Patents Examined by Amy Vanatta
  • Patent number: 11013287
    Abstract: A goggle retaining apparatus to secure a pair of goggles having a goggle strap to a helmet. The apparatus having a first and second retaining component affixed to the sides of the helmet at a position substantially in line with the goggle strap when the pair of goggles is placed over the eyes of a wearer. The retaining components have a base member being secured to the side of the helmet and a retaining member secured to the base member. The retaining member is configured to receive the goggle strap when the pair of goggles is placed over the eyes of the wearer. The retaining component is configured to engage the goggle strap when the pair of goggles is moved upward from the eyes of the wearer such that the rear portion of the goggle strap located to the rear of the retaining component remains at a position substantially in line with the position of the goggle strap when the pair of goggles is placed over the eyes of a wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Inventor: Ian John Daburn
  • Patent number: 10993508
    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: June 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Christine Burke, Christopher M. DeGaetano, Elesban Montoya, Stephanie J. Scott, Rebecca M. Sheehan
  • Patent number: 10994189
    Abstract: The purpose of the present invention is to provide a ball glove structure that improves glove functionality for a player of baseball or softball even through provided with a box-like protective thumb-slot. The ball glove generally comprises an outer shell where the shell part Is formed by sewing together a ball catching palm surface part (1) and a backing surface part (2) provided with thumb and finger stalls or slots with a lace (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventor: Toyoharu Fukae
  • Patent number: 10982357
    Abstract: Various examples are provided for non-stop tying-in process for weaving of textiles. In one example, a method for non-stop tying-in of loom warps during operation of a loom includes providing free ends of a replacement warp sheet and a warp sheet tail to the tying-in machine during the operation of the loom, where the warp sheet tail is provided through a warp accumulator; accumulating the warp sheet tail in the warp accumulator during tying-in of the free ends; supplying at least a portion of the warp sheet tail accumulated by the warp accumulator to the loom after being released from a warp beam; removing the tied-in warp sheet tail and replacement warp sheet from the warp accumulator; and supplying the replacement warp sheet to the loom during its operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: North Carolina State University
    Inventors: Abdel-Fattah M. Seyam, William Oxenham
  • Patent number: 10968551
    Abstract: A plant and a method for connecting a web of fibrous material to a nonwoven or consolidating it therewith includes a first circulating belt on which the web of fibrous material is laid, a device for introducing a nonwoven into the plant, and a further successive circulating belt on which the nonwoven is to be connected to or consolidated with the web of fibrous material. The web of fibrous material from the first circulating belt is first laid on the nonwoven and subsequently the fibrous material is transferred onto the successive belt together with the nonwoven for connection or consolidation by use of water jets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignees: Truetzschler GmbH & Co. KG, Voith Patent GmbH
    Inventors: Thomas Weigert, Steffen Peters, Dominic Prömpler
  • Patent number: 10966474
    Abstract: A pair of gloves for removing calluses and dry skin including a first glove (11) having an abrasive surface of 100 to 150 grit (7) on at least one finger portion (3) of the glove for removing calluses and dead skin from the heel and other parts of the foot, hand, elbow and knees; and a second glove (12) having an abrasive surface of 200 to 250 grit (8) on at least one finger portion (3) of the glove to remove excess dead skin and to smooth/polish the heel and other parts of the foot, hand, elbow and knees; wherein both gloves have an abrasive surface of 220 to 320 grit on the palm/heel portion (4) of the glove for further polish and smoothing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Inventor: Mary K Johnson
  • Patent number: 10927484
    Abstract: A needle removing tool (2) and a needle removing device (1) are provided for needles (4, 5) on needle boards (3) of needle looms. The needle removing tool (2) includes a hollow mechanical extraction device (11) for intact and damaged needles (4, 5). The extraction device (11) is motor-driven in such a way as to be rotationally and linearly movable. The extraction device (11) is provided with an elongate extraction sleeve (12) that has an axial hole (18) and a lateral axial slot (20) on the sleeve jacket (19).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Inventor: Jan Schneider
