Pads Patents (Class 2/267)
  • Patent number: 10448679
    Abstract: Bras for high impact, high support activities are provided. A bra comprises a band that wraps around a torso. The band includes first and second cup regions, and a channel that runs below the collective cup regions. A gore is formed above the channel and between the respective cup regions, adjoining the respective cup regions. A molded cradle is fitted into the channel. For each cup region, a tessellated encapsulating bra cup is fitted therein. Each tessellated encapsulating bra cup includes a plurality of tiles. Respective tiles in the plurality of tiles that are further away from the cradle are larger in size than respective tiles in the plurality of tiles that are closer to the cradle. Each tessellated encapsulating bra cup has a generally concave first inner face and a generally convex first outer face. The tessellated encapsulating bra cups collectively contribute cantilevered support to the bra.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: The Gap, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett Roddis, Melissa Lawrence, John Kelly, Zachary Michael Goldberg-Poch, Philip Isaac Oaks, Carolina Isabel Rodriguez, H. William Smith, IV, Daniel Ross Tachibana
  • Patent number: 10334891
    Abstract: A brassiere having cups, straps and elements for covering the wearer's breast tip region, wherein the elements are respectively arranged on the cups' inner side facing the wearer's body, and the elements only partly cover the cups' inner side facing the wearer's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: EDELWEISS BASICS GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Georg Weber-Unger
  • Patent number: 10070670
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention include a backless and strapless bra including a pair of cups, each cup configured to accommodate a user's breast. The cups of this bra are made with a four way stretch material used to lift each breast. Each cup may include a bottom edge configured to align with a bottom portion of the user's breast, a top edge configured to align with a top portion of the user's breast, an adhesive layer, a backing layer, and optionally a fastener configured to engage with a complimentary fastener on the other cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Inventor: Nicole Garland Eilemberg
  • Patent number: 10021928
    Abstract: A combination garment with figure enhancing devices provided on the garment itself. The garment, for example a dress, includes an outer dress and a liner made of a four-way stretch material attached to the outer dress. Preferably, the liner is attached to the outer dress only at the arm holes. Otherwise, the liner hangs completely free from the outer dress. The liner includes a w-shaped pocket on a front side adapted to receive bust pads and a u-shaped pocket on a rear side adapted to receive buttocks pads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: EVERYTHING LIDIA INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Lidia Szcepanowski, Steve Berenson
  • Patent number: 10021922
    Abstract: A modular protective structure may be formed from an impact absorbing material formed into a repeating pattern of one or more geometrical shapes that may be assembled to a size, shape, and/or configuration desired to protect an athlete from impact. The thickness of the structure may vary in a repetitive fashion along at least a first axis of the structure, and may further vary in a repetitive fashion along a second axis of the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Baron C. Brandt
  • Patent number: 9924747
    Abstract: A fabric is provided having a defined pattern of hydrophobic and hydrophilic regions that extend entirely through the thickness of the fabric so that the defined pattern is identical on the inner and outer surfaces of the fabric. The defined pattern is configured so that the hydrophilic regions are all in communication or interconnected so that moisture, such as perspiration, can wick not only from the inner to the outer surface of the fabric but also throughout the surface of the fabric and in several directions on the fabric so that the surface area of the wetted hydrophilic regions increases. The defined pattern may be further configured so that none of the hydrophobic regions are in communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Under Armour, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas White, Mark Cumiskey
  • Patent number: 9781956
    Abstract: A bodily protection assembly for protecting a user from impact energy includes a pair of shoulder pads structured to be worn by the user. A top cage is coupled to the shoulder pads such that the top cage is positioned between the shoulder pads and the user's shoulders. Thus, the top cage may prevent impact energy from being transferred into the user's shoulders. A lower cage is coupled to the shoulder pads such that the lower cage is positioned between the shoulder pads and the user's upper torso. The lower cage surrounds the user's upper torso. Thus, the lower cage may prevent impact energy from being transferred into the user's upper torso.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Inventor: William Carmack
  • Patent number: 9781954
    Abstract: A bra including a front with a right cup, a left cup, a right strap, and a left strap, at least one pocket in each of the right and left cups that are shaped and dimensioned to accept warming inserts, a back, and sides connecting the right cup to the back and the left cup to the back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Inventors: Amy Osetek, Daniel Osetek, Linda A. Prushinski
