Patents Examined by A. Vanatta
  • Patent number: 10433611
    Abstract: A bicycle helmet includes a body, a plurality of air inlets and a plurality of air outlets. The body includes a front portion, an upper portion, a rear portion and an inner portion. The upper portion includes a closed surface. A plurality of dimple structures are formed on the closed surface to produce an aerodynamic effect. The air inlets are formed on the front portion. The air outlets are formed on the rear portion. The inner portion includes a plurality of ribs, the ribs are positioned correspondingly to the air inlet and the air outlet and define air channels therein, an airflow flows through the body due to the airflow entering the body through the air inlets, passing through the air channels and exiting the body through the air outlets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: GIANT MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chih-Yang Chen
  • Patent number: 10433598
    Abstract: A garment or accessory includes an outer layer coupled to a liner that is partially removable via fasteners. The outer layer includes an inner surface and an outer surface. The liner includes an edge. A portion of the edge is coupled to the inner surface of the outer layer. The fastener includes a first member coupled to the inner surface of the outer layer and a second member coupled to the liner at an uncoupled portion of the edge of the liner. A space is formed between the liner and the inner surface of the outer layer. The space is accessible through the uncoupled portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Shaf International, Inc.
    Inventor: Mohammad Maqbool
  • Patent number: 10405590
    Abstract: A sun blocking assembly includes a sleeve that is selectively worn on an arm. The sleeve is elongated to extend between a crown of a shoulder and a wrist. The sleeve is comprised of an opaque material to block sunlight thereby inhibiting the sunlight from burning the arm. A drawstring is slidably coupled to the sleeve to tighten the sleeve on the arm. A first elastic member is coupled to the sleeve to tighten the sleeve on the arm. A glove is provided and the glove is selectively worn on a hand. The glove is comprised of an opaque material to block sunlight thereby inhibiting the sunlight from burning the hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventor: Veronica Crayton
  • Patent number: 10400371
    Abstract: The disclosure describes a low density cloth preform, and apparatuses and methods for manufacturing the same. The low density cloth preform has a lower density than other preforms manufactured using prior apparatuses and methods, thereby rendering the low density cloth preform more amenable to the addition of matrix carbon thereto through the use of less expensive carbon sources and more rapid processes for adding matrix carbon. The apparatuses and methods for manufacturing the low density cloth preform comprise preform needling machines configured and preform needling processes operable to provide a more uniform and lesser needling depth with the result being a preform having a lower density. The preform needling machines utilize foam bases formed from resilient materials having appropriate rebound rates, arrangements of barbed needles in one or more groups and needling stages, and positioning of the barbed needles to minimize deflection of the foam bases and preform material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: BAM Inc.
    Inventor: Allen Simpson
  • Patent number: 10390574
    Abstract: A hand cover system can include: an exterior structure including a finger sheath and a thumb sheath; a sealing structure coupled to the finger sheath of the exterior structure, the sealing structure including magnets, the sealing structure enabling an open configuration and a closed configuration; and wherein: the open configuration includes the sealing structure split apart and the exterior structure folded back on itself for allowing a user's hand to be exposed from between the sealing structure, and the closed configuration includes the magnets of the sealing structure maintaining the sealing structure together for covering the user's hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventor: Li Ray Chen
  • Patent number: 10390572
    Abstract: One-piece swimsuit and method of manufacture provide for easy extraction of one or both legs without removing the top of the swimsuit. A top and bottom portion of the swimsuit can be partially separated by an openable closure that connects the top portion to the bottom portion when closed. An integral joining strip that secures the top portion to the bottom portion at one side of the swimsuit, so that when both legs are removed from the bottom portion, the bottom portion of the swimsuit is retained at the side of the wearer. An elastic expansion may be provided in the joining strip to facilitate pulling the bottom portion downward when extracting the wearer's leg(s). The closure may be an elastic band or elastic zipper to facilitate reconnection of the bottom portion to the top portion. A flap or skirt may be included to hide the closure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventor: Angela Willingham
