Open Or Openable Crotch Patents (Class 2/408)
  • Patent number: 10342268
    Abstract: This improved form fitting girdle consists primarily of thigh members having fabric panels being connected to top and bottom crotch pieces. The crotch pieces are a part of the front section and the back section of the girdle. Closing members are positioned along the inner edges of the panels. The closing members fasten the thigh members while leaving an opening between the free edges of the bottom crotch piece and the top crotch piece. The top and bottom crotch pieces have a generally rectangular configuration and overlap in the crotch area of the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventor: Agatha S. Collins
  • Patent number: 10278431
    Abstract: The present application relates to shapewear garments, and particularly shapewear garments including multiple zones having varying layers, varying compressions, varying shapes, and/or varying temperature controls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Eldon McClean
  • Patent number: 10264827
    Abstract: A pair of pants including a fly that can be opened and closed via a bi-directional zipper that extends from a top end proximal to an upper terminus of the pants to a bottom end at the crotch point of the pants. The zipper includes a top slider and a bottom slider that travel on a common set of zipper teeth. The top slider separates the zipper teeth when moved in a direction away from the top end toward the bottom end and closes the zipper teeth when moved in the opposite direction. The bottom slider separates the zipper teeth when moved in a direction toward the top end and away from the bottom end and closes the zipper teeth when moved in the opposite direction. The pants allow a wearer to excrete urine while in a sitting position, particularly such as when the wearer is operating an aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: TLP Business Services LLC
    Inventor: Timothy L. Pettet
  • Patent number: 10231489
    Abstract: An undergarment includes an outermost layer comprising a first outer portion and a second outer portion, an innermost layer comprising a first inner portion and a second inner portion, and at least one central layer disposed between the outermost layer and the innermost layer. The outermost layer may include a closed configuration where the first and second outer portions are connected to one another and an open configuration where the first and second outer portions are detached from one another. The innermost layer may include a closed configuration where the first and second inner portions are attached to one another with at least one fastener. In the closed configuration of the outermost layer, the first and second outer portions form a bow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventor: Shanta N. Crichlow
  • Patent number: 10172747
    Abstract: A toilet training assembly for training a toddler to urinate with the toddler's pants pulled up includes a diaper that may be worn thereby facilitating the diaper to capture human waste. The diaper has a flap thereon. The flap may be manipulated thereby facilitating a user to urinate in a toilet without removing the diaper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventor: Brandy May
  • Patent number: 9872527
    Abstract: A lower garment with a crotch opening is provided. A front cover is releasably attached to the front side of the lower garment and is sized to cover a front portion of the crotch opening. A rear cover is releasably attached to the rear side of the lower garment and is sized to cover a rear portion of the crotch opening. The front cover and the rear cover are removable from the lower garment independent of each other. Therefore, only a portion of the patient's body that needs to be exposed is exposed, while other portions are covered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Inventor: Madeline Carol Boillat-Macon
  • Patent number: 9220639
    Abstract: A pant-type article having a boxer-short configuration. The article includes first and second panels which are joined via a crotch region joining. Folding and inverting the panels, and sealing along side-seams and inner legs seams provides a boxer-short. Methods for manufacturing the pant-type article are also provided. The pant-type article can be manufactured in a continuous side-by-side fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: SCA HYGIENE PRODUCTS AB
    Inventor: Lucas Bäck
  • Patent number: 9211220
    Abstract: A diapering assistance system utilizes a diaper and a diaper holding member which retains the top end of the diaper and suspends its bottom end. A belt member attached to the diaper holding member, encircles the waist of the individual being diapered. The belt member has connection devices, such as hook and loop connectors, and constitutes the sole component used for attaching the system to the individual. The method of use includes securing the top end of the diaper to the diaper holding member, suspending the diaper therefrom and behind the individual to be diapered, encircling the individual with the belt element, and securing it around the individual's waist. The bottom end of the diaper is then lifted between the legs and to the front of the individual. The diaper is attached to the individual and the diaper holding member and belt member are removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Inventor: Amanda N Schambon
  • Patent number: 9089173