  • Patent number: 9532611
    Abstract: A belt apparatus is configured to support the trousers worn by a person and to include a number of airbags that are deployable in a falling event to protect the person from bone breakages. The belt apparatus includes a flexible belt element and a fastener that appear and function in much the same way as an ordinary trouser belt, i.e., fitting through belt loops in trousers and being fastenable to itself to support the pair of trousers at the waist of the user. Despite the ordinary appearance of the belt apparatus, it includes one or more airbags internal thereto whose expansion is controlled by a control apparatus. Responsive to a falling event in a particular direction with respect to the user, the control apparatus triggers the rapid expansion of an airbag that is situated on the belt element in the particular direction with respect to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Inventor: Aubrey C. Briggs
  • Patent number: 9510630
    Abstract: A Disposable Underarm Perspiration Pad that comprises a light-weight moisture wicking and absorptive material that is worn as a perspiration shield between a person's underarm and the next level of outer garment is presented. The inventive device is configured to enable attachment to the upper bicep area of the arm and concealment under the outer garment while at the same time providing wearing comfortability to the user. Attachment to the upper bicep area of the arm can be accomplished with a fixed or adjustable member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Inventor: Gregory Michel Lawrence
  • Patent number: 9474323
    Abstract: An article of footwear including a sole and an upper with an exterior and interior surface, and one or more bladders which comprises at least one of the exterior or interior surfaces of the upper. The bladder comprising sheets of polyurethane or polyester film attached together to form an airtight seal. The article of footwear also includes a inflation mechanism for selectively introducing air in the one or more bladders. The inflation mechanism is located under the foot of the wearer to be activated by the normal action of the wearer to inflate the one or more bladders. The article of footwear may also include an assembly for connecting several tubes to one under foot inflation mechanism. The article of footwear may also include inflatable laces that are inflated by an underfoot inflation mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: REEBOK INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
    Inventors: William Marvin, Paul M. Davis, Geoff Swales, Paul E. Litchfield
  • Patent number: 9155342
    Abstract: The present application discloses a composite pad structure that includes a substrate bonded to a plurality of discrete, spaced-apart, resilient elements engaged to at least one reinforcing structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: Applied FT Composite Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Kim
  • Patent number: 9021618
    Abstract: Cycling shorts for protecting a rider from harmful effects occasioned by the design of the substantially unpadded seat of a racing-type cycle. Fabric shorts of conventional or elongated design include a interior protective pad. The pad includes adjoined seat and crotch sections and is symmetrical with respect to an axis of symmetry. It includes an interior chamber for receiving pressurized air. A pump for delivering selectively pressurized air communicates with the interior chamber by means of a conduit. The chamber includes internally honeycombed sections for minimizing air flow so that the cushioning effect of the pad is preserved despite the force exerted by the weight of a wearer on the hard and relatively-inflexible seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventors: Ray Kaviani, Behzad Bavarian
  • Patent number: 8966668
    Abstract: Lightweight and flexible personal protective padding systems for the protection of joints, bones and muscles, where one embodiment includes a hard outer shell structure as shielding, a gas filled compartment or bladder to stabilize the system and absorb and disperse impact energy and/or a web structure suspended across opposed peripheral edges of the outer shell and between the shell and user's body to absorb energy and to provide ventilation. Hybrid structures include both the bladder and web structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Andrew Cameron Sutton
  • Patent number: 8968050
    Abstract: A bra saver device made for underwire and non-underwire bras to provide protection to the wearer from sudden exposure to underwires and to provide comfort between the wearer of a bra from friction caused by movement of a bra during normal use. The present invention easily attaches to the edge of a bra by opening the clip to the present invention and placing it over the bra where ever an underwire has become exposed and then closing the clip to securely attach the present invention to a bra. The present invention can also be attached to any section of the bra at the edge along the bra at the top or the bottom, front or back where the wearer of the bra experiences discomfort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Beverly A Riley
  • Patent number: 8931112
