Finger Cots Or Protectors Patents (Class 2/21)
  • Patent number: 10583950
    Abstract: A device including: a finger guard implement, wherein the finger guard implement is configured to protect a finger from a needle injury of a tagging gun for attaching tags to a piece of clothing, apparel or garment; a central guard section, wherein the central guard section is configured to impenetrable by the needle; a central guard top portion, in which a silicone material is molded on the central guard top portion, wherein the silicone material is configured to allow the needle to pass through, thereby, attaching tags to clothing, apparel or garment; and a bar portion, wherein the bar portion is configured to secure the finger guard implement to the finger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Inventor: Lawrence Courtney
  • Patent number: 10463193
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an outdoor cookware lid including a suction handle, and more particularly, to an outdoor cookware lid including a suction handle that is easily attachable using a suction plate and easily detachable to reduce the volume of the outdoor cookware lid when carrying the outdoor cookware lid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: POKETDREAM INC.
    Inventor: Kuen Sik Oh
  • Patent number: 10441009
    Abstract: A fingertip protector having a flexible cover with a top contacting surface and a bottom gripping surface. A lip is attached to the flexible cover so as to define the contacting surface and a strap is attached on both of its ends to the flexible cover. The contacting surface is sized and shaped to fit on a tip of a finger and the strap is configured to wrap around a finger to assist in securing the contacting surface on the tip of the finger. The flexible cover is comprised of a heat-resistant elastomer. The contacting surface contacts the tip of a finger while the lip engages that tip to assist maintaining the finger and thumb tip protector in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Inventor: Cheryl A. Ivany
  • Patent number: 10258123
    Abstract: A holder for a personal computing device (PCD) and method for allowing a user of a PCD to securely hold the PCD with a single finger; to selectively position his or her thumb horizontally, vertically, angularly, and a desired distance away from the PCD, when holding the PCD to more easily reach any point on the touchscreen with the thumb on his same hand without ever needing to resort to using his other hand; and allowing the user, in the alternative, to rest the PCD on a flat surface, such as to read articles or watch videos, and prop the PCD up at a multitude of angles, in both landscape and portrait orientations depending on whether the flat surface is high or low and whether the user is sitting or standing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventor: Kelly W. Cunningham
  • Patent number: 10231527
    Abstract: A nail covering for protecting one or more fingers or toenails from the harmful effects of dust and dirt includes a thin sheet of silicone, shaped and dimensioned to cover the nail. In a preferred embodiment, the thin sheet of silicone is shaped and dimensioned to cover the nail but not any surrounding flesh. In another preferred embodiment, the thin sheet of silicone has an adhesive backing for attaching the thin sheet of silicone to the nail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventor: Jennifer D. Davis
  • Patent number: 10190845
    Abstract: A pin pusher for firearms has a resilient generally annular split ring body adapted to encompass and resiliently compress about a periphery of at least one human phalange. At least one wing is provided at a first terminal end of the split ring, and a yoke is provided at a second terminal end of the split ring. A pin punch is affixed on a first end with, supported by, and extends radially from the finger ring. The pin punch is adapted to contact and transfer force to and thereby move a removable firearm pin relative to a firearm. A threaded removable punch tip terminates the pin punch distal to the finger ring and is adapted to engage with the removable firearm pin. A mirror is removably coupled to at least one of the finger ring and pin punch adjacent to a junction between the finger ring and pin punch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventor: Bradley S. Olson
  • Patent number: 10136686
    Abstract: A device adapted for handling slippery objects, such as peeled vegetables, is disclosed. The device can include a first finger cover; a second finger cover, in which each of the first and second finger covers includes an outer surface defining an inner volume having an open end; a strap coupling a first side of the first finger cover to a first side of the second finger cover; and a gripping surface formed on at least a portion of at least one of the first finger cover or the second finger cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: OMNI CREATIONS, LLC
    Inventor: Patricia Savides
  • Patent number: 10118306
