Patents Examined by Bobby Muromoto, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9661880
    Abstract: The present invention aims to reduce form drag and provides a sports garment having a chest-covering portion (1) and an abdomen-covering portion (2) for covering the wearer's chest and abdomen respectively. The chest-covering portion includes an upper compressive zone (3) formed of a textile material having a higher modulus of elasticity than a textile material forming the abdomen-covering portion. This means that, in use, a greater compressive force is applied to the wearer's chest than the wearer's abdomen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Inventors: Tom Waller, Chris Johnson, Rebecca Bennett, Melanie Neal
  • Patent number: 9657416
    Abstract: A circular weaving machine has warp-tape guide elements arranged around a circular reed to supply a multiplicity of warp tapes. Weaving-shed forming devices group the fed warp tapes into two warp-tape groups and impart thereon mutually opposed alternating movements, with the result that a weaving shed is opened and closed between the two warp-tape groups. A weaving shuttle moves on an orbit in the opened weaving shed and, in the process, introduces a weft tape from a weft-tape bobbin carried thereby into the weaving shed, with the result that a fabric is formed. The fabric is drawn off through a weaving ring. The weaving shuttle keeps the bobbin axis of the weft-tape bobbin at an angular position which deviates by at most +/?15°, preferably at most +/?10°, from a normal to a surface which contains the geometric connecting lines between the warp-tape guide elements and the weaving ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Inventor: Reinhold Hehenberger
  • Patent number: 9643033
    Abstract: Nonwoven safety garments include, in some embodiments, features of the stitching which limit the number of particulates emitted from seams between cut edges. Attachments features may be included on the garments to enable secure, external attachment of measuring equipment. Doffing features, such as loops, are provided to help the wearer safely remove the garment, either by helping her pull off part or all of the garment or by starting to separate closure devices, while avoiding contact between the wearer's hands and head, neck or body. In some embodiments, a re-positionable elastic closure on a neck flap covers the neck up to the bottom of a face mask or respirator, and a grasping tab helps the wearer safely open the re-positionable closure and the neck flap without contacting his or her neck or the interior of the garment, thereby avoiding a personal contamination event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Inventors: Sudhansu S. Yadav, Mark Dieterle, Joseph T. Marcum, Elliott Thompson
  • Patent number: 9642405
    Abstract: A glove has a top panel and a bottom panel. The top panel has a proximal end. The proximal end defines at least a portion of a cuff of the glove. The proximal end has a length. A strip of loop material extends along the top panel and has a length longer than the length of the proximal end of the top panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Mechanix Wear, Incorporated
    Inventor: Kenneth Safford
  • Patent number: 9635896
    Abstract: A protection helmet includes a crown provided with a frontal part and an occipital part including an inner occipital part, a neckband having an inner surface designed to be in contact with a user's head, and articulation system configured to allow passage of the neckband from a use position to a storage position of the protection helmet. In the storage position, the neckband is folded into the occipital part of the crown so that the inner surface is facing the inner occipital part of the crown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: ZEDEL
    Inventor: Antonin Gaudillere
  • Patent number: 9622532
    Abstract: A protective sports helmet that includes a chin strap system that allows for rapid, one-handed adjustment of a chin strap assembly by the player while he/she is wearing the helmet is provided. The chin strap assembly includes a protective chin cup and a pair of straps extending from opposed sides of the chin cup and having a plurality of securing elements. The assembly also includes a pair of adjustable connectors affixed to the helmet and that include a central opening that receives an extent of the strap and a lever that engages a portion of the securing elements. The adjustable connector allows movement of the strap in a first direction, and prevents movement of the strap in a second direction when the lever is engaged with at least one of the securing elements. The adjustable connector allows movement of the strap in both the first and second directions when the lever is not engaged with the securing elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Riddell, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Tryner, Vittorio Bologna
  • Patent number: 9617666