    Abstract: A protective shell has a proper size, shape, and thickness to cover and attach to an anatomical joint or part. The protective shell is made of a material that is rigid, and that is partially or entirely transparent or semitransparent. The protective shell has an exterior face and an interior face, allowing for the application of graphics to be placed upon the interior face while viewing the graphics from the exterior face and protecting the graphic from being scraped off as a result of friction from a ground surface or with a collision from another object. The frontal external face is concave in shape to be less exposed to the ground plane and being scraped than the rest of the external faces of the shell while allowing the graphic that is placed upon the interior face to be viewed more clearly from the front of the exterior face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Pain Killer Products, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Furst, Michael John Furst, Eric Scott Knight
  • Patent number: 8925117
    Abstract: Devices with one or more internal flexibility sipes, such as slits, to provide improved flexibility, improved cushioning to absorb shock and/or shear forces, and improved stability. The device includes at least a first bladder, chamber or compartment. An internal sipe is defined by at least a portion of two opposing internal surfaces that can move relative to each other in a sliding sideways motion, one of which surfaces is a surface of the first bladder, chamber or compartment. The device includes at least one attachment between the portions of said first and second surfaces defining at least one internal sipe, and at least one attachment is located at a central portion of the first bladder, chamber, or compartment. Siped devices can be used in apparel or clothing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Frampton E. Ellis
  • Patent number: 8914917
    Abstract: Protective hip pads and tailbone pads formed of resilient padding material have a combination belt slot and snap faster attachment arrangement and can selectively attached to athletic pants having either snap fasteners in the waistband, or to athletic pants having a waistband with a number of exposed slots through which a belt extends. Thin stiff flexible support plates are affixed to the front and back side of the pads and laterally spaced slotted apertures extending through the pad and support plates have a vertical slot and an intersecting horizontal slot. Snap fasteners slidably mounted in respective horizontal slots can be moved to be aligned and pressed onto mating snap members in the waistband to secure the pads to the waistband or, alternatively, moved to expose the vertical slots to receive a pants belt laced through the waistband and vertical slots to secure the pads to the waistband.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Douglas Pads Sports, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Huntsman, Kevin Bull, Jeff Douglas
  • Patent number: 8898820
    Abstract: An article apparel has a surface with a first part of a fastening system, and an attachment element has an outer area with a second part of the fastening system. The first part of the fastening system is joinable to the second part of the fastening system to attach the attachment element to the apparel. The first part of the fastening system is also separable from the second part of the fastening system to separate the attachment element from the apparel. The attachment element may be formed from a polymer foam material, may include a fluid-filled chamber, or may incorporate an electronic device, for example. In some configurations, the attachment element is secured to an exterior of the apparel. In other configurations, the attachment element is secured between two layers of the apparel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Susan L. Sokolowski, James A. Niegowski, Matthew F. Park
  • Patent number: 8888555
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a breast cup of a brassiere may include the steps of providing a pad including a first edge portion and a second edge portion, providing a fabric cover including a third edge portion and a fourth edge portion, superimposing the first and third edge portions, connecting the superimposed first and third edge portions together, superimposing the second and fourth edge portions, connecting the superimposed second and fourth edge portions together, ultrasonically cutting and fusing the connected first and third edge portions to form a first line of fusion joining the pad and the fabric cover, ultrasonically cutting and fusing the connected second and fourth edge portions to form a second line of fusion joining the pad and the fabric cover, and turning the joined pad and fabric cover inside out along the first and second lines of fusion to form seamless edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Clover Group International Limited
    Inventor: Wai Ching Andy Lau
  • Patent number: 8869315
    Abstract: A protective athletic garment comprising a protective cap for protecting a body part of the user. The protective cap comprises a shell for overlying the user's body part. The shell comprises a first shell member and a second shell member. The protective cap comprises a liner mounted under the shell for being disposed between the shell and the user's body part. The protective cap also comprises a link interconnecting the first shell member and the second shell member to hold the first shell member and the second shell member together. The link extends along at least part of a periphery of the first shell member and at least part of a periphery of the second shell member such that the first shell member and the second shell member are movable relative to one another in response to movement of the user's body part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Bauer Hockey, Inc.