    Abstract: Bifurcated leggings such as pants, jeans, trousers, shorts, leggings or pajamas with front flap for providing a convenient access to a front opening of underwear/panties for using a toilet, changing sanitary napkins, performing sexual intercourse, or allow minimally invasive surgical treatment, in the pelvic/vaginal region, without completely removing or pulling down the legged clothing. A front flap extending beyond the crotch area can have fasteners to secure the flap on the sides and plural front buttons to tie the flap on the top. Alternatively, fasteners can be provided to secure the flap from behind, when using the toilet. The flap can be an integral cloth, hinged or attached on the posterior of the pants, and can be Y-shaped or an hourglass shaped and opens in the front. A zipper, zip, fly or zip fastener can bind edges of the fabric opening, based on interlocking teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Inventor: Vinu B. Krishnan
  • Patent number: 8887317
    Abstract: A protective garment and undergarment with scissor deflecting and jamming obstacles includes strapping having the obstacles in series patterned to be parallel to a strap thereof and have parallel and angular surfaces thereto configured to deflect a pair of commercial scissor blades into an angle of incidence to the strap. A spacing between obstacles is also configured to be less than a total thickness of the scissor blades in order to jam the scissors there between and impede or deter an assault of the wearer. The garment also includes a waist strap, a crotch strap and thigh straps disposed at an outer respective edge to of the garment. Each strap includes a non-elastic material and the cut-resistant obstacle strapping permanently disposed there around configured to deflect a pair of scissors into an obstacle cutting position or jam the pair of scissors on an obstacle thereof and impede or deter an assault.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventor: Yuval Hirsch
  • Patent number: 8813267
    Abstract: A sports garment (10) for cycling includes a sleeve-shaped part (20) in the inner side of the crotch area, facing the body of the user when the garment is worn, the sleeve-shaped member being arranged to provide room (27) for accommodation of the male genitals and in particular the penis of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Assos of Switzerland S.A.
    Inventor: Roger Maier
  • Patent number: 8769726
    Abstract: An article of clothing includes a front portion, a rear portion oppositely positioned from the front portion, a waistband encircling a top of each of the front portion and the rear portion, a right leg panel and a left leg panel extending downward from the waistband in the rear portion, a rear right band extending downward from the waistband and flanking a lateral edge of the right leg panel, a rear left band extending downward from the waistband and flanking a lateral edge of the left leg panel, a sacrum guide that runs horizontally between the rear right band and the rear left band, and a pubis guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: Rodney B. Burke
  • Patent number: 8499364
    Abstract: A ladies' visual privacy garment presents a smooth appearance over the vaginal area. The garment comprises a panty having a crotch portion provided with a layer of thin, flexible semi-rigid material that presents a smooth outer surface and overlies the vaginal area of the wearer, and a second layer of absorbent material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Camelflage LLC
    Inventor: Shannon M. Dye
  • Patent number: 8486035
    Abstract: A medical undergarment system effective for supporting an ostomy system consists of a first diagonal catheter channel, a second diagonal catheter channel, a first vertical catheter channel, and a second vertical catheter channel. The system consists of tubing, a base undergarment, and a fluid bag. The medical undergarment system provides a comfortable yet stable ostomy system that can easily be slipped on and off by a user. The system enables convenient and easy removal of bodily fluid when using a catheter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Inventors: Hector F. Arce, Brian O. Mohika
  • Publication number: 20130104294
    Abstract: An undergarment with an aperture in the pelvic region and a covering flap for the aperture suitable for use in medical examination of the pelvic region. Prior to an examination the flap covers the aperture. The flap may then be easily removed by the physician thereby providing access to the body. In some versions of the device the flap can then re-cover the aperture and in others the flap is removed entirely at the beginning of the examination. The device provides a degree of modesty before and after, for example, a gynecological examination. Other important features include a hypoallergenic flap, easy entry side leg openings and abdomen hugging bands that slim the wearer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2012
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Inventor: Olive Edwards
  • Patent number: 8425275
    Abstract: A shapewear garment is described that includes a one-piece foundation, wherein the foundation comprises a compression material having at least one area of firm support and at least one area of light support; and at least one resealable thong-like seam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Inventor: Kelle Noel
