Patents Examined by Rodney M. Lindsey
  • Patent number: 7254843
    Abstract: An impact absorbing, modular helmet that uses impact absorbing layers outside the hard casing of the helmet to prevent and/or reduce injury to the user is described. The protective layers on the outer side of the hard casing increase the time of impact and thereby reduces the intensity of the impact forces to reduce their injury potential. The outermost layer would preferably be made of lightweight yet rigid, durable material made of polymers, composites or metal alloys with a low friction coefficient. Subsequent layers may be made up of a polymer honeycombed structure and a uniformly consistent impact absorbing polymer material. These impact-absorbing layers may also be made and used as an independent, detachable, external protective cover that may be attached universally over hard casing helmets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Inventor: Srikrishna Talluri
  • Patent number: 7251841
    Abstract: The integrated facemask firefighting hood packing system allows a hood to be packed on a facemask. This system reduces the possibility of a hood being in the way of a user when it is not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2007
    Inventor: Ralph Corsini
  • Patent number: 7246383
    Abstract: A fit adjustment mechanism for the headband of a helmet including a bridge and a buckle. The bridge has ratchet teeth extending from the exterior surface. Each of the ratchet teeth has a tapered surface, a top land, and a retention surface with an undercut face beneath the top land. Substantially flat valleys are formed on the exterior surface between each of the ratchet teeth. The buckle includes a clasp that is resiliently and integrally formed on the exterior surface of the base. The clasp has a pawl having an engagement surface so formed to engage the undercut face of the ratchet teeth retention surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Assignee: Bell Sports, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael J. Musal
  • Patent number: 7243378
    Abstract: A helmet for protecting the head having a rigid shell that includes a body, made of an expanded polystyrene type of material, for example, molded over an outer skin, the shell further including a rigid arch device, the arch device includes a headband applied to the shell, each of the ends of the headband being equipped with an ear-covering part. The ear-covering parts can include a foam cushion covered by fabric. The arch device can have two wings which cover the ear-covering parts and which extend the headband and which can also be provided with a chin guard joining the two wings together. The arch device can be either glued or releasably attached to the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2007
    Assignee: Salomon S.A.
    Inventors: Pierre Desarmaux, Hervé Favre-Felix
  • Patent number: 7240376
    Abstract: The present invention provides a sports helmet, such as a football, hockey, lacrosse or baseball helmet. The helmet includes a shell having an outer surface, a front region, a rear region, and two side regions. A jaw flap extends from each ear flap towards the front region of the shell, wherein the jaw flap overlies an extent of a mandible of a wearer of the helmet. A crown, defined by a raised band of the shell, extends between the front and rear regions of the shell. The crown has a front portion that is flush with the outer surface at the front region of the shell, and an intermediate portion raised from the outer surface of the side regions of the shell. The crown also has a rear portion that is flush with the outer surface at the rear region of the shell. The width of the crown increases from the front portion to the rear portion. The helmet shell includes at least one vent opening, which may be located in the crown or proximate thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2007
    Assignee: Riddell, Inc.
