Torso Or Limb Encircling Patents (Class 2/311)
  • Patent number: 10561520
    Abstract: A spinal orthosis includes a rear panel, and first and second belt members securing to the rear panel. The first and second belt members each define a first end secured to a first side of the rear panel and a second end having a foldable portion adapted to fold over a first surface of the first and second belt members and secure to the first surface to reduce a length of the first and second belt members. First and second front closures are secured to the second ends of the first and second belt members, respectively, and arranged for removably securing to one another to form a continuously circumferential loop with the rear panel and the first and second belt members. A kit or method may be provided for sizing the belt members with a sizing device for forming a predetermined distance between the first and second belt members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: OSSUR ICELAND EHF
    Inventor: Zachariah J. Klutts
  • Patent number: 9901510
    Abstract: A portable apparatus for providing chest therapy to a user may include a wearable pack. A chest band may be coupled to the wearable pack. The chest band may include one or more chest band segments and may be configured to be worn around a chest of the user. A plurality of vibrating elements may be coupled to the one or more chest band segments. The plurality of vibrating elements may provide a vibrational force to the chest of the user when the chest band is worn around the chest of the user. The portable apparatus may further include a nebulizer treatment component, which may also be coupled to the wearable pack. A user input component may be electrically coupled to the plurality of vibrating elements and the nebulizer treatment component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Inventor: Brett Gene Smith
  • Patent number: 9872541
    Abstract: A leather belt has a buckle body and a belt body. The buckle body has a bottom base and a positioning segment. The bottom base has a through slot and a limiting groove. The through slot and the limiting groove are transversally formed through the bottom base and communicate with each other. The positioning segment is formed on and protrudes from the bottom base, and has a positioning rod. The belt body is connected to the buckle body and has a connecting end, a passing end, a first positioning hole, and multiple second positioning holes. The connecting end is connected to the positioning rod and is mounted in the limiting groove. The passing end is mounted in the through slot. The first positioning hole is formed through the belt body and is disposed around the positioning rod. The second positioning holes are formed through the belt body at intervals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Inventor: Kun-Lin Shiao
  • Patent number: 9565878
    Abstract: A breast support system having a support connected to a breast lift member for maintaining a user's breasts in a suspended position. The support preferably includes a leg that is substantially linear or that includes a slight bend therein, wherein the leg can contact the user's torso and rest flush thereagainst. The breast lift member supports the underside of a breast of the user and includes a crescent shape in order to conform to the natural contours of a woman's breast in order to support and lift the same. The support is flexible so as to allow the user to move about as desired without having the device become dislodged or removed. The support can frictionally secured to the user or may include an adhesive thereon. Further, the breast lift member can be disposed at an angle relative to the support in order to comfortably support the wearer's breast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Inventor: Gladys Hernandez
  • Patent number: 9173440
    Abstract: A decorative strap cover that is fastened to a strap on an article of clothing that may cover a portion of a bra, a dress, lingerie, shirt, tank top, halter top, pants, belt loops or belt and may provide a decorative compartment. The decorative strap cover may be worn as a single component or combined with others as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: Strap Appeal
    Inventor: Myra J. Crouch
  • Patent number: 8920351
    Abstract: A hip-girdling pelvic sling device for maintaining a desired amount of tension surrounding a person's hips and pelvis to securely support and stabilize a pelvis that has been fractured. Areas of mating types of fastener material such as mating hook-bearing fastener material and loop pile fastener material are arranged on the device to enable a strap to be secured at various effective lengths to provide a wide range of adjustability. The device may include inflatable bladders, stays, and a chin support and may be wrapped around a patient's neck as a cervical support collar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: The Seaberg Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Adrian Abram Polliack, Lance David Hopman, Lane Michael Johnson, Mark Douglas Smith
  • Patent number: 8904568