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to a wearable cutting device. Specifically, the present invention relates to a cutting device that can be worn over the finger, so that simply by movement of the finger, cutting action may occur upon contact with a surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventors: Thomas John Scimone, Scot Herbst, Hailey Ann Scimone, William Whitfield Hunter, Robert Joseph Gallegos
  • Patent number: 9915488
    Abstract: A thumb mounted ammunition loader engages a digit, preferably a thumb, of the user's hand to protect the digit while loading ammunition into a magazine. The thumb mounted ammunition loader additionally maintains traction to the pressure applied to the ammunition, as the thumb mounted ammunition loader provides a barrier to depositing skin oil onto the ammunition. The thumb mounted ammunition loader includes a digit-mounting tube, a digit-receiving opening, a distal-closed end, and at least one joint-accommodating aperture. The digit-mounting tube engages the digit. The digit-receiving opening allows the digit to be inserted into the digit-mounting tube. The distal-closed end interfaces with the ammunition as the user applies pressure to the ammunition through the distal-closed end. The at least one joint-accommodating aperture provides flexibility of the thumb mounted ammunition loader for the user to maintain range of motion of the digit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Inventors: Henry Daniel Valdez, Joanne Maynard
  • Patent number: 9839243
    Abstract: A protective guard for protecting a body joint, the protective guard comprising: a first body having a first end and a second end; a second body having a first end and a second end, the second body rotatably connected to the first body at the second end of the first body, the first body and the second body defining an opening therebetween; and an extension member that extends distally from the first body towards the second body across the opening, wherein the extension member has a curvilinear profile with an apex aligned with the body joint. The extension member allows movement of the body joint while protecting the joint from direct impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Inventor: Corey Wulf
  • Patent number: 9723879
    Abstract: Finger sheaths provide individual finger coverings. The individual finger coverings prevent the transfer of germs, dirt, and other residual and harmful elements onto the user's fingers when contacting exposed surfaces or items as well as their transfer from the user's fingers to the user's mouth while eating finger foods. The individual finger coverings further prevent the transfer of residual elements from the finger food onto the user's fingers. The finger sheaths have a non-permeable organic composition that does no impart undesired tastes. The finger sheaths can be incorporated with antimicrobial, antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties about the outside surface and a sanitizing gel on the inside surface. The finger sheaths can be incorporated with custom flavorings and imprinted with digestible dyes to present custom patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: SUMVIA, LLC
    Inventor: Peter Delgrosso
  • Patent number: 9572333
    Abstract: A resiliently flexible grip for fishing rods has a hollow tubular main body and includes a retaining band that wraps around the fishing rod, which keeps the flexible grip fixed to a trigger of a fishing rod. The main body conforms to any shape of the trigger and compresses uniformly to provide a custom fit on the trigger. The grip, during use, compresses and conforms to the individual user's finger and hands providing comfort while fishing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Inventor: Loren Pernell Jenkins
  • Patent number: 9439461
    Abstract: A finger protecting device protects fingertips of a user from soreness and supports a wrist of the user while knitting. The device includes a band configured for positioning around a wrist of a user. A pair of finger guards is provided. Each of the finger guards has a top edge and a perimeter wall extending downwardly from the top edge. Each of the top edges and the perimeter walls define an interior space of the finger guards wherein the finger guards are configured for positioning over a thumb and an index finger of the user. A pair of straps is provided. Each of the straps couples the band to an associated one of the finger guards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Inventors: Arvetta Hall, Shanekia Hall
  • Patent number: 9420836
