Patents Examined by Werner H. Schroeder
  • Patent number: 5913405
    Abstract: A child body protector formed of polyurethane foam in an oval shape in the design of a ladybug on its outer surface which has straps to strap onto the back of a child in order to provide cushioning from a fall which may occur while a child is learning to walk. The outer image on the protector provides amusement to the child.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1999
    Inventor: Francisco Bordier
  • Patent number: 5303424
    Abstract: A boxer-type swim suit for a water skier in which the suit has at least one rear panel, a liner attached thereto along a waistband, a band attached to the rear panel and an elongated strip having its upper edge joined to the rear panel and its lower edge joined to the liner. The elongated strip and band define opposing sides of a vent which extends across substantially the entire width of the rear portion of the swim suit. The vent allows first water and then air to escape which would otherwise be trapped below the waistband of a water skier's swim suit. Both the strip and band are disposed generally parallel to an edge of the waistband and proximate thereto and are joined to each other along a plurality of junctures situated between the ends of the band. Disposed generally perpendicularly to the waistband, contiguous pairs of these junctures are spaced sufficiently apart from each other to allow either water or air to flow substantially unimpeded through the vent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 19, 1994
    Inventor: Hendrick L. Cromartie
  • Patent number: 5263200
    Abstract: An eye protector having a body with an upper edge, a lower edge and an arcuate portion extending between the upper and lower edges. The body is dimensioned to fit over the eye so that, in doing so, the upper edge is positioned closely adjacent and above the eye while the lower edge is positioned closely adjacent and below the eye. The body is constructed so that the weight of the body between a midline extending across the arcuate section and the top edge of the body is greater than the remainder of the body. In addition, a plurality of spaced ridges extend outwardly from the anterior surface of the arcuate section which form cooling fins to cool the body. Ventilation holes are also formed in opposite lateral sides of the protector for cooling of the eyeball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1989
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1993
    Assignee: Cool Eyes, Inc.
    Inventor: Anne Miller
  • Patent number: 5255392
    Abstract: A concealed pocket assembly, and more particularly, a concealed pocket assembly which can be incorporated into swim wear, beach wear, active wear, exercise wear and related articles. The concealed pocket assembly is generally provided for incorporation into clothing. The concealed pocket assembly includes a pocket member attached to a fabric portion adjacent an edge of the opening of the pocket and in association with a lining portion of the garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1993
    Assignee: Vacco Corporation
    Inventor: Thelma E. Stanislaw
  • Patent number: 5228142
    Abstract: A glove-shaped overwrap of, e.g, cotton has finger portions which extend radially outwardly from a central hand portion. Ravel-stop means, e.g. baste stitches, encircle each of the finger portions adjacent the hand portion. A drawstring or other means permits the overwrap to be secured about the patient's wrist.Where a patient's finger is to be bandaged or medicated, the other finger portions are severed from the hand portion. The finger is bandaged or medicated and the overwrap is then put on the bandaged or medicated hand so that the bandaged or medicated finger is covered by the unsevered finger portion of the overwrap. The drawstring is tied around the patient's wrist. The invention facilitates bandaging and medication of, e.g., infant fingers and hands, since infants tolerate the overwrap well and can neither remove the bandage from the finger nor eat or otherwise remove the medication from it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1993
    Inventor: Rebecca Yoswein-McGreen
  • Patent number: 5226193
    Abstract: A child's sleeping garment including an envelope, a pillow detachably associated with upper edges of the envelope, an elongating bag detachably associated with lower edges of the envelope for elongating the length thereof, and two sleeves detachably secured to the envelope, wherein the envelope has a front wall, a rear wall, a neck opening formed at upper edge of the envelope and two arm openings respectively formed on two side edges thereof, the front wall of the envelope being divided into two flaps which are detachably connected by a zipper whereby a child or an infant in the envelope can be kept warm and comfortable without any possibility of strangling himself through his turning movements in sleep, the sleeping garment permitting the child to do free movement of the legs and arms without being entangled and exposed to cold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1993
    Inventor: Yen-Chu Chen
  • Patent number: 5216901
    Abstract: The invention provides a compound needle for knitting machines which is capable of winding a loop around another loop.The compound needle has a needle body (2) with a hook (5) at its tip, and a slider (3) fitted in the body (2) and slidable longitudinally thereof for opening and closing the hook (5). The slider (3) has a recessed portion (13) for engaging a knitting yarn, and a pivotable latch (16) for opening and closing the recessed portion.The hook (5) and the recessed portion (13) are opened and closed as controlled by controlling the movement of the needle body (2) and the slider (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 8, 1993
