Patents Examined by Diana L. Biefeld
  • Patent number: 6094749
    Abstract: A head wear system including a sizing band and a hat. The sizing band is distinct from the hat. The hat comprises a bill and a cap having an opening at the back as well as a headband. The head wear system also includes a first and second adjustment means for selectively nondestructively attaching each end of the sizing band to the hat in a longitudinal relationship therebetween selected by the wearer. When the sizing band is attached to the hat by the first and second adjusting means, the sizing band extends across the opening of the cap. The head wear system also comprises an ornament, a cover means for accessorizing the hat, and an attachment means for selectively nondestructively connecting the cover means and ornament to the crown of the cap. One embodiment of the sizing band functions as a skin stencil and comprises a substrate transparent to ultraviolet radiation and a design opaque to ultraviolet radiation that is attached to the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Inventor: Michael K. Proctor
  • Patent number: 6000062
    Abstract: Improved head protection for soccer players comprising a headband formed of resilient material which may be worn alone or inside a conventional soccer helmet to cushion the effects of impacts to the head, especially for children in their formative years.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1999
    Inventor: Maz Trakh
  • Patent number: 5966743
    Abstract: A headgear for dispensing a substance has a container to carry the substance. A spigot is secured to the container. The spigot can be opened to dispense the substance by gravity, suction, pressure or levity flow when the container. The spigot can be closed to retain the substance in the chamber. A hat-like recess is formed within the bottom wall of the container sized for wearing on an individual's head, and for maintaining the container in a freestanding condition during hands-free ambulation of the individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Inventor: Randall D. Flann
  • Patent number: 5956773
    Abstract: A visor guard for covering the visor of a baseball-type cap having a crown with a headband about the edge of the crown and an adjusting strap at the rear of the headband for altering the cap size. The guard comprises a pocket made of a washable material, preferably terry cloth, defined by upper and lower panels. The shapes of the panels generally conform to the shape of the visor to be covered and the panels are secured together about their edges which conform to the free edge of the visor. The remainder of the edges of the panels are not connected together so as to form an opening through which the visor may be inserted into the pocket. A sweatband is connected to one of the edges of the opening and is positioned to lie against the inside of the headband and against the forehead of the wearer of the cap, and a retainer is connected to the sweatband and may be tucked in between the headband and the crown of the cap to hold the guard in place on the visor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Inventor: Mark LaMantia
  • Patent number: 5956760
    Abstract: A sunshield comprised of a large lens assembly (32) providing protection for the face and head from solar radiation wind, snow, flying objects, caustic liquids, water, and other forces. A one piece lens (12) is comprised of a tinted transparent plastic coated with ultraviolet radiation blocking coating. Lens (12) can be comprised of optically correcting material to accommodate wearer's vision. Lens assembly (32) flips up over the front of the head to act as a visor by protecting the front of the head and shading the forehead or to enable lens assembly (32) to be out of the line of sight without removal. Lens assembly (32) can be adjusted to a comfortable distance from the wearer's face and to accommodate wearing of ordinary eyeglasses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Inventors: Peggy M. Wine, Jan W. Wine
  • Patent number: 5937446
    Abstract: Body-fitted padding having a padding adapter and device for the production thereof, in particular for a crash helmet, the adapter having a ventilation system. To this end a flexible covering consisting of a hood and a sleeve is provided which form an inner space to receive a curable impact and/or shock-absorbing material. The covering is here approximated to the contour of the protective article to be padded out or to be adapted and to that of the body part to be protected, so that, after curing of the material, the adapter can be laid in the protective article without modification of the contour of the side exactly matched to the body part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1999
    Inventor: Werner Fallert
  • Patent number: 5933872
    Abstract: A head cap having a substantially hemi-spherically shaped portion intended to be worn over hair on the head of a wearer and including at least one opening therein large enough to accommodate a bundle of hair passing through the opening and means for securing the cap to the bundle of hair. A gathering mechanism is attached to the cap body around the perimeter of the opening to compressively engage the bundle of hair and hold the bundle of hair and the cap body in a fixed relationship. The gathering mechanism includes a sleeve attached to the cap body along the perimeter of the opening and a drawstring passed through the interior of the sleeve. The drawstring may be drawn to gather the sleeve to compressively engage the bundle of hair. A clamp is provided for holding the drawstring in a drawn disposition to hold the sleeve gathered about the bundle of hair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1999