  • Patent number: 10925337
    Abstract: A corrosion resistant retractable tool or opener device is provided. The retractable tool is integrated within an article of clothing. The integrated retractable tool includes a retractor having a housing that encloses an internal spring coil connected to a retractable cord for drawing the cord into the retractor. The cord is attachable to the retractable tool located at a first end of retractable tool. Retractable tool has a second aperture opposite the retractor end and a flange portion projects into the second aperture to provide a lever for urging a bottle cap from a top bead around a bottle. Retractor is fixedly attached, e.g., by stitching or adhesive means, within a sleeve portion integral with a seam, waistband, hemline or pocket of an article of clothing. The strap overlap sleeve portion encloses the retractable tool to conceal the retractable tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Inventors: Nicholas J. McCarty, Thomas P. McCarty, Aaron T. Collie, Kevin M. Truby, Johannes Lopez, Leta McCarty
  • Patent number: 10926156
    Abstract: A catching tool for baseball according to the present invention includes an inner stall including an inner finger stall having a distal portion and a proximal portion, and an outer stall including an outer finger stall. The outer finger stall includes a projecting bonding portion projecting inwardly. The inner finger stall includes a lateral piece having a cutout formed from the proximal portion side toward the distal portion, and a back piece bonded to the lateral piece so as to cover the cutout. The inner finger stall has a step formed by the lateral piece and the back piece at a position facing the projecting bonding portion, and the step is engageable with the projecting bonding portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Mizuno Corporation
    Inventor: Norifumi Ito
  • Patent number: 10926998
    Abstract: A pure bamboo fiber mattress and a manufacturing method thereof are disclosed. The manufacturing method includes the following steps: trimming and cleaning bamboo; sawing; splitting; slicing the bamboo strips; knitting; softening; directional fiber opening; dry cleaning, drying and removing dust; stacking; sewing and packing. The pure bamboo fiber mattress includes a surface layer, a transition layer, a core layer, another transition layer and another surface layer that are arranged in sequence from top to bottom. The surface layer includes 3-5 layers of first bamboo mesh fabric laid one on top of another. The transition layer includes 3-8 layers of second bamboo mesh fabric laid one on top of another. The core layer includes 3-8 layers of third bamboo mesh fabric laid one on top of another. The first bamboo mesh fabric, the second bamboo mesh fabric and the third bamboo mesh fabric are made of bamboo fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Inventors: Wenbing Yao, Yiting Zhang
  • Patent number: 10920350
    Abstract: A felting needle has a working part that extends lengthwise along a part of the longitudinal extent thereof. The needle has a cross-sectional area which extends in the radial and circumferential directions of the felting needle and forms the cross-sectional area of the working part for much of the length thereof and at least one barb which penetrates into the working part which is formed by an incut running from the outer surface of the working part towards the interior of the needle. The needle includes at least one bulge which projects beyond the circumferential surface of the felting needle in the working part thereof. The bulge extends lengthwise only along a part of the working part and has volume constituents that do not belong to the barbing bead of the barb. The barb adjoins the outer surface of the bulge lengthwise along the felting needle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Groz-Beckert KG
    Inventors: Jörg Schreyeck, Christian Weber, Gustav Wizemann, Roland Schick, Jürgen Weith
  • Patent number: 10905176
    Abstract: Swimsuits are provided which include an outer shell made of a flexible stretchable fabric, a thoracic reinforced region arranged in an anterior thoracic region of a trunk portion of the swimsuit and having an anterior-downward converging shape, and an abdominal reinforced region arranged in a lower abdominal and hip region of the trunk portion and having an anterior-upward converging shape, two non-reinforced waist regions arranged in opposite lateral waist regions of the trunk portion and having both a medially converging shape, wherein the thoracic reinforced region, the abdominal reinforced region and the non-reinforced waist regions border in an X pattern in an anterior region of the trunk portion. Methods of making such swimsuits are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Arena Italia S.p.A.