    Assignee: Gunze Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Toshihiko Okada
  • Patent number: 5216758
    Abstract: A sports helmet face mask attachment which reduces intentional or unintentional face mask grabbing and thus reduces head or neck injuries. A light weight, perforated strip of flexible material is stretched across wire members of the face mask, closing off the openings between wire members of the lower portion of the face mask, leaving uncovered the opening or openings at eye level. Closing off the openings located on the lower portion of the face mask make it impossible for an opponent to grab that portion of the mask and cause injury by violent pulling or twisting. The attachment can be secured to the wire members of the face mask by snaps, ties, or other means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 8, 1993
    Inventor: William A. Rabquer
  • Patent number: 5212858
    Abstract: An apparatus for capturing and stabilizing yarn prior to interweaving thereof. The apparatus is comprised of a generally tubular body having an open end, an open side and a generally vertical slot which extends between the open side and the open end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 25, 1993
    Assignee: Asten Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Larry D. Anderson
  • Patent number: 5209084
    Abstract: A weft knitted double-jersey fabric is knitted in a construction of repeating groups of courses in which some courses have loops pulled to both fabric faces and some courses have loops pulled to one fabric face and are transversed by yarn regions which extend across at least two wales and up to seven or more wales. The yarn feed to the needle beds of the knitting machine is limited to no more than 4.0 cm/cm of bed length over which the fabric is knitted in courses in which loops are pulled to both faces of the fabric and to no more than 2.0 cm/cm of bed length, preferable no more than 1.8 cm/cm, in courses in which loops are pulled to one face of the fabric. The fabric has an extensibility of no more than 12% in wale and course directions. It is knitted with a high count yarn of 550 to 850 decitex which may be an air-textured polyester yarn. It is suitable for use as upholstery fabric particularly in the form of a vehicle seat upholstery cover which may be shaped to fit the seat in the knitting process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 11, 1993
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Frank Robinson, Gerald F. Day
  • Patent number: 5206956
    Abstract: A one-piece protective face shield intended primarily for use by health care professionals to reduce the transmission of infectious diseases carried by viral and bacterial emissions from the noses and throats of afflicted patients. The protective face shield comprises a generally flat semi-rigid transparent sheet which may be bent into a semi-cylindrical face-covering shape and suspended from the bows of the frames of the eyeglasses of the user. A pair of integral bow-engaging clips are provided adjacent to the top end edges of the transparent sheet. The transparent sheet clipped to the eyeglass bows is closely spaced from the user's face and forms a barrier to the transmission of disease causing organisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1993
    Inventor: David V. Olson
  • Patent number: 5201078
    Abstract: Shoulder pad and bra strap apparatus includes two foldable portions for locking the bra strap in place over a cushion element. In one embodiment, there is a primary cushion only for the bra strap, with a very thin secondary pad for a shoulder pad. A second embodiment, a relatively thick shoulder pad is provided. The shoulder pad may be tapered, if desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1993
    Inventor: Ardella R. Melton
  • Patent number: 5201443
    Abstract: A garment hanger and toy combination comprises a head and body disposed along a longitudinal axis and limbs extending outwardly from the body transversely of the axis. Support means are provided for hanging the combination and the support means is is extendible outwardly from a recess within a top portion of the head when the combination is to be used as a garment hanger, and is retractable into the recess when the combination is to be used as a toy. Movement of the support means is along the axis and is limited to axial movement only, with negligible rotational movement. Preferably, the support means is subjected to an outwardly directed resilient force, and the support means can be latched with a latch structure against the outwardly directed force to hold the support means retracted. The latch structure can be released by direct application of a force to a lower portion of the body, or alternatively can be released by bending the limb sufficiently to release the latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1993
    Inventor: Walter A. Oswald
  • Patent number: 5201198
    Abstract: A slider needle for knitting machines has a needle body (1) with a hook (2), a slider (3) arranged to move in the needle body (1) and a swinging member articulated on the needle body (1) behind the hook (2). To avoid excessive travel when forming a stitch and to ensure the separation between the old stitch and the strand newly fed in, there is a spring (10) in the needle body which causes the swinging the member (4) to move away from the hook (2) so that one lateral edge (7) of the swinging member (4) is almost vertical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1993
    Assignee: Universal Maschinenfabrik Dr. Rudolf Schieber GmbH & Co.