    Inventor: Greg Lema
  • Patent number: 5933871
    Abstract: A modular hat is disclosed. The hat includes a hat crown having an inside perimeter, a front side, a back side, a left side, and a right side. A visor is attached to the front side of the hat crown. A headband connecting member is attached along the inside perimeter of the hat crown for releasably connecting a plurality of components to the hat, wherein the components are chosen from the group consisting of a chin strap, a sunglass mount, a one-piece ear muff attachment, a storm visor, an ear and neck winter guard, a hydration curtain, a pocket, a bug net, an internal headband, a reflective illuminator, a flashlight holder, a winter facemask with pockets, and an ornamental towel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1999
    Inventor: David Kraft
  • Patent number: 5924139
    Abstract: An attachment useful for a conventional type sports cap which has a fabric dome, a headband surrounding the dome, a pair of straps at the rear of the cap for adjustment of the size of the headband and an opening in the dome of the cap above the straps. The attachment has a planar member having a first surface, a second surface, a top area and an opposite bottom area. An indicia means is provided on the first surface for displaying a trademark and/or logo. At least one fastening means is provided on the top area of the second surface for removably fastening the attachment means to the fabric of the cap. There is at least one fastening member on the bottom area of the second surface for removably fastening the attachment to the strap of the cap. Preferably the fastening member is a hook member which hooks onto the straps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1999
    Inventor: Ernest A. Van Den Heuvel
  • Patent number: 5924129
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sun protective shield worn with a headgear to protect face of a wearer from ultraviolet radiation. The shield is flexible, air permeable and optically transparent so as not to impede breathing or vision of the user. The shield has a first set of securing tabs adjacent the top edge of the shield for securing to a piece of headgear, and a second set of securing tabs for retaining the shield in any of a plurality of folded positions. The second set of tabs engages with the first set of tabs when the shield is partially or fully folded, covering the entire face of the user or only a part thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1999
    Inventor: Jeannie Gill
  • Patent number: 5920910
    Abstract: A sweatband for use with a sports cap of the type having a crown portion with a lower margin and an inner band secured to the lower margin of the crown portion to form a channel extending about the interior of the crown portion. The sweatband has first and second portions connected together along a top edge of the sweatband. The first portion is preferably a multilaminate structure including a layer of absorbent material permanently secured to a first layer of water resistant material. The second portion is a second layer of water resistant material secured to the first layer of water resistant material at the top edge of the sweatband, thereby allowing the lower edges of the first portion and second portion to remain free.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Inventor: Peter A. Calvo
  • Patent number: 5918316
    Abstract: A promotional clip-on accessory which is adapted to fold around a cap strap to carry a display panel thereon for displaying promotional material. The clip-on accessory is die cut from a vinyl plastic or cardstock sheet and is pre-scored to include two bi-fold hinges defining a central display panel and two opposite folding panels that are folded around the cap strap. A locking tab configuration is also disclosed for securing the accessory on the cap strap. A push-out outlocking tab is cut into one panel and, once the lower and upper panels have been folded around the back of the cap strap, may be pushed through a second tab in the opposing panel to lock the accessory in position around the cap strap. The accessory may also be cut to form a customized pop-out section which remains erect and coplanar with the front display panel after the accessory is applied to a cap strap, which gives the image of a front display panel custom cut in the shape of a design indicia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1999
    Inventors: Theodore Nathanson, Peter H. Jeffer
  • Patent number: 5915532
