Patents Examined by Doris L. Troutman
  • Patent number: 4737994
    Abstract: A garment for protecting a wearer against bone fracture resulting from accidental falling comprises an undergarment to which is applied pocket-forming fabric comprising a pair of portions forming pockets positioned so as to overlie opposite hip regions of the wearer and a connecting portion extending along the waist line of the garment and forming a passage joining the two pockets. A seam joins the pocket-forming fabric portion with the garment along the waist line and along outer, lower and inner margins of the pocket-forming portions. A lower edge of the connecting portion is left free from the garment to provide an entrance to the pockets. An impervious inflatable bag inserted through the entrance into the pockets has an inflatable cushion-forming portion in each pocket and a connecting portion joining the cushion-forming portions. The bag is inserted in deflated condition and is then inflated to provide over each hip region of the wearer an air cushion for cushioning the impact in the event of a fall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1986
    Date of Patent: April 19, 1988
    Inventor: Harry A. Galton
  • Patent number: 4733411
    Abstract: An outer absorbent paper layer and an inner waterproof plastic layer, each configured to provide an apron and a yoke, are bonded together in overlapping relationship with adhesive and connected along their outer boundaries and neckline with over-lock stitching. The yoke is removably attached over one shoulder with an adhesive tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1986
    Date of Patent: March 29, 1988
    Inventor: Cynthia S. Foti
  • Patent number: 4731884
    Abstract: An article of wearing apparel is constructed having a full conical skirt, a close fitting waist and bodice, and a wide neck strap section, enclosed within a pair of moveable cloth shaping rings. The dress is constructed in three sewn panels of four-way stretchable fabric. The stretch of the fabric, the combination of close fitting bodice and waist and full skirt section, and the manipulation of the strap gathering rings permits the dress to be worn as a strap or strapless dress, as a dress having a crisscross neck or a keyhole neck, with wide or narrow shoulder straps, as a strapless dress or as a pantsuit form. The dress is capable of achieving a multiplicity of appearances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 22, 1988
    Inventor: Sylvia M. Lawrence
  • Patent number: 4723325
    Abstract: A combination sweatband and facial wipe comprising a length of soft, absorbent fabric having hemmed edges, the fabric being twisted once about itself and the ends thereof sewn together to form a continuous loop separated by the twist into two loops, one larger than the other, the smaller loop being adapted to encircle the head of a person as a sweatband, with the twist being placed at the back of the head, the larger loop being adapted to drape around the person's neck, shoulder and upper chest for use as a facial wipe, the sizes of the loops being respectively and infinitely adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1986
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1988
    Inventor: Dorothy M. Perry
  • Patent number: 4718123
    Abstract: A garment made of virtually any woven fabric, completely homogeneous in construction includes a main body portion of the same general shape as that of the upper torso in that the bottom is narrower than the top. At the top of the garment are two directly opposed straight appendages that emanate from the main body at ninety degree angles. These appendages wrap around a user's neck and fasten to one another at the ends. At the top of the appendages and centered with the main body is an additional portion of fabric, semi-elliptical in shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1988
    Inventor: Chrissellene Petropoulos
  • Patent number: 4718126
    Abstract: An apparatus for holding a flashlight comprising a first strap, a second strap affixed to one end of the first strap, and a section of elastic material affixed to the second strap and arranged so as to define a hole between the second strap and the section of elastic material. The other end of the second strap is removably attachable to a portion of the first strap. The first strap and the second strap are longitudinally aligned. The longitudinal axis of the hole is aligned with the first strap and the second strap. The hole has an expandable size suitable for receiving the outer diameter of a flashlight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1988
    Inventor: Ronald P. Slay
  • Patent number: 4716598
    Abstract: The invention describes heat-insulating fabric articles, for example a jacket, comprising an outer layer (17) preferably of synthetic material such as woven nylon, and a lining (19) joined together by a network of quilting seams (3) to form pockets. Each pocket is filled with closed polystyrene beads (21) so that movement between the beads is possible but migration of the beads to other regions of the pocket is inhibited. Such a garment is heat-insulative even when wet, and when dry promotes the formation of a static charge in the interstices between the beads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1984
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1988
    Inventor: Jane K. Bertram
  • Patent number: 4713844
    Abstract: An arrangement in which a toggle mechanism on the outside of a proective helmet acts on an end of a nape strap outside the helmet to shorten the effective length of the nape strap within the helmet to move the wearer's head forward to bring the wearer's face into engagement with the face seal of a face mask attached to the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1987
    Assignee: Gentex Corporation
    Inventor: Charles A. Westgate
  • Patent number: 4712252
    Abstract: This invention is made up of three parts, a coat, sleeves and a skirt. The sleeves have two sticker fastenings around them able to stick together to keep the sleeves stable when folded up short. The skirt is rolled up and hidden at the lowest part of the coat with a horizontally set zipper when it is not needed and can be rolled down with the zipper opened and fastened together at its front with sticker fastenings if necessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1987
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1987
    Inventors: Hsii C. Chou, Jeef Wu, John Chang
  • Patent number: 4712251
    Abstract: A nursing mother's garment comprised of a shoulder apparatus known as a shoulder bib and an attachable blanket-type draping known hereafter as a blanket, which provides concealment of the wearer's upper body and the baby's head and upper body, while providing maximum fresh air flow to the baby and viewing of the nursing process by the mother only. For nursing, the shoulder bib is placed on the wearer's shoulder with the blanket attached to it by a plurality of fasteners. The blanket attaches to the lower edge of the front portion of the shoulder bib and extends from directly above the wearer's breast downwardly past the wearer's waistline and laterally from beyond the wearer's arm nearest the shoulder bib across the wearer's breast beyond her mid-chest. The blanket forms a lightweight, loose-fitting, drape across the wearer's front torso which permits a child to nurse in complete comfort, while concealing the mother's breast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1987
    Inventor: Danna J. Cobble
  • Patent number: 4710983
