General Structure Patents (Class 2/243.1)
  • Patent number: 10660379
    Abstract: This document describes techniques using, and objects embodying, an interactive fabric which is configured to sense user interactions in the form of single or multi-touch-input (e.g., gestures). The interactive fabric may be integrated into a wearable interactive garment (e.g., a jacket, shirt, or pants) that is coupled (e.g., via a wired or wireless connection) to a gesture manager. The gesture manager may be implemented at the interactive garment, or remote from the interactive garment, such as at a computing device that is wirelessly paired with the interactive garment and/or at a remote cloud based service. Generally, the gesture manager recognizes user interactions to the interactive fabric, and in response, triggers various different types of functionality, such as answering a phone call, sending a text message, creating a journal entry, and so forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Ivan Poupyrev, Carsten C. Schwesig, Mustafa Emre Karagozler, Hakim K. Raja, David Scott Allmon, Gerard George Pallipuram, Shiho Fukuhara, Nan-Wei Gong
  • Patent number: 10463546
    Abstract: A disposable garment that prevents urine leakage, has superior appearance, and reduces reluctance of the wearer to wear the garment. The disposable garment (1) comprises a torso band (21) comprising a torso band opening (21a); and a chassis (20) disposed on a lower side of the torso band (21); wherein the chassis (20) comprises a stretchable composite sheet, the stretchable composite sheet being a multi-layer structure comprising a first air permeable sheet (203), a second air permeable sheet (205), and a liquid diffusion fiber sheet (201) and a linear elastic body (202) disposed between the first air permeable sheet (203) and the second air permeable sheet (205), and the chassis (20) has stretchability that imparts a pressing force against a wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Inventor: Kikuo Yamada
  • Patent number: 10208415
    Abstract: A method of fabricating pattern composite fabric pieces by an automatic pattern fabric article piece processing machine is described. A composite fabric sheet is fed in the processing machine onto a conveyor having a permeable belt under which is provided a vacuum chamber to retain the fabric sheet stationary while a laser cutter effects a programmed job function. The machine forms seam allowance flaps for the composite fabric pattern piece. A stitching or ultrasonic bonding machine also forms seams. In a further stage, printed matter may be applied to the allowance flaps. Glue may also be applied to the flaps and labels to some of the pattern fabric pieces. By interconnecting the seam allowance flaps of different fabric pieces, in a specific order, a fabric material article is produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: Ronie Reuben
  • Patent number: 9538803
    Abstract: An article of footwear incorporates a textile upper. The upper comprises a knitted component. The knitted component may be warp knitted. The knitted component has an outer side and an inner side that can have different knit configurations. The knitted component can also incorporate portions of a single layer construction and portions of a double layer construction. The double layer construction forms pockets on portions of the knitted component. Inserts can be placed into the pockets to provide support, stability, or other desired properties to the portions of the knitted component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas G. Bell, Bhupesh Dua, Julie Huffman, Amy Lyttle
  • Patent number: 9526293
    Abstract: An article of footwear incorporates a textile upper. The upper comprises a knitted component. The knitted component may be warp knitted. The knitted component has an outer side and an inner side that can have different knit configurations. The knitted component can also incorporate portions of a single layer construction and portions of a double layer construction. The double layer construction forms pockets on portions of the knitted component. Inserts can be placed into the pockets to provide support, stability, or other desired properties to the portions of the knitted component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas G. Bell, Bhupesh Dua, Julie A. Huffman, Amy Lyttle
  • Patent number: 9167871
    Abstract: A slide fastener slider has a body including an upper wing, a lower wing and a coupling pillar mutually coupling the respective upper and lower wings. The slide fastener slider has been cast molded to have a configuration where the post to which a pull is attached extends over the upper wing substantially in parallel with the upper wing, and then a logo or a pattern or the like has been engraved on the upper surface of the post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Keiichi Keyaki, Shinya Honda
  • Patent number: 9027167
    Abstract: The present disclosure refers to an elasticized structure and a method for making such an elasticized structure. The elasticized structure, includes a first piece and at least one second piece. The first piece is superimposed and fixed onto the second piece in at least a first fixing zone and at least a second fixing zone. The second piece is at least partially made of an elastic material and has an internal zone comprised between the first fixing zone and the second fixing zone. The elasticized structure is able to assume a tensioned position and a rest position. In the rest position, the first piece has a hump comprised between the first fixing zone and the second fixing zone and flat parts alongside said first fixing zone and said second fixing zone, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Dainese S.p.A.