    Abstract: A coffee yarn and a fabric using the same are provided herein and the fabric includes a plurality of coffee yarns and a plurality of weaving yarns. The coffee yarns are arranged in parallel and each one of the coffee yarns includes a yarn body and multiple coffee particles. The yarn body has a wavy strip shape and includes a plurality of bending sections and a plurality of non-bending sections. The coffee particles are embedded within the yarn body. A density of the coffee particles in the bending sections is greater than a density of the coffee particles in the non-bending sections. The weaving yarns are arranged in parallel and the weaving yarns are alternately weaved with the coffee yarns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Inventor: Cheng-Chun Huang
  • Patent number: 9612090
    Abstract: A system and method is described for easily creating textiles out of chains connected by thread. A dissolvable or removable substrate on which chains can be set is used whereby the thread stitching passes through the substrate. After the textile stitching is completed, the substrate is then removed, including by use of a dissolving solvent or by melting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Inventor: Saadia Zafar
  • Patent number: 9603406
    Abstract: A helmet with an energy absorbing layer (2) and a sliding facilitator (5) is provided. The sliding facilitator is provided inside of the energy absorbing layer (2). A method of manufacturing a helmet with a sliding facilitator is further provided. The method has the steps of providing an energy absorbing layer in the mold, and providing a sliding facilitator contacting the energy absorbing layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: MIPS AB
    Inventor: Peter Halldin
  • Patent number: 9598798
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for weaving a three-dimensional fabric involves inserting simultaneously a parallel weft yarns into the sheds between multiple warp yarn layers and selectively inserting at least one group of binder yarns between parallel spaced warp yarns. The group of binder yarns are moved relative to the warp yarns between weft insertions. The yarns may be moved between more than two positions relative to the warp yarns during weaving of the fabric so as to insert binder yarns. In one embodiment the binder yarns are moved such that they extend in a direction that is not orthogonal to the warp yarns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Inventors: Prasad Potluri, Dhavalsinh Jetavat, Sandeep Sharma
  • Patent number: 9580843
    Abstract: The present invention addresses the problem of providing a cloth that is excellent in terms of not only flame retardancy but also stretchability, and also a textile product using the cloth. As a means for resolution, a composite yarn is obtained using a spun yarn that contains a flame-retardant fiber having a limiting oxygen index of 25 or more as measured in accordance with JIS K7201 and a conjugate fiber that is made of two components put together in a side-by-side manner or an eccentric sheath-core manner, and then a cloth is obtained using the composite yarn, in which the weight proportion of the flame-retardant fiber is 75 wt % or more based on the weight of the cloth, and the weight proportion of the conjugate fiber is within a range of 5 to 15 wt % based on the weight of the cloth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: TEIJIN LIMITED
    Inventors: Tomohiro Okuya, Hiroki Shimada, Saori Kuroda
  • Patent number: 9580844
    Abstract: A weaving method for the double-face weaving of pile fabrics wherein at least five different pile warp threads (12-19), (20-27) with a yarn number of between 6 and 10 Nm final and at least two tension warp threads (8),(9); (10,11) are provided for each warp thread system (100) and for each fabric (28), (29), wherein the weft threads (1,2), (2,3) of each fabric are divided over at least three levels, while the ground weave repeat runs over at least eight insertion cycles (I-VIII), wherein between 200 and 1000 warp thread systems per meter are provided, and at least 16 pile rows per cm are formed in the warp direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Inventors: Johny Debaes, Ludo Smissaert
  • Patent number: 9562306
    Abstract: A fabric structure (1) having a cellular construction. The fabric structure comprises at least one base layer (6) consisting of warp threads (10), at least one top layer (7) consisting of warp threads (11) and weft threads (2) placed in between, wherein the fabric structure (1) is formed by a multiplicity of three-dimensional cells (3, 9) and the height (8) of each individual cell (3, 9) is defined by the spacing (8) between two warp threads (10, 11), located above the other in height direction z, in adjacent layers (6, 7), the length (12) of the cell (3, 9) is defined by the spacing (12) between two warp threads (10) or (11) adjacent in the weft direction x, in one layer (6, 7) and the width (13, 14) of a cell (3, 9) is defined by the extent (13) of the weft thread course in the warp direction y and/or the spacing (14) between the two weft threads (2) that are opposite in the warp direction y and adjacent to the particular cell (9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Inventors: Cornelia Sennewald, Gerald Hoffmann, Chokri Cherif
  • Patent number: 9554604
