. Each column includes two or three pockets 308, 310. Other embodiments include one or more columns per sheet and one or more pockets 308, 310 per column. Other embodiments do not include columns. For example, sheets can also include one or more individual pockets 308, 310.

In the illustrated embodiment, holder 302 includes backer layer 402 (see FIG. 6). Backer layer 402 is a layer that extends across the back side of holder 302. In some embodiments, backer layer 402 includes more than one layers that are connected together, such as by heat sealing the edges. Backer layer 402 is connected to outer casing 102 at end 116 of outer casing 102. In one embodiment, backer layer 402 is connected to outer casing 102 by heat sealing. Alternatively, adhesive, thread, or other fasteners are used.

One or more pocket layers 404, 406, 408, 410 are connected to backer layer 402 to form pockets 308, 310, which are arranged in columns. In the illustrated example, pocket layers 404 and 406 are connected to sheet 304 and pocket layers 406 and 408 are connected to sheet 306. For example, pocket layer 404 is connected to backer layer 402, such as by heat sealing. Alternatively, adhesive, thread, or other fasteners are used.

In some embodiments, one or both of backer layer 402 and pocket layers are formed of an anti-static material. Alternatively, one or more additional anti-static material layers are included in some embodiments, such as to form a pocket liner. Anti-static material is useful to reduce or prevent electrostatic discharge to reduce the chance of damage occurring to the memory card or to data stored therein.

In the illustrated example, sheet 304 includes a plurality of joints between pocket layers 404, 406 and backer layer 402. The joints include end joints 411, 412, 414, 416, side joints 420, 422, and divider joints 430, 432, 434. End joints 411, 412, 414, 416 connect opposing ends of pocket layers 404 and 406 to backer layer 402. Side joints 420, 422 connect a side end of pocket layers 404 and 406 to backer layer 402. Side joints 420, 422 extend between end joints 411 and 412, and 414 and 416, respectively. Divider joints 430, 432, 434 divide pocket layers 404 and 406 into regions appropriately sized to receive memory cards 90, 92. In the illustrated embodiment, pocket layer 404 is divided into three pockets 308, and pocket layer 406 is divided into two pockets 310. Therefore, two divider joints 430, 432 are provided to connect pocket layer 404 with backer layer 402 and divide adjacent pockets 308 from each other. In addition, a single divider joint 454 is provided to connect pocket layer 406 with backer layer 402 and to divide adjacent pockets 310 from each other.

Pocket layers 408 and 410 of sheet 306, of the illustrated embodiment, are the same or similar to pocket layers 404 and 406 of sheet 304, except that the side joints are on the opposite sides of pockets 308 and 310. Therefore, pocket layers 408 and 410 are not, and need not be, separately described in detail herein.

After pocket layers 404, 406, 408, 410 have been connected to backer layer 402, openings 440, 442 remain at one side of pockets 308, 310. The openings 440, 442 are sized to receive the appropriately sized memory cards 90, 92 into pocket 124. Once memory cards 90, 92 are inserted into pockets 308, 310, interior surfaces of pockets 308, 310 frictionally engage with memory card 90 to hold memory card 90 in place, to help prevent memory card 90 from inadvertently sliding out from pockets 308, 310.

The orientation of pockets 308, 310 is such that openings 440, 442 are located on the side of pockets 308, 310 facing end 116. Some embodiments benefit from this orientation by having additional water resistance properties. For example, when memory case 300 is closed, water cannot directly enter pockets 308, 310 from any direction. Other embodiments benefit from this orientation by reducing the chance that memory cards 90, 92 will inadvertently slide out from pockets 308, 310. One reason for this is that even if memory cards 90, 92 begin to slide out from pockets 308, 310, memory cards 90, 92 will encounter an obstacle. More specifically, memory cards 90 will encounter an end of pockets 310, and memory cards 92 will encounter end 116.

