Patents Examined by C. D. Crowder
  • Patent number: 6032299
    Abstract: A jockey jacket actuates upon sensing a particular event, such as the jockey falling from the horse during a race. A series of air tracks are inflated by a gas generator to pump up a series of air-pockets, mini-airbags, and a collar protection region, preferably with a series of concentric circular cylinders which expand and provide resistance to motions that are transverse to the concentric axis. A plurality of caps are telescopically disposed within the tracks and are forced upwards by the injected gas. These caps form a column that, together with the other columns and a support member Within the jacket collar, forms an exoskeleton around the jockey's neck. A base webbing provides support for the columns. The jacket includes microelectronics to control the jacket actuation. The jacket is usable for other activities, such as motorcycling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2000
    Inventor: Nicole Welsh
  • Patent number: 6032285
    Abstract: A disposable protective garment to to be worn over a worker's street or working clothing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2000
    Inventor: Larry Densen
  • Patent number: 6023791
    Abstract: A swimming goggle structure includes a pair of lens-rim members each of which is composed of a lens with a rim integrally extending from and circumferentially surrounding the lens, the rim having a rim face extending from the lens and a rim flange extending from the rim face with the a right-angled structure defined between the rim face and the rim flange. A padding member associated with each of the lens-rim members has a closed ring like enclosure section to rest on the rim face with the rim flange received with a slot formed on inside surface of the enclosure section and a face contact section integrally extending from the enclosure section to be in contact engagement with a wearer's face. A bridge connects the lens-rim members to each other. A strap has two opposite ends respectively connected to the remote edges of the padding members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2000
    Inventor: Herman Chiang
  • Patent number: 6003345
    Abstract: A method of manipulating a garment on a knitting machine includes the steps of orienting the garment with an opening disposed relative to one end on the knitting machine; and knitting a bridge across the opening of the garment. The bridge is affixed to the garment at a first and second site. The first and second sites are disposed near the opening. The exact positioning of the first and second sites relative to the opening are predetermined in accordance with the orientation of the garment on the knitting machine. The first site opposes the second site. The method of manipulating the garment further includes the step of dividing the bridge forming a first and a second handle. The first and second handle are fixed at the first site and the second handle is affixed at the second site. The first and second handles are useful for further processing the garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1999
    Assignee: B.B. & T. Knitting Limited
    Inventor: Bobby Ray Jordan
  • Patent number: 5918309
    Abstract: A protective garment of multi-component construction for covering and protecting vital portions of a body of a wearer. The protective garment has a layer of body armor material which has at least one of ballistic resistant and puncture resistant capabilities. Additionally, the protective garment includes a flexible sheet formed of a plurality of resilient honeycomb cellular structures which are constructed of thermoplastic polyurethane. The flexible sheet of thermoplastic polyurethane honeycomb structures is positioned to overlie the layer of body armor material and to face outwardly from the body of the wearer. The layer of body armor material is positioned between the flexible sheet of resilient honeycomb cellular structures and the body of the wearer upon which the protective garment is worn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1999
    Assignee: Second Chance Body Armor, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas E. Bachner, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5907872
    Abstract: A continuous process for the manufacture of a camisole garment wherein the fabric is cut, defining openings that serve as arm holes in the finished garment. A portion of the fabric is folded back above the openings, defining shoulder straps. The camisole garment has a body seam that may be refastenable or non-refastenable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1999
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Richard Alberts, Edward Anthony Drezdzon II, Donald Merlin Fries, deceased, Richard Mark Konetzke, Thomas Theodore Kvitek, Michael Joseph Muhlebach, Michael Joseph Nelson, Gerald Leigh Rabe, Brendon Frank Ribble, James Frederick Roth, Jon Mark Wittmann
  • Patent number: 5898981
    Abstract: A composite filter media (100) includes a meltblown fiber material and a nonwoven filter web which are preferably attached to each other by needling the nonwoven filter web with the meltblown fiber material. A netting (104) is then attached by preferably needling the nonwoven filter web and meltblown through the netting (104).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1999
    Assignee: Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Pierre Legare
  • Patent number: 5893171
