Patents Examined by Diana L. Oleksa
  • Patent number: 6298493
    Abstract: An ear protector dimensioned and configured to secure over the user's ear, protecting the ear from the harmful effects of hot curling irons and blow dryers. The ear protector has a three layer construction having a cotton fiber or cotton fabric exterior, a Teflon® or a similar type material located in the center and a cotton or soft batting in the interior. The three layer construction acts as a heat shield which protects the user from receiving painful burns. The cotton batting inner covering is attached to the outer covering via stitching. An elastic band is secured to both the inner covering and outer covering adjacent to the stitching and secures the ear protector safely over the user's ear. Alternatively, a draw string can be used in place of the elastic band to secure the ear protector over the user's ear. In addition, aesthetically pleasing indicia is placed upon the outer covering of the ear protector such that a certain style or charm is added to the practicality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2001
    Inventor: Bernice Ambroise
  • Patent number: 6088834
    Abstract: A batting glove incorporating a leather palm portion, a leather wrist portion including a hook and loop fastener, a leather finger portion including separate finger members having spaces therebetween and a leather thumb portion. Disposed between the palm and finger portions is a leather sheath housing an elongated raised rubber pad having inner and outer edges bounding a concave upper surface therebetween configured to cradle a bat handle. When the glove is worn by the batter, the outer edge is configured to be substantially aligned with the distal interphalangeal joints of the batter's hand and the inner edge is configured to be substantially aligned with metacarpal interphalangeal joints of the batter's hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Inventor: Robert S. Seminara
  • Patent number: 6032290
    Abstract: A finger nail polish protective glove for protecting the finger nails of a user with freshly applied polish from blemishing while sleeping. The finger nail polish protective glove includes a flexible palm panel has a wrist region and a plurality of flexible digit stalls outwardly extending from the palm panel distal the wrist region of the palm panel. A pair of flexible wrist straps outwardly extending from opposite sides of the palm panel. The free ends of the wrist straps are coupled together. Each of the digit stalls has a protective cage pivotally coupled to the tip of the respective digit stall. Each of the protective cages covers a portion of the associated digit stall adjacent the tip of the associated digit stall having a length less than about one-half of a distance of the associated finger stall defined between the root and tip of the associated finger stall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2000
    Inventors: Jacqueline A. Lucas, Mark W. Lucas
  • Patent number: 5991916
    Abstract: An item of headwear which includes a visor portion. The item of headwear includes a hinge portion which permits the headwear to be moved from an open position, for wearing, to a closed position, for storage, which compacts the headwear into a small, collapsed configuration. The visor portion is of a fan-type construction which undergoes concertinaed movement when the headwear is moved from the closed position to the open position. The visor portion is stretched to a substantially planer configuration when in the open position and is accordian shaped when in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Inventor: Susie Sierra
  • Patent number: 5987649
    Abstract: A cap insert comprises an elongated sheet which is flexible but sufficiently rigid for use as a shaping insert in a billed cap. The sheet is substantially planar in a relaxed state and includes a central portion, opposing tapered portions, and opposing leg portions. The sheet fits inside a billed cap around the sweatband, and successfully returns an old billed cap to its proper shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Inventor: Richard K. Robertson
  • Patent number: 5983395
    Abstract: A glove including a textured surface on the inside designed to bring the texture into contact with the skin on the hand. The texture is provided over the entire interior of the glove, or just over selected areas of the glove that will provide the desired sensory contact with the hand. The texture may be a uniform pattern of raised projections, or a random placement of raised projections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Assignee: Alan Skip Lei
    Inventor: Alan Skip Lei
  • Patent number: 5983399
    Abstract: A hearing protection device. The hearing protection device includes a band and legs that are rotatable relative to the band. Each leg includes a first leg end and a second leg end. The first leg end is rotatably coupled to the band to allow the leg to rotate relative to the band. The second leg end includes a hole for receiving a stem of a hearing protector. Alternatively, the second leg end includes a socket for receiving a ball formed on a hearing protector shaft. The hearing protection device can accommodate head sizes ranging from the 5th percentile of women to the 95th percentile of men.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Assignee: Cabot Safety Intermediate Corporation
    Inventors: Robert N. Falco, Marc Doty
  • Patent number: 5974591
    Abstract: A system for keeping a firefighter's uniform together. Typically, firefighter's trousers can slip over the boots when the uniform is sitting together with the trousers on the boots in a "ready to use" position. In this position, the firefighter slips on the boots, pulls up the trousers and leaves to go to the fire. Applicant's system includes a strap attached to the top of the boot and fastened to the inside of the trousers so the trousers will not slip over the heel of boot and make it more difficult to get to the scene of the blaze.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Inventor: Henry E. Leslie
  • Patent number: 5974588
    Abstract: A protective glove for protecting the hand of a wearer from injury from blows impacting the hand. The protective glove includes a glove having front and back faces, a plurality of digit stalls, a palm region and a wrist opening. Each of the digit stalls has a fingertip shield adjacent the tip of the respective digit stall. The glove has a knuckle shield on the back face of the glove in a knuckle area of the palm region of the glove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Inventor: Demetry Furman
  • Patent number: 5974587
    Abstract: An improved baseball glove having an enlarged ball-catching face to enable catching a ball with ease, wherein an adjusting portion is provided between a little finger stall and a ring finger stall thereof to form a stepped portion for locating the ring finger stall on the rear side of the ball-catching face with respect to the little finger stall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignee: KSK Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hideaki Murai