    Inventor: Luigi Ronco
  • Publication number: 20150096106
    Abstract: A sleeve pouch may be provided. The sleeve pouch may be formed through the attachment of an elastic annular member to a sleeve member, wherein the space between the two surfaces forms a pouch capable of storing objects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: Bootaroo LLC
    Inventor: Ann Bell
  • Publication number: 20150082510
    Abstract: Embodiments are directed to a support shirt providing sleeve reinforcement regions on sleeve portions about a centerline. The centerline exists as a curvilinear axis across the support shirt. The support shirt comprises a shirt body, and shirt body sleeves positioned near the upper shirt body. The shirt body provides support for the wearer around the chest region. Sleeve portions are attached to the shirt body at the sleeve body holes. In an embodiment, the sleeve reinforcement regions comprise a length of taut material extending from the sleeve holes to an outer portion of the sleeve about the centerline. The sleeve portions extend in an outward direction relative to a frontal plane of the shirt body and in a downward direction relative to a transverse plane of the shirt body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: John Inzer
  • Publication number: 20150033450
    Abstract: A sleeve saver apparatus that is an elastomeric attachment for use with a cuff on a button-cuffed shirt and any apparel closure using a button/buttonhole closure. More particularly, the invention is directed toward modifying a traditional button-cuffed shirt so that the cuff has some elasticity to facilitate movement of the sleeve and securing it in a desired position, and lending elasticity to other apparel using button/buttonhole closures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Atul Goel
  • Publication number: 20150033449
    Abstract: A sleeve saver apparatus that is an elastomeric attachment for use with a cuff on a button-cuffed shirt and any apparel closure using a button/buttonhole closure. More particularly, the invention is directed toward modifying a traditional button-cuffed shirt so that the cuff has some elasticity to facilitate movement of the sleeve and securing it in a desired position, and lending elasticity to other apparel using button/buttonhole closures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Atul Goel
  • Publication number: 20150033451
    Abstract: A sleeve accessory includes a sleeve and a fastening system for attaching the sleeve to a shoulder strap of another clothing item. The sleeve accessory is preferably removable and replaceable, and enables a user to adapt to changing environments or social situations by attaching or detaching the sleeve accessories as desired. Sleeve accessories may be provided in a variety of designs, colors, or patterns, to permit coordination with other clothing, or to permit mixing and matching of colors and patterns to increase the versatility of a wardrobe. In some examples, the sleeve accessory may include a decorative pattern, a logo, or other distinctive markings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Victoria D. Bradshaw
  • Publication number: 20150026862
    Abstract: A garment for regulating temperature is provided, with a body including a back panel and at least one front panel and at least partially joined along at least one common edge, an inner liner panel fastened to an inner surface of at least one of the back panel and to the at least one front panel with a first surface, and a second surface opposite to the first surface of the inner liner panel, and at least one pocket with top, bottom and side edges, being fastened to at least one of the first and second surfaces of the inner removable liner panel. The at least one pocket has at least one side opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: Mark Silverberg
  • Publication number: 20150013047
    Abstract: The present invention provides a polyamide (preferably Nylon 66) yarn for weaving or knitting clothes articles which have a cooling effect on the skin of the wearer. The yarn contains an inorganic additive (preferably Titanium dioxide) in an amount of between 0.3 and 3.0 wt % and is characterized by a low crimp modulus and a flat cross section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Alon Weiser, Abed Alrahman Zuabi, Uri Afek
  • Publication number: 20150007380
    Abstract: A drawstring closure system includes a drawstring band assembly comprising a band assembly with a channel having a first open end and a second open end and a plurality of channel apertures located longitudinally along the channel. A drawstring is thread through the channel from the first open end to the second open end and has sufficient length to allow the ends of the drawstring to be drawn and tied. The channel apertures facilitate the insertion and reinsertion of the drawstring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: Michael T. Hodgdon
  • Patent number: 8925116
    Abstract: A decorative and/or promotional accessory to be secured to a lace such as a shoe lace includes a molded plastic body having a passage longitudinally extending therethrough from a first opening to a second opening. The passage is sized and shaped to receive the lace therethrough and to frictionally secure the body in a desired position along the lace. The accessory also includes indicia provided on an exterior surface of the accessory which can be in the form of any desired message, name, number, logo, graphic, or the like. An alternative embodiment of the accessory is disclosed which is to be secured to a cap bill. This embodiment includes a slot radially extending to the passage which is sized and shaped to receive the cap brim therein and to resiliently grip the bill and removably secure the accessory in a desired position along the bill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventors: Thomas R. Augustine, Douglas Frank Stitt, Randy James, Poormehr Honarmand
  • Patent number: 8914913
    Abstract: A vest is disclosed that the user can remove without removing an outer garment such as a coat. The vest utilizes hook and loop fasteners at the shoulder to allow the back and front to be separated. In order to facilitate separation, a pull cord is attached at the rear shoulder and crosses the back of the vest and passes through a guide near the opposing hip. When the pull cord is pulled the opposing shoulder that has been separated is peeled back and down across the back allowing the user to remove the vest without removing an overcoat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Inventor: Gregory C. Jones