    Abstract: A clothing support system is provided, which includes a clothing support article for providing support to a portion of a user's body. The clothing support article has front and rear panels of a substantially non-elastic fabric, for the support of a portion of the user's body. The front and rear panels are attached together by first and second side panels, which include a fabric of two-way elasticity which is stretchable between the front and rear panels. The clothing support system may further include a tension strap having a central support portion and two ends which are attachable to the front panel, to thereby provide enhanced support to a user's body. A method for providing support to a user's body is also provided, wherein tension is applied to the tension strap of the clothing support system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Thinking Tiger, LLC
    Inventor: Gia Fruscione-Loizides
  • Publication number: 20140345034
    Abstract: An article includes a chassis and a belt to be placed around the waist of a wearer and separable from the chassis. A front and/or rear portion of the chassis includes a pair of first fasteners detachably attachable to the outer surface of the belt and separated by a first distance. The chassis includes a pair of first stretch markings related to the first distance. The belt includes a pair of second stretch markings marking a second distance when in a relaxed state and a predetermined third distance when in a stretched state. In a relaxed state, the first stretch markings are positioned in conjunction with or within the second stretch markings allowing the chassis to be attached to the belt in the relaxed state via the first fasteners and allowing the belt to be stretched into the third distance without jeopardizing the fastening of the first fasteners.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: SCA HYGIENE PRODUCTS AB
    Inventors: Roy Hansson, Niklas Svensson
  • Publication number: 20140325737
    Abstract: An interchangeable cumberbund with integrated wiring to allow for connecting a variety of electronic devices for an intended purpose or mission and exchanging a configured garment for another. The reconfigurable cumberbund allows for multiple quick-disconnect cable harnesses to be weaved into the cumberbund which enables rapid and convenient removal of hardware that incorporates all I/O to a computer. The reconfigurable cumberbund connected to a wearable tactical vest containing a mobile ultra-rugged personal computer is the essential combination that allows hands-free use by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventors: Justin Dyster, Michael Stimpson, Nate Patulski, Norman Lange, Chris Stalzer
  • Patent number: 8827940
    Abstract: This lumbar support belt (1) may be fitted around the lower part of a patient's trunk; it comprises a strip (2) of elastic textile material provided at each end with means for attaching the strip to itself and at least two posterior boning elements made of an elastic material (5a, 5b) positioned one on each side of the transverse mid-plane (A) of the strip; the belt may be positioned on the patient in such a way that the ends of the strip fasten together over the abdominal region of the patient and the posterior boning elements (5a, 5b) press against the lumbar region of the patient; in addition, the posterior boning elements (5a, 5b) are arranged in a V-shape in such a way that the posterior boning elements (5a, 5b) converge towards the lumbo-sacral region of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Gibaud
    Inventor: Lionel Anquetil
  • Publication number: 20140201887
    Abstract: A sock support band comprising a closed loop having a width, thickness, perimeter, and opposing sides. The band has an elastic portion and an attachment portion. The attachment portion has hook material attachment means or adhesive attachment means on one side for direct attachment to adjacent sock material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Inventor: Henry Verbakel
  • Publication number: 20140134903
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a safety belt (4), comprising a quick release fastening means (5) attached to a first end of the belt for releasably retaining a second end of the belt around a user, and one or more tensioning elements (8) for exerting tension on the first end of the belt proximal to the quick release fastening means (5) such that, when the quick release fastening means (5) is operated by a user to release the safety belt (4), the one or more tensioning elements (8) pulls the quick release fastening means (5) free from the second end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventor: Loel Collins
  • Publication number: 20140130230
    Abstract: Water-resistant waders may incorporate a waist lock system to reduce the likelihood of water entering the waders below the wearer's waist area while the waders are being worn during water-based activities, such as fishing or hunting. The waders may include a waist lock system formed of a ring of water-resistant material that may be firmly positioned around the waist area of the wearer such that it may create a flap and seal structure. If water reaches the top portion of the waist lock system, the waist lock system generally may prevent or at least minimize the water that may penetrate the waist lock system and enter the waders, particularly below the wearer's waist area, such as the wearer's feet and legs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: ACADEMY, LTD.