Example dimensions for the illustrated embodiment of memory case 300 are shown in FIG. 6. H4 is the height of pocket 310. H4 is typically in a range from about 1 inch to about 4 inches, and preferably from about 2 inches to about 3 inches. H5 is the height of pocket 308. H5 is typically in a range from about 0.5 inches to about 3 inches, and preferably from about 1 inch to about 2 inches.

Further example dimensions for the illustrated embodiment of memory case 300 are shown in FIG. 7. T10 is the overall thickness of memory case 300 when in an open position. T10 is typically in a range from about 0.1 inches to about 1 inch, and preferably from about 0.2 inches to about 0.5 inches. T11 is the thickness of outer casing 102. T11 is typically in a range from about 0.01 inches to about 0.5 inches, and preferably from about 0.1 inches to about 0.3 inches. T12 is the thickness of pocket 310, including one or more memory cards 92. T12 is typically in a range from about 0.05 inches to about 1 inch, and preferably from about 0.08 inches to about 0.2 inches. T13 is the thickness of pocket 308. T13 is typically in a range from about 0.05 inches to about 0.4 inches, and preferably from about 0.08 inches to about 0.3 inches. T14 is the thickness of the interior of pocket 310. T14 is typically in a range from about 0.05 inches to about 0.4 inches, and preferably from about 0.05 inches to about 0.25 inches. T15 is the thickness of the interior of pocket 308. T15 is typically in a range from about 0.03 inches to about 0.15 inches, and preferably from about 0.05 inches to about 0.1 inches. T16 is the thickness of the material of pocket layer 408. T16 is typically in a range from about 0.005 inches to about 0.2 inches, and preferably from about 0.01 inches to about 0.1 inches. T17 is the thickness of the material of pocket layer 410. T17 is typically in a range from about 0.005 inches to about 0.2 inches, and preferably from about 0.01 inches to about 0.1 inches. W10 is the interior width of pocket 310. W10 is typically in a range from about 0.25 inches to about 2 inches, and preferably from about 1 inch to about 2 inches. W12 is the interior width of pocket 308. W12 is typically in a range from about 0.25 inches to about 2 inches, and preferably from about 0.5 inches to about 1 inch.

FIGS. 8-11 illustrate another example memory case 500 according to the present disclosure. FIG. 8 is a front perspective view of the example memory case 500. FIG. 9 is a front view of the example memory case 500. FIG. 10 is a top view of the example memory case 500. FIG. 11 is a right side view of the example memory case 500.

Example memory case 500 includes outer casing 502, but the same holder 104 as shown and described herein with reference to example memory case 100, such as shown in FIG. 1. In other embodiments other holders, such as holder 302 can also be used with outer casing 502.

In some embodiments, outer casing 502 provides a protective enclosure for memory case 500. In the illustrated embodiment, outer casing 502 includes front casing 510, rear casing 512, front sidewalls 518, and rear sidewalls 520. Front casing 510 is connected to rear casing 512 at end 516. In some embodiments, a fold is located at end 516, along axis A5. In another embodiment, end 516 includes multiple folds. In other embodiments, a flexible joint is connected between front casing 510 and rear casing 512 at end 516.

Sidewall 518 is connected to front casing 510 and includes walls 530, 532, 534. Wall 530 is connected toward a top edge of front casing 510. Wall 534 is connected toward a bottom edge of front casing 510. In some embodiments, walls 530 and 534 extend generally parallel to each other. Wall 532 is connected toward a side of front casing 510, opposite end 516. Wall 532 is connected between wall 530 and wall 534. Sidewall 518 includes recess 536 along an interior edge of sidewall 518.

Sidewall 520 is connected to rear casing 512 and includes walls 540, 542, 544. Wall 540 is connected toward a top edge of rear casing 512. Wall 544 is connected toward a bottom edge of rear casing 512. In some embodiments, walls 540 and 544 extend generally parallel to each other. Wall 542 is connected between wall 540 and wall 544. In some embodiments, walls 532 and 542 extend generally parallel to each other. Sidewall 520 includes extension region 546 that extends along an interior edge of sidewall 520. Extension region 546 of sidewall 520 is configured to fit within recess 536 of sidewall 518 to frictionally engage with sidewall 518.