    Abstract: Finger extensions for astronaut gloves for astronaut suits are disposed in sleeves on digits of the gloves. Different embodiments for the extensions are illustrated and discussed. The sleeves are secured to the tops of the digits. The extension elements include bases disposed in the sleeves and tips at outer ends of the bases. The tips may include pads which contact elements desired to be manipulated. The extensions are pivotal with the movement of the astronaut's digits in a glove. Only a slight movement of the astronaut's digits is required to provide the required dexterity for the astronaut user to grasp, pick up, move, etc., desired elements with the extensions. Inflexible rings about the extensions are fixed to the gloves prevent reverse bending of the extensions and maintain the extensions generally parallel to the users fingers. The extensions may be fixed or extendable and retractable, as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Inventor: James R. Madden, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9330640
    Abstract: A stringed instrument playing assistance implement which can be altered and mounted on a finger, can be adjusted and make a perfect fit of a location, an angle, and a size for any sort of player's finger for preventing slippage or falling off said finger. The stringed instrument playing assistance implement can be altered and used for a variety of string picking techniques. The stringed instrument playing assistance implement is employed when playing a stringed instrument by picking the strings thereof and includes a wire-shaped member, which can be altered and mounted on a finger and which is capable of retaining a shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Inventor: Toshiki Tsukada
  • Patent number: 9241722
    Abstract: A surgical guide is disclosed and methods of use are disclosed. The surgical guide is adapted to receive a surgeon's finger for dissecting to a target site. The surgical guide comprises a first component defining a channel and comprising a palpating portion and a non-palpating portion disposed on an opposing side from the palpating portion. The surgical guide further comprises a second component engaged with the first component and defining a guide channel extending therethrough. The guide channel is adapted to receive a guide pin suitable for insertion to the target site such that the guide pin is carried adjacent the non-palpating portion of the first component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.
    Inventor: Kidong Yu
  • Patent number: 9084690
    Abstract: This invention relates to aid devices for assisting people inhibited in their movement of especially the hands and/or wrists, such as people who are physically impaired due to arthritis, injury, or other physiological problems giving reduced strength. This is solved by introducing an aid tool comprising at least two grippers and means to attach each gripper to a finger of a person, where the grippers are adapted to follow the individual finger in a movement in the direction of closing and loosen of a grip, and where an activation of the aid tool includes locking the grippers unidirectionally in the present position. The invention further introduces mounting means for attaching the aid tool to a body part, and where the mounting means comprises coupling means for detaching and attaching this and other tools according to the need.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: Invencon ApS
    Inventors: Hans Joergen Pedersen, Jesper Allan Hansen
  • Patent number: 9046318
    Abstract: An archery finger tab (10) for a bowstring is taught, which consists of a tab face (20) having an index finger portion (26), a middle and ring finger portion (28) and a U-shaped slot (30). A backing member (36) is juxtaposed beneath the tab face and has the same configuration as the tab face. A mounting plate (38) is attached jointly to a rear edge of the tab face and the backing member, with the mounting plate having plurality of strap receiving slots (32). The mounting plate has a finger spacer (44) attached beneath the U-shaped slots in the tab face and backing member, and includes a snap buckle (56) attached on top of the mounting plate. A finger retaining strap (64) is attached to the mounting plate adjacent to the mounting plate forward edge and forms an index finger loop (66), a middle finger loop (68) and a ring finger loop (70). The strap (64) ends when attached to the snap buckle (56).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Inventors: Matthew J. Zumbo, Gary S. Zumbo
  • Publication number: 20150047204
    Abstract: A thumb-mountable protective utensil system and kit comprises a protective housing, a utensil mount and one or more utensil elements, each of which may be attachable to and detachable from the mount. The housing includes a cavity configured to generally conformingly receive a tip segment of a human thumb for snug securement of the housing thereto. The system is adapted to provide protection from cuts, and can accommodate a variety of thumb sizes by incorporating one or more shim elements which are capable of being attached to and removed from the housing. Examples of variations on the utensil element may include a spiked utensil, a grater utensil and a peeler utensil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: CT USA LLC
    Inventor: Gregory Stacy
  • Patent number: 8943612