  • Patent number: 10378136
    Abstract: A felting device includes a rigid body having a bottom surface, an upper surface, and a perimeter surface. The bottom surface includes a plurality of grooves and a plurality of protrusions formed between the plurality of grooves. Each of the plurality of grooves includes a first side and a second side. The first side extends at an acute angle from the second side. The first and second sides define side surfaces of the each of the plurality of protrusions. The upper surface is opposite the bottom surface. The perimeter surface extends between the bottom surface and the upper surface. The perimeter surface defines perimeter sides of a set of protrusions of the plurality of protrusions that abut the perimeter surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventors: Harry Firth, Robbin Firth
  • Patent number: 10368616
    Abstract: A zipper assembly includes various elements, such as a zipper-slider body and a zipper puller. The zipper puller can be gripped when manually traversing the zipper-slider body along zipper-teeth assemblies, such as when releasably fastening portions or edges of an article together. In addition, the zipper puller includes one or more additional hooking loops that releasably attach onto other surfaces or items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Christine Burke, Stephanie J. Scott, Rebecca M. Sheehan
  • Patent number: 10342270
    Abstract: A rigid frame is sealed in a waterproof manner to a pair of pants and/or waders, where the frame forms a frame aperture separating an outside from an inside of the pair of pants and/or waders. A rigid lid is pivotably connected to the frame and configured to engage the frame aperture. The rigid lid in an open position allows access through the frame aperture and the rigid lid in a closed position does not allow access through the frame aperture. A seal is disposed between the frame and the lid forming a waterproof closure of the frame aperture when the lid is in the closed position. A latch is pivotably connected to the frame and configured to retain the lid in the closed position. A spring is disposed between the latch and the frame, the spring biasing the latch to retain the lid in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventors: Robert A. Stevenson, Wendy L. Stevenson, Anthony Ismael Lopez
  • Patent number: 10337126
    Abstract: A nonwoven laying apparatus (3) and a nonwoven laying method are based on a laying device (7) that folds a delivered fiber web (4) and forms a multilayer nonwoven fabric (14) on the discharge path (15) of a discharging conveyor (13) that runs transversely or at an angle to the feeding direction (26). The travel profile of the discharge path (15) is set in such a way as to vary in the discharge direction in the vertically projected zone below the web outlet (12) of the laying device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: AUTEFA SOLUTIONS GERMANY GMBH
    Inventor: Andreas Meier
  • Patent number: 10314350
    Abstract: A glove has a top panel and a bottom panel that together form a main glove body. Fingers, including an index finger and other fingers, extend from the main glove body, each of the fingers having a top side and a bottom side corresponding with the top panel and bottom panels of the main glove body. A thumb extends from the main glove body. A region, at a juncture of the index finger and the main glove body on or adjacent the top panel and/or the thumb, has an insulating pad covering a portion of the region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Mechanix Wear, Incorporated
    Inventor: Kenneth Safford
  • Patent number: 10293241
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a leg guard that provides increased protection while also providing maximum articulation and increased freedom of movement for the user. More particularly, the leg guard includes a toe guard, a shin guard, a knee guard including an extended knee cap wrap, an extended knee guard, a thigh guard, a left hinge, and a right hinge. Through the use of an extended knee cap wrap and a hinged configuration, the leg guard provides additional protection for the knees of a catcher and allows catchers to freely and quickly move to or through different stances without having to re-position the pads of the leg guard. The hinged configuration provides enhanced mobility for the user by preventing the leg guard from shifting and rotating about the shin of the user and allowing the leg guard to remain static without axial rotation or vertical movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ampac Enterprises Inc.