    Inventors: Mathieu Contant, Marco Beauregard, Marie-Claude Généreux, Alexandre Leblanc
  • Patent number: 8808057
    Abstract: A breast-enhancing brassiere is provided having a pair of breast-receiving cups, each cup including at least one cushioned layer having an inner breast-receiving side and an outer side, and having at least one outer fabric layer affixed to the outer side of the cushioned layer, the inner breast-receiving side including a lower portion and an upper portion, the lower portion having a cushioned thickness greater than the cushioned thickness of the upper portion and projecting inwardly to provide lift and breast enhancement to a wearer, a first pocket formed on the inner breast-receiving side and having a slit formed therein, and a first cushion conforming substantially to the shape of the pocket, the cushion being removably insertable into the pocket to provide supplemental lift and breast enhancement to a wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: HBI Branded Apparel Enterprises, LLC
    Inventor: Xiao Qing Hu
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8713719
    Abstract: Protective components may include a plate element and a cushioning element that are secured together with a hook-and-loop fastening system. The cushioning element may include a pair of material layers and a pad or a plurality of pad components located between the material layers. The plate element may include a polymer material and the pad may include a polymer foam material, with the polymer material of the plate element having greater rigidity and density than the polymer foam material of the pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: David Turner
  • Patent number: 8708772
    Abstract: A brassiere consisting of an integral body having a front portion, and a rear portion as a lateral extension of the front portion. The edge considered to be the lower edge, of the front portion as well as of the rear portion, has an elastic band which supports the entire structure of the brassiere. The center of the elastic band extends into an ascending sector defining a bridge having concave lateral edges and a lower edge which is also curved-concave, while the tops of the lateral edges also have divergent sections suitable for adapting to the contour of the breasts of the user. The bridge has cushioned padding, which affects the intermammary area up to the neckline as well as the semi-perimeter of the lower contour of the breasts including the lateral portions or sides of the armholes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventor: Marta Maria Fernandez Cuevas
  • Patent number: 8696403
    Abstract: A surgical compression bra for patient support with a mastectomy kit. The surgical bra includes a body portion with a releasable front closure, shoulder straps with releasable closures, an internal pocket, adjustable poly filled pad prostheses, and a detachable mastectomy pouch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Bras To Help Save The Ta Tas, LLC
    Inventor: Kim P. Haley
  • Patent number: 8668550
    Abstract: A prosthetic nipple undergarment device is wearable to give an appearance of an erect nipple of a desired size and shape beneath an outer garment. The device includes a brassiere having a breast receiving cup. A prosthetic nipple is selectively coupled to the cup. The prosthetic nipple comprises a base and a projection coupled to and extending from the base wherein the prosthetic nipple is configured to resemble an erect human nipple.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Inventor: Richard B. Sartell
  • Patent number: 8656514
    Abstract: A padding system may be advantageously modular in terms of size and shape, easily removable and replaceable, and comfortable and secure while maintaining an aesthetically neat and trim look. In one embodiment, the padding system includes an inner pad coupled to an outer shell with a portion of an apparel article positioned between, The apparel may include openings to allow a direct connection between the inner pad and outer shell or fasteners may be attached to the apparel for removably engaging with one or both of the inner pad and outer shell. The inner pad may be received in a pocket, which may extend inward or outward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Patagonia, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric P. Neuron
  • Patent number: 8621674
    Abstract: A reversible chest protector includes internal padding configured to absorb impacts against both the front and rear-facing surfaces of the chest protector. The chest protector includes inner and outer layers of fabric that are molded to an internal foam core. The foam core may include outer layers of closed-cell foam molded to the fabric layers, and an internal layer of open-cell foam molded to the closed-cell foam layers, such that the padding layup is symmetrical. Other features and advantages will appear hereinafter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Easton Sports, Inc.
