Patents Examined by Amber Anderson
  • Patent number: 8370968
    Abstract: Disclosed is a cervical protective device that reduces the possibility of neck injuries in contact sports. In a preferred embodiment, this device is worn in conjunction with a football helmet and football shoulder pads. Without restricting normal movement of a football player, the device contacts the lower most parts of the sides of the helmet and has a shape that is molded as to the normal anatomy of the upper back and lower cervical spine. The device contacts the lower sides of the player's neck and is held in place by the shoulder pads as normally worn by football players. Force received at the top of the helmet is applied to the protective device, absorbed by compression elements contained within the protective device and the force is directed away from the cervical spine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Inventor: Patrick E. Kerr
  • Patent number: 8347417
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide a pocket handkerchief support device. An example embodiment includes: a main support having a plurality of elastic straps attached thereto for holding a handkerchief firmly against a front surface of the main support, the main support including nubs at a lower end, the nubs creating a void in a recessed lower edge of the main support; and an extender attachment including an adhesive area on an upper portion of the extender attachment for removably attaching the extender attachment to the main support, the extender attachment including nubs at a lower end, the nubs creating a void in a recessed lower edge of the main support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventor: ILsung R. Chur
  • Patent number: 8347413
    Abstract: An athletic garment including a panel designed to reduce frictional and pressure drag around an appendage of an athlete competing in a high-speed event, such as running and cycling. The panel is positioned to encircle the appendage, and is provided with regions having different surface texture roughnesses. The leading edge of the panel includes texture designed to enhance the laminar boundary layer, while the adjacent portion of the panel includes texture intended to trip the boundary layer to turbulent flow. The drag-reducing panel may be the cuff of a sock, a sleeve, wristband, a headband, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven P. Wright, Kenneth T. Craig, Richard C. MacDonald, Leonard W. Brownlie
  • Patent number: 8332966
    Abstract: An article of clothing comprising a waistband having a front area adapted to be worn on the front of the user and a rear area adapted to be worn on the rear of the user. Leg members extend from the waistband, each of which has a distal end spaced apart from the waistband and an inseam extending between each distal end of the pair of leg members. A short zipper extends between the front area of the waistband and a location near the inseam. An extended zipper extends between the pair of leg members and extends between a location adjacent to the rear area of the waistband and a location adjacent to the front area of the waistband. A first portion of the extended zipper is positioned adjacent to the short zipper such that both the first portion of the extended zipper and the short zipper are located underneath a flap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Inventor: Virginia Countryman
  • Patent number: 8250675
    Abstract: A leg garment comprising a garment insert having a first material, a front portion, an inseam portion, and a seat portion adapted to cover at least a portion of a wearer's right hip and a portion of a wearer's left hip. Included in the garment insert is a fastening system coupling the garment insert to a garment's leg section. The leg section comprises a second material and may have at least one hip extension and a waistband.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Inventor: Cynthia Duncan
  • Patent number: 8245324
    Abstract: Filler clothes 3, which intersect with each other at a section corresponding to the middle point between the interspinal point and patellar midpoint of a human body, are formed on a front section of a bottom garment 1. The filler clothes 3 which are formed in this manner stimulates the rectus femoris muscle 14 which is a part of the quadriceps of a wearer. When the quadriceps is stimulated while walking, the legs can be kicked backward significantly in a natural fashion, whereby the gluteus maximus muscles can be used efficiently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Wacoal Corp.
