Panty Hose Patents (Class 2/409)
  • Patent number: 10555841
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are protective garments comprising an inner surface or portion of an inner surface with both absorbent and stain resistant properties while maintaining the soft feel, breathability and aesthetic properties associated with traditional “non protective” intimate apparel. The fabrics and methods of constructing the garments are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Moonrise Sisters, Inc.
    Inventors: Enqin Eunice Png, Julie M. Sygiel, Daniel M. Wyner
  • Patent number: 10064436
    Abstract: A garment portion comprises a flexible resilient belly panel portion adapted to substantially conform to and cover a wearer's belly. The belly panel portion extends from an upper edge portion below the wearer's breast area and over the wearer's abdomen to a lower edge portion below the wearer's waist. A waistband is selectively connected with the lower edge portion of the belly panel. The belly panel portion is removably attached to the waistband.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventors: Kira Kohrherr, Daniela Caine
  • Patent number: 10058131
    Abstract: A body worn hosiery/shaper uplifts the rear buttocks in an expandable thin material region, by virtue of respective left and right flank members, which cause the uplifting of the rear buttocks region. The flank members are supported from above by an annular upper waist knitted in welt, that extends circumferentially around the upper rib area. Upper thigh ring cuff portions also help with the uplifting of rear buttocks region from below while the high waisted control top control stomach and back side bulge. The body worn hosiery/shaper also optionally provides sheer leg portions that end just before the toes leaving the toe portion open. An extra wide open crotch double gusset is also provided allowing the user to utilize the restroom when nature calls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventors: Yajaira Solano, Bruce Moncado
  • Patent number: 10039331
    Abstract: Clothing for practicing downhill skiing which covers the lower part of the torso and the lower limbs and which includes various zones made using textile fabrics with different elasticities, characterized in that it includes two bands of the first type, presenting lower elasticity than the rest of the clothing, extending from the inner part of the thigh and passing above the anterior part of the thigh, approximately at the level of the iliac crests, and up to the area in the proximity of the lower lumbar vertebrae, both bands are symmetrical in relation to the median plane of the clothing, and two bands of a second type, which are even less flexible, which extend downwards from the top of the anterior zone of the thigh, passing over the antero-external part of the thigh.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: SKIS ROSSIGNOL
    Inventors: Magali Vauge-Lalanne, Florent Lassalle, Jason McLaren
  • Patent number: 9867400
    Abstract: A body worn hosiery/shaper uplifts the rear buttocks region, by virtue of respective left and right flank members, which cause the uplifting of the rear buttocks region. The flank members are supported from above by an annular upper waist knitted in welt, that extends circumferentially around the upper rib area. Upper thigh ring portions also help with the uplifting of rear buttocks region from below while the high waisted control top control stomach and back side bulge. The body worn hosiery/shaper also optionally provides sheer leg portions that end just before the toes leaving the toe portion open. An extra wide open crotch double gusset is also provided allowing the user to utilize the restroom when nature calls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Inventors: Yajaira Solano, Bruce Moncada
  • Patent number: 9730476
    Abstract: Maternity garments are presented herein. The maternity garments are intended for use by pregnant women throughout the entirety of their pregnancy. In one exemplary arrangement, the maternity garments include a built-in support belt and a belly bump portion. The maternity garment may further include leggings. In some arrangements, the maternity garment is formed of light compression weaves in areas such as the baby bump area and the leggings area of the garment, while the areas around the periphery of the baby bump, as well as the back area of the garment are formed of slightly stronger compression weave so as to provide needed support and lift in these areas. Finally, the area associated with the middle of the back of the pregnant woman may be formed of an even stronger compression weave so as to provide even greater support in this area to deal with the troublesome soreness and pain often had by pregnant woman as the pregnancy progresses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: LEADING LADY, INC.
    Inventor: William J. Mahar
  • Patent number: 9144252
    Abstract: The present invention features a stabilizing garment system featuring a shirt component and a pant component and strips of spandex integrated into the shirt component and the pant component. The strips of spandex follow the path of a ligament or a muscle of the wearer. The strips of spandex can help provide compression or added support to the wearer's ligaments and/or muscles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Inventor: Kris A. Kostrzewski
  • Publication number: 20140230132
    Abstract: Provided is a garment including hosiery which avoids the needs for a conventional waistband by providing a graduated compression panty where the compression is gradually increased from the bottom of the panty where leg portions are attached to the top of the panty which corresponds approximately with the waist of the wearer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: INVISTA NORTH AMERICA S.A.R.L.
    Inventors: Willem Bakker, Petros Dafniotis
  • Patent number: 8683718
    Abstract: Footwear including a sole, an upper, and a securement arrangement configured to secure the footwear to the foot of a wearer, where the sole and the upper delimit individual toe portions configured to receive, retain, and allow independent articulation of corresponding individual toes of a foot inserted in the footwear, and where the sole includes contouring and curvature which intimately corresponds to the shape of the foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Vibram S.p.A.