Outer casing 502 is able to fold along axis A5, such that front casing 510 can move in the direction of arrow A6 relative to rear casing 512. In this way, sidewall 518 is also moved in the direction of arrow A6, such that extension region 546 frictionally engages with recess 536. When in this closed position, edges 550, 552, 554, 556 of sidewalls 518 and 520 contact end 516 of outer casing 502. Therefore, some embodiments of memory case 500 fully enclose holder 104 and memory cards 90. As a result, some embodiments of memory case 500 are waterproof. Other embodiments of memory case 500 are water resistant. Some further embodiments of memory case 500 float in water, because air trapped inside memory case 500 is less dense than water. Additional flaps, regions, or enclosure layers can be added to other embodiments to further improve the seal of memory case 500. For example, a rubber or plastic liner can be included to surround at least the edges of memory case 500 or holder 104. In such embodiments, fasteners can be used with the liner, including a zipper, snap, or hook and loop fastener.

In one embodiment, outer casing 502 is formed of molded plastic. In another embodiment, outer casing 502 is formed of a material such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC). For example, the PVC is shaped using a thermoforming process. Outer casing 502 is formed in one embodiment of multiple layers, including a thermoformed inner layer and a substantially planar outer layer that are connected together, such as by heat sealing the edges. In another embodiment, front casing 510 and rear casing 512 are formed of one material, and sidewalls 518, 520 are formed of another material. For example, front and rear casings 510, 512 are formed of a single generally planar material, such as paperboard, cardboard, leather, vinyl, plastic, wood, metal, a metal alloy, or fabric, or combinations of these or other materials. Sidewalls 518, 520 are formed of a material such as paperboard, cardboard, leather, vinyl, plastic, wood, fabric, metal, a metal alloy, or combinations of these or other materials. Front and rear casings 510, 512 and sidewalls 518, 520 are then fastened together such as by heat sealing, adhesive, staples, nails, tape, or other known fasteners.

Example dimensions for the illustrated embodiment of memory case 500 are shown in FIG. 9. H10 is the height of memory case 500. H10 is typically in a range from about 2 inches to about 10 inches, and preferably from about 4 inches to about 6 inches. W15 is the overall width of memory case 500. W15 is typically in a range from about 6 inches to about 24 inches, and preferably from about 10 inches to about 14 inches.

Further example dimensions for the illustrated embodiment of memory case 500 are shown in FIG. 11. T20 is the overall thickness of memory case 500 when in an open position. T20 is typically in a range from about 0.3 inches to about 1.5 inches, and preferably from about 0.5 inches to about 1 inch. T22 is the thickness of front and rear casing 510, 512. T22 is typically in a range from about 0.01 inches to about 0.5 inches, and preferably from about 0.1 inches to about 0.3 inches. T24 is the thickness of sidewalls 518, 520. T24 is typically in a range from about 0.1 inches to about 1 inch, and preferably from about 0.4 inches to about 0.8 inches. T26 is the thickness of recess and extension regions 536,546. T26 is typically in a range from about 0.1 inches to about 1 inch, and preferably from about 0.25 inches to about 0.5 inches. Some other embodiments include other dimensions.

FIGS. 12-16 illustrate another example memory case 600 according to the present disclosure. FIG. 12 is a front perspective view of the example memory case 600. FIG. 13 is a front view of the example memory case 600. FIG. 14 is a top view of the example memory case 600. FIG. 15 is a right side view of the example memory case 600. FIG. 16 is a cross sectional view of another example sheet 620 of the example memory case 600 taken along line N-N, shown in FIG. 13.