  • Patent number: 8397314
    Abstract: An article of clothing includes a front portion, a rear portion oppositely positioned from the front portion, a waistband encircling a top of each of the front portion and the rear portion, a right leg panel and a left leg panel extending downward from the waistband in the rear portion, a rear right band extending downward from the waistband and flanking a lateral edge of the right leg panel, a rear left band extending downward from the waistband and flanking a lateral edge of the left leg panel, a material void region in the rear portion forming a gap between the rear right band and the rear left band, and a sacrum guide that runs horizontally between the rear right band and the rear left band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Inventor: Rodney B. Burke
  • Patent number: 8230520
    Abstract: A sports bib, in particular for cycling, having a pair of shorts, which can have either short or long legs, extending into a vest, which ends with a pair of straps. The bib is equipped with a zipper at the housing position of the anus and the genital organs. The zipper is provided with characteristics such as to not produce scrapes or rubbing at the genital areas and crotch on the user during movements and in particular while pedalling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: SELLE SMP s.a.s di M. Schiavon
    Inventor: Francesco Riondato
  • Patent number: 8171571
    Abstract: A garment with a crotch part according to the present invention is a garment with a crotch pat formed at least by a front body (2) which covers an abdominal, a back body (3) which covers a buttock, and a crotch section (5), wherein an opening (9) is formed at the crotch section (5), and the opening (9) is blocked by joining a godet cloth (12) through heat welding or adhesive. According to such a configuration, the garment with the crotch part according to the present invention is comfortable to wear with the wearing pressure when worn controlled, is able to shape a beautiful lower body, is relatively easy to produce and suited for mass production, and is also inexpensively supplied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Utax Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shohei Utaka
  • Publication number: 20120084898
    Abstract: A body-shaping intimacy garment for a woman has an upper portion that supports or at least contacts undersides of the breasts while leaving the breasts exposed, a torso portion extending from the upper portion, a lower portion that encircles the waist, buttocks and hips while defining a crotch opening through the garment for access during intimate encounters, and leg portions that extend to below the knee. The torso portion, lower portion and leg portions each include respective portions of inner and outer layers of stretchable fabrics. The inner layer fabric is worn stretched about the torso, waist, buttocks, hips and legs, with tension in shoulder straps maintaining some inner layer stretch along the torso portion while worn.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2010
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Inventor: Laurie Cronan
  • Patent number: 8108947
    Abstract: The invention is for a bodysuit for clothing of a human to assist in comfortable wearing of an orthotic brace. Trouserette sections, an elliptical sanitary voiding aperture, and a loincloth with a pelvic girdle flap elongated end releasably joined to a body sleeve provide the wearer with comfort, modesty, and convenience in sanitary voiding. Stretch cotton/spandex knit cloth, externally overlocked seaming, coverstitched stitches, flat zigzag stitchery, and hook and loop tape fasteners enhance quality and comfort in various embodiments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Inventor: Christina Kay Beauvais
  • Patent number: 8108950
    Abstract: Underpants particularly worn during intercourse which include a front panel, a rear panel, and side panels interconnecting and extending between the front and rear panels. Leg straps interconnect and extend between respective lower corners of the front and rear panels. Lower margins of the front, rear and side panels collectively define an open crotch area while padding arranged over a lower area of the front panel protectively covers a symphysis pubis area of the wearer during intercourse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Inventor: Katherine Ann Bowersox-Evans
  • Patent number: 8092273
    Abstract: Lower underwear to be put on a body for intimate contact therewith for the purpose of correcting distortion of the pelvis. The lower underwear is provided with a tightening band passing a right pubis proximity portion, a right anterior superior iliac spine proximity portion, a sacrum proximity portion, a left anterior superior iliac spine proximity portion and a left pubis proximity portion in this order when the lower underwear is put on the body. The lower underwear provided with such a band is capable of gradually correcting distortion of the pelvis and the like by tightening the pelvis without applying pressure on the abdomen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Indy & Associate
    Inventor: Yumi Shinomiya
  • Publication number: 20110030129
    Abstract: The device is an undergarment such as a girdle or panty hose. The user has access to the crotch area with a zipper or slits around the crotch area to allow the user to place, check, remove or replace a sanitary napkin and attend to personal hygiene.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2009