    Inventors: Thad M. Ide, Ralph J. Infusino, Nelson Kraemer, Christopher R. P. Withnall, Timothy D. Bayne
  • Patent number: 7228571
    Abstract: A method of making a helmet comprises the steps of cutting a plurality of substantially rectangular, preferably square, blanks from a sheet of resin-impregnated fabric, making curved cuts (1) in each blank to form a crown portion (5) and lobe portions (3) therefrom, arranging a stack of said sheets into a helmet preform such that the lobe portions of any blank partially overlap adjacent lobe portions of the same blank, and molding the helmet from the preform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Assignee: NP Aerospace Limited
    Inventor: Martin Cheese
  • Patent number: 7225811
    Abstract: To this end, the present invention comprises a headgear apparatus comprising a sleeve, a first strap portion and a second strap portion. The sleeve comprises a chin portion and a top portion. The top portion is integrally connected to the chin portion. The first strap portion is connected to a first part of the sleeve near the top portion. The second strap portion is connected to a second part of the sleeve near the chin portion. A nosepiece may be fastened to the headgear apparatus via the first strap portion and the second strap portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Inventors: Sherrie E. Ruiz, Antonio R. Ruiz
  • Patent number: 7225471
    Abstract: There is provided a removable optical assembly for a helmet. The removable optical assembly includes an optical device retention system and an optical device attachment assembly. The optical device retention system is adapted to couple to the helmet and has an optical device receiving portion. The optical device attachment assembly has a latching mechanism. The latching mechanism is adapted to releasably latch the optical device attachment assembly to the optical device receiving portion. The optical device retention system further has a deflection flange adjacent the optical device receiving portion for deflecting extraneous elements over the optical device receiving portion and the latching mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Assignee: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Brad Sutter, Michael Fenton
  • Patent number: 7219370
    Abstract: Pivoting helmet mounts for an optical device are provided. In one aspect, a breakaway connector which is selectively configurable between breakaway and nonbreakaway configurations is provided. In a further aspect, a strap mount system for securing the helmet mount to the helmet employs a rotating ratchet assembly to adjust tension in the strap. In another aspect, a helmet mount for an optical device comprises a track assembly attached to a helmet to allow stowing of the optical device in a further retracted position. The track mount system may further include electrical connectors for attaching a power supply and an electronic device. In another aspect, a mounting bracket allows helmet-mounted optics to be shared with a weapon accessory mount. In a further aspect, a optical sighting device for a weapon combines a reflex sight a night vision goggle to allow targeting at night or in other low-light conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Assignee: Wilcox Industries Corp.
    Inventors: James W. Teetzel, Gary M. Lemire, David G. Kent, Marion H. Van Fosson
  • Patent number: 7210174
    Abstract: A crash helmet includes a helmet body, a face mask, and a binding device for attaching the face mask to the helmet body. Thus, the face mask is mounted on and removed from the helmet body easily and rapidly by operation of the binding device, so that the crash helmet is assembled and disassembled easily and rapidly, thereby facilitating a user mounting and dismantling the crash helmet. In addition, the face mask is mounted on the helmet body by the binding device without needing a metallic spring to prevent the crash helmet from being inoperative during a long-term utilization, thereby enhancing the lifetime of the crash helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Inventor: Ping Chang Yeh
  • Patent number: 7188375
    Abstract: A multi-component and multi-layer infant protective head covering including flexible layers and extensible connections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2007
    Inventor: Norman Richard Harrington
  • Patent number: 7181776
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device to rotate a previously unrotatable receiver used with helmets, preferably aircraft helmets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Assignee: AVOX Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond M. Necci, Valentin A. Castro
  • Patent number: 7168095
    Abstract: A method of using a face protector includes providing a face protector including a lens and a face plate configured to protect the forehead, eyes, cheeks, jaw, chin, mouth, ears, and nose of a user without protecting substantially the remainder of the user's head; applying the face protector to the user's head; wearing the face protector during an activity; and removing the face protector after the activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Inventor: Jerry D. Wright
  • Patent number: 7156271
