Belt, Strap, Or Strip Constructions Patents (Class 2/338)
  • Publication number: 20040163159
    Abstract: An accessory for trousers worn low on the hips, for concealing otherwise exposed surfaces such as the midriff or underwear, and for retaining the trousers on the hips. The accessory comprises a panel of fabric or other flexible material, configured to encircle the waist and to overlap the top of the trousers. The accessory has an elastic waistband and an attaching element for engaging and retaining the trousers. In alternative embodiments, the retaining element may comprise hook and loop fastener or belt loops. In a further alternative embodiment, the upper edge of the accessory may bear lace. In still other alternative embodiments, the accessory may be pleated, may have an optional zipper, may be provided in a form that bulges out from the body when worn, may be elastic, and may have these features in any combination. The accessory may be provided with trousers as a visually matched set.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2003
    Publication date: August 26, 2004
    Inventors: Joseph S. Edwards, James H. Battle, Patricia Clancy, Dawn K. Eisenhauer
  • Publication number: 20040083536
    Abstract: An elastic health belt is composed of a belt head ‘a sliding piece’ a compressed spring ‘an stretched spring’ a first belt body and a second belt body, wherein, one end of said belt head provided with a recess , the other end of said belt head provided with a retaining clamp part, a sliding slice provided inside a recess, a blocking slice extended at one end of a sliding slice, the other end of said sliding slice projecting out of the side outside a belt head , a fastening pin provided on the side, a compressed spring provided on a sliding slice, a retaining clamp part of said belt head clamping one end of a first belt body, the other end of a first belt body connecting with one end of a second belt body through the interposing of a stretched spring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2002
    Publication date: May 6, 2004
    Inventors: I-Chang Hung, Ching-Shih Teng
  • Patent number: 6711750
    Abstract: An elastic textile belt for acupressure, includes securing elements at opposite ends of the belt for securing the belt around the waist of a user; an abdominal acupressure element having a plurality of metal protrusions on the inner surface of the belt and a pouch for holding heat generating elements on an outer surface of the belt; a movable lumbar acupressure element having a plurality of metal protrusions on the inner surface, a plurality of hooks on the outer surface and a pouch for holding heat generating elements between the surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2004
    Inventor: Dong-hoon Yoo
  • Publication number: 20040055075
    Abstract: A belt load distribution device channels the loads produced by heavy belts, such as gun belts worn by law enforcement officers, away from the user's spine, and distributes the load comfortably across the muscles of the user's back. Heavy belt loads, which typically cause chronic lower back pain in police officers, are significantly mitigated. The belt load distribution device comprises a lower back panel which houses vertical and horizontal stays, and a belt for securing the device around the waist of the user. In addition to alleviating lower back pain caused by the wearing of heavy belts, the device is light, comfortable, durable, adjustable, and easy to maintain.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2002
    Publication date: March 25, 2004
    Inventor: Dawn L. Sullivan-West
  • Publication number: 20040055076
    Abstract: An elastic textile belt for acupressure, includes securing elements at opposite ends of the belt for securing the belt around the waist of a user; an abdominal acupressure element having a plurality of metal protrusions on the inner surface of the belt and a pouch for holding heat generating elements on an outer surface of the belt; a movable lumbar acupressure element having a plurality of metal protrusions on the inner surface, a plurality of hooks on the outer surface and a pouch for holding heat generating elements between the surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2002
    Publication date: March 25, 2004
    Inventor: Tae Woo Yoo
  • Publication number: 20040049834
    Abstract: The present invention is a wearable device about an individual's waistline and over unfastened clothing, so that the device offers coverage over unfastened clothing and offers support to the clothing and to the individual's waistline.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2002
    Publication date: March 18, 2004
    Inventors: Gregory L. Stangle, Elizabeth S. Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 6705920
    Abstract: A breast milk pump holding strap that includes two elastic bands that are adjustably securable to each other with a pair of companionate hook and pile fasteners along the back and front thereof to form a closed loop and that each include a slit through which a narrow portion of the cone of the breast pump is positioned prior to positioning of the straps in place such that each cone is held over a respective breast of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Inventor: Julie Engel