    Publication date: February 10, 2011
    Inventor: Tonya Heffner
  • Patent number: 7823223
    Abstract: A pair of underpants including a front part, a back part, a crotch part and two leg holes delimited by the parts. The underpants further include a releasable connection for connecting the crotch part to the front part and allowing an opening to be formed in the crotch area. The releasable connection extends from one leg hole to the other and includes two parts, one overlapping the other in the closed condition. The ends of a part of the releasable connection are provided with a flexible protection element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Coloplast A/S
    Inventor: Lena Ehmsen
  • Patent number: 7553303
    Abstract: A garment for the lower torso adapted to contain absorbent pads in the crotch region within the garment includes at least one laterally-oriented aperture therein for extraction or insertion of the pads and also for providing access for cleansing the soiled areas. The aperture can be either in the front or the rear of the garment, or both. The garment can support multiple pads in the crotch region in a stacked arrangement. The aperture is preferably either trapezoidal or formed from an arc-shaped cut and is constructed as a cut-out flap for selective access to the aperture. The novel aperture advantageously allows an absorbent pad to be extracted or inserted by the wearer or caregiver without removal of the undergarment or repositioning of the wearer from a prone or seated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Inventor: Jane Speak
  • Publication number: 20080222770
    Abstract: A garment having an opening in the crotch area, which can be along the crotch inseam, to allow for convenient access to the restroom without having to undress if wearing a one-piece garment or remove belts and untuck other clothing if wearing pants. The opening has a concealed closure device to open and close an opening in the crotch area. When open, the opening will allow the wearer to use the restroom with ease. When the opening is closed, the opening is inconspicuous.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2008
    Publication date: September 18, 2008
    Inventor: Ruth Oates
  • Publication number: 20080066213
    Abstract: The present invention provides pants for a surgery patient including a body including a front part, a rear part, and a crotch part, and waist fixing members provided to the front part and the rear part, respectively, the waist fixing members fixing the body to a patient's body, in which the crotch part has a cut portion having a reversed “L” shape and including a first cut portion extending in a direction from the front part to the rear part and a second cut portion extending in a direction from one side to a center portion thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2007
    Publication date: March 20, 2008
    Inventor: YOUNG GYO HA
  • Patent number: 7257847
    Abstract: A Buttocks Support Device is disclosed. Also disclosed is a support device that comprises an abdominal element and a pair of thigh support elements each of which can be but is not limited to be formed as a ring shaped element. Each thigh support element has a buttock section and a midriff or abdominal section, the buttock section being configured to lift and restrain the wearer's buttock. The preferred device includes a sleeve there over for permitting the “rings” to be tightened without pulling on the wearer's skin. It is a further aspect that the device anchor about the wearer's midriff from below the chest to the widest part of the hips or at either the waist or the hips, depending upon the wishes of the wearer. Still further, the thigh support element include adjustment means for adjusting the length of the thigh rings. Furthermore, the preferred abdominal element includes means for attaching and detaching the device from around the wearer's waist as well as adjustment means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Inventor: Karin Hart
  • Patent number: 7168101
    Abstract: Security underwear is a protective cover for female genital and anal opening against illicit sex and risk of contracting venereal diseases. It is made up of a unit for the genital which has an opening for urine passage and another unit for anal opening which allows free passage of stool. The cover for the genital is further composed of urine receiving channel and flaps to cover the said opening. The cover for anal opening has a lid which is hinged to a frame around anal opening which is in turn fastened to the back side portion of the belt. The two units are connected at the crotch. The channel, the flap and the lid, each opens and closes on its own by spring action. This enables the wearer to urinate and pass stool without taking off the protective covers. The unit for the genital can be worn either in combination with the anal cover or without it. In deployment the unit for genital cover is fastened by a strap to the front portion of the belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Inventor: Tesfa Guma
  • Patent number: 7100214
