Patents Examined by Mary A. Ellis
  • Patent number: 4708003
    Abstract: Crochet tools for producing bands on a crochet galloon machine. For the production of thin bands on ten or more crochet needles (10, 10') per centimeter of width, the stems of the crochet needles (10,10') are clamped over more than half the length of the needle. A knocking-over bar (20) fastened to the machine has a free straight edge (66) which adjoins closely but without play those parts of the crochet needles (10,10') which project out of the clamp device. The crochet needles are clamped with adequate security against lateral bending. There is no friction between the crochet needles at the knocking-over bar (20). The crochet needles can be clamped in groups, so that they stiffen one another. For the feeding of elastic threads use is made of combs (6) which are displaced laterally to-and-fro relative to the crochet needles in the working rhythm, but which are disposed at a uniform height relative to the crochet needles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1986
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1987
    Inventors: Josef Berger, Johann Berger
  • Patent number: 4704744
    Abstract: A face and neck shield to be worn under a hood type dryer, involving a wide, annularly shaped band snugly fitting the head of the wearer substantially at the hair line of the wearer and deflecting most of the air exhausted from the dryer forwardly and away from the face and neck of the wearer while nevertheless providing substantial closure of the exhaust face of the hair dryer, the wide band of the shield being held in place by adjustable interconnection means in the rear portion thereof and by over-the-head band support strap means one of which runs from front-to-rear of the band, with diverging over-the-head strap means connected to the front-to-rear strap and diverging to points of attachment at the outboard edge of the band, substantially radially outwardly of the temples of the wearer, to provide positive band support thereat, the front-to-rear strap being frontally connected to the inboard edge of the band so that the front of the band over the face of the wearer, droops slightly in visor-like fashion
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1986
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1987
    Inventor: Janice L. Myers
  • Patent number: 4702020
    Abstract: A curling slider is formed from a rigid flat plate member of stainless steel which is hard chromed on an underside. The plate has upcurved side and front edges to avoid scoring of the ice. It is attached to a rigid plastics inner by rear side tabs which receive a flange of the inner and a front tab which is attached to a toe cap portion of the inner. A strap between side walls of the inner is hinged at both ends to the inner so that the rigid inner remains stationary while the shoe flexes. A heel portion can be inserted between the plate and inner. A gripper can be applied to the undersurface of the inner with the plate readily removable. The plate can be attached directly to the sole of a shoe by adhesive and a pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1986
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1987
    Inventor: Henry Kroeger
  • Patent number: 4701962
    Abstract: An adjustable, disposable eye protector is formed from an adhesive-backed ovoid to circular shaped film segment. The conical shaped eye protectors are easy to use for reducing exposure of the eyes to incident light or other potential eye irritants. When formed from polymeric film segments having low ultraviolet (UV) transmittance, the present eye protectors are used effectively to protect eyes from harmful UV radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 1985
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1987
    Assignee: Eye Pro, Inc.
    Inventor: James A. Simon
  • Patent number: 4696066
    Abstract: A detachable heatable coat liner including two front panels and a back panel joined together by a waist belt, each panel having a fire retardant layer to which is attached a length of electric resistance wire, a layer of fabric with a coating of "Teflon" positioned such that the coating lies against the resistance wire, and two outside layers of coat fabric enclosing the other two layers, a lead wire connecting all lenths of resistance wire and a plug attachable to a source of power, the liner being attachable to the coat by strips of "Velcro" fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1987
    Inventors: Joyce A. Ball, Glen W. McKettrick
  • Patent number: 4693018
    Abstract: An extendible boot is provided with an upper having a base portion and an extendible portion. The extendible portion comprises a flexible sleeve joined to the base portion by a peripherally extending joint. The sleeve is rollable from its upper end to form an annular roll at the joint to provide an unextended boot. The sleeve is unrollable from the annular roll to a higher position and thereby provides an extended boot. A cuff has a fixed end connected with one of the portions in the vicinity of the joint and is adapted to be folded over the annular roll. A hook and loop fastener or a snap fastener is provided to hold the cuff in its folded position to retain and conceal the annular roll of the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1987
    Inventors: John R. K. Maleyko, Gerald Grijak
  • Patent number: 4691390
    Abstract: A disposable headdress in which the edge of the cap fabric has been folded inward around the peripherally extending elastic cord to provide a smooth edge which contacts the wearer, and provides superior adhesion between the elastic cord and the cap fabric by utilizing an elastic cord and fabric which are coated with or made of thermoplastically compatible materials. The elastic cord and fabric are assembled by passing the fabric and the cord through a guide system which turns the fabric side edges down from a horizontal plane to a vertical plane while an edge guide lays the elastic cord under the fabric, and then turns the fabric under the cord to sandwich in the folded edge. Warm air preheaters heat the elastic cord and the fabric before completing the fabric fold around the cord. The folded edges with the cord inside pass between dual heat wheels which physically press the fabric to the cord and also seal the fabric edge to the inside of the crown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1985
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1987
    Assignee: Cellucap Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Thomas J. McKeown
  • Patent number: 4691388
    Abstract: A sport glove especially advantageous to golfers employs a diagonally-shaped opening for convenience of repeatedly placing the glove on the hand and removing it, a diagonally-shaped fastening means and a plurality of diagonally positioned elastic means sewn into the glove material on both the palm-side and knuckle-side of the glove to generate diagonally directed tension forces through the palm of the glove to improve the fit and performance of the glove during play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1987
    Assignee: Lynx Golf, Inc.