  • Patent number: 6701534
    Abstract: A work tool belt device includes an elongated strap for mounting on a user's waist and for carrying a plurality of tools thereon. The strap has opposed free ends that carry complementary parts of a locking member for securing the device around a user's waist. An elongated hip rest is secured to an internal surface of the strap to resiliently and uniformly distribute the carried weight of the tools along the hips of the user. The hip rest defines a plurality of transversal through channels spaced equidistant apart there along on a user side surface facing away from the strap to form a plurality of support sections. A plurality of tool holders are mounted along an external surface of the strap to releasably receive complementary hook members of the tools therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2004
    Inventor: Michel Daniel Guibord
  • Publication number: 20040040070
    Abstract: A garment waistband having vertical stability and a concomitant ability to provide circumferential length variation to enable a garment to be a comfortable fit despite variations in waist size.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2002
    Publication date: March 4, 2004
    Inventor: John Wong
  • Patent number: 6681406
    Abstract: A garment belt including an extendible insert. The insert may flex or stretch while the belt is being worn so that the belt adapts to variations in a wearer's waist size and shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Assignee: The Timberland Company
    Inventor: Jong H. Yang
  • Patent number: 6678898
    Abstract: Two elongated, flat, belt end-tabs (20) and (32) made of a material suitable for permanent attachment to opposite ends of a torso-encircling strap (38). The first said belt end-tab (20) having Velcro hook (28) material attached lengthwise to it's underside and, the second said belt end-tab (32) having Velcro loop (34) material attached lengthwise to it's topside. Said belt end tabs (20) and (32) being releasably attachable to each other in an overlapping fashion by the mating of said Velcro hook (28) and said Velcro loop (34). Said Velcro hook (28) being a predetermined length so that approximately one inch of the free end of said belt end tab (20) is left uncovered so that pull-grip (30) is formed. In addition, a belt buckle (22) is mounted to the first said belt end tab (20) by means of a buckle positioning hole (24) which gives the assembly the deceptive appearance of being fastened with a buckle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2004
    Assignee: Q-Life Incorporated Contact-Treva Weathers
    Inventors: Rodney L. Jones, Angela Jones
  • Publication number: 20030233699
    Abstract: A belt device has a head and a belt is disclosed. The head is a frame body with a hollow central portion. A connecting shaft is connected between two sides of the hollow central portion. Thereby, two through holes in the hollow central portion are spaced by the connecting shaft. A plurality of buckle blocks are equally spaced on one surface of the belt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2002
    Publication date: December 25, 2003
    Inventor: Chin-Hsyuaan Huang
  • Publication number: 20030233700
    Abstract: A buckle construction for adjusting the desired length of a band, such as a belt, strap or the like includes a buckle/tongue construction where the tongue is modified to engage a selected aperture on one end of a band, such as a belt. Tightening or loosening of the belt can be achieved over a distance less than that between two adjacent apertures on the band. In one preferred embodiment, the tongue is provided with a retainer portion formed intermediate the end of the tongue, dimensioned to releasably engage a selected aperture and hold it in position away from the free end of the tongue, to incrementally shorten or lengthen the loop distance of the band or belt.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2002
    Publication date: December 25, 2003
    Inventor: John T. Cress
  • Patent number: 6647555
    Abstract: A belt-like article has fastening elements continuous attached along an entire periphery of a long tape main body. The belt-like article further includes engaging means capable of engaging with/disengaging from each other, each of which has an engaging portion provided at a predetermined position in a longitudinal direction of the tape main body. By winding the belt-like article spirally about an end portion thereof so as to engage the opposing fastening elements successively, a diversified types of the storage bodies can be obtained. Further, by engaging the engaging means with each other, the belt-like article can be used as a neck strap for hanging the storage body for accommodating an object. Therefore, the belt-like article is provided with not only an application as the belt-like article but also an application as a storage body for various objects, which are functionally related to each other, so that it can be used sufficiently for practical purpose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshiharu Yamaguchi, Tsutomu Hamatani, Yoshimichi Yamakita, Ikuo Hirao, Takashi Adachi
