Patents Assigned to Wacoal Corporation
  • Patent number: 10092048
    Abstract: The present invention embodies a garment which can smoothen motions of its wearer by a new technique, which is totally different from that of exerting a tightening force on a muscle, according to findings that the range of motion of a joint can be widened if a structure for extending and gathering respective parts of a skin gathering and leaving when the joint works in relation to bending/extension or abduction/adduction of the wearer is added to the garment and that the range of motion of the joint can be widened if a structure for moving the skin along a direction of motion of a muscle when the joint works in relation to turning of the wearer is added to the garment, on the basis of a close relationship between a motion of the skin when the joint works and an extending direction of a tension line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: WACOAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takato Yamada, Yuka Kitagawa
  • Patent number: 9839242
    Abstract: A brassiere according to one embodiment of the present invention is a clothing article having cup parts for covering the breasts, the clothing article having cup hollow parts each of which is provided along a lower edge of the cup part and has a curved shape, the lower edge portion necessitating a small tensile strength for expanding a space between a front center extremity and a side extremity of the curved shape against a retaining force of the lower edge portion of the curved shape; and expansion suppressing parts each of which extends from a front center end to a side end of the lower edge portion along a shape of the cup part in a lower part of the cup part, has a non-stretchable or poorly-stretchable characteristic, and suppresses expansion of the space between the front center extremity and the side extremity of the lower edge portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Wacoal Corporation
    Inventors: Masaru Yuasa, Megumi Tachiiri, Masumi Fujii, Keiko Masuda
  • Patent number: 8375468
    Abstract: Clothing for the upper half of a body is provided, which makes it possible to reduce distortions of the body and alleviate fatigue by simply wearing the clothing and leading a usual life. A distortion reducing portion formed with a plurality of strip portions exhibiting a constrictive power stronger than that of a main body cloth is provided. The distortion reducing portion comprises one pair of strip portion sets each having at least three strip portions aligned so as to incline in the same direction. The pair of strip portion sets are arranged symmetrically while intersecting each other. The clothing also has at least two surrounded portions surrounded by a plurality of strip portions. The structure provided with such a distortion reducing portion improves the activity balance between the spinal column and muscles of the wearer. This corrects distortions in the body of the wearer and reduces the difference in hardness of muscles between the right side and left side in the back part of the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Wacoal Corporation
    Inventors: Tomoko Okamoto, Mayumi Umemoto
  • Publication number: 20120164915
    Abstract: A cup-possessing garment 1 according to an embodiment of the present invention is provided with a pair of cup sections 12 for covering respective breasts and a pair of gathering sections 20 provided so as to cover at least a part of a front face of each cup section 12 in order to gather the pair of cup sections toward the front center, and each of the pair of gathering sections 20 is composed of a first portion 22 attached to a side portion of the cup section 12, and a second portion 24 formed with higher elasticity than the first portion 22 and formed in such a manner that ends of the second portions on the front center side join together in order to connect the first portions 22 to each other on the front center side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Applicant: Wacoal Corporation
    Inventors: Masaru Yuasa, Megumi Tachiiri
  • Patent number: 7631521
    Abstract: A garment that is made including a piece of a stretchable warp-knitted fabric, wherein at least a non-elastic yarn is arranged in a 1×1 tricot structure and an elastic yarn is arranged in a looping structure, that is cut at an angle of at least 3° and at most 177° with respect to the knitting direction, the piece having an edge that does not require hem finishing when left as cut, so that at least one of the edge portions of the garment is formed by an edge that does not require hem finishing when left as cut (an edge of the bottom line 2 or an edge of the waist line 3). Thus, a garment is provided, in which the portion of the edge does not become thick, the edge does not require hem finishing when the fabric is left as cut, this edge is used for the garment's edge portion, curling of the edge portion does not occur, and the edge portion fits the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignee: Wacoal Corporation
    Inventor: Kei Oya
  • Publication number: 20070055189