    Inventors: Michael Blinka, Jacob Andrewson
  • Publication number: 20140123369
    Abstract: The invention discussed includes a durable antimicrobial strap made using a polymer material, including plastics or vinyl, or a combination thereof, which have been enhanced through the integration of antimicrobial material adapted to kill microbes. The antimicrobial strap may be used in applications including but not limited to gait belts, helmet harness, and seat belts in child safety seats where the strap controls the level of cross-contamination by killing unwanted microbes that contact the strap and thereby, prevents the spread of disease and infections. A belt such as a child safety restraint made by a method of applying heat to the belt strap ends to form loops between the ends and the belt is also presented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2013
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Inventor: Barry G. Chapman
  • Patent number: 8689364
    Abstract: Disclosed are belt adjustment systems, particularly for wearing around a user's waist, that permit a continuum of belt loop sizes or a larger selection of belt loop sizes. The belt adjustment system includes an elongate belt member having a first end, a second end and a series of teeth positioned on an inner surface near the second end and a fixation member having first and second adjustment elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventors: Edward R. Rowland, Thomas W. Hunsucker
  • Patent number: 8684981
    Abstract: A urinary bag system comprising: a substantially tubular leg portion having at least one support opening along a top portion; a substantially rectangular urine bag pouch affixed to the substantially tubular leg portion, having a top side, left side, right side, bottom side, outside side portion, inside side portion, and a substantially rectangular cutout opening along the outside side portion and corresponding inside side portion of the substantially rectangular urine bag pouch, a valve opening along the bottom side and a top opening along the top side; a support garment; at least one strap having at least one attachment device, a first end and a second end, the first end removably attached to the support garment by at least one attachment device and the second end removably attached to at least one support opening along a top portion of the substantially tubular leg portion by at least one attachment device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Inventor: Hollis S. Keisic
  • Publication number: 20140026297
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a garment or accessory worn for fishing that comprises a magnet of sufficient size and strength to hold fishing hooks or lures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventor: Maria E. Enes
  • Patent number: 8635714
    Abstract: A support belt for use with body armor is disclosed. The support belt has a central member that includes two oppositely disposed side members and at least one horizontal strap that has a vertical receiving channel. There are at least two support straps configured to releasably interlock with the vertical receiving channel and a plurality of straps secured to an outer surface of the body armor to form a support trough that transfers at least a portion of the weight of the body armor to the waist of the wearer. There is a closure device to secure the side members to each other to secure the belt substantially around the wearer's waist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Inventor: Jason Hazlett
  • Patent number: 8628488
    Abstract: A compression wrap for providing pressure to an injured portion of a joint of a limb is provided. The compression wrap includes a pocket portion for receiving compression insert. The compression wrap further includes a strap connected to the pocket portion and adjustably securing the compression wrap to the limb. A buckle loop connected to the opposite side of the pocket portion as the strap adjustably receives the strap to adjust the size of the strap. Further, the strap portion and the pocket portion are configured such that when the compression wrap is attached to the limb of a person having an injury proximate the joint, the pocket portion is positionable to apply a load to the location of the injury while the strap portion is spaced away from the crease of the joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Inventor: Richard J. Serola
  • Publication number: 20130227765
    Abstract: A decorative Velcro strap enables a dual purpose usage to secure both mittens and socks on infant boys and girls from loss or removal. A dual layer, fabric overlay, Velcro strap loops around and encircles the infant's mitten at the wrist or its sock at the ankle. The wrist or ankle-facing inside layer of the Velcro strap consist of tiny hooks, which adhere to the mitten or sock holding it in place. The ambient-facing outside layer is a decorative fabric of various colors and designs that directly overlies and is sewn onto the ankle-facing Velcro layer. A length of the opposing Velcro strip of hairier loops overlies and is sewn onto one end of the fabric layer. A decorative patch overlies and is sewn onto the other end of the fabric layer. The strap is secured around the mitten or sock by connecting the two opposing Velcro ends together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Inventors: Matthew R. Bailey, Kimberly A. Bailey, Diana F. Angelo
  • Patent number: 8522405
    Abstract: A belt buckle is provided with a waist belt outlet slot (1) for connecting with a waist belt beginning (6) and at least one inlet retainer (5) engaging in openings of the belt at the opposite waist belt inlet slot (2). As a result of the design of the central section of the belt buckle as an essentially flat element (3), which permits deflection toward the waist belt, which reaches in the section of the, or of each inlet retainer (5) at least their height, can, in spite of a simple design, prevent an opening that is against the will of the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Inventor: Peter Spielberger