  • Publication number: 20030182715
    Abstract: A multi-segment belt system is provided for use with a pair of conventional pants. There is a docking strap mountable along the waist region by being suspended on two belt loops of the pants, the strap having a contact binding surface on its front side. There is also a cinching strap having a slot adjacent one end, a grip ring at an opposite end, a contact binding surface on one side suitable to mate with the contact binding surface of the docking strap, and a contact binding surface on an opposite side. A loop element allows a portion of the cinching strap to slide there through, and is connected along an inside surface of a waist band of the pants. There is also a closure member having a button on one side and a contact binding surface on an opposite side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2002
    Publication date: October 2, 2003
    Inventor: Scot Wallace
  • Patent number: 6604526
    Abstract: A sexual harness is disclosed which provides increased stimulation, comfort and support for both participants involved in tandem coitus, and which is of a construction utilizing a plurality of layers, one of which is of an elastically yieldingly compressible material having good deformation memory properties. The device further includes a pair of shoulder straps and leg stirrups for additional attachment to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2003
    Inventor: Donnell King Coward
  • Publication number: 20030135913
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a garment belt including an extendible insert. The insert may flex or stretch while the belt is being worn so that the belt adapts to variations in a wearer's waist size and shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2002
    Publication date: July 24, 2003
    Inventor: Jong H. Yang
  • Patent number: 6554680
    Abstract: The instant invention pertains to action figures having a female connection formed on the back and a belt or theme mounting having a plurality of male connectors. The action figures may pertain to a sport such as wrestling or baseball, or a super hero or other famous person. The action figure is connected to the belt for wearing a group of related action figures. A second embodiment consists of a theme mount such as a bat or hockey stick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Inventor: Robert Abbondandolo
  • Publication number: 20030009816
    Abstract: The purpose of this new invention, presently known as the H.I.P. Roome Sash Wrapper, is to supply an easy, attractive and useful way to display and/or bind a sash and/or wrap, shawl, scarf, cord, tie around the mid section of the human body waist and/or hips. The invention would be manufactured in various materials, lengths and widths to accommodate different sizes in waist/hips of the human body and would have loops of various sizes/shapes and materials on each end and loops of various sizes/shapes and materials along the length to bind the sash and/or wrap, shawl, scarf, cord, tie. The end loops would be connected with the use of various clasp and/or the ends of/or full length of the sash and/or wrap, shawl, scarf, cord, tie.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2001
    Publication date: January 16, 2003
    Inventor: Anna Kathryn Roome
  • Patent number: 6502249
    Abstract: A system for part measurement and verification is disclosed. The system comprises a set of design criteria specifying a part and a fixture with gage blocks for positioning the part, where each of the gage blocks represents a known position. At least one probe is operable to measure the scalar values of the part and the gage blocks. A handheld information processor or computer is coupled to the probe for receiving the measurements and is operable to transform the measurements and compare those measurements to the design criteria to in order to verify the part. A method for part measurement and verification is disclosed. The method comprises eight steps. Step one calls for specifying the part with a set of design criteria. Step two requires storing the design criteria in a handheld information processor. Step three provides placing the part in a fixture with gage blocks at known locations. In step four, the method provides for configuring the handheld information processor to receive part measurements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2003
    Assignee: Vought Aircraft Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Clifton Dale Cunningham, James McKinnon Fitch, James Jeffery Howard, James Paul Koesters, Michael Alan Leenhouts, Eric Dewayne Moore
  • Publication number: 20020170105
    Abstract: A belt having an elongate band that is wrappable around the body of a wearer, the band having first and second end portions, the first and second end portions respectively being provided with first and second parts of a connection for detachable and adjustable connection of the first end portion to the second end portion with the band wrapped around the body of the wearer, wherein the band is made of a synthetic modelling material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2002
    Publication date: November 21, 2002
    Applicant: ORANG TIGA N.V.
