Patents Examined by Shirra L. Jenkins
  • Patent number: 6408445
    Abstract: A panty leg attachment device, a panty garment combined with the device, and a panty/combination leg covering garment utilizing the device enables the securement of the open end of a tubular leg covering garment to a leg opening of a panty garment. The device in one embodiment is formed from a panty inner band with first and second sides, the first inner band side affixed to the panty garment inner side and the second inner band side having securing means in the form of tape segments positioned thereon. A panty outer band having first and second sides has its second side secured to the panty garment outer side and carries a scalloped decorative edge along its perimeter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Assignee: Sara Lee Corporation
    Inventor: Diane M. Matthews
  • Patent number: 6363530
    Abstract: A bib having one or more portions which are permanently elongated. The bib can include a strainable network. The network can be formed in a laminate of a paper layer and a plastic film layer. The strainable network can have at least two visually distinct regions. The strainable network can provide improved flexibility and fit of the bib against the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2002
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Patricia Lee Lampson, Amit Gupta, Beverly Ann Julian Jackson, Richard Nicholas Reinhart, Jr., Robert Drennan Lewis, Nicholas Albert Ahr
  • Patent number: 6212688
    Abstract: A glove holder to attach firefighter's glove to their uniform to help prevent their loss, and to provide for easy access of the gloves in case of emergency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2001
    Inventor: Henry E. Leslie
  • Patent number: 6175966
    Abstract: A garment having an interior closeable pocket designed to conceal the backing of post-production embroidery on the garment. Standard embroidering equipment may be inserted into said pocket to produce a garment having a closeable pocket designed to conceal the backing of post-production embroidery on the garment. The pocket includes a closeable opening which conceals post-production embroidery and which is large enough to accommodate standard embroidering equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2001
    Assignee: Vantage Customs Classics, Inc.
    Inventor: Marc Wiesenthal
  • Patent number: 6151716
    Abstract: A roll of perforated, disposable bibs are provided, where a plurality of individual bib elements are linearly aligned in a perforated fashion. Each bib element includes a convex upper indentation protruding inward into the main planar surface at the upper boundary of the bib which mates with a concave lower protrusion extending downward from the main planar surface at a lower boundary of an adjacent bib. The concave lower protrusion functions also as a lap protective element, and the convex upper indentation aids in the formation of a neck slot perforation placed near, but slightly below the uppermost edge, and formed in a symmetric, curvilinear manner, having an upward arching lowermost point that smoothly transitions to horizontal at each end of the bib in a manner similar to the convex upper indentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2000
    Inventors: Melanie S. Patterson, Robert B. Patterson
  • Patent number: 6148447
    Abstract: A protective suit is provided for a snowmobile rider. The protective suit includes a torso portion having a front and a back. A first set of protective plates is disposed in the front of the torso portion. The protective plates of the first set of the protective plates are positioned adjacent to one another to form a flexible shield in the front of the protective suit. Similarly, a second set of protective plates is disposed in the back of the torso portion. The protective plates of the second set of protective plates are positioned adjacent to one another to form a second flexible shield in the back of the protective suit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Inventors: Dylan M. Bain, Michael J. Bain
  • Patent number: 6138278
    Abstract: A medical gown and drape are disclosed in which regions thereof are imprinted with performance enhancing coatings. The gown has regions in the chest and sleeve areas imprinted with a liquid repellent coating to protect the wearer from fluids. The drape preferably has an absorbent or super absorbent coating surrounding a fenestration through which an operation may occur. The drape may also have regions coated with water repellent or friction enhancing materials. The gown further has adhesive closures rather than ties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Assignee: Ethicon, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Taylor, Carmen A. Pinilla, Jorge Serrano, James Dennis Hart
  • Patent number: 6134712