  • Publication number: 20130212781
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for retaining clothes on a child are provided wherein an elastic ring can be stretched to slide over top of the clothes and leg, and situate on an ankle area of the child. The apparatus and methods can be used when a child is wearing clothing such as a footed pajama, to keep the foot inside the footed area. In addition, the apparatus and methods can be used when a child is wearing pants that are too long, to retain the pant-leg above the foot and prevent the child from tripping. Further, the apparatus and methods can be used when a child is wearing footwear, such as socks or boots, to keep the footwear from falling off the child's foot. The apparatus can be independent and not fixed to the clothing, allowing the apparatus to be used on various garments, interchanged, and washed separately.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Inventor: Janet Noreen DEANE
  • Patent number: 8510868
    Abstract: One example of the invention describes a belt that is to be used by uniformed professional field personnel (e.g. law enforcement, fire, park department, search and rescue, private security, utilities personnel, military, etc.). Some examples of the invention introduce many new features which allow for improved access, comfort, reliability, ruggedness and cosmetics. In one embodiment, the description describes a metal rail on a belt, to which accessories attach. The other items of the inventions are the details of the buckle and its various designs. Other attachments and accessories, plus various setups and arrangements for the belts and buckles, are also presented here.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Inventors: Ryan Mongan, David Law, Graeme Esarey, Scott Comins
  • Publication number: 20130205476
    Abstract: This embodiment relates to leg garters for fashion wear, it is the goal of this embodiment to improve articles of this character toward new, versatile, and serviceable applications of wear. The embodiment includes the application of magnetic and mechanical closure options that improve the safety, support, adjustable sizing, fastening and marketing actions of leg garters. The mechanical closure includes hook and eye tape, snaps, etc. The magnetic closure is adapted for excess banding of materials and measurement adjustability for the garter. Synchmnously, the embodiment offers a new and useful purpose of converting leg garters into jewelry. An extended snap fastener is included for interchangeable ornaments. A box barrel clasp is added for ease of use and advertising advantage in the display of the garter. Lastly, the embodiment offers the new device of a magnetic buckle slider that assists with closure action and adjustability that also visually enhances the garter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: Dayna Gentile
    Inventors: Dayna Lee Gentile, Nicholas Anthony Gentile, JR.
  • Publication number: 20130198938
    Abstract: A foldable fabric cuff for comfortably maintaining the position of a compression hosiery or other garment. The fabric cuff has a static region and a folding region, such that the open end of the compression garment is sandwiched between the static region and the folding region when the cuff is worn in the folded position. The static region of the cuff is provided with a gripping surface that secures the open end of the compression garment in a comfortable, static position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2012
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Inventor: Betty Birnbaum
  • Publication number: 20130152279
    Abstract: A belt with multiple straps so as to achieve different looks, which comprises a main body made up of at least two straps placed one on top of the other; along a side section the belt has a holding system for keeping the various straps making up the main body together, which in turn acts as a rotation shaft for moving the belts so as to display the different faces of said straps as the external face of the main body; thus making it possible to have a plurality of colours and shapes in the same belt. At one end the main body has a buckle comprising a plate with a pivot at the top; at the end opposite the pivot is a support with a hole at the centre through which there passes a screw that supports the main body of the belt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: Global Innovation Services Inc.
    Inventor: Global Innovation Services Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130152278
    Abstract: A martial arts belt includes a belt and a pair of Velcro fastener assemblies. The belt is long enough to encircle the waist of a student and is sized to fit around a user's twice and to leave enough length to tie a traditional martial arts knot in order to form an inner loop and an outer loop. Each Velcro fastener assembly includes a loop fastener and a hook fastener. Each loop fastener is attached to one of the external sides of the inner loops of the belt and each hook fastener is attached to one of the internal sides of the outer loops of the belt side so that each loop fastener is aligned with one of the hook fasteners.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Inventor: Jean Jacques Machado
  • Publication number: 20130117987
    Abstract: A belt assembly with perforations formed around the entire length of the belt assembly and with a fastening device that is configured to be moved with respect to selected proximate perforations to adjust the assembly. In addition, decorative clips can be to be inserted into perforations formed around the entire length of the belt assembly. Strips can also be attached to the belt assembly. The decorative clips comprise various shapes comprising stars, moons, dogs, letters, feet and hands.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Applicant: Media Planner, Inc.
