Patents Examined by Bobby Muromoto, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9968142
    Abstract: A nursing bracelet includes an adjustable elongate flexible band with a first fastener on a first side near a first end and a complementary second fastener on a second side opposite the first side at a second end. The nursing bracelet may be formed into a closed loop to hold a garment away from a woman's breast during breastfeeding or while using a breast pump to collect breast milk. The nursing bracelet may be worn on a wrist to remind a woman which breast was last used for breastfeeding a child or for collecting breastmilk, or alternately as a reminder about which breast is to be used for the next breastfeeding or breastmilk collection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Inventor: Rupal Asodaria
  • Patent number: 9968151
    Abstract: A transport hood protects conveying personnel from exposure to blood and body fluids of a detainee and avoids discomfort and breathing difficulty to the detainee if the blood and body fluids accumulate and are retained within the transport hood. The transport hood includes a top portion made of an open mesh material that is positioned over the head of the detainee to below the eyes of the detainee. A bottom portion made of a breathable material impervious to the blood and body fluids of the detainee is joined to the top portion below the eyes of the detainee and extends downwardly to below the chin of the detainee. The bottom portion has a plurality of perforations formed through the breathable material that allow the blood and body fluids issued by the detainee to drain from the bottom portion of the transport hood under the influence of gravity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Inventor: John C. Cominsky
  • Patent number: 9968154
    Abstract: A protective helmet having a protective shell with an interior surface and an exterior surface. A padding layer is affixed to the interior surface. The padding layer comprises a compliant material and a frangible material, such as glass foam. At least the frangible material is enclosed in a container. A detection circuit detects compromise of the frangible material, and outputs an indicator in the event the compromise is detected. The detection circuit may include a frangible wire configured to break in the event the frangible material is compromised. The indicator may include an LED, and/or radio-frequency signals. The radio-frequency signal may include an identifier for the helmet. The padding layer may include a plurality of pads each containing compliant material and frangible material. The plurality of pads may include one or more fasteners for releaseably affixing the pads to the interior surface of the protective shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Inventor: Marie Hochstein
  • Patent number: 9964170
    Abstract: A force limiting device comprises a housing defining an axially extending chamber containing a working fluid. A force transmitting member may be mounted for linear reciprocable movement inside the chamber under the action of external loads. An axial array of plates is floatingly disposed in the chamber between the force transmitting member and an end wall of the chamber. At rest, each plate is spaced from an adjacent plate by a gap occupied by the working fluid. When the force transmitting member is displaced towards the array of plates, the fluid in the chamber causes the plates to be successively pushed against each other, thereby causing some of the fluid to be squeezed out from between the plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Inventor: Martin Gaudet
  • Patent number: 9962528
    Abstract: A textile greige includes a plurality of woven medical tube textiles in a series that share a set of warp yarns and a first weft yarn. The medical tube textiles have different diameter segments such that less than all of the warp yarns are included in a small diameter segment of the medical tube textile. A diameter control weave of a second weft yarn is woven with segments of the warp yarns that are outside of the woven medical tube textiles. Later processing includes cutting the diameter control weave from the medical tube textile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Cook Medical Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Ruth Osbrink, David Burton, Charlene Phillips
  • Patent number: 9955745
    Abstract: A helmet having an energy absorbing layer and a sliding facilitator is provided. The sliding facilitator is provided inside of the energy absorbing layer. A method of manufacturing a helmet having a sliding facilitator is further provided. The method includes providing an energy absorbing layer in the mold, and providing a sliding facilitator that contacts the energy absorbing layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: MIPS AB
    Inventor: Peter Halldin
  • Patent number: 9949517