Example memory case 600 includes outer casing 602 and holder 604. In some embodiments, outer casing 602 provides a protective enclosure for memory case 600. In the illustrated embodiment, outer casing 602 includes front casing 610, rear casing 612, front sidewalls 618, and rear sidewalls 619. Front casing 610 is connected to rear casing 612 at and end, which in this embodiment includes spine 616. In some embodiments, folds are located at spine 616, along axes A10 and A12. In another embodiment, spine 616 includes a single fold or more than two folds. Axis A10 is adjacent to ajoint between front casing 610 and spine 616 and extends adjacent to ends 650 and 652 (shown in FIG. 13). Axis A12 is adjacent to a joint between rear casing 612 and spine 616 and extends adjacent to ends 654 and 656 (shown in FIG. 13). In other embodiments, a separate flexible joint is connected to and between front casing 610 and rear casing 612 to form spine 616.

Sidewall 618 is connected to front casing 610 and includes walls 630,632,634 (shown in FIG. 13). Wall 630 is connected toward a top edge of front casing 610. Wall 634 is connected toward a bottom edge of front casing 610. In some embodiments, walls 630 and 634 extend generally parallel to each other. Wall 632 is connected toward a side of front casing 610, opposite spine 616. Wall 632 is connected between wall 630 and wall 634. Sidewall 618 includes recess 636 along an interior edge of sidewall 618.

Sidewall 619 is connected to rear casing 612 and includes walls 640,642,644 (shown in FIG. 13). Wall 640 is connected toward a top edge of rear casing 612. Wall 644 is connected toward a bottom edge of rear casing 612. In some embodiments, walls 640 and 644 extend generally parallel to each other. Wall 642 is connected between wall 640 and wall 644. In some embodiments, walls 632 and 642 extend generally parallel to each other. Sidewall 619 includes extension region 646 that extends along an interior edge of sidewall 619. Extension region 646 of sidewall 619 is configured to fit within recess 636 of sidewall 618 to frictionally engage with sidewall 618 when memory case 600 is arranged in a closed (e.g., folded) configuration.

Outer casing 602 is able to fold along axes A10 and A12, such that front casing 610 can move in the direction of arrow A14 (shown in FIG. 12) relative to rear casing 612. In this way, sidewall 618 is also moved in the direction of arrow A14, such that extension region 646 frictionally engages with recess 636. When in this closed position, edges 650,652,654,656 of sidewalls 618 and 619 typically contact spine 616 of outer casing 602. Therefore, some embodiments of memory case 600 fully enclose holder 604 and memory cards contained therein. As a result, some embodiments of memory case 600 are waterproof. Other embodiments of memory case 600 are water resistant. Some further embodiments of memory case 600 float in water, because air trapped inside memory case 600 is less dense than the water. Additional flaps, regions, or enclosure layers can be added to other embodiments to further improve the seal of memory case 600. For example, a rubber or plastic liner can be included to surround at least the edges of memory case 600 or holder 604. In such embodiments, fasteners can be used with the liner, including a zipper, snap, or hook and loop fastener.

In one embodiment, outer casing 602 is formed of molded plastic. In another embodiment, outer casing 602 is formed of a material such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC). For example, the PVC is shaped using a thermoforming process. Outer casing 602 is formed in one embodiment of multiple layers, including a thermoformed inner layer and a substantially planar outer layer that are connected together, such as by heat sealing the edges. In another embodiment, front casing 610 and rear casing 612 are formed of one material, and sidewalls 618,619 are formed of another material. For example, front and rear casings 610 and 612 are formed of a single generally planar material, such as paperboard, cardboard, leather, vinyl, plastic, wood, metal, a metal alloy, or fabric, or combinations of these or other materials. Sidewalls 618,619 are formed of a material such as paperboard, cardboard, leather, vinyl, plastic, wood, fabric, metal, a metal alloy, or combinations of these or other materials. Front and rear casings 610,612 and sidewalls 618,619 are then fastened together such as by heat sealing, adhesive, staples, nails, tape, or other known fasteners.

