Patents Examined by Diana Biefeld
  • Patent number: 6006362
    Abstract: A cover for a headband size regulator used on a typical baseball style cap or visor. The cover cushions the wearer's head against the gouging and discomfort of headband size regulator straps. The cover is aesthetically pleasing and allows the wearer to display easily attachable indicia, such as logos, emblems and words on the back of their hat. The wearer can use the cover on caps with varying strap widths and on single leather strap and clasp size regulators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1999
    Inventor: Dennis Walsh
  • Patent number: 5933870
    Abstract: A sheathing device is disclosed for covering and securing the entire length of the adjustable straps of a traditional cap. In this disclosure, a traditional cap has a front, back, top, bottom, at least one strap, and an engagement mechanism for releasibly engaging the strap at alternate points to adjust the size of the cap. The back has an opening at the bottom such that the bottom is parted to define two sides. The strap is attached to one side of the cap proximate to the opening. In one embodiment, the article comprises a sheathing. The sheathing has an inside region of adequate size to envelop the strap. Additionally, the sheathing's length is adjustable, allowing a user to customize its length such that it spans from one side to the other side to substantially conceal the strap when the opening is adjusted for the user's head. For example, the sheathing may comprises severable material allowing the user to cut the sheathing to the customized length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1999
    Inventors: Raymond C. Egan, Jr., Thomas C. Burns
  • Patent number: 5898946
    Abstract: A golf hat and golf ball marker assembly containing a hat, a metal strip, and a disc-shaped, metallic golf ball marker. The metal strip is affixed to the side of the hat such as by rivets. Positioned on one side of the strip is a depressed well having a magnetized bottom. The diameter of the well is slightly larger than the diameter of the marker so that the marker fits snugly in place in the web with a very little lateral movement. The depth of the well is slightly less than the thickness of the marker so that the marker extends slightly out of the well for each removal. The marker is held in the well when not in use by virtue of magnetic attraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1999
    Inventors: Meryck Valintine Keating, Linda Keating
  • Patent number: 5890230
    Abstract: Disclosed is a hat which can be made of multiple pieces or one integral piece of soft material sewed into a hat body having a crown portion and a brim portion. An elastic band is sewed onto and along a lower inner periphery of the crown portion of the hat body in specially patterned stitches to replace the lining band and decorative hat band usually used on a conventional hat. The hat can be folded without becoming deformed. The elastic band provides the hat with adjustable size and tightness to suit to different head shapes and sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1999
    Inventor: Tian-Song Guo
  • Patent number: 5867834
    Abstract: An elongated, somewhat flexible frame member generally bowed along its length is comprised of a forehead covering member having a pair of first and second orifices receivable of a pair of elastic bands for being removably secured on said frame member, and a first and second ear erection member having a sleeve along a longitudinal edge for being removably attached to the frame member. The ear erection members being of sufficient length to extend behind the neck of a wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1999
    Inventor: Timothy A. Simpson
  • Patent number: 5860166
    Abstract: The present invention provides earmuffs for use with protective headgear, primarily helmets for use in contact sports such as hockey, football and the like, wherein the earmuffs are removably carried by the headgear in a position to protect the ears from cold, and do not interfere with wearing the helmet or the helmet wearer's activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1999
    Inventor: Graham Douglas Ritts
  • Patent number: 5845339
    Abstract: Headwear, such as visor or cap, which has a bill for shielding the wearer's face, which bill extends from the headband that encircles the wearer's head. The bill is attached to the headband along its inner edge and has a wire-like, flexible member which extends along the outer edge or periphery of the bill. The wire-like member serves to maintain the bill in a fully extended condition when worn but has sufficient flexibility to permit the bill and headband to be folded into a compact, collapsed condition and to fit into a small pouch or pocket for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1998
    Inventors: Lari J. Ashley, James B. Ashley
  • Patent number: 5842231