    Abstract: Ventilated suit embodiments are disclosed. The ventilated suit typically comprises a hood portion, four limb portions, an air inlet port, and an air distribution system in fluid communication with the air inlet port and attached to the back portion of the ventilated suit. The air distribution systems comprises at least five air pathways that extend into the four limbs and hood of the suit, with the air pathways being in fluid communication with the air inlet port to distribute air outward into the limbs and hood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Cecile Rippert, Swan Tuffery, Christophe Chessari, Audrey Giboulet
  • Patent number: 9555288
    Abstract: A water-resistant cap by which, in use, can be secured in a stretched manner tightly around a user's head with maximal comfort during swimming and bathing, including (1) a dome-shaped main body enclosure with a crown providing ample housing to fit hair of any size, (2) the crown projecting downward to a perimeter edge extending about an aperture—with a front-edge section, right-edge section, left-edge section, and a rear-edge section—forming a comfortable, water-tight seal during swimming or bathing; and (3) an element projecting from an outer-surface of the dome-shaped main body enclosure in a seamless fashion; and a method of economically manufacturing such cap with a seamless element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Inventor: Allison Lucas
  • Patent number: 9556544
    Abstract: A heddle (10) is provided for weaving strip-shaped warp yarn. Said heddle (10) includes a heddle shaft (12) formed by two shaft parts (13). Said shaft parts (13) are placed on top of each other in a respective end section (15) of the heddle shaft (12) and interconnected. The end eyelets (16) of the heddle (10) are also in said end section (15). To form a yarn eye between both shaft parts (13), two separate warp yarn guiding bodies (20) are placed therebetween. To determine the position of the warp yarn guiding body (20) with respect to the heddle shaft (12), at least one shaft projection (22) is produced by stamping and subsequent bending or embossing each shaft part (13) for each warp yarn guiding body (20). Said shaft projection (22) engages in an associated recess (25) of the warp yarn guiding body (20), and a bonding connection is produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: GROZ-BECKERT KG
    Inventors: Christian Gerth, Rainer Grossman, Mario Gusenko
  • Patent number: 9555312
    Abstract: This invention presented herein is a hybrid batting and sliding glove that will reduce the number of hand injuries associated with sliding head first into a base in the sports of baseball and softball. There are three key features. The Tendon Feature gently pulls the hand back keeping the fingers off the ground and into a safer position for sliding. The wrist closure feature keeps the wrist from hyperextending. The figure feature component keeps the fingers together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Inventor: Joseph Machado
  • Patent number: 9549582
    Abstract: A protective member such as a helmet includes an outer layer and an inner layer interconnected by multiple connectors, such as extension springs, under tension along their longitudinal axis. The connectors absorb energy from an impact force by resisting further tension along their longitudinal axis and allow the outer layer and inner layer to move relative to each other. In the helmet application, the head of a user experiences less impact force, reduced change in momentum or position of the head and neck, reduced head and neck loads and reduced amounts of linear and rotational acceleration. The protective member can be used in numerous applications and environments, including for participants in sports, in applications including bumpers, passenger cabins, car seats and beds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Inventors: Emerson Spalding Phipps, Charles Edward Phipps
  • Patent number: 9551093
    Abstract: A first fabric layer of a down-proof double-layer fabric has a plurality of first warps and a plurality of first wefts. A second fabric layer has a plurality of second warps and a plurality of second wefts. The first fabric layer and the second fabric layer have a plurality of coupling portions. In the coupling portions, the first fabric layer and the second fabric layer pass through each other repeatedly, and the first warps and the second warps are interlaced. The first warps, the first wefts, the second warps, and the second wefts are between 20 denier and 75 denier. The warp densities of the first fabric layer and the second fabric layer are between 336 pieces/in and 456 pieces/in, and the weft densities of the first fabric layer and the second fabric layer are between 220 pieces/inch2 and 300 pieces/in.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Inventor: Tung-Jung Hsu
  • Patent number: 9549577
    Abstract: Shoulder pads for a player playing a contact sport, such as hockey, lacrosse or football, are provided. The shoulder pads comprise a front member, a back member, left and right shoulder arches, left and right shoulder protectors, and an adjustment system allowing the player to adjust a fit of the shoulder pads. The adjustment system may allow the player to adjust various components of the shoulder pads, including the front member, the back member, and the left and right shoulder protectors, in various directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Inventor: David Winthrop Fream