  • Publication number: 20140366248
    Abstract: An individual pant sleeve includes an individual pant leg having a top end and a bottom end. A first retainer mechanism may be attached to the top end. The first retainer mechanism may removably secure the individual pant leg in position. A second retainer mechanism may also be attached to the top end of the individual pant leg. The individual pant sleeve may be removably secured on a leg of a person. A second individual pant sleeve may be removably secured to a second leg of the person.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: Robyn Simon
  • Publication number: 20140366246
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a cap with emblems that are removable and interchangeable including a related system as well as a sleeve for fitting over a portion of a cap with emblems that are removable and interchangeable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: Jim Nichols
  • Publication number: 20140357157
    Abstract: A brassiere pad (100) is disclosed which includes an outer layer (102) and an inner layer (104) fixedly engaged with each other. The outer layer and the inner layer are separate from each other at or along at least one peripheral portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: Clover Mystique Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Kwan Yin YIP
  • Patent number: 8887315
    Abstract: The orthopedic support garment includes a garment body made of stretchable fabric and configured to be worn in a form-fitting manner on the upper body of a wearer. The garment body has a front body portion, a rear body portion joined to the front body portion, and right and left sleeve portions attached to the front and rear body portions. Also provided is at least one tensor band laid out along one of the front and rear body portions in a manner intended to substantially correspond to at least one of the fascial lines extending along the upper body of the wearer. When the garment is worn by the wearer, the at least one tensor band may be placed in tension so as to provide proprioceptive feedback to the wearer during movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventor: Erin Lynn Boynton
  • Publication number: 20140325743
    Abstract: The adjustable air inlet for clothing is of particular value to those wearing heavy protective clothing in warmer conditions, such as motorcyclists wearing leather protective apparel. The adjustable air inlet is installed in a passage through the clothing where it may be aligned with ambient airflow, e.g., along the forearm, upper thigh, shoulder, or on the back of a glove or on a boot. Inner and outer flanges are installed along the edges of the hole, the outer flange securing a resilient scoop over the hole. A duct is preferably provided from the trailing end of the scoop within the clothing to an area of the body that is most benefitted by the airflow. The scoop is normally open, but may be closed by a latch extending from the forward part of the outer flange. A cooling insert may be installed within the scoop for additional comfort.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventor: AUGUSTUS E. MAHANEY
  • Publication number: 20140317823
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are reversible compression garments. In some embodiments, the garments are two-layer, reversible compression garments. In some embodiments, the garments are inside-out reversible, forward/backward reversible, or a combination thereof. The reversible compression garment can be, for instance, a mid-thigh pant or a tank top. Also disclosed herein are methods of assembling and using the reversible compression garments disclosed herein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: Spanx, Inc.
    Inventor: Wendy Hanson
  • Publication number: 20140304896
    Abstract: Articles and methods of using and making adaptive garment portions are provided. An adaptive garment portion is one that has shifting surfaces with apertures that shift from an aligned to an offset orientation depending on environmental conditions/stimuli. For example, a first surface material and a second surface material may be coupled by a responsive material portion. The responsive material portion may physically change in response to a change in environmental conditions internal or external to the garment (e.g., thermal energy, moisture) and/or stimuli (e.g., light energy, electrical energy, magnetic fields). The physical change in the responsive material portion facilitates the planar shift of the first surface material relative to the second surface material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew D. Nordstrom, Patrick Williams
  • Publication number: 20140237711
    Abstract: A system for providing any plurality of exchangeable (typically thin-walled and lightweight) outer skins in combination with a wearable base garment, the base garment selected from as at least one of a one-piece suit, pants or a jacket and exhibiting a plurality of fasteners. A first selected outer skin is configured for positioning in overlaying fashion relative to any of the pants or jacket of the base garment. The outer skin exhibits a further plurality of fasteners which inter-engage with the first plurality of fasteners. The first skin exhibits a first decorative pattern and, upon being detached from the base garment, can be substituted by a second identically constructed skin exhibiting a second decorative pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventor: Paul Pirone
  • Publication number: 20140242876
    Abstract: A clothing end part structure (10) of the present invention has block-like second regions (11) that expand or contract at a second elongation in a length direction of an end part, and block-like first regions (12) that expand or contract at a first elongation that is lower than the second elongation, in the length direction of the end part. The second regions and the first regions are disposed alternately in the length direction of the end part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: WACOAL CORP.