    Abstract: An integrated assembly formed by a backpack that includes a bag having a front section to which shoulder straps are attached to form loops adapted to receive the arms of a wearer, and a raincoat having a rear panel whose upper section is joined to the front section of the bag, a separable front panel to permit the wearer to don the raincoat, and a pair of sleeves. In the passive mode of the assembly, the raincoat is folded to form a flat compact that lies against the front section of the bag and is joined thereto, the compact then being adjacent the back of the wearer of the backpack. In the active mode of the assembly, the compact is unfolded so that the raincoat then depends from the front section of the bag, the sleeves of the compact then being extended through the loops whereby when the wearer dons the raincoat and inserts his arms through the sleeves, the backpack is then carried over the raincoat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Inventor: Donald Spector
  • Patent number: 6128780
    Abstract: A bib having an improved pocket. The bib has a body panel, a pocket panel, and a third panel disposed between the body panel and the pocket panel. The third panel helps to maintain the pocket in an open configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2000
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Richard Nicholas Reinhart, Patricia Lee Lampson, Amit Gupta
  • Patent number: 6128783
    Abstract: A reversible sweater has a pair of contiguous configurations, one composed of a knit fabric and the other composed of a micro-fiber fabric. A wearer may select which side of the reversible sweater to wear outside and/or inside. If the knit side is worn outside, the sweater (1) has a conventional appearance, but (2) provides warmth which is a function of the knit configuration, and wind resistance, water resistance and vapor permeability, all of which are functions of the micro-fiber configuration. If the micro-fiber configuration is worn outside, (1) the sweater has a fluorescent and retro-reflective appearance, but provides (2) warmth which is a function of the knit configuration, and (3) wind resistance, water resistance and vapor permeability, all of which are functions of the micro-fiber configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2000
    Assignee: Blauer Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen J. Blauer, Mark A. Mordecai, Toufic G. Atallah
  • Patent number: 6128781
    Abstract: A tray and bib food catching apparatus for use in child feeding or the feeding of individuals where spilled food may be likely. The tray and bib food catching device allows food, including liquids, to be captured and retained in a pocket formed by the bib when used in conjunction with a tray. In one embodiment, the tray and the bib are integrally formed. The bib has an opening for the neck of the child or other user and has two arm openings. The arm openings are located closer to the tray than the neck opening such that when the bib is placed over the head and arms of a user, the upper arms and shoulder tend to support the fabric of the bib in an elevated position at the sides and allow the bib to sag into a pocket-like formation at the center immediately below the neck opening. The tray may also be made of a rigid material and be generally U-shaped at the edge facing the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2000
    Assignee: A. James Valliere and Stephen Spindler
    Inventor: Stephen E. Spindler
  • Patent number: 6125471
    Abstract: A bib having an area surrounding a neck opening which is permanently elongated to provide extensibility and elasticity of the neck opening. The area surrounding the neck opening can include a strainable network. The network can be formed in a laminate of a paper layer and a plastic film layer. The strainable network can have at least two visually distinct regions. The strainable network can provide a flexible and comfortable fit of the bib against a wearer's neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Amit Gupta, Patricia L. Lampson
  • Patent number: 6122771
    Abstract: An interchangeable bib having a triangularly shaped neck engaging section, a body encompassing section and a variety of ways for securing the body encompassing section to the neck engaging section. The two upper ends of a downwardly pointing isosceles triangle are joinable about the neck of the wearer to hold the bib in place, and the body encompassing section can be frequently changed to provide a clean section or a differently decorated section as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2000
    Inventors: Marjorie Cook, Kimberly Babcock
  • Patent number: 6108817
    Abstract: A novelty noisemaker and hand sign comprising a hand-shaped foam rubber body portion having a front panel and a rear panel. The invention has a vinyl plastic or other like material covering which is affixed continuously to said front panel. The rear panel contains five digit slits in a pattern such that the spectator can press his or her fingers into the slits to wear the novelty hand. The invention has an orifice in one of the comers of the bottom of said foam rubber body and a hand strap which is connected to the body through the orifice. The covering can be affixed with team logos, colors, slogans or the like such that the spectator can visually communicate his or her support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Inventor: Timothy J. Kostelac
  • Patent number: 6108819