    Abstract: A head covering for preventing spitting comprises a mesh portion, which provides good ventilation and a fabric patch portion. The fabric portion is positioned on the head covering so that it covers the wearer's mouth. The wearer has good visibility and ventilation, but is prevented from spitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1998
    Inventor: Kerry G. Dawes
  • Patent number: 5832538
    Abstract: A head covering device including a hood portion and a detachable cover for covering the head, neck and upper back from the sun. The hood portion is formed of an absorbent inner layer of material and a porous outer layer of material which together function to shade the wearer, conserve body water, and allow for cooling the wearer by evaporation of perspiration. Fasteners are provided for removably attaching the cover to the hood portion. A channel is provided which extends through a crown portion of the hood and receives a cord whose ends are adjustably connectable for securing the hood portion onto the wearer's head. Another channel provided along a lower edge of the hood portion receives a cord whose ends are adjustably connectable for gathering the hood portion about the neck of the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1998
    Inventor: Kevin S. Williams
  • Patent number: 5832537
    Abstract: An improved flexible bill for caps and other head covering devices is disclosed. The improvement comprising a four layer construction of the bill with upper and lower layers made of a relatively stretchable material such as cotton and with a non-stretchable layer that overlies one of the inner layers. The preferred non-stretchable member is a cotton and rayon blend that is bonded to itself so as to form a relatively non-stretchable layer. The combination of layers allows for folding in one direction only, such as folded upward or folded downward. Lines of stitching going across the bill provide folding lines along which the bill may be folded. The bill may be folded upward along these lines in incremental amounts and the use of the non-stretchable layers enables the bill to retain this folded up shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1998
    Inventor: Franklin W. Wakefield, III
  • Patent number: 5829062
    Abstract: A headband ear protector apparatus including a pair of ear protectors and a resilient head band supporting, at opposite ends of the headband, the ear protectors. This forms a band which positions the ear protectors to lie by the opposite ears of a person. The headband is formed of a combination of hard and soft materials. The hard material is formed as a main support member for the ear protectors to extend between the ear protectors and provide resilience so the ear protectors will lie by the opposite ears of the person. The main support member includes at least one region having structure to receive the soft material to provide sound attenuation for reducing sound transmitted through the headband to the ear protectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1998
    Assignee: Moldex-Metric, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Magidson
  • Patent number: 5829093
    Abstract: Disclosed is an indicator device for visually denoting the amount of filled dust in a dust container of a vacuum cleaner. The indicator device operates based on a vacuum pressure difference created between an air suction port and an outlet of the vacuum cleaner. When a vacuum pressure difference is created between the air suction port and the outlet of the vacuum cleaner, a disc-shaped colored film and a circular rotating member positioned in an upper cap of the indicator device receive an atmosphere air from the exterior of the indicator device and denotes the amount of dust filled in the dust container. For this purpose, a colored film is separated by 3.times.N (N is an integer) times and colored in three primary colors of light of red, green and blue or in three primary colors of red, yellow and blue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1998
    Assignee: Daewoo Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Suk-Gu Kim
  • Patent number: 5829095
    Abstract: A floor scrubber (10) is disclosed including a drive lug (62) for removably connecting a scrubbing member (64) to a drive (60) and having a trough for receipt and catching of solution for passage to the surface. The mount (58) for the drive (60) is biased by a spring (67) to pivot relative to a linkage plate (46) in turn pivotably mounted to the chassis (12) at an acute angle to the forward movement direction. The vacuum assembly (92) is sandwiched in a socket (100) formed in the bottom wall of a recovery tank (90) by a mount (106) to deaden the sound generated thereby and to allow air communication inside of the socket (100) but generally preventing entry of solution therein. The squeegee assembly (152) is biased by a gas spring (150) to engage the surface at a constant force independent of the pivotal position of the squeegee mount (148).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1998
    Assignee: Nilfisk-Advance, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Joseph Legatt, Kurt M. Vetse, Galen M. Swenson