    Inventors: Alexander Daniel Christiaan Koene, Dirk Valentin Firmin Hector Lorre, Jan Carlos De Lancker
  • Patent number: 6446269
    Abstract: A concealed lower body garment support belt worn under a lower body garment includes a raised lip on which the lower body garment is supported. The lip is formed from a loop in a length of fabric and is filled by filler material that is adequately flexible to conform to the shape of the user's waistline and rigid to resist flattening. The belt is worn by the user immediately adjacent to his skin or undergarments. A high friction surface and adjustable fastening means allow a snug fit to be obtained around the waistline to prevent slippage of the belt down the user's stomach. The belt is worn and maintained around the user's waistline so that the waistband of his lower body garment, supported on the raised lip of the belt, is maintained around the user's waistline. An exterior belt worn by a user cooperates with the concealed belt by cinching and gathering the waistband of the lower body garment over the raised lip of the concealed belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2002
    Inventors: Ed Bessler, Robert Roseberry
  • Publication number: 20020104151
    Abstract: A Magnetic Therapy Belt includes an array of high-gauss magnets positioned within a foam insert, and mounted between surrounding materials. The positioning of the magnets within the array of magnets corresponds to the lumbar region of the lower back, and the Magnetic Therapy Belt is designed to be worn at a variety of times, such as work, exercise and relaxation. The magnetic elements are selectively positioned relative to the patient belt-line to create a suitable magnetic field environment to maximize magnetic therapy treatment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2001
    Publication date: August 8, 2002
    Inventor: Donald Rauscher
  • Patent number: 6427697
    Abstract: The invention comprises a flexible padded belt adapted to be worn by a person when in a substantially horizontal position. The invention further comprises a method of reducing back pain and increasing comfort by wearing a flexible padded belt while lying down. The belt encircles the wearer's lower lumbar, side and abdominal regions, and fastens over the wearer's stomach. Padding in the portions of the belt contacting the wearer's sides and lower back support the wearer's spine and reduce spinal curvature when the wearer lies on his or her side, thereby promoting comfort and reducing pain. When the wearer lies on his or her back, the belt supports the lower lumbar region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2002
    Inventor: Mary Annette Pearcey
  • Patent number: 6425139
    Abstract: The present invention provides a waist adjusting device which allows reduction of the number of parts, an operating piece to exert its elastic performance accurately with respect to a slider body and a smooth engagement/disengagement operation. An adjusting belt has a plurality of adjusting protrusions provided on the surface thereof and a slider body has a through portion through which the adjusting belt is capable of being inserted to the right and left and further insertion holes in which an operating piece is inserted, provided on upper and lower portions of the slider body. Slope portions inclined outward are provided on both sides of the lower insertion hole. The operating piece has engaging protrusions on one face and elastic leg portions on both sides, provided integrally with a main body thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2002
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuo Ida
  • Patent number: 6425137
    Abstract: An apparatus to be worn around an extremity of a user. The apparatus including a body portion, the body portion having at least one pocket, the pocket configured such that the pocket is accessible to the user while the user is wearing the apparatus, the body portion also defining a circumference approximately the circumference of the extremity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2002
    Inventor: Mehdi Fakhrai
  • Publication number: 20020069451
    Abstract: A belt-like article has fastening elements continuous attached along an entire periphery of a long tape main body. The belt-like article further includes engaging means capable of engaging with/disengaging from each other, each of which has an engaging portion provided at a predetermined position in a longitudinal direction of the tape main body. By winding the belt-like article spirally about an end portion thereof so as to engage the opposing fastening elements successively, a diversified types of the storage bodies can be obtained. Further, by engaging the engaging means with each other, the belt-like article can be used as a neck strap for hanging the storage body for accommodating an object. Therefore, the belt-like article is provided with not only an application as the belt-like article but also an application as a storage body for various objects, which are functionally related to each other, so that it can be used sufficiently for practical purpose.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2001