    Inventor: David D. Boone
  • Patent number: 4689900
    Abstract: An antistatic shoe including a sole having an insole and two soft antistatic projections corresponding to a medial plantar middle point and a medial calcanean point of the sole of an individual's foot. The projections are formed on the antistatic sole so as to be integrally therewith and project upwards through an insole. A charged static electricity accumulated on an individual's body and clothes is grounded to be effectively discharged through the two portions of the sole of the individual's foot. In addition, in the course of the foregoing grounding, the two portions are stimulated electrically by the electrostatic current to improve the circulation of the blood for promoting the health and development of the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1984
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1987
    Assignee: Nippon Rubber Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Tokujiro Ishibashi
  • Patent number: 4682373
    Abstract: A collapsible hat construction wherein the body and brim of the hat are capable of being folded to generally curved planar condition, and subsequently rolled to furled condition. The outer peripheral band of the hat is provided with an auxiliary strap selectively engaged with plural snap fastener components. In one condition of engagement, the strap lies upon the band to conform to the outer surface thereof. In a second condition it engages another snap fastener component to maintain the hat in furled condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1982
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1987
    Inventor: Abram Baran
  • Patent number: 4675914
    Abstract: There is provided various embodiments of a gripping glove having a plurality of spring members which are positionable to impose a selective gripping force to the fingers of a user to improve the user's grip. The gripping glove utilizes U-shaped springs which in one embodiment are sewn into the glove overlying each of the user's fingers to provide an improved gripping force. In another embodiment, the U-shaped springs are incorporated in a pocket which is affixed to the back of a glove. In a third embodiment, the U-shaped grip enhancing springs are incorporated in a pocket having a releasable fastening surface, such as Velcro, to enable springs of different force to be readily interchangeably used and removed from the glove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1987
    Inventor: Rodger Mitchell
  • Patent number: 4670914
    Abstract: An eye protector comprising a lens structure spanning a wearers eye in use, a circumambient wall member projecting rearwardly from the lens structure and spacing the lens structure from the wearers face in use while leaving a substantially clear flow path for air across an interior central zone of said eye protector, said wall member having a plurality of ventilation apertures each provided with a rearwardly angled cowl preferably 10 to 20 mm deep and set at from to to the angle of vision and each providing individually a substantially unobstructed ventilation area of at least 80 mm.sup.2 e.g. 250 mm.sup.2 and in aggregate providing a substantially unobstructed ventilation area of at least 500 mm.sup.2 e.g. 1000 mm.sup.2 each side of said central zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1987
    Assignee: National Research Development Corporation
    Inventor: Geoffrey W. Harris
  • Patent number: 4670998
    Abstract: A sports shoe, preferably for tennis includes a rigid stirrup member with a pair of first portions that extend downwardly and rearwardly, on opposite sides of the shoe, to the sole, and a second portion that extends around the back of the shoe and is connected between the first portions. The first portion on the inside part of the shoe extends over the navicular bone, and the second portion extends behind the calcaneous bone of the foot. When the first portions are fastened together, the stirrup member encapsulates the calcaneous, navicular, and talus bones to provide medio-lateral support to critical stress-bearing bones and joints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1987
    Assignee: Chesebrough-Pond's, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen M. Pasternak
  • Patent number: 4665717
    Abstract: A latch needle for a Raschel machine having a branch stem branched from a portion are side of the stem below the latch so as to extend downward substantially in parallel to the lateral side of the stem, and having a thickness greater than that of the stem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1987
    Assignee: Nakagawa Seisakusho Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kurokawa Atsushi
  • Patent number: 4665565