Memory case 600 includes holder 604. Holder 604 includes first sheet 620 and second sheet 622 (shown in FIG. 13). Each sheet 620,622 includes one or more pockets 624. Sheets 620,622 are typically made of two or more layers that are cut and then fastened together at joints. In the illustrated embodiment, sheet 620 includes two large pockets 672 and 674 on one side and a full-page pocket 676 (shown in FIG. 16) on the opposite side. Sheet 622 includes three pockets 682, 684, and 686.

In another possible embodiment, holder 604 includes three or more sheets. For example, an additional sheet is provided that includes a separate backer layer and a separate pocket layer connected by joints. The additional sheet is connected to sheet 620 and the holder at the end (e.g., spine 616). Referring to FIG. 13, for example, multiple sheets 620 (having any desired pocket configuration) may be arranged like pages in a book. Any number of sheets may be connected in this manner to increase the number of items that may be stored in holder 604 and to provide pockets of varying sizes, if desired.

In some embodiments, pockets 624 are designed to hold particular items. Examples of such items include headphones (such as earphones, earbuds, stereophones, and headsets) for connection with an audio signal source. Other examples of such items include a mini card reader. The card reader may be used to connect a memory card to another device, such as a computer or other device. Some embodiments of memory case 600 are configured to store all of the items necessary for transferring data between memory cards and other devices, and also the memory cards themselves. In this way, a single case may be transported with everything needed.

Pockets 672,674 are arranged side-by-side in sheet 620 and are generally vertically oriented, having openings 673,675 for access to the interior of pockets 672,674. In some embodiments, openings 673,675 are arranged at or near to a top side of pockets 672,674. Openings 673,675 may be formed on either side (or both sides, if three or more layers are used) of sheet 620. In the illustrated example, openings 673,675 are formed on a rear side of sheet 620, opposite front casing 610, such that openings 673,675 are accessible when sheet 620 and memory case 600 are arranged in the open position shown in FIG. 13. An advantage of the dual, side-by-side, pocket configuration is that larger items may be stored therein.

Pockets 682 and 684 are also arranged side-by-side in sheet 622, but are only in an upper portion of sheet 622. Pocket 686 is arranged in a lower portion of sheet 622. Pocket 686 only occupies part of the lower portion, and unused spaces are provided on either side of pocket 686. As a result, pocket 686 is sized to a particular width that is not limited to the full width of sheet 622, but rather can be less than sheet 622. In this way pocket 686 is sized to a particular width to receive an item of a particular size. In this way the item is held more securely within pocket 686.

In some embodiments, openings (e.g., opening 687 shown in FIG. 13) of pockets (e.g., pocket 686) include a non-linear shape. For example, opening 687 includes tapered region 690, flat region 692, and tapered region 694. Tapered regions 690 and 694 are connected to the outer edges of pocket 686 and taper downward from the outer edges. Flat region 692 extends between tapered regions 690 and 694. The shape of opening 687 provides increased area for accessing an item stored in pocket 686 (due to the added open space above flat region 692). Tapered regions 690 and 694 provide increased storage space to pocket 686. In some embodiments the tapered regions 690 and 694 also increase the strength of the sides of pocket 686 due to the increased length of the pocket joint at the outer edges of pocket 686. Other embodiments include other opening shapes, such as arcuate, rounded, triangular, squared, or other desired configurations.

Some embodiments include one or more pockets on both sides of a sheet. Referring to FIG. 16, sheet 620 includes pockets 674 (and 672, shown in FIG. 13) on one side of sheet 620. In addition, some embodiments include one or more pockets 676 on an opposite side of sheet 620. Pocket 676 includes opening 677. Sheet 622 may also include one or more pockets on the side of sheet 622 opposite pockets 682,684,686 if desired. In some embodiments, pocket 676 is a full-page pocket for holding large items or large quantities of items therein. Examples of such items include literature, pamphlets, or other printed material (such as associated with a CD or DVD, including song titles, information about the artists, or directions for conversion of files to the appropriate form for a particular device). Other examples of items include a CD, a DVD, a Blu-ray disc, or other optical or magnetic media.