    Inventor: Raymond A. Rienecker
  • Publication number: 20130025030
    Abstract: A sock support band comprising a closed loop having a width thickness, perimeter and opposing sides. The band has an elastic portion and an attachment portion. The attachment portion has hook material attachment means on one side for direct attachment to adjacent sock material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Inventor: Henry Verbakel
  • Publication number: 20130025029
    Abstract: The Pants Holding Suspender is for people with big stomachs who need to hold their pants in place and not have their pants slide down. The Pants Holding Suspender is worn right under chest and on the upper stomach, either on the skin or over under shirts, to hold pants up. The Pants Holding Suspender is either pulled over the head or pulled around the stomach and connected with metal or plastic connectors over the stomach and under the chest horizontally. Then two straps are connected to the front of the pants and one strap is connected to the back of the pants vertically with plastic or metal clips.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2011
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Inventors: MiOk Romana Ham, Walter Theoran Ham, IV
  • Patent number: 8333634
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to frames useful for affixing a garment to figurines such as dolls. In particular, the disclosure relates to play sets comprising a frame of the disclosure and a figurine such as a doll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Genie Toys plc
    Inventors: Casey W. Norman, David Gamlin
  • Patent number: 8276216
    Abstract: Maternity wear of the invention accommodates the changing shape of a woman's body during pregnancy, minimizing the need for maternity clothes. In one aspect of the invention, pants or a skirt are worn with the upper end unfastened so as to conform to the shape of the swelling torso in pregnancy, and an elastic band shaped similarly to a tube top is worn generally around the waist, so as to overlap the top of the unfastened pants or skirt and retain them on the body. A top, such as a blouse or shirt, can be worn with its tail end extending over the band. In another aspect of the invention, too-large maternity clothing is worn with the band garment engaged over the upper end. If desired the band garment can be folded over on itself, thus doubling its thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Ingrid & Isabel, LLC
    Inventor: Ingrid Carney
  • Patent number: 8266723
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for accommodating and covering a varying sized abdomen and particularly the abdomen of a pregnant woman involving leaving a zipper opening of pants not intended to cover an enlarged girth at least partially open and using a garment to cover the opening in said pants by first interconnecting a pants button on one side of the opening to a buttonhole on the other side of the opening using a buttonhole elastic having elongate spaced slots as buttonholes and a double button to snugly secure the waistband of the non-maternity pants around a user's abdomen and using a flexible fabric garment to cover the zipper opening and, if desired, other selected portions of the abdomen of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Inventors: Liliana Frandsen, Jennifer Frandsen, Wendy DeBoer, Brenda Schenck
  • Patent number: 8256031
    Abstract: A safety gripping device for use by a passenger riding a vehicle in tandem behind a vehicle operator. The device is in the form of a discrete article with ergonomically inclined handles at either end to be manually positioned by the passenger generally in front of the vehicle operator's torso. Rather than depending on straps or belts worn by the operator or handles directly affixed to the vehicle, the gripping device affords a convenient, comfortable and natural way of gripping, generally avoiding a personal hugging engagement with, or distracting pressure upon, the vehicle operator. This facilitates longer journeys with prolonged enjoyment on a shared vehicle. This portable safety device helps the passenger to better and more safely balance and steady him/herself with respect to the vehicle and its operator. The device may be fabricated or molded from a flexible material, and conveniently include an integral storage container with removable cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Inventor: Jon B. Von Kahle
  • Publication number: 20120185996
    Abstract: A golf accessory accenting system utilizes one or more accent groups to coordinate golf accessories with a user's outfit. Each accent group include a plurality of replaceable accent pieces that may be coordinated for use on or with one or more golf accessory, including a golf hat (such as a golf visor or a baseball cap), a golf glove, a belt, golf shoes, a golf bag, a golf towel, one or more equipment storage bags, and the like, to accent, customize and coordinate a golfer's outfit and full ensemble based on color, pattern, style, texture, or the like. Accent pieces may be swatches, strips or bands of ribbon or fabric cut and sized to be added to a golf accessory as an accent of color, style or texture, and removably fastened thereto by means of fasteners so that they can be easily removed, replaced, and mixed-and-matched as desired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2012
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Inventors: Lizabeth K. Goldberg, Stephanie Jensen
  • Publication number: 20120151658