    Abstract: A sanitary finger cap including: an insertion portion having a generally cylindrical shape and adapted to be fitted to a third knuckle of a finger connected to the center of a hand or to a portion of a second knuckle of the finger; and a grasping portion connected with one side of the insertion portion as a unitary body, in a shape of a general corn or pyramid in such a manner as to become small in thickness as it goes toward the other side thereof, and adapted to be fitted to a first knuckle as the end portion of the finger or to the second knuckle of the finger so as to grasp food thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventors: Hyeon-Jin Jeong, Jeong-Tae You
  • Patent number: 8919838
    Abstract: There is disclosed an eating utensil design for providing comfortable control of certain food. A user of the utensil can grasp the utensil which has at least three digit elements for grasping food. An example of the three digit elements are in the form of three channeled compartments for receiving a person's digits or digits. Any three digits or digits can be used such as the thumb or the four other digits. The most common implementation includes using the thumb in one channel, and the index digit and the middle digit in two opposing channels. Thus an eating utensil is provided that allows comfortable and efficient manipulation of food while shielding the digits from sauces and that can be quickly and single-handedly grasped for use and released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Poi Domani Marketing Products, LLC
    Inventors: Eric Zimmermann, Daniel J. Ferrara
  • Patent number: 8887314
    Abstract: The invention (C-Hold Safety Device) is designed to overcome the risk (e.g., needle sticks) currently associated with obtaining blood samples or inserting IV needles using C-Hold and other similar vein or arterial needle penetration procedures. The invention thus overcomes the reason for the prohibition of otherwise safe and efficient procedures for medical needle insertions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: The Cleveland Clinic Foundation
    Inventor: Pamela Lynn Bormann-Early
  • Publication number: 20140331377
    Abstract: A protective finger device for use with electronic devices comprising a sleeve to cover a distal portion of a wearer's finger; an opening at an end of the sleeve, where the opening receives the wearer's finger; a tip at an opposing end of the sleeve from the opening, where the tip envelops the wearer's fingertip; and a plurality of holes along the sleeve, where the plurality of holes allow air to pass through the sleeve. The protective finger device is made from a breathable, antimicrobial material to provide a barrier between the wearer's finger and the electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventor: Louise Taylor-Lopez
  • Patent number: 8869806
    Abstract: A device and method for protecting the nails on a hand or foot from discoloration during a skin tanning process. The device is a one-piece “nail glove” configured to only cover the distal ends of the fingers or toes, while leaving the rest of the hand or foot exposed for the skin tanning process. The glove, which may be produced in the form of a low-cost disposable unit, is made from one or more materials, preferably UV resistant, and in some embodiments also biodegradable. The glove will be applied to the tips of the fingers or toes prior to the skin tanning process, kept on during the skin tanning process, and then removed afterwards. Various low cost materials and methods of producing and dispensing the device are also taught.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: Denise Cecile Eccher
  • Patent number: 8864698
    Abstract: An injured musculoskeletal structure is mobilized relative to a juxtaposing support structure surface to isolate the injured musculoskeletal structure from forces transferred from adjoining musculoskeletal structures in order to alleviate pain, discomfort, inflammation, and further injury associated with such transferred forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Inventor: J. W. Barry Bruckmann
  • Publication number: 20140304879
    Abstract: Protective element or attachment to place on a glove finger, consisting in a resistant, hard piece with a half-round shape, closed at its end and open at the opposite end and partly on its lateral sides. Moreover, said element has its top part in the shape of an elongated semicircle connected to a half-ring. Additionally, the safety glove having at least one protective element located at the top dorsal part of one of the glove fingers is described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventor: Jorge Ruben Sgombich Perez
  • Patent number: 8856963
    Abstract: A finger protector includes: a pad; a protective layer disposed along the outer surface of the pad; one or more suture-engaging mechanisms disposed on the outer surface of the protective layer; and one or more securing mechanisms adapted to releasably secure the pad, protective layer, and one or more suture-engaging mechanisms to a user's finger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Sam Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: Sameer Nagda, Samir Sodha