FIGS. 17-20 illustrate another example memory case 700 according to the present disclosure. FIG. 17 is a front perspective view of the example memory case 700. FIG. 18 is a front view of the example memory case 700. FIG. 19 is a top view of the example memory case 700. FIG. 20 is a right side view of the example memory case 700.

Example memory case 700 includes outer casing 702 and holder 704. In some embodiments, outer casing 702 provides a protective enclosure for memory case 700. In the illustrated embodiment, outer casing 702 includes front casing 710, rear casing 712, front sidewalls 718, and rear sidewalls 719. Front casing 710 is connected to rear casing 712 at an end, which in this embodiment includes spine 716. In some embodiments, folds are located at spine 716, along axes A20 and A22. Axis A20 is adjacent to ajoint between front casing 710 and spine 716 and extends adjacent to ends 750 and 752 (shown in FIG. 18). Axis A22 is adjacent to a joint between rear casing 712 and spine 716 and extends adjacent to ends 754 and 756 (shown in FIG. 18). In other embodiments a separate flexible joint is connected to and between front casing 710 and rear casing 712 to form spine 716. In some embodiments spine 716 includes a single fold or more than two folds. Other ends or spines 716 are used in other embodiments, such as those used for books or binders, including a spiral binding, comb binding, or other spine, end, binding, or fastener.

Sidewall 718 is connected to front casing 710 and includes walls 730,732,734 (shown in FIG. 18). Wall 730 is connected toward a top edge of front casing 710. Wall 734 is connected toward a bottom edge of front casing 710. In some embodiments, walls 730 and 734 extend generally parallel to each other. Wall 732 is connected toward a side of front casing 710, opposite spine 716. Wall 732 is connected between wall 730 and wall 734. Sidewall 718 includes recess 736 along an interior edge of sidewall 718.

Sidewall 719 is connected to rear casing 712 and includes walls 740,742,744 (shown in FIG. 18). Wall 740 is connected toward a top edge of rear casing 712. Wall 744 is connected toward a bottom edge of rear casing 712. In some embodiments, walls 740 and 744 extend generally parallel to each other. Wall 742 is connected between wall 740 and wall 744. In some embodiments, walls 732 and 742 extend generally parallel to each other. Sidewall 719 includes extension region 746 that extends along an interior edge of sidewall 719. Extension region 746 of sidewall 719 is configured to fit within recess 736 of sidewall 718 to frictionally engage with sidewall 718 when memory case 700 is arranged in a closed (e.g., folded) configuration.

Outer casing 702 is able to fold along axes A20 and A22, such that front casing 710 can move in the direction of arrow A24 (shown in FIG. 17) relative to rear casing 712. In this way, sidewall 718 is also moved in the direction of arrow A24, such that extension region 746 frictionally engages with recess 736.

Memory case 700 protects holder 704 (and any items contained therein) by shielding holder 704 from water or other liquids or debris. For example, when memory case 700 is closed, outer casing 702 blocks water, liquid, or other debris from reaching holder 704 from most, if not all, directions. More specifically, front and rear casings 710 and 712 cover the front and back of holder 704, while the sides of holder 704 are shielded by sidewalls 718 and 719.

In this embodiment, ends 750,752,754,756 are tapered. A user typically uses their hands to access holder 704, such that the hands, wrists, and forearms may come into contact with outer casing 702. When outer casing 702 is open, as shown in FIG. 18, the hands, wrists, and forearms may contact ends 750,752,754,756. The tapered ends make such contact more comfortable and reduce the chance for skin scratches.

Tapered ends 750,752,754,756 also provide a gap between at least a portion of ends 750,752,754,756 and spine 716 when memory case 700 is closed. This gap allows air to flow into and out from memory case 700. The gap and air flow acts to remove moisture from memory case 700 if moisture enters the memory case 700 (such as when the case is opened to access holder 704). The gap also allows heat to escape from memory case 700 to reduce the chance of overheating of holder 704 or other items contained within memory case 700.