    Inventor: Robert Fliri
  • Publication number: 20140059745
    Abstract: A sock which prevents creasing in footwear such as sneakers, dress shoes, and boots. The sock includes an outer layer as well as means for preventing creasing in footwear. The means for preventing creasing provides additional comfortable support to the wearer while providing support to footwear in the toe portion of footwear, thus preventing creasing. The means for preventing creasing can be located in an upper portion; a lower portion, an upper and lower portion; or in a single portion within the sock.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventors: Tyrone L. Davis, Micheal L. Binns
  • Patent number: 8661568
    Abstract: Hosiery that includes a legwear portion and a waistband secured to the legwear portion. The waistband is made of an elastic material having an unfinished upper edge. The waistband also has an unfinished lower edge that is secured to the legwear portion at a seam that allows the hosiery to lay substantially flat against a wearer's body. The unfinished upper edge of the waistband can provide the wearer with greater comfort relative to conventional hosiery having finished upper edges, which often results in visible and uncomfortable restriction. This hybrid construction also allows the waistband to have varying width around its circumference to compensate for shortcomings of a legwear portion made using conventional tube-construction techniques and/or, when the waistband has a lower stretchability than the legwear portion, to compensate for this lower stretchability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Commando, LLC
    Inventor: Kerry K. O'Brien
  • Patent number: 8572868
    Abstract: Footwear including a sole, an upper, and a securement arrangement configured to secure the footwear to the foot of a wearer, where the sole and the upper delimit individual toe portions configured to receive, retain, and allow independent articulation of corresponding individual toes of a foot inserted in the footwear, and where the sole includes contouring and curvature which intimately corresponds to the shape of the foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Vibram S.p.A.
    Inventor: Robert Fliri
  • Patent number: 8490218
    Abstract: The improved bed sock is a sock specifically designed to be worn on a front half of the foot, which includes varying densities of elasticity throughout a fabric layer. The improved bed sock extends across the toes and down the front part of the Metatarsus, but of which does not extend to the Instep. The improved bed sock includes a specific region of elastic concentration just behind the ball of the foot (the widest part) that aids in maintaining the improved bed sock upon the front foot despite movement of foot while under covers. The improved bed sock is removed while in bed by use of a toe from an opposing foot without requiring the end user to sit up or get out of bed. The improved bed sock keeps the toes warm, but the rear portion of the foot cool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Inventor: Gary Thompson
  • Publication number: 20130000014
    Abstract: The invention provides hosiery including a panty portion that is asymetrical. The hosiery provides a comfortable fit for a variety of different sizes including larger sizes and maternity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Applicant: Invista North America S.a.r.l.
    Inventors: Willem Bakker, Daniele Maggi, Maurice Perron
  • Patent number: 8281412
    Abstract: A multi-piece article of clothing, and a method of manufacturing the same, includes a plurality of pieces of clothing. Each of the plurality of pieces of clothing includes a top strap and a bottom leg portion being substantially opposite one another for engaging with an opposite shoulder and leg of a person, respectively. Each of the plurality of pieces of clothing includes a body portion, and each of the body portions includes a crotch portion. Each of the body portions include one leg opening and one hip opening defined by the crotch portions and respective side sections. The body portion of each of the plurality of pieces of clothing is in overlapping relation with each other to at least partially cover the person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: L. A. Byrnes Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Lauretta Anne Byrnes
  • Patent number: 8220077
    Abstract: A safety stocking (10) in the form of a sock (11) includes an elastic, stretchable fabric portion (12) and a patterned anti-skid tread (13). The foot section (14) has a top surface (19) and a bottom surface (20). Both the top surface and the bottom surface are joined to the anti-skid tread. The anti-skid tread pattern extends continuously and symmetrically from a first point (23) adjacent the toes of a wearer to a second point (24) adjacent the heal of a wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Albahealth, LLC
    Inventors: Bill Ott, Shane C Bruce
  • Patent number: 8205271
    Abstract: Footwear hosiery is provided, which includes a first layer defining a front portion, an arch portion and a rear portion. A second layer is connected with at least one of the arch portion and the front portion in a configuration to define a receptacle having an opening. A pad is configured for removable disposal within the receptacle. The first layer may be a fabric material. The second layer may be fabricated from a flexible material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Inventor: Ursula Canci
  • Publication number: 20110041239
    Abstract: Processes for printing designs onto sheer fabric using a heat press are disclosed herein. The processes print realistic tattoo designs that create the illusion that a wearer has a permanent tattoo on his or her skin. The processes may include printing a design on sublimation paper using dye sublimation ink, positioning the sublimation paper on a sheer fabric, and applying a high temperature, high pressure heat press to create a permanently dyed garment. The process may also include other inks such as, but not limited to, optic color ink and ultra-violet florescent ink. Additional embodiments include processes for printing images other than tattoos onto sheer fabrics, e.g., muscle definition, body paint, and branding. The products disclosed herein include hosiery and lingerie having realistic tattoo designs printed thereon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Inventor: Randy Altig
  • 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: 7805860
    Abstract: A footwear is provided including a sole and an upper where the sole and the upper delimit individual toe portions configured to receive, retain, and allow independent articulation of corresponding individual toes of a foot inserted in the footwear and where the sole includes an extension portion which extends upwardly around at least a portion the foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: Vibram S.p.A.