  • Patent number: 5826272
    Abstract: A visored golf cap with a measuring means is disclosed. In the cap, a front visor is attached to the front part of a size-adjustable head band. The regularly-spaced visor holders are radially attached to all the opposite side parts of the band except for the front part. The flexible fabric visors cover the intervals between the front visor and the visor holders, respectively. The visor coupling plate is coupled to either one of the two endmost visor holders through a corrugated flexible connector. The visored cap effectively screens the sun's rays that are radiated onto both side parts of a golfer's face and onto a golfer's neck. Due to the measuring means attached to the front visor, a golfer while golfing effectively checks the distance between a golf ball and a target point and checks the inclination angle of a slope where the golf ball must roll in order to reach a target hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1998
    Inventor: Bum-Ki Hong
  • Patent number: 5826278
    Abstract: A one-piece, lightweight, molded plastic hat that comprises, in combination, a thin, molded plastic sheet forming a hat wall dome having an inner side, the sheet at the dome everywhere having thickness less than 3/16 inch; the sheet at the dome forming a corrugation having a local portion defining a U-shaped cross section; and a local plastic reinforcement sub-sheet formed to have U-shaped cross section matching that of the dome local portion, the sub-sheet fitting and adhesively bonded to the dome sheet local portion at the inner side of the hat dome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1998
    Inventor: William L. King
  • Patent number: 5822797
    Abstract: A hat having elongated support members extending from the exterior of the crown of the hat, for supporting the hat upon the head of the wearer, to prevent the hat from causing any undue adverse affect to the wearer's hair style. An alternative embodiment of the hat further includes a casing having a framing that is either attached to the crown or a brim, which framing may be twisted to collapse the hat into a small compact size and shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Inventor: Tomima L. Edmark
  • Patent number: 5822798
    Abstract: A strip shaped hair band having on its hair engaging surface a multiplicity of minute fibre retentive members with, in its preferred embodiment, a strip of decorative backing materials to create a pleasing external appearance, and a strip of ductile material intermediate these two strips to provide shape retentive and compressive capabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Inventor: Frances J. Baxley
  • Patent number: 5822799
    Abstract: A sweatband for a head covering comprising an elastic tape, a non-elastic ribbon, an attachment member to attach the tape T to an attachment section of the ribbon R while the tape is in a stretched condition and a connecter to connect a connection section of the ribbon to an interior wall of the head covering. A method of making and installing the sweatband in a head covering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Assignee: Bollman Hat Company
    Inventor: Jeffrey L. Kepple
  • Patent number: 5822800
    Abstract: A multi-functional cold weather hat has a tubular fabric body with an open bottom for passage over a person's head. A drawstring channel is formed along the upper edge of the tubular body, and the hat has means for retaining the drawstring at any set position. A domal shaped head covering is sewn into the top of the tubular body. An arcuate face opening is formed in the front of the head covering for exposure of the face therethrough, passage of the head therethrough, or ventilation of the head. The hat is adaptable to be worn in at least six configurations for controllably insulating portions of the head and/or neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Assignee: Loki, LLC
    Inventor: Seth I. Anderson
  • Patent number: 5819316
    Abstract: A firefighter garment having a low friction liner system which includes an outer shell made of an abrasion resistant material, a moisture barrier layer made of a water-resistant material, a thermal barrier layer and a layer of material having flame, heat and high-lubricity properties positioned within the outer shell. In one embodiment, the high-lubricity layer is composed of a fire resistant filament yarn and is attached to the inside face of the thermal liner; that is, the face positioned next to the clothing of a wearer of the garment. In another embodiment, the layer of high-lubricity material is positioned to form a substrate for the moisture barrier and is located between the moisture barrier and outer shell. A garment having two layers of high-lubricity material, one forming an inside face of the thermal liner and the other forming an interface between the moisture barrier and outer shell, is also preferable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Assignee: Lion Apparel, inc.
    Inventor: Donald Aldridge