    Inventor: Gottfried Kuhnert
  • Patent number: 5201076
    Abstract: A v-shaped wedge design fashion trim article designed to conform and attach to the apex of necktie through a crimping process, thereby not damaging the attached necktie material as occurs with other such necktie trim articles and attachment processes; compromising a v-shaped wedge design enclosure formed of a front plate with bent-up and over side sections and a back plate spaced from the front plate for receiving therebetween the apex of a necktie.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1993
    Inventor: Edward J. Schemine, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5199364
    Abstract: A sewing machine having two bordering guides (11, 16) that are used to apply two different ribbon-like trimmings to a workpiece. The first bordering guide (11) is mounted on a machine bed (2) and oscillatable about a vertical axis spaced apart sideways from the working position located in front of a machine presser foot. The second bordering guide (16) is mounted on the machine bed (2) and oscillatable about a horizontal axis arranged at right angles to a workpiece advancing direction and below the working position. Each of the first and second bordering guides is moved from a rest position to a working position located before the presser foot so that they reach the working position alternately with the other while the stitching operation is being carried out.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1993
    Assignee: Rimoldi, S.R.L.
    Inventors: Robert F. I. Conte, Angiolicchio Raffaele
  • Patent number: 5197639
    Abstract: A hanger having an elongated arcuate body defining two arms and a hook member rigidly attached to its center. Upper and lower supporting straps are provided as well as loops for removably receiving built-in clip members for holding garments. The supporting straps are provided with Velcro.TM. pad terminations and cooperatively mating counterparts rigidly secured to the underside and upperside of the body of the hanger. Aromatic or scented material is contained within a fabric covering the body of the hanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1993
    Inventors: Rafael Jerman, Vivian L. Ruiz
  • Patent number: 5193225
    Abstract: An elastic band comprising a plurality of spaced elastic members and a pair of flexible sheet materials on opposed sides of the elastic members, the elastic members being secured in a stretched position to each of said flexible sheet materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1993
    Assignee: Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company
    Inventors: Hamzeh Karami, Ronald F. Vitaris
  • Patent number: 5189769
    Abstract: A method of making a multi-layer non-woven multiple biased fabric is disclosed. A layer of fabric is directed in a longitudinal direction of travel, wherein the layer of fabric is comprised of a plurality of structural fibers oriented substantially parallel to each other and oriented at an angle to the longitudinal center line of the fabric. The layer of fabric may or may not be previously biased. If not previously biased, then the structural yarns of the fabric are biased in a biasing stage to form a layer of single bias structural fabric having the structural fibers biased to the fabric centerline. The single biased fabric layer is led into at least one folding stage for folding the biased layer longitudinally from one edge toward another to form a multiple biased fabric. The multiple biased fabric is led from the at least one folding stage into an affixing stage for affixing the multiple biased fabric together to provide a single structural fabric being multiple biased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1993
    Assignee: Bay Mills Limited
    Inventor: Roy Shoesmith
  • Patent number: 5189736
    Abstract: A support garment for use during exercise. A front panel is connected to a left rear panel and a right rear panel. A left front panel strap is adapted to be connected to a left rear panel strap, and a right front panel strap is adapted to be connected to a right rear panel strap. A belt is connected to the rear of the garment at approximately the center thereof. The garment enables the wearer's shoulders to provide support to the lower back and gluteal/pelvic area by pulling upward from the shoulders. The two ends of the belt are pulled forward and upward and fastened at the approximately the waist of the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1993
    Inventor: Lisa N. Price