    Abstract: A medical garment formed of a central body region and two side regions with a pair of belts and a pair of fasteners for securing the garment around a patient's body is provided. The central body region may be worn on the back or front and may have a v-neck form. A waistband extends across the central body region and across one side region with a first belt secured at the junction of the central region and the second side region and extending to the outer edge of the first side region. The second belt extends from the secured end of the first belt through the waistband across the central body region, the second belt exiting the waistband at the junction of the second side region and central body region. A first fixed tie is positioned at the outer edge of the second side region along the position of the waistband. A second fixed tie is secured to the inside of the waistband between the central body region and first side region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Inventors: Diane Von Furstenberg, Erin Przekop, Jeanne M. Ryan
  • Patent number: 8192383
    Abstract: A hip-girdling pelvic sling device for maintaining a desired amount of tension surrounding a person's hips and pelvis to securely support and stabilize a pelvis that has been fractured. Areas of mating types of fastener material such as mating hook-bearing fastener material and loop pile fastener material are arranged on the device to enable a strap to be secured at various effective lengths to provide a wide range of adjustability to make the device useful for persons of various sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: The Seaberg Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Adrian Abram Polliack, Lance David Hopman
  • Patent number: 8191177
    Abstract: Maternity wear of the invention accommodates the changing shape of a woman's body during pregnancy, minimizing the need for maternity clothes. In one aspect of the invention, pants or a skirt are worn with the upper end unfastened so as to conform to the shape of the swelling torso in pregnancy, and an elastic band shaped similarly to a tube top is worn generally around the waist, so as to overlap the top of the unfastened pants or skirt and retain them on the body. A top, such as a blouse or shirt, can be worn with its tail end extending over the band. In another aspect of the invention, too-large maternity clothing is worn with the band garment engaged over the upper end. If desired the band garment can be folded over on itself, thus doubling its thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Ingrid & Isabel, LLC
    Inventor: Ingrid Carney
  • Publication number: 20120042439
    Abstract: An interchangeable cumberbund with integrated wiring to allow for connecting a variety of electronic devices for an intended purpose or mission and exchanging a configured garment for another. The reconfigurable cumberbund allows for multiple quick-disconnect cable harnesses to be weaved into the cumberbund which enables rapid and convenient removal of hardware that incorporates all I/O to a computer. The reconfigurable cumberbund connected to a wearable tactical vest containing a mobile ultra-rugged personal computer is the essential combination that allows hands-free use by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2011
    Publication date: February 23, 2012
    Applicant: RMT, INC.
    Inventors: Justin Dyster, Michael Stimpson, Nate Patulski, Norman Lange, Chris Stalzer
  • Publication number: 20120037062
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a towing equipment for towing a person by a vehicle. The towing equipment comprises a proximal portion intended to be associated with said person, a distal portion intended to be connected to said vehicle, and a junction region interposed between the proximal portion and the distal portion. The proximal portion includes a first flexible branch and a second flexible branch, which are connected to the distal portion at the junction region. A proximal end of said first flexible branch comprises a handle; a proximal end of said second flexible branch is configured to be associated with the waist of said person. The present disclosure further relates to an abdominal belt intended to be used in conjunction with a towing equipment. The present disclosure also relates to a method for towing a person by a vehicle or the like. In particular, the person is a water skier and the vehicle is a motor boat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Inventor: Norman WEISS
  • Publication number: 20120036618
    Abstract: Disclosed are belt adjustment systems, particularly for wearing around a user's waist, that permit a continuum of belt loop sizes or a larger selection of belt loop sizes. The belt adjustment system includes an elongate belt member having a first end, a second end and a series of teeth positioned on an inner surface near the second end and a fixation member having first and second adjustment elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2011
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Inventors: Edward R. Rowland, Thomas W. Hunsucker
  • Patent number: 8099794
    Abstract: A body conforming, reusable, washable, textile holder for removably holding at least one electronic device in close bodily contact. The holder may be a wrap or tube constructed to enclose a portion of the body where the electronic device is to be held. The electronic device may be a cellular telephone, a wireless communication device, a personal audio device, a wearable computer, an electronic monitoring device, an electronic identification card, or other electronic device. The invention also relates to a system comprising the body conforming holder and an electronic device for use therewith, and a method for holding such an electronic device in close bodily contact by wearing the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Rusl, LLC
    Inventor: Jerry Edward Carstens
  • Publication number: 20110245737
    Abstract: A fetal stimulation device is incorporated into a garment to be worn by a pregnant woman. The garment is preferably formed of an elastic material and includes a torso portion which is arranged around the torso of the woman. An audio device and a pair of speakers are connected with the garment torso portion to deliver sound such as music or words to a fetus. The garment torso portion also includes and elongated massaging element which is arranged around the perimeter of the torso portion to deliver vibrations to the fetus. The sounds and vibrations stimulate the fetus during prenatal development. In addition, massaging and heating elements are provided in the rear of the garment to deliver vibrations and heat to the back of the woman. A layer of radiation proof fabric is provided between the audio device and the woman to prevent radiation from reaching the fetus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Applicant: PHRONESIS, LLC