    Abstract: A pair of golf gloves each having loop and pile fastener strips attached to the outer ends of the last three fingers (middle, ring and small finger) and a cooperating loop and pile fastener strip attached to the palm of the golf glove running diagonal across the palm of the hand commencing adjacent to the thumb and running diagonal to the outer midpoint of the heel of the palm so that, when the golfer assumes the grip, the cooperating fastener strips engage each other and firmly lock each contact point in each hand of the golfer's grip to the corresponding contact point of the opposite hand. Each glove further includes loop and pile fastener strips on the back side of both the thumb and the first/second finger junction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1987
    Inventor: Terrance J. Odom
  • Patent number: 4662088
    Abstract: A pad (30) for the protection and support of the Achilles tendon of the foot is provided for an over-the-ankle shoe (10). The pad (30) is formed of resiliently yieldable material and is disposed between the exterior upper (26) of the shoe and an interior linear (28). The pad (30) extends vertically from the top (38) of the shoe downward sufficiently to cover the most exteriorly prominent section of the Achilles tendon, and extends horizontally at least far enough to protect the Achilles tendon from strain or injury, while allowing for flexure of same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1985
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1987
    Assignee: Autry Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: James C. Autry, Yung-Ho Lin
  • Patent number: 4662007
    Abstract: A cap structure suitable for multi-size utilization including a shell forming the crown portion with the gores forming the lateral and rear portions being fabricated from generally uniaxially stretchable fabric. The visor portion is secured to the non-stretch gores disposed along the forward edge of the shell, and an elongated band forming an ear flap portion is secured to the base of the shell. The forwardly disposed gores are preferably backed with a foam layer to provide a degree of rigidity to the structure. The ear flap portion is adapted to be folded inwardly and upwardly in a first disposition, and downwardly about the ears of the wearer in an ear-enveloping disposition, with the ear flap portion being fabricated from a material which is stretchable along the axial length thereof. A stitching seam is provided to secure the ear flap portion to the crown portion, and with the positioning of the stitches coupling the crown portion to the ear flap portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1987
    Assignee: M. U. Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: William S. Lipkin
  • Patent number: 4660305
    Abstract: A tap for attachment to a tap dancing shoe is disclosed. The tap includes pickup means for converting the mechanical vibrational energy generated by the tap striking the floor into a substantially undistorted electrical signal suitable for remote processing and amplification. Also disclosed is a wireless radio transmission system adapted to be carried by a dancer using the shoe whereby the electrical signals picked up by the pickup means are transmitted to a remote receiver/amplifier unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1985
    Date of Patent: April 28, 1987
    Inventors: Charles E. Medler, Terry C. McInturff
  • Patent number: 4660229
    Abstract: A water-tight ear enclosure having a water-impervious membrane secured to a flexible, inelastic strip about a portion of an opening in the membrane and an elastic strip secured to opposite ends of the flexible, inelastic strip and to the remaining portions of the opening in the membrane. The strip is formed of a thin, polymeric material in a J shape which is adapted to be received in front of the tragus of the ear and below and behind the lobule of the ear. The elastic strip is adapted to extend around the back of the external ear and in one embodiment includes an extension extending below the ear to form a secondary seal. The flexible, inelastic strip includes an adhesive for attaching the strip to the skin of a person adjacent the ear. The membrane is a flexible plastic film. The seal is established by the combination of the adhesively secured plastic strip and the inward biasing force of the elastic strip bearing upon the back of the external ear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1985
    Date of Patent: April 28, 1987
    Inventor: Paul W. Harris
  • Patent number: 4658515
    Abstract: A heat retention insole for shoes comprises a laminated structure incorporating a flexible plastic bottom sheet, a similar flexible plastic upper sheet, and a spacer sheet formed primarily of foamed organic plastic material. The spacer sheet is provided with large area apertures defined by bars extending transversely between portions of a perimetral band portion. The large area apertures are loosely filled with particles of insulating plastic material, thus assuring that the top and bottom sheets are maintained in spaced relationship even when subjected to foot pressure. The outer surfaces of the insole are preferably provided with a heat reflecting coating or film to minimize the loss of heat from the foot by radiation and reflect any such radiated heat back into the foot of the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1985
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1987
    Inventor: Donald S. Oatman