    Abstract: In order to provide a walking assistance device that can avoid hampering the motion of the muscles of the user and will not move out of place inadvertently when worn by the user, principal engagement points of a support member (hip support member 1 and/or lower leg support member 2) for securely mounting an assisting force generator (hip joint actuator 10 and/or knee joint actuator 26), which is disposed on a side of at least one joint of a lower limb to provide an assisting force to a movement of the lower limb, are provided at portions where a relatively small amount of movement of skin occurs when a trunk or joint is moved. In this way, the support member can be fastened firmly to the portions where an amount of movement of the skin is small, i.e.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2004
    Publication date: March 8, 2007
    Applicants: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., WACOAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hisashi Katoh, Takashi Hirata, Taiji Koyama, Takako Fujii, Yoshirou Koyama
  • Patent number: 7115015
    Abstract: The present invention provides a sport clothing product with cups excellent in a shaping (bust uplifting) function, in which the stability of bust does not deteriorate even upon vigorous arm movements. A cup suspending cord (5R) of a right cup portion (2R) extends in the upper left direction, and a cup suspending cord (5L) of a left cup portion (2L) extends in the upper right direction, so that they are attached to a neck hole hem part (16), whereas respective extensions of the cup suspending cords (5L, 5R) intersect each other above the neck hole hem part (16). Movements of cup portions caused by vigorous arm movements accompanying exercises are greatly alleviated, whereby actions of cup suspending members at the time of raising arms function so as to lift up the cup portions in so-called “centering” directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2006
    Assignee: Wacoal Corporation
    Inventors: Katsuko Horii, Yukiko Funahashi
  • Patent number: 7089597
    Abstract: An upper body garment which selectively supports the muscles used during inhalation without hindering the movement of the spinal column. The upper body garment is constructed by stitching, to a shirt that adheres closely to the body, a plurality of band-form fabrics having a stretchability lower than that of the shirt. The stitching of the band-form fabrics occurs along several defined anatomical lines such as: the first lines that extend from the left and right acromia to a portion that corresponds to the center of the sternum, second lines which extend from this portion corresponding to the center of the sternum, pass beneath the breast area, and extend to the left and right armpit areas, and third lines which connect the left and right armpit areas of the second lines to each other on the back surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: Wacoal Corporation
    Inventors: Katsuko Horii, Makoto Oyama, Toshiko Murakami
  • Patent number: 6406354
    Abstract: A tape-like connecting device adapted to firmly connect a plurality of parts of a textile product in a detachable manner, and a women's clothing product with cups using the same are provided. Both left and right cup portions are connected to each other by the tape-like connecting device. The tape-like connecting device has tape members and a connector, while the base portions of the connector are formed with depressions. The front end portions of the tape members are sewn to the center front cloths and the front end portions of the under tape by way of the depression to each other. Further, the base end portions of the tape members are sewn to cup wire portions, whereby the tape-like connecting device fulfills a main role of connecting both cup portions to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2002
    Assignee: Wacoal Corporation
    Inventors: Hiromi Yamauchi, Shuji Sakaki
  • Patent number: D528741
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2006
    Assignee: Wacoal Corporation
    Inventors: Yuji Ota, Naomi Morii
  • Patent number: D538512
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2007
    Assignee: Wacoal Corporation
    Inventors: Yuji Ota, Naomi Morii
  • Patent number: D539512
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Assignee: Wacoal Corporation
    Inventors: Yuji Ota, Naomi Morii
  • Patent number: D485047
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Assignee: Wacoal Corporation
    Inventors: Kei Oya, Mayumi Ogawa
  • Patent number: D496522
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Assignee: Wacoal Corporation
    Inventors: Kei Oya, Mayumi Ogawa
  • Patent number: D681916
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Wacoal Corporation
    Inventors: Fumiko Tanaka, Nozomu Seike
  • Patent number: D693989
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Wacoal Corporation
    Inventors: Fumiko Tanaka, Nozomu Seike, Jo Miyake
  • Patent number: D694993
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Wacoal Corporation
    Inventors: Fumiko Tanaka, Nozomu Seike, Jo Miyake
  • Patent number: D703920
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Wacoal Corporation
    Inventors: Fumiko Tanaka, Nozomu Seike
  • Patent number: D704344
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Wacoal Corporation
    Inventors: Jo Miyake, Nozomu Seike
  • Patent number: D726327
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Wacoal Corporation
    Inventors: Fumiko Tanaka, Nozomu Seike