    Abstract: This device, a nursing cover-up (10), allows a nursing mother to breast feed her child in public without fear of exposing herself to others, but allows herself to view the child during the feeding (19). The nursing cover-up is a piece of fabric attached to the front of the mother's clothing by clips, clamps, or fasteners (12A & 12B) or by optional neck strap (17). The nursing cover-up has a flexible shapeable coated wire (15) sewn into the upper edge of the nursing cover-up (10) that provides support to the nursing cover-up allowing the mother to shape or mold the edge of the nursing cover-up outward (19); thus permitting her to see the child throughout feeding while prohibiting others from seeing in. The shield and slit opening (16 & 18) provides access for the mother's hand to the underside of the nursing cover-up permitting her to move or manipulate her nipple as needed. A pocket is provided for storage (20). This device can be produced in a one size fits all which is easy to take on and off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1999
    Inventor: Margaret A. Ries
  • Patent number: 5890226
    Abstract: The lower open end of the sleeves of the liner are detachably connected to the lower open end of the sleeves of the shell by attachments secured to the shell sleeves. The attachments include annular portions which overlap the lower ends of the liner sleeves to prevent liquid from flowing between the liner sleeves and the shell sleeves. Each liner sleeve includes an outer moisture barrier and an inner moisture barrier with a thermal barrier disposed between the inner and outer moisture barriers. The inner moisture barrier of each liner sleeve is permanently connected circumferentially to a wrister by stitching. The inner moisture barrier extends upwardly from the lower end of the liner sleeve and is then folded downwardly to the wrister, the inner moisture barrier being stitched to the thermal barrier adjacent the location where the inner moisture barriere is folded downwardly to form a sleeve well within the liner sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1999
    Assignee: Globe Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Julie A. Snedeker, George E. Freese, III
  • Patent number: 5890228
    Abstract: A batting glove which has a plurality of straps to secure the glove to a player's hands to insure a proper fit. It also has a relatively rigid channel shaped support fastened to the palm area of the glove which requires that the user grip the bat in the proper manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1999
    Inventor: Steven J. Wagner
  • Patent number: 5890227
    Abstract: A vest, particularly for emergency medical technicians, allows the technician's body to take at least some of the weight of a stretcher carried by the technician, possibly freeing one or both of the technician's hands. The vest has first and second nylon straps extending over its shoulders and attached to the body of the vest, and having adjustable stretcher handle attachments at the free ends of the straps, both in front of and in back of the vest. Horizontal straps of light reflective or luminescent material have closures at their ends and close the open front of the vest. The horizontal straps are adjustable to allow the vest to be tightened securely on the technician's body. A back support of elastic material which is stretched out when the vest is tightened is sewn at its ends to the inside of the vest adjacent the vest lapels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1999
    Inventor: Jason C. Brown
  • Patent number: 5873152
    Abstract: The needling machine includes a support and a stripper defining a path for a lap. A needle board supported by sliding rods has a reciprocating motion between the represented maximum penetration position and the withdrawal position by means of two rod-eccentric devices, each having a rod hinged to the sliding rod. Each pair of rods is hinged to a crankshaft supported by bearings and carrying an equilibration device. The bearings are supported in a crankcase by partitions in a position situated axially between the eccentrics and the equilibration device. The crankshaft extends from the crankcase through simple sealing liners. An advantage of the present needling machine is that the crankcase is stiffened and crankshaft deformations are reduced to increase the striking rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1999
    Assignee: Asselin
    Inventors: Bernard Jourde, Pierre Mouchard, Didier LeBloas
  • Patent number: 5864886
    Abstract: A novel article of thermal clothing for covering the underlying area at the gap between a coat sleeve and a glove. The article of clothing comprises a tube having a distal portion terminating in a distal end, a proximal portion terminating in a proximal end, and side opening formed in the distal portion adjacent to but spaced from the distal end. The tube is sized so that it can be snugly fit over the wearer's hand and forearm so that the distal end of the tube is positioned near the midpalm area of the hand, the proximal end of the tube is positioned at the forearm area, and the wearer's thumb extends out through the tube's side opening. The tube is formed out of a flexible, somewhat stretchable material capable of providing good thermal insulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1999
    Inventors: Kathryn Gregory, minor, Susan B. Gregory
  • Patent number: 5864930