  • Patent number: 8844080
    Abstract: A thumb-mountable protective utensil system and kit comprises a protective housing, a utensil mount and one or more utensil elements, each of which may be attachable to and detachable from the mount. The housing includes a cavity configured to generally conformingly receive a tip segment of a human thumb for snug securement of the housing thereto. The system is adapted to provide protection from cuts, and can accommodate a variety of thumb sizes by incorporating one or more shim elements which are capable of being attached to and removed from the housing. Examples of variations on the utensil element may include a spiked utensil, a grater utensil and a peeler utensil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: CT USA LLC
    Inventor: Gregory Stacy
  • Publication number: 20140215676
    Abstract: Licky Finger is a rubber tip finger attachment with small pin holes that is slid over the finger tip for use. The pin holes allow water to soak into a water retaining material located and imbedded in the finger tip pad and allows water to be extracted when needed by applying slight pressure to moisten finger tips. Licky Finger is placed in the accompanying holder for water refill and storage until ready for use. The moisture assist in the handling of paper products.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventor: Calvin Jones
  • Publication number: 20140215677
    Abstract: A digit tip protection device comprises a concave puncture-resistant member adapted to protect a pulp of a digit. The puncture resistant material is thin and flexible to avoid interfering with tactile sensation of the digit. The concave member has an adhesive layer adapted to adhere to the digit. The concave member has a first end extending over the pulp of the digit to just below a nail, a second end extending over the pulp of the digit below a first joint of the digit, and a lateral and medial edges extending along the digit. The digit tip protection device is adapted to be worn on a digit, such that the digit tip protection device substantially covers the pulp of the digit, and extends along the palmar surface of the digit below the distal interphalangeal joint.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventor: Steven D. Meltzner
  • Patent number: 8769714
    Abstract: A digit tip protection device comprises a concave puncture-resistant member adapted to protect a pulp of a user's digit. The puncture resistant material is thin and flexible to avoid interfering with the tactile sensation of the digit. The concave member has an adhesive layer adapted to adhere to the digit. The concave member has a first end extending over the pulp of the digit below the nail, a second end extending over the pulp of the digit below a first joint of the digit, and a lateral and medial edges extending along the digit. The digit tip protection device is adapted to be worn on a digit, such that the digit tip protection device substantially covers the pulp of the digit, and extends along the palmar surface of the digit below the distal interphalangeal joint. The adhesive layer may be covered with a protective layer of material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: Steven D. Meltzner
  • Patent number: 8752213
    Abstract: Touchscreen-active protective coverings for single digit or finger of a human hand and methods of using same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Inventor: Nancy W. Schrecongost
  • Publication number: 20140137306
    Abstract: A finger protector includes: a pad; a protective layer disposed along the outer surface of the pad; one or more suture-engaging mechanisms disposed on the outer surface of the protective layer; and one or more securing mechanisms adapted to releasably secure the pad, protective layer, and one or more suture-engaging mechanisms to a user's finger.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Inventors: Sameer Nagda, Samir Sodha
  • Publication number: 20140090179
    Abstract: A thumb-mountable protective utensil system and kit comprises a protective housing, a utensil mount and one or more utensil elements, each of which may be attachable to and detachable from the mount. The housing includes a cavity configured to generally conformingly receive a tip segment of a human thumb for snug securement of the housing thereto. The system is adapted to provide protection from cuts, and can accommodate a variety of thumb sizes by incorporating one or more shim elements which are capable of being attached to and removed from the housing. Examples of variations on the utensil element may include a spiked utensil, a grater utensil and a peeler utensil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Inventor: Gregory Stacy
  • Publication number: 20140068828