    Inventor: Yuka Kitagawa
  • Publication number: 20140208484
    Abstract: A waistband for an article of apparel includes a base layer that is resiliently elastic and that includes an inner surface, an outer surface, and an upper edge. The waistband also includes a mounting layer that is resiliently elastic and that includes a first surface and a second surface. The first surface is layered over and attached to the inner surface, the outer surface, and the upper edge of the base layer. The waistband also includes flocking that is mounted on the second surface of the mounting layer. The flocking is disposed on the waistband to face a wearer of the article of apparel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: NIKE, INC.
    Inventors: Sebastian Huff, Shawn D. Wenzel
  • Patent number: 8776276
    Abstract: A cushion (1) having damping properties for use in bicycle pants includes an outer shell (2) and a core (3) therewithin surrounded by at least one layer (4) arranged between the outer shell (2) and the core (3). The core (3) and the layers (4) are formed by at least one filler material having different degrees of firmness. A valve (5) is provided in the outer shell to control the passage of air to and from the core (3) and interior cavity. The damping properties of the cushion (1) can be changed by inflating or deflating the core (3) with air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: X-Technology Swiss GmbH
    Inventor: Bodo W Lambertz
  • Publication number: 20140165269
    Abstract: A flexible computing fabric and a method of forming thereof. The flexible computing fabric includes an electronic substrate including one or more channels and including at least two ends. At least one computational element is mounted on the electronic substrate between the two ends and at least one functional element is mounted on the electronic substrate between the two ends. The channels form an interconnect between the elements. In addition, the electronic substrate is flexible and exhibits a flexural modulus in the range of 0.1 GPa to 30 GPa.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventors: ALEKSANDAR ALEKSOV, RAVINDRANATH V. MAHAJAN, SAIRAM AGRAHARAM, IAN A. YOUNG, JOHN C. JOHNSON, DEBENDRA MALLIK, JOHN S. GUZEK
  • Publication number: 20140157492
    Abstract: Taper number is number that expres difference between circumstance of chest and waist of a shirt (or other upper garment). It is more precise expression of shirt fit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventor: Zeljko Situm
  • Publication number: 20140157497
    Abstract: The application relates to a flame blocking venting trap (FBVT) adapted to vent a garment, the FBVT comprising a proximal layer; a central venting layer superposed to the proximal layer; and a distal layer superposed to the central venting layer. The the proximal layer is forming a first fold with the central venting layer and the central venting layer is forming a second fold with the distal layer to act as a flow restricting apparatus configured to prevent air and flames to get through the FBVT from the outside of the garment and allow air to get through the FBVT from the inside of the garment. A garment including one or many FBVT is encompassed by the present application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: CODET INC.
    Inventor: Jean-Pierre AUDET
  • Publication number: 20140115754
    Abstract: The apparel is an arm covering, extending from the upper arm to the wrists of the wearer, made out of a stretchable fabric.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Inventor: Nancy Bloomfield
  • Publication number: 20140115752
    Abstract: A sport cap includes a hat having an inner peripheral surface that defines a portion of a headband to circumscribe a wearer's head between a forehead region and an occipital bone region and above the wearer's ears. The hat includes a bill. The sport cap further includes a securement strap of an inelastic webbing coupled to the headband at a center of a forward area of the forehead region, and adapted to circumscribe the wearer's head between the forehead region and a lower occipital bone region below the headband and above a nape of the wearer. The securement strap further includes a number of cushions coupled with the inelastic webbing, each cushion being positioned between the securement strap and the wearer's head at least at the forehead region and at side regions near the wearer's ears.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Inventor: Elaine Ryan
  • Publication number: 20140101825
    Abstract: The invention relates to a fiber excellent in cool contact feeling which is excellent in hand and skin touch and capable of preventing unpleasant feeling in the wet state while also having excellent elasticity. The invention also relates to fabric, clothing, and underwear excellent in cool contact feeling and obtainable by using said fiber as well as the methods of making the fibers and articles thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: LUBRIZOL ADVANCED MATERIALS, INC.