    Abstract: An article of clothing (30) includes a body-encircling portion (32) having right and left leg portions (34 and 36), and a crotch portion (38). The crotch portion includes a first flap (40) and a second flap (42). Each flap has a free edge (44 and 46) distal from the corresponding right and left leg portions. The crotch portion is positionable between open and closed positions by opening and closing the first and second flaps. When the crotch portion is in an open position, a gap is created in the crotch area between the free edges of the flaps. When the crotch portion is in the closed position, the first and second flaps overlap to form a covering (54) for an external vaginal area of the user. This covering for the external vaginal area of the user is anatomically-compatible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Inventor: Gloria Lynn Murray
  • Patent number: 7032249
    Abstract: The unisex active wear garment with modified fly-flap and storage pockets is a pair of shorts or pants for the lower body having a crotch opening covered by a completely removable or partially openable pocketed fly-flap. The crotch opening is designed to expose both the male anatomy and female anatomy. The wearer either partially removes or completely removes the fly-flap from the crotch opening to modestly perform bodily functions without having to entirely disrobe. Pockets on the fly-flap allow the wearer to carry necessities such as toiletries or key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Inventor: Betty H. Smith
  • Patent number: 6681407
    Abstract: A women's waistless and seamless clothing adherable underwear includes an oval pad made of a soft absorbent material, wherein the pad has double sided strips of adhesive tape with removable peel-off cover strips to attach to the inside crotch area of low slung clothing pants, such as tight pants, leotards or dungaree jeans facing upward to the skin and crotch of the wearer. The material is preferably a soft, non-woven, absorbent material. The underwear is particularly suited for women who wear tight pants, or low waist hip hugger pants, which widely reveal waist bands and seams of panty underwear, or expose underwear waist bands. The underwear is minimally intrusive and is attractive for women who like to wear jeans without underwear but who fear bacterial infection or exposure to clothing dyes or irritating stitching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Inventor: Christine Martz
  • Patent number: 6605071
    Abstract: A toddler's disposable or reusable garment (10) includes “brief looking” undergarments (12) with a releasable panel (18) that extends down from the back of the waistband (16), through the crotch, and upward for connection to the top front of the waist structure of the undergarment. An absorbent disposable liner/diaper (14) of hourglass configuration is placed in overlying relationship with respect to the releasable panel (18), and the upper end portion (36) of the releasable panel and is connected in underlying relationship with respect to the top front panel 28, allowing the parent to have expedient access to the absorbent disposable liner/diaper for the convenience of changing the liner/diaper without requiring the removal of the garment from about the waist of the toddler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2003
    Inventors: Vivian Gray, Pamela G. deMonye
  • Patent number: 6457185
    Abstract: A pair of pantyhose for aesthetic, medical and athletic purposes having left and right leg portions joined together by a lower torso portion. The lower torso portion includes a relatively large, unobstructed opening between the leg portions. The opening is sized and positioned to expose the wearer's crotch and anus areas when the pantyhose are worn by the wearer. Accordingly, the wearer may perform bodily functions, such as urinating, defecating, and engaging in sexual activities through the opening without having to digitally manipulate any portion of the pantyhose. In a preferred embodiment, the pair of pantyhose is a sheer, pigmented, monolithic, knit or woven, elastic structure. In an alternative preferred embodiment, the torso portion includes an additional resilient element, which thereby allows the pair of pantyhose to function like a pair of control top pantyhose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2002
    Inventor: Jaynie M. Frazier
  • Patent number: 6412119
    Abstract: An undergarment with openable forward flap including a pair of underpants adapted for being worn by a person. The underpants have a central opening therethrough. The central opening is aligned with genitalia of the person when the pair of underpants are being worn. A flap portion is removably disposed over the central opening of the pair of underpants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2002
    Inventor: Jose Robles
  • Patent number: 6360375
    Abstract: A Buttocks Support Device is disclosed. Also disclosed is a support device that comprises an abdominal element and a pair of thigh support elements each of which can be, but is not limited to be, formed as a ring shaped element. Each thigh support element has a buttock section and a midriff or abdominal section, the buttock section being configured to lift and restrain the wearer's buttock. The preferred device includes a sleeve thereover for permitting the “rings” to be tightened without pulling on the wearer's skin. It is a further aspect that the device anchor about the wearer's midriff from below the chest to the widest part of the hips or at either the waist or the hips, depending upon the wishes of the wearer. Still further, the thigh support element include adjustment means for adjusting the length of the thigh rings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2002