    Inventors: David Perreault, Thomas Hoke, Dmitry Rusakov
  • Patent number: 8590063
    Abstract: An energy absorbing pad having a pouch that contains tubes that may be filled with flexible materials is described. The energy absorbing pad is worn as a part of an athletic wear garment so that it protects the wearer from injury due to impacts in contact sports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventor: Richard P Aulenbach
  • Patent number: 8562388
    Abstract: The present document describes a prosthesis for a mastectomy bra comprising: a lower portion comprising a manually malleable material having a first density; and an upper portion comprising a manually malleable material having a second density smaller than the first density, the lower portion being substantially located below the upper portion thereby insuring stability of the prosthesis when in use. There is also described a bra for receiving the prosthesis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: La Vie en Rose
    Inventors: John Izzo, Sarah Giroux, Christine Harding
  • Patent number: 8561214
    Abstract: Articles of apparel may include a base layer having a first surface and an opposite second surface. The base layer defines an aperture extending through the base layer and from the first surface to the second surface. Cushioning elements may have a first material layer, a second material layer, and a plurality of foam components. The first material layer and the second material layer are bonded to the second surface of the base layer. The foam components are located between and secured to the first material layer and the second material layer. In addition, the foam components are positioned to correspond with a location of the aperture. In some configurations, a bonding element may be utilized to bond the first material layer and the second material layer to the base layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: David Turner
  • Patent number: 8555426
    Abstract: An energy absorbing and displacing structure for athletic protective equipment, such as an athletic shin-guard, is provided using a flexible web-shaped body to hold a rigid band-shaped member in place. The inner rigid band-shaped member follows the contour of the desired area to protect. The outer flexible web-shaped body is made of a softer rubber like material and works as a locator and supporter keeping the inner, rigid band-shaped member, in proper location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Inventor: Brian Kamradt
  • Patent number: 8544119
    Abstract: A cloth assembly for making a protective pad for sports includes a plurality of supporting fibers extending between and supporting first and second knitted cloths, providing an elastic air-permeable cloth. A knitted cloth includes a first side having a plurality of loops and a second side bonded to an outer face of the first knitted cloth. A hook tape includes a plurality of hooks on a face thereof. The hook tape is fixed to the first side of the knitted cloth or an outer surface of the second knitted cloth according to the type of the protective pad to be made. When the hook tape is fixed to the knitted cloth, the face of the hook tape having the hooks faces the first side of the knitted cloth having loops. Only a portion of the hook tape overlaps and is fixed to an end of the knitted cloth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Inventor: Ying-Ching Wu
  • Patent number: 8539616
    Abstract: The invention provides a shirt suitable for being worn by a sports player. The shirt comprises a torso portion having a head opening and a lower trunk opening; and first and second sleeves, each of the first and second sleeves comprising biceps, elbow and forearm portions and a gripping zone provided on one of the biceps, elbow and forearm portions. The gripping zone is made of a material having a coefficient of friction sufficient for preventing movement between said shirt and an elbow pad worn by the sports player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Bauer Hockey, Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-François Béland, Marc Gagnon
  • Patent number: 8506349
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a breast covering garment apparatus comprising a breast cup comprising (i) an inner shell having a concave shape selected from a number of available cup sizes and (ii) an outer shell having a convex shape selected from a number of available breast cup sizes. The inner shell of the breast cup and the outer shell of the breast cup may be shaped from a solid piece of flexible material. The inner shell of the breast cup may be smaller than the outer shell of the breast cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Inventor: Mary C. Sobah-Wilhelm
  • Patent number: 8484766
    Abstract: Athletic apparel containing protective underlayer comprising molded foam padding that are shaped and curved to match the anatomical regions to reduce the bulk of the underlayers. The molded foam pads a perforated structure to allow for increased flexibility and ventilation. Protective underlayers that surround regions of motion, such as the hip joint, are notched to provide articulation of the protective underlayer that will improve mobility of the athletic apparel wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael K. Smith
  • Patent number: 8438669