    Inventor: Giuseppe Musciacchio
  • Patent number: 10905171
    Abstract: An anchor boot including a cuff, a heel operatively attached to and positioned below the cuff, the heel including a heel flap and a heel turn, a gusset operatively attached to the heel flap, the heel turn, and the cuff, the gusset positioned below the cuff and in front of the heel, a foot operatively attached to the gusset and positioned in front of the gusset, and memory foam imbedded within sides of the gusset provides a more secure and tight fit around the ankles in any type of boot wear. The adjustable configuration allows for use of the anchor boot with any boot but is particularly useful with rubber boots and warm and cold weather wading boots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Inventor: Terry Dooley
  • Patent number: 10905187
    Abstract: A collapsible helmet for use in various athletic activities, and which includes a structure that facilitates collapsing the helmet into a compact position for storage and/or transport of same. The helmet includes an outer shell having an inner cavity, and one or more flexible sheets, each of which includes a center portion and a plurality of segments. The sheets are positioned in the inner cavity such that they are movable and slideable relative to the outer shell and each other so as to allow the helmet to be collapsed from an open position to a collapsed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Inventors: Ronnie Z. Bochner, Mario A. Turchi, Steven Madsen
  • Patent number: 10905179
    Abstract: The present application is directed to a wearable chest protector system operationally configured to affect substances located on one or more surfaces of interest. One suitable chest protector system is wearable for baseball purposes and includes a shoulder cap assembly constructed from one or more materials operationally configured to affect substances located on one or more surfaces of interest. The shoulder cap assembly may include one or more removable component parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Inventors: Chad Epperson, Lance Carter
  • Patent number: 10905178
    Abstract: A garment, such as a sports uniform, may provide visibility zones and/or flicker zones to enhance the ability of teammates to perceive the wearer. Different zones on a garment may have different sets of visual properties that may contrast with one another and/or a visual background. A denier differential between layers of a garment may facilitate moisture transport across the layers of the garment. Flicker zones may be discrete from or combined with visibility zones. One or more zones of a garment may also be substantially non-reflective at wavelengths associated with the visual background encountered while wearing the garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, INC.
    Inventors: Susan L. Sokolowski, Kirk M. Mayer, Amir H. Morgan, Alan W. Reichow, Andrea J. Staub, Stephanie J. Scott
  • Patent number: 10905177
    Abstract: A repellent suit constructed from a protective material, the suit having: a shirt portion; and a pants portion; a plurality of seams; the protective material having a plurality of layers joined together via bias tape, the plurality of layers having: a first net layer; a second net layer; and a three-dimensional mesh layer between the first net layer and the second net layer, the three-dimensional mesh layer having a first mesh sheet and a second mesh sheet raised to a first height above the first mesh sheet; wherein the first mesh sheet and the second mesh sheet are associated together via a plurality of compressible elements; wherein the bias tape provided at each seam of the plurality of seams is sewn onto the first net layer, the three-dimensional mesh layer, and the second net layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Inventor: Juan Sebastian Iriarte Tineo
  • Patent number: 10907286
    Abstract: A method based on a hot press technique is used to apply a permanent pattern onto a plush synthetic fabric having a pile. The method generally involves mounting one or more top plates and one or more bottom plates onto a hot press machine, where at least one of the top or bottom plates has a raised relief pattern on its surface. The temperature of the plates is set to at least 180° C. and the top and bottom plates are then pressed together against opposite sides of a plush synthetic fabric having a pile on at least one side, the raised relief pattern engaging the side of the fabric having the pile such that the pattern of the relief is imprinted into the pile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Sun-Yin USA Inc.
    Inventor: Chen Feng
  • Patent number: 10907280
    Abstract: A method of producing a partially separated fiber bundle includes a partial separation processing step for alternately forming separation-processed sections, each divided into a plurality of bundles, and not-separation-processed sections along the lengthwise direction of a fiber bundle, wherein a separation means provided with a plurality of projected parts is penetrated into the fiber bundle to create separation-processed parts, the separation means is removed from the fiber bundle, and the separation means is penetrated into the fiber bundle again, characterized in that a sizing agent is applied at an arbitrary timing during the production process of the partially separated fiber bundle. A partially separated fiber bundle is obtained by the production method, a fiber-reinforced resin molding material uses the partially separated fiber bundle, and a production method makes the fiber-reinforced resin molding material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Toray Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Tetsuya Motohashi, Takafumi Hashimoto, Masaru Tateyama, Mitsuki Fuse, Akihiko Matsui, Chiasa Sato
  • Patent number: 10897955
    Abstract: A shoe (200) that includes a first piece of fabric (202) having an inner perimeter (207) and an outer perimeter (205) and a first piece of conductive material, joined with the inner perimeter of the first piece of fabric, wherein an inner perimeter of the first piece of fabric surrounds the first piece of conductive material to form a conductive sole (214) and the outer perimeter of the first piece of fabric is adapted to be joined to another fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Ansell Limited
    Inventors: Jing Liu, Zhimin Zhu, Paul Bryce