    Inventor: Karin Hart
  • Patent number: 6324699
    Abstract: A pantyhose undergarment having a crotch flap to facilitate urination without lowering the undergarment. A crotch area of the undergarment has an opening which is removably closed with a crotch flap permanently secured to a front of the undergarment and releasably secured about the opening. The crotch flap may be removed to a forward position in which it is not wetted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2001
    Inventor: Bonnie C. Cosmah
  • Patent number: 6298486
    Abstract: An undergarment having body contouring function being made from stretchable material and having stitching or seams located at the front and rear side of the undergarment. The fat of the body of the wearer is pushed toward the breast or hip such that the breast and the hip of the wearer look stiffer and larger. A zipper is provided at one lateral side of the undergarment for easy wearing of the undergarment. The bottom end of the groin is provided with two crotch linings such that when the wearer closes the two legs together, an opening will not occur and when the two legs are separated apart, an opening is formed for enabling the wearer to use toilet facilities easily without having to remove the undergarment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2001
    Inventor: Chin-Chueh Huang
  • Patent number: 6240569
    Abstract: A three dimensional disposable panty for holding a sanitary pad. The panty may have elasticized leg and waist openings and be stretchable about the hip and stomach regions of a user. The panty provides backup leakage protection to the sanitary pad. The panty includes an absorbent barrier composite positioned in the crotch area and extending into the body of the disposable panty front and back and over the leg elastics to trap pad leakage inside the pant and prevent liquid strike through onto outer clothing and bed linen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2001
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Theodore Van Gompel, Joyce Ann Damico, Jacqueline Ann Gross, Veronica Maria Lingnowski, Patricia Ann Mitchler, Gregory John Rajala, Shelley Rae Rasmussen, Mark Scott Schrading, Paul Daniel Suke, Jody Dorothy Suprise
  • Patent number: 6209143
    Abstract: Undergarments, such as panties and pantyhose, having a highly-ventilated crotch panel which has one or more apertures therein in order to provide adequate light and ventilation to prevent the conditions that are favorable to vaginitis or other infections. The openness of the crotch panel enhances air flow, allows for the dissipation of heat and moisture, and yet, is not so large as to cause binding, discomfort, or an uncomfortable feeling of exposure to the wearer. In some embodiments, moisture is further absorbed or dissipated around the aperture(s) by a surrounding trim, such as elasticized lace, which also provides the illusion of covering to the wearer. In other embodiments, the aperture(s) have a modesty panel which is a single layer of an open-weave knit mesh.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Assignee: Special Needs Incorporated
    Inventor: Shèron B. Hancock
  • Patent number: 6076195
    Abstract: An undergarment having front and rear portions attached together so as to define a waist opening in the top of the undergarment and a pair of leg openings in the opposite sides of the undergarment. A medial portion extends from the waist opening to a location between the leg openings. The medial portion has side and bottom edges attached to the front portion so as to define a pocket between the medial and front portions with a pocket opening in the top of the undergarment adjacent the waist opening. A bifurcated waistband has a circular, outer part which is attached to the front portion and the rear portion adjacent the waist opening. The waistband also has an inner part attached to the medial portion and the outer part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Inventor: Karen Elizabeth Klein
  • Patent number: 6058514
    Abstract: A Buttocks Support Device is disclosed. Also disclosed is a support device that comprises an abdominal ring and a pair of thigh rings. Each thigh ring comprises a buttock section and a solar plexus section, the buttock section being configured to lift and restrain the wearer's buttock. The preferred device includes a sleeve thereover for permitting the "rings" to be tightened without pulling on the wearer's skin. It is a further aspect that the device anchor at either the waist or the hips, depending upon the wishes of the wearer. Still further, the thigh rings include adjustment means for adjusting the length of the thigh rings. Furthermore, the preferred abdominal ring includes means for attaching and detaching the device from around the wearer's waist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2000
    Inventor: Karin Hart
  • Patent number: 6041445
    Abstract: An adaptive undergarment is provided for persons with specialized urological needs. The adaptive undergarment provides an elongate pocket for storing specialized urological articles. The elongate pocket is located preferably in a parallel spaced relationship with the waistband of the user's undergarment. The adaptive undergarment may have an additional pocket elsewhere on the undergarment for storing items such as antibacterial wipes. Each pocket is open at one edge to receive and provide access to the stored items. Any type of undergarment conforming to any user's specialized urological needs is adaptable into this adaptive undergarment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2000