    Abstract: This invention provides a mitten comprising at least one finger holder, an insulation layer, and a shell layer, wherein: a. the insulation layer is positioned between the shell layer and the at least one finger holder; b. the at least finger holder is configured for placement over the back side of at least one finger; c. the shell layer comprises a flame-resistant, non-stick material, wherein said non-stick is with respect to synthetic hair in its molten state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Inventor: Virginia J. Holmes
  • Patent number: 8656513
    Abstract: A force attenuation system for a sports glove is disclosed. The force attenuation system includes a pair of foam layers surrounding a fluid-filled chamber. This configuration allows the force attenuation system to reduce forces that a hand experiences when catching a ball with the sports glove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Barry Plocher
  • Patent number: 8584684
    Abstract: A nail care or fingertip care tool is constituted by an elastic bag-like material having sufficient size to cover the nail at the fingertip and also having a liquid-absorbing member fixedly attached over an area inside the bag-like material that comes in contact with the nail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Inventor: Koji Nakamura
  • Publication number: 20130291274
    Abstract: A finger extension is disclosed for assisting a person in holding down material with a finger of the person. The finger extension may comprise a body portion and a pawl. The body extension has side flanges that extend laterally around the finger of the person. The side flanges are malleable so that a person may bend the side flanges against the person's finger so that the finger extension may be retained on the person's finger during use. The pawl extends out from the body portion. A distal tip of the pawl is used to hold down the material and allows the person to keep his or her finger away from a work head (e.g. sewing head) at a safe distance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventor: Evelyn M. Mosley
  • Patent number: 8539614
    Abstract: A billiard glove and a method of forming a billiard glove including a first finger sheath, wherein the first finger sheath is configured to cover at least a portion of a first finger, a second finger sheath, wherein the second finger sheath is configured to cover at least a portion of a second finger; and a strip having a first portion and a second portion, wherein said first portion is affixed to the first finger sheath and the second portion is attached to the second finger sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Inventor: Nancy L. Cote
  • Patent number: 8516612
    Abstract: A finger guard includes a first segment, a middle segment, a plurality of compound segments and an end segment. The first segment preferably has a unitary body with the plurality of compound segments spaced from such a first segment. The middle segment has a unitary body and may be intermediately disposed between the first and compound segments respectively. The end segment may be positioned at a distal end of the compound segments. An underlayment having a flexible body may further be attached to each of the first, middle, compound and end segments respectively. Each of the first, middle, compound and end segments may be independently displaced along mutually exclusive paths when the underlayment is displaced. The finger guard is adapted to the movements of the user finger when guiding the food to be cut and provides speed and accuracy for food cutting operations in a comfortable, safe and non-restrictive manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Inventor: Donald Lynn
  • Patent number: 8499771
    Abstract: The fingernail polish protector includes an adjustable ring portion along with a ventilated protective shield which snaps into the adjustable ring portion. The adjustable ring portion is designed to fit over the distal end of the finger of a wearer whose fingernail has been recently polished such that the ventilated protective portion overlies the fingernail thereby protecting the polish from being damaged while it dries and cures. Ventilation openings allow airflow and can be formed to be both functional and decorative. A positive stop prevents the ventilated protective shield from tilting downward onto a wet nail, while downward curved sides of the shield limit side-to-side movement which also helps prevent damaging newly polished fingernails. A plastic injection molding process allows the two interlocking portions to be formed in various sizes and colors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Inventors: Michelle Lynn Auda, Andrew John Shearer
  • Patent number: 8490215
    Abstract: The invention relates to a reinforcing element for an article of clothing, in particular for a goalkeeper glove, that allows a bending in a first direction, but resists bending in a second direction. The reinforcing element includes at least one bending area that has a curvature with a shape that allows bending of the reinforcing element in the first direction and blocks a bending of the reinforcing element in the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: adidas International Marketing B.V.