    Inventors: Ravi R. Vedula, Mouh-Wahng Lee
  • Publication number: 20140090150
    Abstract: A thermal-electronic device includes a first thermo-electric material having a first charge and a second thermo-electronic material having a second charge that is opposite the first charge. A flexible conductive interconnection is positioned between the first thermo-electric material and the second thermo-electric material to bond the first thermo-electric material and the second thermo-electric material into a segment. A plurality of segments are bonded together to form a thread having alternating first thermo-electric materials and second thermo-electric materials. The conductive interconnection allows a charge to flow between the first thermo-electric materials and second thermo-electric materials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: Anzen Electronics, LLC
    Inventor: Richard J. Skertic
  • Publication number: 20140082828
    Abstract: An attachable sleeve that may be secured to a bra. The attachable sleeve may include a tubular body with a top end and a bottom end. The attachable sleeve may further include a plurality of straps attached to the tubular body at the top end. The plurality of straps may include a first strap, a second strap and a third strap. The first strap and the second strap may attach together over the shoulder of a user to keep the sleeve secured to the underarm. The third strap may go under the bra, wrap around, and connect to the first strap, second strap, and bra of the user. Once connected, the third strap may hold the attached first and second strap on the shoulder preventing the straps from slipping down as well as holding the sleeve securely to the upper arm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Inventor: Wanda Sue Bill
  • Publication number: 20140075649
    Abstract: A decorative removable cover is provided for fitting over a ski helmet with an opening in the rear for passage of a goggle strap. The cover includes a decorative band of faux fur that may be removable for replacement purposes. The cover is made of single ply stretchable material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Inventor: Melanie J. Stern
  • Publication number: 20140075643
    Abstract: In an exemplary embodiment of the invention, a jacket is provided having a lifeline access slot to allow a harness attachment to be accessed from outside the jacket. The access slot can be reinforced and designed to be barely visible but easily accessible.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2010
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Alan Greer
  • Publication number: 20140068838
    Abstract: A tensioning system for articles of footwear and articles of apparel is disclosed. The tensioning system includes a tensioning member that is tightened or loosened using a motorized tensioning device for winding and unwinding the tensioning member on a spool. The motorized tensioning device includes a torque transmitting system that allows for incremental tightening, incremental loosening and full loosening of the tensioning member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Tiffany A. Beers, Andrew A. Owings, Cody Collier Henderson, James Alan Capra, Mark Stanley Soderberg
  • Publication number: 20140068836
    Abstract: A body shaping fit system for pants is based on the concept of actively shaping the body's silhouette. This fit system includes: a stretch coating formulation for fabric that provides stretch in all directions (e.g., four way stretch) in an engineered way to target specific parts of the body, shape contouring panels, cosmetic finishing techniques, and seaming and construction techniques for pants. In a specific implementation, a pair of jeans includes a shape contouring panel incorporated onto an inside of the jeans, the panel including a polyurethane based coating with holding power to enhance the body's natural curves while de-emphasizing the body's flaws. The fit system is also applicable to pants, shorts, capris, and other clothing where shaping and support is desirable in the waist, seat, hip, and thigh areas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: LEVI STRAUSS & CO.