  • Patent number: 5970523
    Abstract: A new liquid dispenser for carrying on a head for the purpose of allowing a user to partake of a liquid without the use of their hands. The inventive device includes a hat with an inner layer and outer layer defining a reservoir for holding a liquid. A tubing is coupled to the hat and in fluid communication with the reservoir. The liquid dispenser for carrying on a head is designed to be worn on a person's head allowing the tubing to be inserted into the wearer's mouth for drawing a liquid from the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Inventor: Herman Dewayne Atkins
  • Patent number: 5970518
    Abstract: A outfit/costume that two or more people will wear at the same time. The outfit/costume has what appears from the outside to be three or more legs and the center leg will hold a leg of each person. It also has two arm sleeves, one for each person, inner sleeves that will hold the other two inner arms of the persons and at least two neck apertures for the persons wearing the outfit/costume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Inventor: Aurellius M. Jordan
  • Patent number: 5966742
    Abstract: An adjustable cap has a crown portion shaped for fitting over the crown of a wearer's head, with the rear part of the crown portion formed of a stretchable material. A two part peripheral band is secured around the lower peripheral edge of the crown portion on the inside of the cap. The first, front part of the band is of a moisture absorbent, non-stretch material, and the second, rear part extending across the rear of the crown portion is of a stretchable material. The rear part of the band stretches to adjust the size of the peripheral opening to fit wearer's of differing head sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Assignee: American Manufacturing Concepts, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen E. Cunliffe
  • Patent number: 5960477
    Abstract: A multi functional hat consisting of a visor or brim attached to a hemispherically-shaped snow hat body which fits closely to a wearer's head. The hat's body is formed with several basic stitches. A flap is disposed at the point where the visor or trim attaches to the hat's body. An upper fold emanates from the lower periphery of the hat's body, and the fold can be partially lowered to provide added protection and warmth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1999
    Inventor: Amber Dixon
  • Patent number: 5960478
    Abstract: A multifunction head apparel is disclosed and configurable into a variety of protective forms to provide varying degrees of protection of a user's head and face from the surrounding environment. The accessory is characterized as having a hood portion which defines a face opening sufficient in size so as to permit a head to extend there through, and a neck portion wherein the neck portion has a proximal portion adjacent to the hood portion and a distal portion terminating at a neck opening. The length of the neck portion is sufficient to permit full coverage of the neck when the neck opening is involuted to terminate at or near the mid point of the face opening, thereby forming a dual layer of material surrounding the neck. In this manner, a single accessory can be configured to provide a hood with or without a face mask; a neck tube, with or without a face mask; and a hat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1999
    Inventors: Robert D. Sivret, Dave R. Maclaskey
  • Patent number: 5956776
    Abstract: The invention relates to an adjustable helmet having a front shell and a back shell that are movably secured to one another and that comprise engaging members that may be held together by a locking mechanism comprising a cam that pivots about an axis extending in a direction that is substantially parallel to a side portion of the helmet. The locking mechanism of the present invention has the advantage of exerting a compressive force on a substantial portion of the engaging members thereby providing a more solid engagement. The locking mechanism also has the advantage of being easily replaceable by a conventional mounting screw assembly. The helmet of the present invention is particularly well suited for use in hockey or other like sports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Assignee: Bauer Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Chartrand
  • Patent number: 5956771
    Abstract: A baseball glove including a hand covering having a palm portion, a thumb portion, four finger portions, a webbed portion extending between said thumb portion and the nearest finger portion, and a flap portion attached to the palm portion which has at least one strap for a finger to be inserted therein is disclosed. The flap portion forms a pocket with the palm portion when a finger is placed within the finger gripping means so that a baseball may be caught within the pocket. In an alternative embodiment, the baseball glove may have three finger straps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Inventor: Joseph M. Barbera
  • Patent number: 5956759
    Abstract: The present invention provides for a means to cool the head of a wearer by incorporating in a flexible tube, a liquid adsorbent material which provides for evaporative cooling of the liquid and thus cooling of the head of the wearer. The adsorbent material can be easily re-saturated with liquid by simply immersing the whole invention under the liquid or under a flow of the liquid. The device is easy to manufacture and simple to maintain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Inventor: Cindy Benedict
  • Patent number: 5956770
    Abstract: A glove with attachable cleaning pads including a glove portion. A plurality of cleaning pads are provided that are adapted for removable coupling with a front surface of the glove portion. Each of the cleaning pads have a colored outer surface that is different from one another. Each of the cleaning pads have a different cleaning purpose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Inventor: Lewis Felts Dennis
  • Patent number: RE36636
    Abstract: This invention relates to decorative ribbons, and to methods and machines for making them. More specifically, the invention relates to fabric ribbons that are edged with wire and trimmed with an overlay of decorative thread.According to the invention, a run of fabric ribbon is simultaneously edged with wire and tightly bound with a binding filament (such as monofilament) and a trim filament (such as decorative thread). This is done in a single operation. The result is a unique ribbon construction, which has many desirable properties. The new ribbons are flexible, but will retain their shape when bent, twisted or tied into a desired configuration. They are elegantly simple in design and provide a novel streamlined finished product with components that are firmly bound together. The ribbons provide an improved edge and trimming where the wire meets the fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2000
    Inventors: Lillian P. Sturm, Kurt D. Salomon