    Publication date: June 13, 2002
    Applicant: YKK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshiharu Yamaguchi, Tsutomu Hamatani, Yoshimichi Yamakita, Ikuo Hirao, Takashi Adachi
  • Patent number: 6389605
    Abstract: A novel form of belt is presented where the two ends of the belt can be attached directly to a wearer's clothing instead of the belt closing on itself like a conventional belt. Two fastening means such as commercially available vest-clips are attached to the two extremities of a flexible length of belting material. A buckle or other adjusting means may be provided for varying the length of the wrap belt. In use, the wearer first attaches one end of the belt to a selected position on her article of clothing; she then wraps the belt around her torso one or more times; finally, she fastens the other end of the belt to a second selected position on her clothing. She may adjust the length of the belt before, or during or after wearing the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2002
    Inventor: Priti Srivastava
  • Patent number: 6367478
    Abstract: A shirrable cover for a gait belt or other similar belt includes a sleeve, a flap and restraining means whereby the cover may be drawn into a shirred bundle. Such belt cover may consist of various materials and fabric finishes. One embodiment of the shirrable cover includes a back panel and front panel and a flap unitary with the back panel and extending beyond a terminating end of the front panel. Preferably, at least one thread extends along a top seam of the junction of the front and back panels and extends beyond the top seam at least one point. Also, at least one thread extends along the bottom seam of the junction of the front and back panels and extends beyond the bottom seam at least one point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2002
    Inventor: Gregory S. Riggs
  • Patent number: 6343384
    Abstract: An object of the invention is to provide a waist adjusting device, in which the number of components is reduced, an assembly thereof is not necessary because of its simple structure so as to achieve reduction of production cost and the adjustment operation is very simple. An adjusting belt has a multiplicity of adjusting protrusions on the surface thereof and a slider has a through portion which the adjusting belt can be passed through in the right and left direction. Engaging protrusions which are capable of engaging the adjusting protrusions, when the adjusting belt is passed through an upper section of the through portion, are provided on both sides of an inner face of a through hole provided on a rear plate thereof. Attaching holes whose inner side is expanded are provided in a surface plate and a fixing device has two attaching posts, which are inserted into the attaching holes and fixed by crushing, at a rear face of a cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2002
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuo Ida
  • Patent number: 6339848
    Abstract: A readily installed and rapidly detachable flexible sleeve system for belts, as well as a method for its manufacture, into which a belt having a buckle with a tongue can be inserted and secured by the tongue to cover the entire front surface of the belt with a variety of materials having different colors, textures, and designs, and thereby make it more versatile as a fashion accessory. The present invention comprises a reinforced aperture near to its anchored end, cooperating parts of a two-part quick-release fastener positioned on opposite sides of the aperture, a transverse opening for belt insertion, and at least one aperture through the distal end of the sleeve. Optionally, one of the fastener parts can be attached to the rear surface of the belt, instead of the sleeve. Each sleeve is further configured so that when it is in its usable position upon a belt, it will not interfere with the routine fastening and use of the belt during its garment support function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2002
    Inventors: Malinda L. Mayhood, Whitney C. Huffman
  • Publication number: 20010046661
    Abstract: A new and improved product designed to enhance the lives of teachers and adults in their attempts to teach handicapped individuals. The present invention will serve to greatly enhance teachers and adults who are involved in teaching handicapped individuals by assisting them in locating visual pictures during activities at home or at school. The present invention would be attached to a belt, which would be strapped around a user's waist. The present invention would also have a pair of removable felt pads, which a user would be able to attach pictures to, with the flaps being removable at the will of a user. When an adult or teacher would wish to communicate with someone, the adult or teacher would simply remove the picture and hand it to the user. The present invention would also have a front-mounted pad with an enclosed pouch which would be used for storing extra pictures and drawings, with pad including the enclosed pouch being located in front of the other two pair of flaps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2001