    Inventor: Patricia Davitt
  • Patent number: 6035439
    Abstract: A unitary garment for full or partial coverage of a torso that may be fully put on or removed, at the choice of the wearer, as an assembled or a disassembled garment, and subsequently may be partially removed and put on, again at the choice of the wearer, has a torso portion for providing at least some coverage of the front and back of a wearer, a pants portion having a front portion, a crotch portion for passing between the legs and connected to the front portion, and a seat portion connected to the crotch portion. One of the seat portion and front portion is connected to the torso portion, and the other of the front portion and seat portion has at its edges first fastening elements to selectively attach and release to assemble and disassemble the garment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2000
    Inventor: May Ying Chin
  • Patent number: 6023789
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a sports short adapted to provide compressive support to the body portions covered thereby, the short comprises an elastic waistband adapted to encircle the waist of a wearer; a body portion formed of a stretchable, compressive material, the body portion comprises a pair of tubular legs having varying circumferential proportions with respect to the waistband to provide the proper maximal compression to the various muscles and decrease muscular vibration, each tubular leg having an upper end region attached to the waistband; a crotch panel continuous from a front portion of the waistband to a back portion of the waistband, the crotch panel being attached at each side to each tubular leg, the crotch panel having a front elongate v-shaped portion attached at a top free end to a front side of the waistband and a back elongate v-shaped portion attached at the other top free end to the back side of the waistband, the back v-shaped portion being generally narrower than the front
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2000
    Inventors: Douglas A. Wilson, Anthony Torr
  • Patent number: 6016569
    Abstract: A one-piece lady's swimsuit has an upper portion that covers the upper body and a displaceable lower portion that includes a crotch section for covering a wearer's crotch. The displaceable lower portion can be detached and swung down and out of the way for using the restroom and swung back and up where it is secured in place to present a fashionable stylish swimsuit design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2000
    Inventors: Betty L. Everett, Jane K. Williams
  • Patent number: 5930838
    Abstract: A pant or short garment has a female body crotch opening in the crotch region of the garment. The crotch opening is covered by a removable saddle flap which is firmly affixed to the seat of the garment and is attachable at the inner left and right leg region and a frontal crotch region of the garment by a closure such as a Velcro.TM. closure. Thus, in place of the traditional frontal, fly-type opening for a pant garment, the illustrative garment provides easy access for the female anatomy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1999
    Inventor: Cherie Carter-Scott-Pomije
  • Patent number: 5928059
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a garment which provides abdominal support, especially for pregnant women. The garment includes a panty and support straps. there are two support straps fastened to the front of the panty and from there they pass each over the shoulder of a wearer, they crisscross in the back, they each pass over the hip of a wearer and then the supporting straps are overlappingly and adjustably fastened to each other below the abdomen. This arrangement transfers the weight of the abdomen to the shoulders of the wearer and prevents the person from assuming a slouching posture. The supporting straps are knitted from elastic yarns and the knitted loops face forward, that is, away from the person. These knitted loops form one part of hook and loop fasteners. Other lateral straps each are fastened to the front of the supporting straps, they each pass through loops at a side waistline of the panty and then are fastened on the back of the supporting straps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Inventor: Trenna Ruston Wicks
  • Patent number: 5864890
    Abstract: An undergarment including waist and leg apertures and openable front panel with a closure. The undergarment including similarly shaped overlapped superposed half width segments bonded to each other in preselected area to form front and rear panels having a crotch area. The garment also includes non-bonded overlapped portions forming two halves of an openable front panel connected at the top of the opening by a tape. The rear panel overlapped segments are bonded together. Reusable tapes are also used to attach the segments halves together in the front panel. The rear panel includes flap extensions protruding from each side margin and the extension attach to the side margins of the front portion. The garment is folded in the crotch region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1999
    Inventor: William P. Niedermeyer