    Abstract: A disposable headband that is made from a thin sheet of non-woven material, as absorption strip and a label strip. The non-woven material is absorbent to liquid perspiration. The absorption strip is formed of material readily permeated by liquid perspiration and a liquid absorbing media. The absorption strip is placed onto the thin sheet of non-woven material, where the thin sheet of non-woven material is folded over the absorption strip to encase the absorption strip. Finally, a label strip, comprising a material substantially impervious to liquid perspiration, is adhered to the non-woven sheet for securing the absorption strip therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1999
    Inventor: Ruby B. Williams
  • Patent number: 5915535
    Abstract: An adjustable fastener assembly for forming an adjustable loop around a portion of a wearer's body has an elongate member for encircling the body portion and first and second ends. A pair of rings are secured to the first end, and the second end is in releasable threaded engagement through the rings with the free end on one side of the loop. Secondary fasteners such as mateable strips of Velcro.RTM. material are provided on the opposing faces of the free end and face of the loop so that the free end can be secured to the loop. The elongate member may be a belt or waistband, a collar for an animal, or a hat band or sweatband of a cap or hat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1999
    Inventor: Susan Henrekin-Jordan
  • Patent number: 5915534
    Abstract: A brimless athletic cap is disclosed that is specifically designed to unobtrusively cover a wearer's head to absorb perspiration. The device includes a bowl shaped, fabric cover member having continuous peripheral edge defining an opening for receiving the crown portion of a user's head. On the back surface of the cap member are a plurality of apertures and an adjustment mechanism for adjusting the circumference of the peripheral edge. An elongated, semi-circumferential sweat band for absorbing perspiration is removably attached to the interior surface of the cap member. The brimless device provides an unobtrusive, perspiration absorbing head covering that does not hinder a user while lifting weights or engaging in similar activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1999
    Inventor: Jason R. May
  • Patent number: 5907871
    Abstract: A combination cap/glove selectively usable as a cap worn on a person's head and a glove worn on a person's hand for catching a ball. The cap/glove includes a concave crown having a peripheral bottom edge, an interior surface and an exterior surface. A hand receptacle having an opening is mounted to a first side of the crown. A band of flexible sheet material having a top and a bottom edge is attached by the bottom edge of the band to the interior surface of the crown at a second side of the crown substantially opposite the first side of the crown. The band is attached to the crown in a manner biasing the top edge of the band away from the crown interior to define a ball catching pocket opposite the hand receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1999
    Inventor: Michael B. Austin
  • Patent number: 5906005
    Abstract: A method of making a mask representing a photographic subject includes the steps of: simultaneously capturing a front and two side face views of the subject using a single camera and a pair of mirrors, one mirror on each side of the subject's head; forming a digital image of the captured front and side views; digitally processing the digital image by mirroring the two side views and blending the two side views with the front view to form a blended image; and transferring the blended image to a head sock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 25, 1999
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Wayne F. Niskala, Richard A. Simon, Joseph A. Manico, W. Patrick Fricke, Kristine A. Moon
  • Patent number: 5906006
    Abstract: A bandana-type headwear suitable for wearing under a helmet or as a independent head piece is disclosed. The headwear is preferably of a generally polygonal shape and has attached thereto adjustment straps of the peg and hole type generally used for adjustable caps. These straps are attached to the headwear fabric at an angle oblique to the central axis of the headwear to assist in installing and retaining the headwear on wearer's head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 25, 1999
    Inventor: Felix Castro, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5903925
    Abstract: A pair of ornamental horns representing a team mascot are secured to a baseball cap or other wearable base supporting structure through the use of a spring fastener permitting selective attachment and detachment of the horns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1999
    Inventor: Lois E. Engebretson
  • Patent number: 5903923
    Abstract: A baseball cap having distorted graphics applied to the upwardly facing surface of the cap's visor, wherein the graphics are distorted in such a manner as to compensate for perspective and become more easily readable when viewed from a particular viewing position, more particularly, a frontal viewing position. The graphics may be text or pictorial views, and are distorted in such a manner that the distortion compensates for the distortion that normally exists when the visor is viewed from the frontal position whereby the graphics are easier to read or understand when so viewed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1999
    Assignee: Morse Engineering
    Inventors: Richard J. Morse, Kevin Raming