    Abstract: An end-clip for a garment hanger includes a bar having an end, and a connecting part with a first end and a second end. The connecting part is joined at the first end to and extends from the end of the bar. An arm is joined to the second end of the connecting part so that the arm extends over the bar and forms a space between the arm and the bar. An elongated pressing member is pivotally supported by the arm so that the pressing member is biased towards the bar by the arm and so that a part of the garment is receivable between the pressing member and the bar. The pressing member and the carrier member both have reinforced sections. A stop member is provided on at least one of the connecting part and the arm on a side facing the pressing member. The stop member is located above the pressing member at a distance so that the pressing member contacts the stop member when pivoted by inserting a garment between the pressing member and the bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Inventor: Henry John Louw
  • Patent number: 7152253
    Abstract: A chinstrap with a chin cup for a protective headgear that has a first side panel covering at least a portion of one side of the head of a user and a second side panel covering at least a portion of the opposite side of the head. The chinstrap includes a first free end attachment to the chin cup and extends laterally therefrom from cup and a second free end attached to the chin cup extending laterally therefrom opposite the first free end. A hook/loop fastening system is attached to the free ends of the chinstrap and chin cup whereby the free ends operatively engage the headgear and are releasable secured to the chin cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: Macho Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Abelman, Dominick Cabal
  • Patent number: 7150047
    Abstract: An indicator system and method for an auto-darkening lens or other device that is intended to be placed relatively close to the face of a wearer includes one or more indicators adjacent the lens and generally provides the indicators in the peripheral field of view of the wearer, allowing the indicators to be discerned without having to focus eye vision on them and while allowing the wearer to direct eye focus on a work piece or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2006
    Assignee: LightSwitch Safety Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: John D. Fergason
  • Patent number: 7146652
    Abstract: The present invention provides a face guard connector assembly for a sports helmet, such as a football, hockey or lacrosse helmet. The face guard includes a plurality of elongated bar members that intersect to define a grid. The connector assembly removably connects the face guard to the helmet shell. The connector assembly includes a bracket having at least one channel configured to receive a portion of the face guard. The connector assembly further includes a shock absorber assembly that distributes an impact force at the face guard to the shell in an omni-directional manner. The shock absorber assembly includes an elastomeric grommet, a bushing, and a nut, each have an opening. When aligned, the openings collectively define a passageway configured to receive a fastener that secures the connector assembly to the sports helmet. The helmet shell has opposed side portions with each side portion having a mounting aperture that receives an extent of the shock absorber assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Assignee: Riddell, Inc.
    Inventors: Thad M. Ide, Nelson Kraemer, Ralph J. Infusino
  • Patent number: 7143452
    Abstract: An elasticized, weatherproof assembly adapted to being attached to a military helmet. Foliage and the like available for the surrounding terrain may be inserted into the assembly at points over the entire helmet. The present invention also provides a face and bug net attachable to said helmet assembly. The face and bug net may be stored in a rolled up position onto the helmet assembly or deployed. In the deployed state the face and bug net is rolled down over the face and neck, thereby camouflaging the face and neck while also providing bug protection. The present invention also provides a bundle of camouflage strips stored attached to the apex of the helmet assembly. In a deployed state, the camouflage strips extend downward over the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2006
    Inventor: Michael J. Rossini
  • Patent number: 7124449
    Abstract: There is provided a protective helmet assembly that includes a shell, a suspension band, and an adjustable headband and a crown pad. The shell is constructed from at least PARA-ARAMID to provide ballistic protection. The suspension band is attached to the shell. The adjustable headband and the crown pad collectively adjust to a shape of a head of a user while maintaining the head of the user in a non-direct-contact relationship with the shell. The adjustable headband and the crown pad each have a plurality of screw less connectors for directly securing the adjustable headband and the crown pad to the suspension band without screws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Assignee: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Brad Sutter, Joseph Slivinski, Deborah Panna
  • Patent number: RE39964
    Abstract: A helmet having an outer shell defining an inwardly facing surface extending to an edge of the shell, and a lining defining an outer surface facing the inwardly facing surface of the shell, an inner surface which in use faces the head of a person wearing the helmet, and an edge surface extending between the inner and outer surfaces of the lining adjacent the edge of the shell. A strap is secured to the outer shell and extends from between the inwardly facing surface of the outer shell and the outer surface of the lining. Means such as a hook and loop fastening are provided for releasably attaching a portion of the strap immediately adjacent the lining to the edge surface of the lining, such that the strap adjacent the shell edge is pulled towards the head of the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2008
    Assignee: Charles Owen & Co. (Bow) Limited
    Inventors: Roy Burek, Geoffrey King