    Abstract: Protective components may include a plate element and a cushioning element that are secured together with a hook-and-loop fastening system. The cushioning element may include a pair of material layers and a plurality of pads located between the material layers. The plate element may include a polymer material and the pads may include a polymer foam material, with the polymer material of the plate element having greater rigidity and density than the polymer foam material of the pads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: David Turner
  • Publication number: 20130104914
    Abstract: Disclosed is a bra accessory for eliminating or substantially reducing the discomfort, chaffing, pain, rash, intertrigo, and infections caused by pressure of a woman's bra cup rim against her chest, and by perspiration trapped between the woman's breast and chest.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2011
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Inventor: Judith Quale Stewart
  • Publication number: 20130109276
    Abstract: Disclosed is a bra for female breast support and formation that is particularly suited to provide the wearer a choice of support and shaping parameters. The bra comprises a pair of interconnected breast receiving cups, a conventional back strap and optional shoulder straps. A pair of skin griping pads are sized and positioned to fit within the respective cups in a position to embrace the under and lateral side of the respective breast and include a selectively adjustable link interconnecting the support pads across and under the medial portion of the bra. By shortening the link the support pads are caused to move laterally, drawing the breasts together. In a second embodiment the support pads may also be adjusted up and down by shortening or lengthening secondary shoulder straps that are attached to the upper portion of the respective pads and are positioned underneath the conventional bra shoulder straps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Inventor: Joseph S. Sporn
  • Publication number: 20130036530
    Abstract: A hip pad is provided for decreasing a waist-to-hip ratio of a user and includes a generally elongated body having a hip portion and a thigh portion that are integrally formed with the generally elongated body. The hip pad also includes an interior surface of the hip portion that is contoured to an anatomical curvature of a hip region of the user. An interior surface of the thigh portion is contoured to the anatomical curvature of a thigh region of the user. A curved exterior surface of the hip portion is configured to decrease the waist-to-hip ratio of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Applicant: Planet Pepper, Inc.
    Inventor: Alexander Stephen BARTLETT
  • Patent number: 8336124
    Abstract: An upper body protective garment having a lower portion including flexibly interconnected protective abdominal and lower back members, an upper portion including protective thoracic and upper back members with a neck hole defined therebetween, a flexible front connection allowing at least limited movement of a bottom end of the thoracic member with respect to the abdominal member, and a flexible rear connection between the lower back member and the upper back member provided by a protective spinal member including flexibly interconnected rigid members for overlaying a spine of the wearer, the front and rear connections allowing the upper portion to remain at least substantially fixed with respect to shoulders of the wearer and the lower portion to remain at least substantially fixed with respect to a waist of the wearer while the shoulders and waist are moved relative to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Sport Maska Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Crelinsten, Pierre Paiement, Anne-Marie Pelle, Patric Rangedal, Leif Skottheim
  • Patent number: 8298648
    Abstract: A pad element may include a base member, a pair of cover layers, and a plurality of insert elements. The base member defines a plurality of apertures. The cover layers are secured to opposite surfaces of the base member and extend across the apertures. The insert elements are located within the apertures and between the cover layers. As examples, the base member and the insert elements may be formed from polymer foam materials, and the cover layers may be formed from textile materials. The pad element may be utilized to attenuate impact forces and provide one or more of breathability, flexibility, a relatively low overall mass, and launderability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: David Turner, Jorge E. Carbo
  • Patent number: 8281414
    Abstract: An athletic padding arrangement includes a garment made of a fabric and a plurality of resilient bulge shaped gripping members disposed on the fabric. The gripping members provide at least one high friction area on the garment, each of the gripping members is uniform in composition. At least one protective pad is releasably positioned on the garment with and underside of the protective pad in contact with the at least one high friction area. The gripping members exert a frictional force on the underside of the protective pad that is greater than the frictional force exerted by the fabric on the protective pad. The garment may be, for example, a shirt or a pant comprised of a compression fabric with moisture wicking properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Under Armour, Inc.