In one embodiment, outer casing 702 is formed of molded plastic. In another embodiment, outer casing 702 is formed of a material such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC). For example, the PVC is shaped using a thermoforming process. Outer casing 702 is formed in one embodiment of multiple layers, including a thermoformed inner layer (including sidewalls 718 and 719) and a substantially planar outer layer that are connected together, such as by heat sealing the edges. In another embodiment, front casing 710 and rear casing 712 are formed of one material, and sidewalls 718,719 are formed of another material. For example, front and rear casings 710 and 712 are formed of a single generally planar material, such as paperboard, cardboard, leather, vinyl, plastic, wood, metal, a metal alloy, or fabric, or combinations of these or other materials. Sidewalls 718,719 are formed of a material such as paperboard, cardboard, leather, vinyl, plastic, wood, fabric, metal, a metal alloy, or combinations of these or other materials. Front and rear casings 710,712 and sidewalls 718,719 are then fastened together such as by heat sealing, adhesive, staples, nails, tape, or other known fasteners.

Memory case 700 includes holder 704. Holder 704 is typically connected to spine 716 by a joint or a fastener. Holder 704 includes first sheet 720 and second sheet 722 that each extend from spine 716. Each sheet 720,722 includes one or more pockets 724. Sheets 720,722 are typically made of two or more layers that are cut and then fastened together at joints. In the illustrated embodiment, sheet 720 includes five pockets, including two larger pockets 770,772, and three smaller pockets 774,776,778. Sheet 722 also includes two larger pockets 780,782, and three smaller pockets 784,786,788

In this embodiment, all pockets of sheets 720 and 722 are generally horizontally oriented, having openings 771,773,775,777,779 that are located near a right side of the pocket (when arranged in the open position shown in FIG. 18) and openings 781,783,785,787,789 that are near a left side of the pocket. An advantage of horizontally oriented pockets is that they provide further protection from water, liquid, or debris intrusion. When memory case 700 is closed, openings 771,773,775,777,779 are arranged toward spine 716. Water and debris typically cannot penetrate spine 716, thereby reducing the chance that water, liquid, or debris will enter the pockets. Pockets 770,772,780,782 have a width that is approximately one half of the height of sheets 720,722. Pockets 774,776,778,784,786,788 have a width that is approximately one third of the height of sheets 720,722. Other embodiments include differently sized pockets.

FIG. 21 is a front view of another example memory case 900. Memory case 900 includes outer casing 902. Outer casing 902 includes front casing 910, rear casing 912, flap 914, end 916, and end 918. Some embodiments include a fastener 919. Some embodiments of memory case 900 include a holder, as described herein (but not shown in FIG. 21).

In some embodiments, outer casing 902 includes one or more pockets. For example, front casing 910 includes pocket 920 and rear casing 912 includes pocket 922. Pockets 920,922 are formed by additional pocket layers 930 and 932 that are connected at edges by joints 940, 942, and 944 and joints 950, 952, and 954, respectively. An edge of pocket layers 930 and 932 remains unconnected to form openings 946 and 956. In this example, pockets are horizontally aligned and the openings 946 and 956 are located at or near to end 916 of outer casing 902. Other embodiments include other pockets that have openings at or near to the side of pockets opposite end 916. In further embodiments, pockets are vertically aligned having an opening at or near to top or bottom edges of the pockets. Further embodiments include pockets on a rear side of outer casing 902.

The illustrated example shows full-size pockets 920,922 that encompass all or a majority of an interior surface of front or rear casings 910,912. Other embodiments include other pockets sizes and configurations. For example, the pocket is configured to include one or more smaller pockets in some embodiments.

Pockets 920 and 922 are configured to support an item therein. Examples of items that may be contained therein include one or more memory cards; literature, a pamphlet, a cover sheet, a map, an album note sheet (such as from a CD or DVD package), or other printed materials; or other items.