    Publication date: November 29, 2001
    Inventor: Mildred Shorter
  • Patent number: 6291039
    Abstract: A ruffling slide for making articles with stretchable portions includes a tubular sleeve for containing at least one resiliently elastic yarn element connecting the portions transversely provided on the sleeve and space apart in such a way that they define tubular ruffling sections. The connecting portions also form narrowed portions for locally clamping the elastic yarn elements. The yarn element inserts into the sleeve and is clamped at the narrowed portions in such a way that it extends freely through each tubular section and is movable therein between two positions, i.e., an inoperative position and an operative position in which said element is shorter than the section in question, whereby it may subsequently impart a ruffle thereto in a direction substantially perpendicular to the general direction of the sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2001
    Assignee: Cera France Compagnie d'Equipment Robotique Appliquee
    Inventors: Robert Combe, Serge Moulin
  • Patent number: 6289518
    Abstract: A garment belt and method of making it. The belt has a first end portion at which a buckle is mounted and a second end portion for engagement with the buckle when the belt is worn. The belt formed of a blank or elongated strap of a first flexible material, e.g., a relatively low-cost but aesthetically and tactily-pleasing material such as a high quality vinyl. The strap includes outer surface providing that aesthetically pleasing appearance, and an inner surface. A central longitudinal axis form a fold line and extends the length of the strap. A pair of strips of leather are fixedly secured, e.g., adhesively bonded, onto the inner surface of said elongated strap and they extend parallel to and equidistantly spaced from each other on opposite sides of the fold line. One of the pair of strips has a recess, e.g., a transversely extending groove or a circular depression, located therein adjacent the first end portion of the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2001
    Assignee: Reborn Products Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas B. O'Connor
  • Patent number: 6279804
    Abstract: A strap attachment system having a stiffened flexible strap with a first end anchored to a pouch and a free end configured for positioning around a belt and releasable attachment to the pouch, such as with hook-and-loop fasteners. The stiffened flexible strap is formed from webbing that has the hook portion of the hook-and-loop fastening system attached thereto, preferably by stitching. A stiffener having a shaped end is positioned between the hook portion and the webbing to provide some rigidity to the webbing. The stiffened flexible strap is more easily threaded around a belt to form a connecting loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2001
    Inventor: Ron Gregg
  • Patent number: 6272691
    Abstract: A sleeve is held in a gathered postion with an elongated strap having an elastic loop on one end and a fastener on the other end. The fastener is passed through the loop and then folded back against itself to hold the fastener to the loop. The sleeve holder may also have one or two labels to add decorative graphics to the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2001
    Assignee: Promarx, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas A. Henricksen, Sandra J. Shidler
  • Patent number: 6266825
    Abstract: Disclosed is a traveler's head support sleeping and resting mechanism for a seated person. The seat and/or chair being used may include a headrest. The present invention includes a band comprising two separate sections, a seat harness and a head harness. When the two separate sections are in contact with each other's highly adhesive sides, a single band is formed. When the seat harness is wrapped around the top section of the seat and/or chair to overlap on itself, creates a strong anchoring seat harness section around such seat an/or chair. The head harness, the remaining length of band section, may be further wrapped around the seated person's forehead and the seat anchoring harness section itself. The two separate sections are strongly bonded on contact with each other and themselves so as to form a comfortable, complete head support harness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2001
    Inventor: Glenn Floyd