    Inventors: Reiko Kawasaki, Yoshihisa Shinagawa
  • Patent number: 8245327
    Abstract: An athletic undergarment and a protective cup assembly is provided. The undergarment includes a cup pocket for holding the protective cup over the groin of the wearer. The cup includes an attachment location in a lower portion to secure a first end of a strap. The cup pocket defines a slit in a bottom portion of the cup pocket sized to allow the strap to pass therethrough. The coupling mechanism is provided having a first portion on the strap and a second portion disposed in a rear portion of the undergarment proximate to the waistband. In use, the strap extends between the legs portions so that the first portion and the second portion of the coupling mechanism can couple in a secure manner to inhibit displacement of the cup when exposed to upward forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Power & HonorIPHoldings, LLC
    Inventor: Ronald L. Wilson, II
  • Patent number: 8234722
    Abstract: A personal protection system is provided for creating a sterile barrier between a user and an external environment. The personal protection system includes a head unit having a ventilation unit with a fan for distributing air to the user. The personal protection system also provides a protective covering draped over the head unit. The protective covering includes a flaccid shroud and a transparent face shield mounted to the flaccid shroud. The face shield is mounted to the head unit using a plurality of mounting elements. The face shield is mounted such that a top portion of the face shield has a larger radius of curvature when mounted that a bottom portion of the face shield. This reduces the glare directed toward the user. A control panel for the ventilation unit is also provided on a chin bar of the head unit for easy access by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Stryker Corporation
    Inventors: Brian James VanDerWoude, Douglas Lee Campbell
  • Patent number: 8220079
    Abstract: A device and system for protecting a surgically implanted medical port from damage during daily physical activities consisting of a protective shield that may be placed at any location on a port protection shirt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Port Guard USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert W. Syska, Cathleen A. Syska
  • Patent number: 8214919
    Abstract: Control device for positioning a visor for protective helmets, wherein the visor is rotatable from a configuration fully superimposed on the front opening of the protective helmet to a configuration of partial or total disengagement from said opening. The device includes structure to reversibly lock the visor in at least one position relative to the front opening. The structure to lock the visor includes a control element anchored, with at least a degree of freedom, to the visor, coupled to which is at least one tooth or pin, for engagement with at least one stop or seat, integral with the cap of the helmet. The control element is movable between a first stable position in which it controls engagement of the tooth with the relative stop or seat, and at least a neutral position in which it controls disengagement of said tooth from the relative stop or seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Opticos S.R.I.
    Inventors: Luca Gafforio, Gabriele Tomasoni, Alberto Salvetti
  • Patent number: 8205270
    Abstract: Ladies' pants has an inside belt portion that is provided with an eyelet buttonhole as a second buttonhole. A moving cloth is provided inside the inside belt portion. A button is sewn on the moving cloth and is taken out from the eyelet buttonhole so as to be movable inside the eyelet buttonhole. If the button is engaged with the second buttonhole, the eyelet buttonhole is hidden under an outside belt portion. Then, the ladies' pants allows a waist size to continuously change, thereby giving a wearer a relaxed and comfortable wearing feeling. A round part of the eyelet buttonhole is located at a position corresponding to nearly a center of the moving cloth when the moving cloth returns to its original position. Then, even if the button is detached, the button can be stitched by scoop sewing through the round part of the eyelet buttonhole. Thus, the button can be surely reattached to the moving cloth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Inventor: Koji Kato
  • Patent number: 8201278
    Abstract: A pair of swimming goggles includes two rigid lenses each having an extension. A stub is formed on a front side of each extension, and a button is formed on a distal end of the stub. A frame includes two ring portions receiving the lenses. Each ring portion includes a receptacle extending into an outer side of the ring portion. The outer side of each ring portion includes front and rear walls delimiting the receptacle, and a through-hole extends through the front wall. The extensions of the lens are received in the receptacles. The stub of each lens extends through the through-hole of the outer side of one of the ring portions. The button of each lens is located outside of the frame. A coupling plate is mounted to each lens and has a through-hole through which the stub of one of the lenses extends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Inventor: Terry Chou
  • Patent number: 8201274
    Abstract: The present invention provides a communication device for use in coaching and sports events. The invention includes, in one embodiment, a waterproof radio receiver embodied in a helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Inventor: Mark Ellis
  • Patent number: 8185971
    Abstract: An athletic garment including a panel designed to reduce frictional and pressure drag around an appendage of an athlete competing in a high-speed event, such as running and cycling. The panel is positioned to encircle the appendage, and is provided with regions having different surface texture roughnesses. The leading edge of the panel includes texture designed to enhance the laminar boundary layer, while the adjacent portion of the panel includes texture intended to trip the boundary layer to turbulent flow. The drag-reducing panel may be the cuff of a sock, a sleeve, wristband, a headband, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven P. Wright, Kenneth T. Craig, Richard C. MacDonald, Leonard W. Brownlie