    Abstract: A needle loom including a support and a stripper defining a path for a fiber lap. A needle board supported by sliding shanks moves back and forth between a maximum penetration position and a retracted position, by means of a connecting rod/crank assembly including a connecting rod hingedly connected to the sliding shank. The shank is guided by slide bearings secured to a mounting which is angularly adjustable about the shank axis so that the axis of ovality can be moved periodically relative to the main direction in which lateral stress is exerted on the bearings as a result of the angular displacement of the connecting rod. The service life of the bearings may thus be extended, while reducing maintenance requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1999
    Assignee: Asselin
    Inventors: Bernard Jourde, Fran.cedilla.ois Louis
  • Patent number: 5850633
    Abstract: A baseball glove having a bipartite wrist section, a wrist strap attached to one portion of the wrist section, and a ring attached to the other portion of the wrist section. The strap, which includes an extension is looped through the ring and around the wrist to secure the two portions together, providing stability and a secure fit to the glove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1998
    Inventor: Kenneth Paul Lovin
  • Patent number: 5845338
    Abstract: A multi use head cover comprising an adjustable size visor portion and a detachable fabric head covering portion. The visor portion includes a visor band with a divided after section joined by a pair of interlocking plastic strips. A bill is attached to a forward portion of the visor band which is raised relative to the after end and sides to provide effective sun shading. An upper edge of the visor band is trimmed with a first half of a zipper. The second half of the zipper is attached to the corresponding edge of a fabric dome in the shape of a conventional yarmulke. The after edge of the dome may be recessed to correspond with the gap in the upper edge of the after section of the visor band to prevent bunching of the fabric dome when the visor band is adjusted to smaller sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1998
    Inventor: Jeffrey Clark
  • Patent number: 5845368
    Abstract: A carding engine having a main toothed cylinder, a taker-in, a doffer, and a revolving flats assembly positioned above the outer periphery of the cylinder in the region between the taker-in and the doffer, in which a fixed bend and a flexible bend are adjustably interconnected so as to define a required working path for the moveable flats whereby the spacing between the fixed bend and the adjustable bend can be adjusted to enable any desired predetermined clearance values to be pre-set between the tips of the flats and the outer periphery of the main cylinder, and including a number of setting devices which are arranged at spaced apart setting locations with respect to the working path and which operative to provide a predictable adjustment movement from the pre-set clearance values between the tips of the flats and the outer periphery of the main cylinder set by the adjustment means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1998
    Inventor: John Varga
  • Patent number: 5845340
    Abstract: An article of clothing designed to protect a wearers face, head and neck area from inclement weather, includes a hood portion member structurally arranged to cover and engage the head and neck area of the wearer and a face portion member secured to the hood portion and structurally arranged to cover and engage the face of the wearer. The face portion member includes a plurality of openings aligned to cooperate with the eyes, nose and mouth of the wearer and a securing member engaging one side of the face portion and extending around the back of the wearer's head and engageable with the opposite of the face portion to adjustably secure the face portion onto the wearer's face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1998
    Inventor: Larry P. Frislie
  • Patent number: 5832536
    Abstract: A substantially unitary undergarment covering the majority of the upper body which includes an integral holster beneath the arm of the wearer and includes stitching and straps to secure the weapon in a concealed fashion adjacent the body and ready for use. The garment could include means to shield the weapon from perspiration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1998
    Assignee: Kramer Handgun Leather, Inc.
    Inventor: Gregory W. Kramer
  • Patent number: 5829061
    Abstract: A molded work glove for providing protection to the hand and fingers of a wearer against cold and abrasion is provided. A hand portion is made of a sheet foam material having a thickness between 1 mm and 5 mm. A hand cavity is disposed in the hand portion and is defined by the sheet foam material. Finger portions are mounted to the periphery of the hand portion and extend outwardly. The finger portions have a palm side and a back side and a tip located distal to the hand portion. The finger portions are made of a sheet foam material having a thickness between 1 mm and 5 mm. Finger cavities are disposed in the finger portions and are defined by the sheet foam material. The sheet foam material is an elastic, nonabsorbent, insulating material. The finger cavity at the tip is sized to loosely fit the finger of the wearer such that a gap is formed between the finger of the wearer and the sheet foam material. At least one aperture is disposed in the palm side at the tip of at least three finger portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1998
    Inventors: Jane T. Visgil, John D. Visgil