    Abstract: A medical face shield (10) is disclosed having a flexible front plate or shield (11), a foam forehead pad (21), and a flexible, stretchable headband (22). The front shield has a viewing window (25) which is positioned to be directly in front of a person's eyes wearing the face shield. The viewing window is surrounded by a translucent, peripheral margin, frame, or window surrounding portion (27) which provides an anti-glare characteristic or capability to the margin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Encompass Group, LLC
    Inventor: Edward Ray Howard
  • Patent number: 9951446
    Abstract: Infrared-transparent visible-opaque fabrics for wearable personal thermal management.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Gang Chen, Jonathan K. Tong, Svetlana Boriskina, Xiaopeng Huang, James Loomis, Yanfei Xu
  • Patent number: 9949514
    Abstract: A quick release mechanism for an load carriage vest includes a shoulder connector for connecting two sections of the vest at a shoulder region of the vest, and a flank connector for connecting two sections of the vest at a flank region of the vest. Each of the connectors includes comprising interleaveable knuckles. A pair of flexibly connected locking pins is configured to be inserted through the knuckles of one of the connectors when the knuckles of that connector are interleaved so as to engage that connector. The flexibly connected locking pins are configured such that pulling on the pair of flexibly connected locking pins in a single motion removes the pins from the knuckles of the connectors to concurrently disengage the connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Inventors: Yoram Gill, Roee Bigger, Hanan Almus
  • Patent number: 9936750
    Abstract: This protective garment has: a core region having a first side and an opposite second side and two appendage regions connected to the core region. Each appendage region has an innermost layer and a metal mesh layer. The core region and the appendage regions can both include an outermost layer. The innermost layer of the protective garment is configured to have a rolling degree of freedom relative to the metal mesh layer when a clamping force is applied to the outermost layer, which allows the wearer to rotate the appendage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventors: Matthew Piotrowski, Edward Mesanovic
  • Patent number: 9938646
    Abstract: A wearable band includes a woven material having two or more stretch regions. The different stretch regions can be formed by varying the tension on subsets of the warp threads, the weft threads, or both the warp and weft threads. A system for producing the woven material can include two or more tension control devices operably connected to a processing device. Each tension control device is configured to adjust the amount of tension in a respective subset of threads (e.g., warp threads) in the woven material during a weaving operation. The processing device is configured to select thread tension patterns for the subsets of threads used during the weaving operation. Each thread tension pattern includes tension settings for the subsets of threads, where at least one tension setting in one thread tension pattern differs from the tension settings in the other tension patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Yoji Hamada, Matthew D. Rohrbach, Daniel A. Podhajny, Ying-Liang Su, Douglas J. Weber, Benjamin A. Shaffer, Motohide Hatanaka
  • Patent number: 9936745
    Abstract: A composite garment includes a skirt, being a loose piece of material of a bell-shaped longitudinal configuration fitting around the body of a wearer from the waist downward to proximate the knees, and a bodice, being a tubular-shaped piece of material of an hour-glass longitudinal configuration fitting around the body from below the hips upward to the arm pits. Button holes are spaced apart in one of front and back portions of a hem of the skirt. Buttons are spaced apart on the other of front and back portions of the skirt hem so as to allow fitting some buttons through some button holes and thereby closing of the skirt at the hem either between the wearer's legs so as to convert the skirt into either trousers or along the wearer's shoulders and arms so as to convert the skirt into blouse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Inventor: Leila Rose Faddoul
  • Patent number: 9938645
    Abstract: Flame resistant fabrics are formed by warp and fill yarns having different fiber contents. The fabrics are constructed, for example, by selection of a suitable weaving pattern, such that the body side of the fabric and the face side of the fabric have different properties. The fabrics described herein can be printable and dyeable on both sides of the fabric and are suitable for use in military and industrial garments. Methods of forming flame resistant fabrics, and methods for forming garments from the fabrics, are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Southern Mills, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael T. Stanhope, Charles S. Dunn, Matthew Lucius Colatruglio
  • Patent number: 9924746