  • Patent number: 8181273
    Abstract: The present embodiment of the subject inventive matter is a one piece disposable diaper clothing that generally comprises of at least one waistband, a diaper that is attached to the at least one waistband and at least one panel that is attached to the at least one waistband. The waistband includes a fastening means that secures the disposable diaper clothing in place on a child. The at least one panel includes a fabric. The diaper coupled with the at least one panel provides a garment like appearance when worn about the lower torso region of the child. As such, the diaper is placed about the lower torso region of the child thereby keeping the panel towards a front waist of the child. The waistband is extended throughout a rear waist towards the front waist of the child. Then the waistband attached with the panel is secured on a waist of the child by the fastening means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Inventor: Michelle Kane
  • Patent number: 8181270
    Abstract: An anti-glare protection device for a welding mask includes a transmission control circuit for determining a darkening signal from a control signal, a welding activity detection circuit (6) for detecting a welding activity, based on the output of a first sensor circuit. The welding activity detection circuit is arranged to control, via an activation switch, whether either the darkening signal or a signal corresponding to an undarkened optical filter is input to a filter drive circuit. The filter drive circuit drives a controllable optical filter to a transmission value according to the signal input to the filter drive circuit. A manual input device allows a user to manually adjust a user selected signal. A second sensor circuit determines a sensed signal. A manually operable mode selection switch for selecting either, in a manual mode, the user selected signal or, in an automatic mode, the sensed signal to be used as the control signal to the transmission control circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Optrel AG
    Inventor: Lukas Steinemann
  • Patent number: 8176570
    Abstract: A garment having a substantially tubular body configured to cover at least one of an upper and a lower torso of a wearer, and at least one pair of tubular portions extending from the body and configured for surrounding corresponding limbs of the wearer, each tubular portion including a tubular insert having a length increasing around a perimeter thereof from a minimum length to a maximum length, the tubular insert providing excess material in the tubular portion along the maximum length to locally increase a width of the tubular portion. The garment can be for example pants or a jersey.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Sport Maska Inc.
    Inventors: Sylvie Bedard, Ross McCracken
  • Patent number: 8161573
    Abstract: This multiple component invention comprises a shirt, pants and bodysuit, which are readily donned without the necessity of executing normal dressing movements. Although conventional looking, this adjustable clothing combination does not don in the conventional manner, this clothing combination opens fully, allowing the physically challenged individual to readily self-don without assistance. The need for bending one's knees, bending forward or downward, removing and replacing one's shoes, is eliminated. The donning of the shirt does not require the individual to fold their arms or raise them to the shoulders. The very nature of this invention and improvements over prior art, allows the individual who has become dependent on others, to return to a life of self-reliance, independently living on one's own. The attributes of this multiple component invention for the wheelchair bound or bed-ridden individual needing assistance, will aid the caregiver, lessening stress on the patient and the caregiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Inventor: Edna Darleen Burns-Cox
  • Patent number: 8141176
    Abstract: Provided is pants having a body-shaping function including; an elastic fabric included in the pants, and having a boundary that is partially fixed on the pants to elastically support hips of a wearer; and a hip-up band fixed on the elastic fabric to push the hips up so as to make contours of the hips more voluminous or compression bands on lower side portions of the elastic fabric in order to compress thighs of the wearer so as to make the thighs look thin, or a pair of pads having predetermined thicknesses and disposed on the elastic fabric to make the hips of the wearer look more attractive. Therefore, since the elastic fabric is integrally fixed in the pants for shaping the hips, the conventional girdle is not required. In addition, since the girdle in the pants only compresses the hips, it does not affect blood circulation around the belly, and is easily wearable. Also, the contours of the hips look more attractive due to the pads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Inventor: Sung Woo Lee
  • Patent number: 8108946
    Abstract: A special device for use as an auxiliary accessory to keep ones hands warm and safe from the elements. The device has many variations in size, color and materials anticipated with only minor physical changes for manufacturing. In a cold or a moderating environment with wide temperature variations and exposure to cold, a person often needs a means to protect ones hands from the severe cold temperature. This device provides an economical, efficient and durable way to protect ones hands in the exposed environment. The device is comprised essentially of a piece of “fur-like” cloth (natural or artificial) that is attached by a means (sewn, glued, or the like) to itself in a special configuration and then “inserted and stuffed” within itself to provide a new, special configuration for retaining heat and protecting ones hands. The result is a cost efficient and durable hand warming product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Inventor: Amy Myers