    Abstract: Pants for use when performing work involving heavy lifting which providing removable back support to the wearer. The pants are constructed with an attachment apparatus, such as Velcro.RTM. brand hook and loop type fastener material, affixed to the waist area. A back support is also provided which has an attachment apparatus designed to fasten securely to the attachment apparatus of the pants. While attached to the pants the back support is comfortable and remains in a supportive position, yet may be easily removed when unnecessary or when cleaning the pants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Inventors: David DeBaene, Steev Panneton
  • Patent number: 6106363
    Abstract: A flexible bra-cup support for brassieres of the underwire type is formed by a length of generally helical coil spring for flexible support and improved control of flexibility in comparison with rigid or semi-rigid supports. The helix is preferably formed from a plastic material such as nylon or polyethylene. The support is held in a conventional sleeve disposed along the undercup portions of the bra. The support may have a circular cross-section or may be made in an elliptical or other shape to control its flexibility as a function of bending direction. The helical support may have a core extending along its axis. The core may be a resilient rubber or plastic material, or an axial core wire surrounded by a resilient sheath. The pitch of the helix may be uniform, but optionally varies along the length of the support to vary the spring's rigidity with position along the undercup line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Inventor: Lisa M. Werner
  • Patent number: 6105171
    Abstract: An article of apparel comprising a first segment and a second segment of substantially similar shape, each having at least two side margins parallel to a central line and at least one margin at an angle to the central line. One segment has flap extensions along selected margins for folded securement to the other segment thus forming a garment with folded external seams. In a three segment embodiment, one panel is constructed from two similarly shaped half-width segments that are overlapped to form an openable panel, with resealable closure means. In another two panel embodiment, both half width panels are partially overlapped to form a central 2-ply area, portions of which are bonded together in a region that becomes the rear panel. After rear portions of the bonded segments are folded in half over and around a transverse fold line, front and rear panels are connected with side flaps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Inventor: William P. Niedermeyer
  • Patent number: 6105170
    Abstract: A childcare vest is comprised of a central portion and first and second wing portions, each having, inner and outer surfaces. A first plurality of pockets is fixed to the outer surface of the wing portions where individual pockets are sized to accommodate childcare items, including baby bottles, utensils, eating accessories, specially packaged foods, and small toys. At least one second pocket that is large relatively to the first plurality of pockets is fixed across the outer surface of the central portion and sized to accommodate clothing accessories and to serve as a temporary holding for refuse. A third plurality of pockets is fixed to the wing portions and sized to accommodate diapers and diaper changing accessories. A resilient changing surface is carried by the central portion to provide a comfortable, stable, and sanitary surface for changing a baby at remote locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Inventors: Gregory R. Lisciandro, Stephanie C. Lisciandro
  • Patent number: 6105173
    Abstract: A sock system for providing a sock for an undyed foot portion and a detachable dyed ankle portion to reduce irritation to a user's foot suffering from a foot malady such as athlete's foot. The sock system includes a foot portion and a least one tubular leg portion. A lower end of the leg portion is detachably attachable to the foot portion around the outer periphery of an opening in the foot portion adjacent the heel end of the foot portion. The foot portion comprising an undyed flexible woven cotton material while the leg portions comprises a dyed fabric material to suit the need of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Inventor: Eugene C. Brown
  • Patent number: RE36905
    Abstract: A figure-enhancing garment, which outlines and defines a wearer's body contours in a comfortable manner, includes a pair of pants having first and second pant leg portions, a front panel portion, and a waistband with a tunnel formed therein. The first and second pant leg portions are attached to the front panel portion via first and second interconnected tunnel seams that extend divergently from the crotch area and interconnect with the waistband tunnel. A third tunnel steam interconnects with the first and second tunnel seams and the waistband tunnel while extending upwardly from the crotch portion to the waistband. An adjustable pulley system extends through the waistband tunnel and the first, second and third tunnel seams to adjust the fit of the figure enhancing garment. Alternatively, the first and second seams are simple seams without tunnels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2000
    Assignee: Noble Ideas, Inc.
    Inventors: Rhonda W. Noble, Edward J. Noble, Jr.