    Inventors: Austin Rodrick, Stanley Jurga, Jr., Brad Jurga, Ya Chi Chen, Shyan Wei Chen
  • Patent number: 10287720
    Abstract: A method of making a deep pile fabric that closely resembles natural sheepskin fleece. The method includes forming a length of pile fabric having fibers on one side and a scrim on an opposing side, where at least a portion of the fibers are natural wool fibers, and finishing the pile fabric as natural sheepskin by polishing the fiber side of the pile fabric, including guiding the length of pile fabric over at least two polishing rolls, where the two polishing rolls rotate in opposite directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: DECKERS OUTDOOR CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nathan W. Crary, Stuart Jenkins, Stephen Martin, Zihao Dong
  • Patent number: 10271596
    Abstract: A hand cover including a glove or a mitten intended for use in cold weather conditions. An outer layer is made of silicone and has a thickness of 0.04 inches to 0.06 inches. A lining is made of polyester with a cotton fill and contacts the entire inside surface of the outer layer. The back and the front of the hand cover are spaced apart from each other which forms a hand access opening. A combination of a pair of hand covers and a strap bracelet which is held in loops on the hand covers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventor: Kellie Cookus
  • Patent number: 10271603
    Abstract: A helmet comprising and outer liner and an inner liner slidably coupled to an interior surface of the outer liner is disclosed. The outer liner comprises an interior surface and the inner liner comprises an exterior surface. The inner liner is composed of an elastically deformable material. A majority of the interior surface of the outer liner and a majority of the exterior surface of the inner liner are both substantially parallel to a pseudo-spherical surface having a coronal cross section that is circular with a first radius and a sagittal cross section that is circular with a second radius different from the first radius. The inner liner is elastically deformable along the interior surface of the outer liner in response to rotation of the outer liner relative to the inner liner caused by an impact to the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Bell Sports, Inc.
    Inventor: Eamon Briggs
  • Patent number: 10264830
    Abstract: An air-conditioning clothing is disclosed. The clothing includes a cloth portion covering an upper part and an arm portion of the body and guiding air in a space between the cloth portion and the body or an underwear along a surface of the body or the underwear. An air blower takes in air from outside and forcedly generates a flow of the air in the space. An air discharge is provided on a collar of the cloth portion and discharges the air to the outside. An air-leakage preventer is provided on a lower sleeve edge of the cloth portion and prevents leakage of the air flowing in the space to the outside through the lower sleeve edge. A sheet-shaped air discharger is provided at a predetermined portion in the vicinity of the lower sleeve edge of the cloth portion and discharges the air flowing in the space to the outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: SFT LABORATORY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Ichigaya
  • Patent number: 10258093
    Abstract: A low drag garment has a plurality of zones including a first zone A, a second zone B and a third zone C, which are defined in relation to a forward direction of travel M of a person wearing the garment. The first zone A is located generally in an inner front region of the garment, the second zone B is located in an outer front region of the garment and the third zone C is located in a rear region of the garment. The garment is made from a fabric having a textured outer surface with a texture height H, wherein in first zone A the fabric has a mean texture height HA in the range 0-200 ?m, in the second zone B the fabric has a mean texture height HB that is greater than HA and preferably in the range of 100-500 ?m, and in the third zone C the fabric has a mean texture height He that is greater than HB and preferably greater than 200 ?m.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Endura Limited
    Inventor: Simon Smart
  • Patent number: 10252476
    Abstract: The embodiment relates to the production of reinforced materials, for example reinforced foam materials or reinforced textiles. A multi-needle machine is provided with a plurality of serially arranged repeating units, which are able to move sliders and pins toward and past each other along a circular path so as to create the semi-finished textile products. In this way, it is possible to reinforce components with curved surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignees: Airbus Defence and Space GmbH, AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
    Inventors: Gregor Christian Endres, Hans-J├╝rgen Weber
  • Patent number: 10231500
    Abstract: A utility belt is disclosed. The utility belt comprises a belt track, a ball bearing assembly, and an extender assembly. The belt track includes a first belt section having a first male locking mechanism and a first female locking mechanism, and a second belt section having a second male locking mechanism and a second female locking mechanism. The first male locking mechanism connects to the second female locking mechanism. The second male locking mechanism connects to the first female locking mechanism. The first belt section and the second belt section each comprises an outer sheath and an inner tube. The inner tube includes a plurality of C-shaped rings. The ball bearing assembly has a ball bearing and a joint. The ball bearing rotates about the belt track. An extender assembly is coupled to the belt track and includes at least one connector and at least one spacer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventor: Paul Roberson
  • Patent number: 10214839
    Abstract: A preform manufacturing apparatus comprising a supply of fiber strip, a moveable positive fiber strip delivery mechanism coupled between a desired lay down location and the supply of fiber strip to positively deliver and orient the supply of fiber strip to the desired lay down location, and an electronic unwinder coupled to the supply of fiber strip is described herein. The electronic unwinder is configured to interact with the moveable positive fiber strip delivery mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: GOODRICH CORPORATION
    Inventors: Paul Perea, Jean-Francois Le Costaouec, John Linck