    Abstract: An anti-chafing underwear minimizes abrasive skin-to-skin contact on all skin surfaces from the mid-thigh to the waist, including the skin of the upper thigh, between the buttocks in the gluteal fold, inner thigh, scrotum, and the phallus, while retaining the genitals, the phallus, and scrotum in a relaxed position. The underwear includes a waistband, a left panel, a right panel, a center panel, and a front panel. The lower left and right panels wrap around the thighs. Left top edge and right top edges of the left and right panels are fastened to the waistband and overlap at the rear of the waistband. Left and right upper depressed edges of the left and right panels overlap each other to separate and cover the buttocks. The front panel covers the phallus, forming a channel for natural retention of phallus. The center panel forms a channel for natural retention of scrotum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Inventor: Timothy Davis
  • Patent number: 9926651
    Abstract: An add-on weaving method, a device based on this method, 3D fabric items producible by this method and device, and composite materials reinforced with such 3D fabric items. The 3D fabric items are produced directly by the add-on weaving process using Complementary Fabric, warp yarns and weft yarns. The interacting woven fabric produced by interlacing the warp and weft yarns is simultaneously integrated with the Complementary Fabric used. The Complementary Fabric and interacting woven fabric integrate in mutual through-thickness directions at their intersecting planes and create directly 3D fabric items which are useful for manufacturing delamination resistant and high-performance composite materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: BITEAM AB
    Inventor: Nandan Khokar
  • Patent number: 9924752
    Abstract: A shirttail retention system has two shay retention suspenders, one for each thigh or upper leg of the wearer. Each retention suspenders has a circular, elastic strap which encircles the wearer's thigh, an elastic strip extending from the strap to the shirttail, and fastening clips at the ends of the strip for securing the strip and, thus, the suspenders to the shirttail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Inventor: Michael M. Horrey
  • Patent number: 9920474
    Abstract: A fiber blend, a yarn spun from the fiber blend, and a fabric made from the yarn, wherein the fiber blend is a blend of staple fibers comprising non-FR cellulosic fibers, modacrylic fibers, and aramid fibers intimately blended together. The blend is such that the cellulosic fibers constitute at least about 45 wt. % of the fiber blend, a weight ratio of the modacrylic fibers to the cellulosic fibers is at least 0.8 but not exceeding 1.0, and the aramid fibers make up no more than 15 wt. % of the fiber blend.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Milliken & Company
    Inventors: Quentin Robert Bonner, Rachel W. Boyette, John E. Ashley
  • Patent number: 9920464
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing camouflage clothing worn by soldiers is provided. The optimum camouflage clothing satisfying clothing functionality, aesthetics, and camouflaging effect, which is an important function for military uniforms, is provided while the optimum camouflage clothing is economical. The camouflage clothing is formed by dyeing threads i.e. row material, using the dyed threads as warp threads and weft threads, and weaving the camouflage clothing using a jacquard weaving machine. Herein, the warp threads and the weft threads are gradationally arranged to form a delicate-colored checked pattern while a three-dimensional pattern is displayed by the jacquard weaving machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: DONG-A TOL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jae Hyuk Moon
  • Patent number: 9918505
    Abstract: Garments having a pocket designed with a microfiber drying panel are provided. A representative garment includes a garment material, a body section that is made of the garment material and covers a body, at least one limb section that is made of the garment material and covers a limb of the body, and a pocket section that is located at either the body section and the at least one limb section. The pocket section includes a slit section on the garment material. A top portion of the slit section is attached to a top portion of a microfiber drying panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Inventor: Paul Dorn
  • Patent number: 9915015
    Abstract: Weaving machine, device and method for tucking a thread end (11, 12, 24, 25) of a weft thread (10) into a subsequent shed (15), which thread end (11,12,24,25) extends outside a shed (15), wherein thread ends (11, 12, 24, 25) are tucked into a subsequent shed (15) by a tucking device (13,14,28,29), wherein a thread end (11, 12, 24, 25) is selectively moved by a moveable arm (9, 19), and wherein the thread end (11,12,24,25) moved by the moveable arm (9, 19) beyond the separator element (8, 18) is separated by the separator element (8, 18) from the working area of the tucking device (13, 14, 28, 29).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Picanol
    Inventors: Eddy Verclyte, Wim Hoorelbeke, Ronny Coulembier