    Inventor: Dana Hawes
  • Publication number: 20110239353
    Abstract: Maternity wear of the invention accommodates the changing shape of a woman's body during pregnancy, minimizing the need for maternity clothes. In one aspect of the invention, pants or a skirt are worn with the upper end unfastened so as to conform to the shape of the swelling torso in pregnancy, and an elastic band shaped similarly to a tube top is worn generally around the waist, so as to overlap the top of the unfastened pants or skirt and retain them on the body. A top, such as a blouse or shirt, can be worn with its tail end extending over the band. In another aspect of the invention, too-large maternity clothing is worn with the band garment engaged over the upper end. If desired the band garment can be folded over on itself, thus doubling its thickness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Inventor: Ingrid Carney
  • Patent number: 8015623
    Abstract: A belt extender for installation on a belt with a removable buckle comprising a main body with a first end and a second end, a metal tab fixedly attached to and extending from a first end of the main body of the belt extender, and a longitudinal slot roughly centrally disposed on the main body of the belt extender. The main body folds over itself at a fold line that extends through the center of the longitudinal slot and is secured in place with snap fasteners to create a folded end. A belt buckle comprising a tongue and a frame is installed on the folded end of the belt extender by sliding the frame of the belt buckle over the second end of the belt extender and inserting the tongue through the longitudinal slot prior to folding. The metal tab is inserted into a longitudinal slot on the buckle end of the belt strap and rotated so that the main body of the belt extender is aligned with the belt strap on the buckle end of the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: High Valley Ranch Properties, L.L.C.
    Inventors: George E. Lee, Erik Philip Ericksen
  • Publication number: 20110179554
    Abstract: A belt is described herein that is configured to partially encircle a torso of a wearer. The belt includes elongate flexible material having a length between a first and a second end, wherein at least a portion of the flexible material is elastic, a first fastening member attached to the first end of the flexible material; a second fastening member attached to the second end of the flexible material; and an adjustment member for adjusting the length of the flexible material, wherein the belt extends less than halfway around the torso of the wearer. Methods for wearing the belt are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2011
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Inventor: Marni Bumsted
  • Publication number: 20110179553
    Abstract: A support belt for use with body armor is disclosed. The support belt has a central member that includes two oppositely disposed side members and at least one horizontal strap that has a vertical receiving channel. There are at least two support straps configured to releasably interlock with the vertical receiving channel and a plurality of straps secured to an outer surface of the body armor to form a support trough that transfers at least a portion of the weight of the body armor to the waist of the wearer. There is a closure device to secure the side members to each other to secure the belt substantially around the wearer's waist.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2010
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Inventor: Jason Hazlett
  • Publication number: 20110072559
    Abstract: The present invention may be used as extendable belt on your waist garments. It will give you extra room when you are unable to fasten your waist garments. They are worn around your waist, and the fasteners on the waist belts attaches to the fasteners on the waist garment. It will allow you to purchase those waist garments you thought were too small in the waist area. Some of the belts have more than one fastener on them to give you the amount of room you need around your waist.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2010
    Publication date: March 31, 2011
    Inventor: Antonia Yavette Middleton
  • Patent number: 7908674
    Abstract: The present invention provides body-shaping apparel designed to lift and support the lower portion of a person's buttocks relative to the top of the person's thighs that include a pair of loop straps that are dimensioned to encircle and engage the top of a person's thigh at the juncture of the thigh and buttock and to lift and support a buttock upwardly relative to the top of the person's thigh.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Inventor: Karen E. Jones
  • Publication number: 20110043755
    Abstract: Weighting garment and orthotics are provided for improving balance. In particular, adjustable balance evaluation systems are used to determine placement of a weight to improve a subject's balance. These evaluation systems may be used to create customized garments for enhancing or improving balance. Described herein are customized garments for enhancing balance. Methods of creating customized garments enhance balance from the adjustable balance evaluation systems. Methods and apparatus further include eyeglasses with weights and testing methods to improve vision.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Applicant: Motion Therapeutics, Inc.
    Inventors: Cynthia GIBSON-HORN, David PEARSON