    Inventors: Detlef Mueller, Dirk Meythaler
  • Patent number: 8479749
    Abstract: This invention is a cylindrical device placed on your finger or thumb and contains a 3 piece apparatus that can be detached coming out of the cylinder wither vertically at the apex, or on the sides. There is a pick sticking directly upwards from the finger and a mini comb and a brush between 90 to 180 degrees on each end of the pick (alternative manufacturing methods). The pick is pushed into the center of the braid and will break the braid apart. The comb or brush is used to straighten the hair as the pick breaks the braid apart. The entire process, while usually performed with two hands, can be accomplished with one hand thus making the device easier, less tiring and less expensive than alternative devices currently on the market.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Inventor: Andrea Randolph
  • Publication number: 20130167282
    Abstract: According to the various features, characteristics and embodiments of the present invention which will become apparent as the description thereof proceeds, the present invention provides reusable control enhancers for the arm area, in particular the wrist and forearm, as well as control enhancing covers for conventional sports arm pads, and, reusable control enhancers for the hand, in particular the fingers of the hand, and the uses thereof, and methods thereof, intended to increase the performance in arm and/or hand task activities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Inventor: John C. Ramirez
  • Patent number: 8443462
    Abstract: Apparatus worn on the fingers similarly to gloves, to enhance grip, particularly suitable as an aid in catching sports balls. The apparatus having a sheath for each finger, which may bear a friction enhancing material on an external surface. Each sheath may be internally reinforced by members which are more resistant to bending than the constituent material of the sheath. Reinforcement members may comprise bands which extend circumferentially about sheaths or may extend axially along sheaths. Sheaths may be provided with internal elastic bands which may overlie other bands at acute angles thereto or which do not overlie other bands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Inventor: Jamelle Brian Eugene
  • Publication number: 20130117900
    Abstract: An inexpensive, practical hygienic finger protector is provided, which includes a tubular sheath having a proximal open end and a distal closed end. The open end is adapted to receive a human finger to approximately the first joint with the tip of the finger, when inserted, abutting the closed end. The finger protector further includes a knob-like protuberance imbedded into the closed end of the sheath, disposed below the downward-facing fingertip of the inserted finger. The finger protector guards against contamination by dirt or microorganisms, while allowing the wearer to input data or signatures into public data input devices such as keypads or s keypads, card readers, and signature recorders. Optionally aspects, including a keychain attachment, embedded data storage, and aesthetic cut-outs are presented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Inventor: Stephen Robb
  • Publication number: 20130117901
    Abstract: Touchscreen-active protective coverings for single digit or finger of a human hand and methods of using same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Inventor: Nancy W. Schrecongost
  • Publication number: 20130111642
    Abstract: Apparatus worn on the fingers similarly to gloves, to enhance grip, particularly suitable as an aid in catching sports balls. The apparatus comprises a sheath for each finger, which may bear a friction enhancing material on an external surface. Each sheath may be internally reinforced by members which are more resistant to bending than the constituent material of the sheath. Reinforcement members may comprise bands which extend circumferentially about sheaths or may extend axially along sheaths. Sheaths may be provided with internal elastic bands which may overlie other bands at acute angles thereto or which do not overlie other bands.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Inventor: Jamelle Brian Eugene
  • Publication number: 20130091613
    Abstract: A digit tip protection device comprises a concave puncture-resistant member adapted to protect a pulp of a user's digit. The puncture resistant material is thin and flexible to avoid interfering with the tactile sensation of the digit. The concave member has an adhesive layer adapted to adhere to the digit. The concave member has a first end extending over the pulp of the digit below the nail, a second end extending over the pulp of the digit below a first joint of the digit, and a lateral and medial edges extending along the digit. The digit tip protection device is adapted to be worn on a digit, such that the digit tip protection device substantially covers the pulp of the digit, and extends along the palmar surface of the digit below the distal interphalangeal joint. The adhesive layer may be covered with a protective layer of material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2011
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Inventor: Steven D. Meltzner
  • Patent number: 8419092
    Abstract: An eating utensil design for providing comfortable control of certain food. A user of the utensil can grasp the utensil which has at least three digit elements for grasping food. An example of the three digit elements are in the form of three channeled compartments for receiving a person's fingers or digits. Any three fingers or digits can be used such as the thumb or the four other fingers. The most common implementation includes using the thumb in one channel, and the index finger and the middle finger in two opposing channels. Thus an eating utensil is provided that allows comfortable and efficient manipulation of food while shielding the fingers from sauces and that can be quickly and single-handedly grasped for use and released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Inventors: Eric Zimmermann, Daniel J. Ferrara, Jr.