    Abstract: A dress accessory item such as a belt, waistband, strap or sash convertible into a handbag or purse. The belt-like dress accessory item includes first and second courses of decorative fastener devices, each originating from a common point on the periphery of the accssory item and affixed to and extending in opposite directions around the peripheral edge portion thereof. The first course of fastener devices being cooperable with the second course of fastener devices for joining the peripheral edge portion of the accessory item together upon itself commencing initially at the common point and successively thereafter along the length of the fastener courses to form a handbag or purse. The courses of fastener devices may be mating halves of a zipper, mating lines of male and female snap fastener components, and mating hook strip and eye strip portions of a Velcro connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1987
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1987
    Inventor: Bradley S. Markoff
  • Patent number: 4710980
    Abstract: Protecting garment usable in particular in hairdressing salons, of the type composed of an overall or cape, designed to be wrapped around the user's body, and of a towel adaptable on said overall.According to the invention:the overall or cape is a one-piece garment, the geometrical shape of which is such as to allow a sufficient development to protect efficiently the user, said garment having a neck opening to allow the user's head through,the towel at least is made from a complex material containing an absorbing non-woven material, and is triangular-shaped, said towel being provided along one of the sides of the triangle with means for securing it on the overall, at the level of the shoulders, at the back of the neck opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1987
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1987
    Inventors: Bernard Brison, Jacques Galerneau, Alex Gontier, Gerard Petrozzi
  • Patent number: 4709419
    Abstract: Improved cover garment is disclosed providing an inner garment access option. For applications requiring a high degree of barrierness, openings are not desired, and the garment is used in its original condition. For other applications where it is desired to obtain access to an inner garment, a weakened line is provided adjacent at least one area of the inner garment where access may be desired. By application of stress to the area of the weakened line, the garment material separates providing a hand hole. The material from which the garment is made is preferable a nonwoven fabric containing thermoplastic fibers, and the weakened line is preferably formed by application of heat and pressure. Garments of the invention find applications as cover garments for clean rooms, hospitals and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1984
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1987
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clarke Corporation
    Inventors: Lynn E. Heyn, Malcolm L. Johnson, Danial O. Fischer
  • Patent number: 4707861
    Abstract: A protective device for protecting a person from battery-following assault. The device comprises: a sturdy, rigid, elongated plate; a sheath surrounding the plate and made of a shock-dampening material; straps to releasably connect the palte sheath to a limb of the person and extending transversely of the longitudinal axis of the plate; and a pair of resilient, spaced, parallel rods fixedly mounted to the exterior face of the plate sheath, and extending longitudinally thereof to hold in position a rigid combat stick releasably engaged between said rods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1987
    Inventors: Fernand Lavoie, Yves Lepine
  • Patent number: 4707862
    Abstract: A garment for use as either a short jacket or a long coat is provided with a circumferential lower extension portion that is detachable from the upper jacket portion. The lower extension portion may also be folded and secured to the inside back jacket panel, preventing unsightly bulkiness in the front and sides of the jacket when the extension portion is in a folded position and the garment is worn as a short jacket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1987
    Assignee: Ashley Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventor: Terry L. Gerber
  • Patent number: 4706675
    Abstract: The invention is a garment to support and to clothe portions of the body during energetic activities such as motorcross riding. The support function is commonly referred to as a kidney belt that includes a riding brace element and a pair of flexible straps attached to and extending from the brace element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1986
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1987
    Assignee: The Gold Belt Line, Inc.
    Inventor: David L. Ekins
  • Patent number: 4706303
    Abstract: The present invention provides a protective garment which comprises a base sheet member having a neck opening aperture formed in a selected neckband section thereof. A neck elastic member is located in an overlying relation with a selected portion of the neckband section and is positioned at least partially adjacent to the neck opening aperture. An attaching mechanism secures the elastic member to the neckband section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1986
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1987
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Corporation
    Inventors: Paul T. Van Gompel, Jody D. Suprise, Jacqueline A. Gross
  • Patent number: 4706304
    Abstract: An elongated, tubular, flexible garment is described which has open ends and a longitudinal centrally located opening in the wall of the tubular garment. The garment is adapted to fit over the arms and across the shoulders of a person wearing the garment. If desired, elastic cuff members may be included on the open ends of the tubular garment. The garment is adapted to keep a person's arms warm without restricting movement of the arms in any way. The garment is useful in various sporting activities (e.g., golfing, skiing, exercising, etc.) or working activity where free arm movement is required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 1986
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1987
    Inventor: David J. Jones
  • Patent number: 4704745
    Abstract: A fastener device attached to the shoulder strap of a foundation garment, such as a brassiere, for securing the undersurface of an overlying outer garment worn over the shoulder straps to conceal the shoulder strap from view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1987
    Inventor: Phyllis E. Reaver
  • Patent number: 4701964
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are provided for applying a thermoplastic adhesive to a portion of a garment in a predetermined pattern. The portion of the garment is initially loaded onto a conveyor device through a loading fixture and a powdered adhesive is screen printed onto said portion in a predetermined pattern. The adhesive is cured in a drying oven and permitted to cool. A cover panel is then placed over the adhesive and the cover panel is fused to that portion of the garment at elevated temperature and pressure. The resultant garment, preferably a woman's undergarment, possesses the combination of unique control, support, shape and aesthetic characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1986
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1987
    Assignee: International Playtex, Inc.
    Inventors: James Prunesti, William D. Bell, Jane P. Gannaway, Dolores O'Boyle, Anthony Tedeschi