In some embodiments, ends 916 and 918 include text spaces 960 and 962. Text spaces 960 and 962 optionally include text, such as a logo, product name, or other desired text. The text is embedded into text spaces 960 and 962, such as by stamping or molding the text into ends 916 and 918. Alternatively, text is formed by printing or any other by other methods of providing text to text spaces 960 and 962. Text spaces are also or alternatively provided on a rear side of outer casing 902 in some embodiments.

FIG. 22 is a front view of another example holder 1000 for use in a memory case. Holder 1000 includes sheet 1002 and sheet 1004. Sheet 1002 includes pocket 1010. Sheet 1004 includes pockets 1012, 1014, 1016, 1018, 1020, and 1022. This embodiment includes sheets 1002,1004 that have different configurations and are not symmetrical. Further, sheets 1002,1004 include different numbers of pockets. Holder 1000 may be connected to a memory case, such as at the intersection of sheets 1002,1004.

Sheet 1002 includes pocket 1010. Pocket 1010 is a horizontally aligned full-page pocket having opening 1011.

Sheet 1004 includes a plurality of pockets 1012,1014,1016,1018,1020,1022. In this example, pockets 1012,1014 are designed to have a relatively narrow and elongated size. Such pockets are suitable for holding items that have a similarly narrow and elongated size. For example, pockets 1012,1014 are configured for holding a USB memory card in some embodiments. Other embodiments are configured to hold a pen, pencil, ruler, or other items. Pocket 1016 has the same length as pockets 1012 and 1014 but is approximately twice as wide as pocket 1016. Pockets 1018,1020,1022 are arranged in a column at and edge of sheet 1004 and are each smaller than pocket 1016. All pockets on sheet 1004 are horizontally aligned having openings 1013,1015,1017, 1019,1021,1023 arranged at a side of the pocket closest to sheet 1002. Pockets are separated by a plurality of joints.

The example embodiments described herein are only some of the possible embodiments according to the present disclosure. Various features described with reference to a particular embodiment could also be beneficial if used in other embodiments, and such modifications are all within the spirit and scope of the present disclosure. Furthermore, some embodiments according to the present disclosure are configured to hold items sized differently than those specifically described. For example, one embodiment is configured to hold removable flash memory sticks. Another embodiment is configured to hold CompactFlash memory cards. Other embodiments are configured to hold another memory card configuration, or a plurality of memory card configurations.

Some of the pockets disclosed herein with reference to the attached figures are shown sized to receive a single memory card. Alternative pocket configurations are possible in which multiple memory cards can be retained in a single pocket. In another configuration, dividing structure between adjacent pockets can be removed or modified such that a larger sized memory card can be retained in a modified pocket that includes at least two of the original pockets. Likewise, a dividing member can be added to an existing pocket to reduce the size of the pocket to retain a smaller sized memory card than the size of the pocket's original size.

An example pocket construction has been explained above in which a memory card can be retained in the pocket by interference fit. Other constructions and arrangements for holding a memory card in a given pocket are possible. For example, snap-fit arrangement, flaps, straps (e.g., Velcro® straps), and other constructions could be used to hold a memory card in a pocket. When using such additional retaining structures, it may be possible to hold different sized memory cards in a given pocket.

In another arrangement, the pockets themselves are removable from the case and/or replaceable. The orientation of the pockets can also be manually altered (i.e., customization) by a user in other arrangements.

Typically, the pocket structures themselves are substantially the same size as the outer dimensions of the memory card retained by that pocket. Alternatively, the pocket structure can be significantly larger than the memory card and define one or more pocket cavities that are substantially the same size as the outer dimensions of the memory card. Some pockets are configured to hold items other than, or in addition to, memory cards.

Outer casings and holders of the various embodiments are interchangeable with outer casings or holders of other embodiments to form yet further embodiments.

The above specification, examples and data provide a complete description of the manufacture and use of the composition of the invention. It is noted that all of the features characterized herein need not be incorporated within a given arrangement for the arrangement to include improvements according to the present disclosure.