    Inventor: William K. Mickle
  • Patent number: 8272073
    Abstract: An athletic protective pad having first and second layers of breathable fabric and a foam body having a layer of perforated foam. The layer of foam is preferably closed cell foam with spaced apart perforations therethrough. The foam body is sandwiched in a secure or permanent position between the first and second layers of fabric, thereby wicking moisture away from a wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Stromgren Athletics, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen C. Arensdorf, Edward H. Tobergte
  • Patent number: 8262433
    Abstract: A bra cup includes: an inner cup portion, comprising one or more inner foam layers; and an outer cup portion, attached to the inner cup portion, comprising one or more outer foam layers, the inner cup portion and the outer cup portion together forming the bra cup. The inner foam layers form first and second convex portions with respect to an inner surface of the inner cup portion. The first and second convex portions form, at an intersection therebetween, a channel on the inner surface extending from a lower portion of the cup towards an apex of the bra cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Maidenform, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven Castellano
  • Patent number: 8256034
    Abstract: An apparel system may include an article of apparel and at least one insert element. The apparel has an inner layer and an outer layer positioned adjacent to the inner layer such that a surface of the inner layer contacts a surface of the outer layer. The insert elements is locatable between the inner layer and the outer layer. In some configurations, the outer layer stretches at least thirty percent prior to tensile failure. In order to secure the insert element within the apparel, a coefficient of static friction between the insert element and the apparel may be at least 0.70. In some configurations, a surface of the inner layer contacts and is unsecured to a surface of the outer layer in at least thirty percent of the apparel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: William E. Berner, Jr., James A. Niegowski, Matthew F. Park, Susan L. Sokolowaki
  • Patent number: 8251772
    Abstract: A method for forming a brassiere cup includes the steps of: forming an inner cup member and an outer cup member of the brassiere cup, respectively; spraying or coating the predetermined joining surfaces of the inner and outer cup members with a glue; heating a film and, while the film is softened, attaching it to the glue-sprayed or glue-coated surfaces of the inner and outer cup members by vacuum suction; and assembling and sealing the inner and outer cup members and filling a filler in between the inner and outer cup members. The filler in the brassiere cup thus formed can comply with the breast shape of each user to achieve optimal shaping and supporting effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Inventor: Mei Hui Lin
  • Patent number: 8239970
    Abstract: In a helmet according to this invention, a recess-projection fitting mechanism to attach a blockish inside pad on a head protecting cap portion side includes a male hook or female hook on the blockish inside pad side, and a female hook or male hook on the head protecting cap portion. When pulling the inside pad outward from inside the head protecting cap portion at least partly, a recess-projection fitting disengaging slant surface causes one hook to relatively levitate from the other hook, thus relatively disengaging the male hook from the female hook. This invention can provide the helmet which, when worn by a head of a helmet wearer, can be removed with a comparatively small force, and the detaching operation of which can be performed easily and reliably with a comparatively simple arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Shoei Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki Ikeda
  • Patent number: 8235045
    Abstract: The invention is a method for padding CPAP face and full face masks forehead and nose bridge area to prevent skin irritation, discomfort, indentions, allergies and ulcers. The pad is attached to the forehead part of the CPAP face mask by way of pockets sewn into the body of the pad. The pad protects the forehead area of the wearer as well as the nose bridge by way of a flap of material that fits between the seal of the mask and the wearer's nose bridge area distributing the pressure from the mask seal. Persons with sleep apnea rely on CPAP therapy to prevent the obstruction in order to continue to breathe while sleeping. The CPAP masks appear medical and strange, especially to a new user of the device. By making the CPAP mask more comfortable with soft padding and also preventing marks and sores, it is more likely that the person will continue their therapy and improve their health.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Inventor: Karen Leigh Moore