  • Patent number: 6189154
    Abstract: A hidden implement holder system. The hidden implement holder system comprises; a cummerbund article; and an implement compartment coupled to and concealed by the cummerbund. The cummerbund article further comprises an implement holder contained within the implement compartment, and the implement compartment further comprises a closeable access coupled thereto. The implement holder is comprised of a vertically stabilized rigid material, having horizontal flexibility, and having a set of implement cavities thereon, and additionally comprises a set of implements positioned within the set of implement cavities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2001
    Inventor: Bill E. Ducharme
  • Patent number: 6137675
    Abstract: A supportive belt for supporting devices such as computer components around a user's torso, including a vertically rigid rear plate, vertically rigid side and front pod elements, and a front buckle fastener. Hinged pod elements in the belt provide horizontal flexibility and associated springs enable the belt to be self-tensioning. A cantilevered arm is supported on a pod element with movement in four directions for supporting input/output devices, platforms, sensors, readers, etc. Keyboard units are cantilever supported on a pod element. The belt and computer components may be used on a torso, on a workstation platform, etc. and may be readily folded for transport. Passageways in the pod elements enable air to flow through the pod elements and remove heat from the torso.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Inventor: Michael T. Perkins
  • Patent number: 6126639
    Abstract: This invention relates to a continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis catheter support undergarment which allows for easy use and comfortable wearing by the patient. Additionally, the undergarment is versatile in that it may be worn virtually undetectable under clothing and is also designed to be sufficiently durable to withstand many washing and drying cycles. The belt also is capable of conforming to the ever changing waistline of a continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Inventors: Joanne M. Sutherland, Brian M. Sutherland
  • Patent number: 6108821
    Abstract: A trouser belt, including a single-piece band with a first and second extremity, a box (1) fixed to the first extremity of the band, a plate (14) mounted so as to slide within the box (1) following the longitudinal direction and able to be linked to the second extremity by way of a buckle pin (12), at least one serration (18) longitudinally formed on the sliding plate (14), at least one tappet (25, 26) assembled in co-operation with the box in a longitudinal direction and including a protruding pin (21, 22), a helical spring (24) mounted so as to push the tappet (25, 26) in a position to lock the pin in the teeth of the serration. The mutual longitudinal movement of the box and the plate is therefore avoided, while pressure applied to the tappet against the pressure applied by the spring frees the pin from the serration to allow for the mutual longitudinal movement. A single coaxial spring (24) is implemented to at least one of said tappet (25, 26).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Inventor: Jacques Malsoute
  • Patent number: 6108822
    Abstract: The present invention is an improved waistline belt for keeping pants, jeans and skirts in place, and retaining the shape of the belt. The improved waistline belt includes a buckle, split leather straps and a spring-tempered stainless steel plate. A method of constructing the belt is also provided. With the leather belts split apart, an adhesive substance is applied on both inside portions of the split leather straps. A precut spring-tempered stainless steel plate is set into an end portion of the belt between the split leathers opposite to the buckle. The split leathers are glued together. The split leathers are also stitched together along their respective edges to seal the steel plate between the leathers and retain the buckle at an end of the belt opposite to the apertured end. Holes formed in the straps and insert hook the buckle end into a select one of the holes to adjust the belt to the user's waistline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Inventor: Juanito E. Calagui
  • Patent number: 6085356
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a detachable waist band expander for temporarily adjusting the waist band size of a garment. The user attaches the waist band expander to the button and the button slit of their clothing. The present invention includes an optional sized button which is inserted into the button slit of the waist band of the garment as a button hooking device engages the button of the garment. Hook and pile inserts serve as a size adjustment means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Inventor: Craig C. Redmond, Sr.