    Inventors: Kris Tulin, Debra Laney, Issa Bielefeldt
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    Publication number: 20140053321
    Abstract: This invention relates to methods and means for securing pants cuffs and otherwise raised or shortened pants legs. Some embodiments of the methods and means of the invention also incorporate additional functionality including, but not limited to communication, sensing, display and data processing elements. Various embodiments of the methods and means of the invention may be performed by and/or implemented in hardware, in software, by one or more entities, and/or by some combination of hardware, software and/or one or more entities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2012
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Inventor: Alfred M. Haas
  • Publication number: 20140026287
    Abstract: Reversible hypoallergenic clothing, including but not limited to jeans, pants, skirts, shirts and jackets, utilizing two-way hypoallergenic metal fasteners. The metal fasteners include double sided zippers and dual headed metallic buttons made from metals that can be considered to by hypoallergenic such as titanium and stainless steel. The hypoallergenic reversible garment may be configured into different cuts and styles according to fashion trends and are suitable for use by children, teens, men and women.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventor: Natasha Clinton-Starks
  • Publication number: 20140026291
    Abstract: An expandable joint for use in, for example, a headband, includes elastic material, a low-friction sleeve, and a tube. The low-friction sleeve covers at least two opposing sides of a portion of the length of elastic material. The length of elastic material is affixed to the low-friction sleeve at a first end of the low-friction sleeve or a point adjacent to the first end of the low-friction sleeve. The length of elastic material extends beyond a second end of the low-friction sleeve opposite the first end of the low-friction sleeve. The tube substantially encloses the low-friction sleeve. The low-friction sleeve is affixed to the tube at the first end of the low-friction sleeve or a point adjacent to the first end of the low-friction sleeve, and the length of elastic material extends beyond a first end of the tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: LIGHTBULB, LLC
    Inventor: Lightbulb, LLC
  • Publication number: 20140007318
    Abstract: A system for providing a secure fit between feet and/or ankles of an individual and boot sections of wader pants may include wader pants including boot sections, and wader support pants configured to be positioned underneath or over the wader pants. The wader support pants may include inflatable membranes configured to be disposed within or on the boot sections of the wader pants, and a pump in fluid communication with the inflatable membranes. The pump is operable to inflate the membranes to provide a secure fit between the boot sections of the wader pants and the feet and/or ankles of the individual.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2012
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventors: Seth Thomas Jones, Christopher Michael Cooper
  • Publication number: 20130333092
    Abstract: A vent for garments, comprising an upper panel and a lower panel, wherein the upper panel has a lower end portion and the lower panel has an upper end portion, and the lower end portion of the upper panel overlaps the upper end portion of the lower panel to form an opening, wherein the vent further comprises a gutter extending into the opening to trap rain travelling through the opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventors: James HODGSON, Marian Barnes, Gary Martin
  • Publication number: 20130326795
    Abstract: A convertible garment may be constructed from a material having a bulk section between opposing ends. The material may substantially encircle bands located at the opposing ends. Bundling strings may encircle the material near the ends with an adjustable and independent level of compactness. Additionally, connecting strings may be attached to the material at the ends for positioning the opposing ends of the material adjacent to one another. Compactness of the majority of the material in the bulk section may be adjustable relative to a desired coverage of a wearer. The material may be hemmed. Stitching may be included near the ends to supplement the bundling strips. The material may be a textile that is adjustable to cover a length of the wearer up to between shoulders and hips of the wearer. A method of using the convertible garment is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventor: Jennifer Ortiz
  • Publication number: 20130326796
    Abstract: A Scope and Cap Flap is attached to a piece of sporting outdoor wear. The Scope and Cap Flap has one flap attached to the left front chest portion and a second flap attached the right front chest portion. The two flaps are attached to one another to create the Scope and Cap Flap that drapes over a weapon held by a sportsman protecting the weapon from the elements while having the weapon readily accessible for a sporting activity such as hunting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventor: Stephen James Cunliffe
  • Publication number: 20130326794
    Abstract: A convertible garment may be constructed from a material having a bulk section between opposing ends. Bundling strings may encircle the material near the ends with an adjustable and independent level of compactness. Additionally, connecting strings may be attached to the material at the ends for positioning the opposing ends of the material adjacent to one another. Compactness of the majority of the material in the bulk section may be adjustable relative to a desired coverage of a wearer. The material may be hemmed. Stitching may be included near the ends to supplement the bundling strips. The material may be a textile that is adjustable to cover a length of the wearer up to between shoulders and hips of the wearer. A method of using the convertible garment is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventor: Jennifer Ortiz
  • Publication number: 20130305426
    Abstract: According to techniques of this application, a garment may include a trunk, three left sleeves, and three right sleeves. Two of the left sleeves and two of the right sleeves may be short sleeves. The third left sleeve and the third right sleeve may be long sleeves. The garment may include a placket that comprises a first placket piece, a second placket piece, and a third placket piece portion. The placket may be assembled separately and then attached to a V-neck cutaway of the trunk.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Inventors: Jennifer A. Walrich, Michael Pope
  • Publication number: 20130298306
    Abstract: Form-fitting athletic garments may provide different elasticity and therefore different amounts of support along different directions. A relatively elastic textile may be used to form a form-fitting compressive garment such as shorts, shirts, leggings, bodysuits, socks, and the like. Stitch lines may be formed in the relatively elastic textile extending in a desired direction using thread(s) and/or stitch construction techniques to provide reduced elasticity along the direction of a stitch line. One or more stitch lines may be formed in a textile to provide enhanced support along the direction of the stitch line(s). An interior textile layer may be adhered the relatively elastic textile layer to contact the wearer's skin and to protect the wearer's skin from stitch lines. An interior textile layer may extend over all or part of the relatively textile layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventor: David Turner