  • Patent number: 6067662
    Abstract: A fastener for a belt includes a buckle member adapted to be attached to a first end portion of the belt, wherein the buckle member includes a receiving member having an opening for receiving the belt therethrough, an operating plate provided with a tongue and pivotally mounted to the receiving member, the tongue extending from the operating plate toward a rear portion of the receiving member, and a fixing member pivotally fixed at the rear portion of the receiving member; and a slot member including a plurality of slots and protrusions and adapted to be formed to a second end portion of the belt, wherein the tongue is inserted into one of the slots and abutted against a substantially vertical surface of one of the protrusions by the operation of the operating plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2000
    Inventor: Jae Kwon Sim
  • Patent number: 6067661
    Abstract: A belt comprising an elongated strip of material having a first end and a second end; a pouch at said first end of said strip; an attachment means at said second end of said strip for adjustably connecting said first and second ends of said strip; and a loop for holding said first end of said strip and adapted to allow said pouch to pass through said loop when engaging said attachment means. Preferably, the loop or a portion of the loop comprises an elastic material. Preferably, the attachment means comprises a buckle arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2000
    Inventor: Thomas P. Bates
  • Patent number: 6058504
    Abstract: A fastener for a shin guard mounted on the leg of an athlete including upper and lower bands connected at their ends by diagonal bands, fork bands connecting the outer ends of the upper and lower bands to each other, a band of pile fabric extending outwardly from one of the fork bands, and a band of hook fabric extending outwardly from the other of the fork bands. A combined shin guard and fastener wherein the upper and lower bands are secured to the shin cover. A shin guard fastener consisting of an elongated flexible and resilient band having a central portion with a first attachment member for attaching the central portion to a sock or shin cover, and second and third attachment members on the end portions of the band for attaching the end portions to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Inventor: Michael D. Tollini
  • Patent number: 6053169
    Abstract: The disclosed medical device having an elongated strap sized to fit around a patient's body area with overlapping opposite under and outer layer strap ends, and with an inside strap face then lying proximate the patient and an opposite outside face. A lever is pivoted relative to the outside face of the under layer strap end and stops are formed at locations along the lever spaced from the lever pivot. The outer layer strap end has openings therein spaced apart along the strap. After wrapping the device loosely around a patient's body area, the lever is fitted through any selected strap opening to establish engagement of a respective stop-opening combination for interlocking the lever and strap together and defining an endless band encircling the patient's body area. The lever can then be pivoted toward the strap outer layer end to reduce the band circumference to a desired size and tightness, and then held relative to the strap in this closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2000
    Inventor: Dermot A. Hunt
  • Patent number: 6050463
    Abstract: An elongated band, suitable for use as a watch strap, belt, head band or luggage strap, is fabricated from a plurality of individual overlapping, and optionally interlocking, segments of leather, or leather-like material that are bonded together to form an upper or outer layer, which is in turn bonded to a conventional backing material, such as a band substrate. The assembled and finished band can be tooled to provide distinctive surface configurations of striking ornamental appearance; alternative configurations of the overlapping segments resemble metal expansion bands for wrist watches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2000
    Assignee: Norman M. Morris Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph A. De Bono, Francisco Monge-Arias
  • Patent number: 6041444
    Abstract: A load supporting waist belt comprising four separate articulated sections including front and rear belt straps and right and left hip pieces with adjustable connectors on the front and rear belt straps allowing adjustment for waist size and location of hip sections squarely on the wearer's hips. The hip pieces are stiff members capable of supporting tool hangers, pouches and the like and are provided with accompanying hip pads for contacting the wearer's hips. Brackets are used to lower the load attachment points to a position below the waist and in the area of the connection of the thigh bone to the hip of the wearer. A slide bar release mechanism is disclosed for detachably connecting loads to the support pivots. A shoulder harness is connected at pivotal anchor points on each hip section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2000
    Inventor: John McKinney
  • Patent number: RE36905
    Abstract: A figure-enhancing garment, which outlines and defines a wearer's body contours in a comfortable manner, includes a pair of pants having first and second pant leg portions, a front panel portion, and a waistband with a tunnel formed therein. The first and second pant leg portions are attached to the front panel portion via first and second interconnected tunnel seams that extend divergently from the crotch area and interconnect with the waistband tunnel. A third tunnel steam interconnects with the first and second tunnel seams and the waistband tunnel while extending upwardly from the crotch portion to the waistband. An adjustable pulley system extends through the waistband tunnel and the first, second and third tunnel seams to adjust the fit of the figure enhancing garment. Alternatively, the first and second seams are simple seams without tunnels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2000
    Assignee: Noble Ideas, Inc.
    Inventors: Rhonda W. Noble, Edward J. Noble, Jr.