    Inventor: Robert Fliri
  • Publication number: 20100235970
    Abstract: A pair of control top pantyhose includes a panty portion connected to two leg portions. The panty portion is made of a reinforced segment and a non-reinforced segment integrally knitted together. The reinforced segment encircles the body of a wearer and substantially covers the abdomen. The non-reinforced segment covers the crotch of the wearer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2010
    Publication date: September 23, 2010
    Inventor: Fariba K. Rad
  • Publication number: 20100212072
    Abstract: A waistband for a pantyhose, a pantyhose including the waistband and a method of making the pantyhose. The waistband includes a cylindrical elastic material measured to cover body of a pantyhose wearer from a top of hip bone downward over the hip bone. Such a low-lying waistband covers the hip comfortably and is supported by the hip bone such that it does not cut into the softer parts of the abdomen to create pain in the skin and internal organs. Both the width and location of the waistband hold the pantyhose in place. The waistband continues downward from the top of the hip bone and ends substantially where the hip bone connects to the leg bone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2009
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Inventor: Eri Miyasaka
  • Publication number: 20100192285
    Abstract: A norconstricting pantyhose and a corresponding pantyhose-holding undergarment. Nonconstricting pantyhose of the present invention is any type of hose that has a hip and waist portion with nonconstricting upper portion so that the upper portion of the nonconstricting pantyhose comfortably or snuggly stays on the corresponding portion of the body of the wearer by means of hose-holding devices on the corresponding pantyhose-holding undergarment. The pantyhose-holding undergarment of the present invention is a bra, camisole, slip, or the like plus a plurality of pantyhose-holding devices thereon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2009
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Inventor: Byoungha Ahn
  • Patent number: 7752681
    Abstract: Articles of clothing that incorporate fabrics or chemicals having wicking, antibacterial/antifungal and low coefficients of friction either overall or in specific areas of the apparel that will minimize the development of irritation, bacterial and fungal infections of the skin. The invention also includes methods for producing this wicking, antibacterial/antifungal and low coefficient of friction apparel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Michel Licensing, Inc.
    Inventor: Joyce Michel
  • Publication number: 20100132411
    Abstract: Knitted product of the type of briefs, knickers, but mainly tights, including the body part and leg parts, closed in the crotch area by opposite extra courses, in which at least one of the extra courses (7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4) is created in the direction of the top (V1, V2, V3, V4) at first by the extending part (7.1A, 7.2A, 7.3A, 7.4A) and then by the narrowing part (7.1B, 7.2B, 7.3B, 7.4B). The method of knitting of the knitted product of the type briefs, knickers, but mainly tights, closed in the crotch area by at least one pair of opposite extra courses, where the extra courses are knitted by reverse run while in case of extra courses on leg parts, their edge links of the extending part are knitted together with the links of the last continuous line of the leg part, while in case of the extra courses on the body part, the edge links in the extending parts are knitted together with the links of the first continuous line of the body part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 4, 2008
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Inventor: Ján Ando
  • Publication number: 20100125933
    Abstract: Sheer hosiery is provided that maintains the appearance of conventional sheer hosiery while eliminating the foot discomfort that is typically encountered when wearing conventional sheer hosiery. Embodiments of the sheer hosiery include a sheer leg portion and a foot portion that is affixed to the sheer leg portion and at least partially made of a comfort fabric. The foot portion contacts one or more portions of a wearer's foot, such as, for example, a ball portion and a toe portion, and is hidden from view when the wearer's foot is inserted in footwear. The foot portion may be somewhat thicker than the sheer leg portion but is not so thick as to interfere with the fit of the footwear.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2010
    Publication date: May 27, 2010
    Inventor: Victoria Barnett
  • Publication number: 20100107314
    Abstract: A footless pantyhose undergarment includes a non-control panty portion and two leg portions connected to the panty potion. Each leg portion terminates at a leg band and the panty terminates at a waistband. The entire footless pantyhose undergarment is made of stretch yarns excluding elastic yarns.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Inventor: Fariba K. Rad
  • Publication number: 20100107313
    Abstract: A footless non-control pantyhose undergarment includes a panty portion and two leg portions. Each one of the leg portions terminates at a leg a band. Each leg band has two layers and each layer has an elastic yarn. The elastic yarn of each layer is equal or less than the elastic yarn used in the leg portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Inventor: Fariba K. Rad
  • Publication number: 20100107315
    Abstract: A footless non-control pantyhose undergarment includes a panty portion and two leg portions. Each one of the leg portions terminates at a leg a band. The panty portion and the leg portions each has an elastic yarn with a low denier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Inventor: Fariba K. Rad
  • Publication number: 20100107316
    Abstract: A footless reinforced pantyhose undergarment includes a panty portion and two leg portions. Each one of the leg portions terminates at a leg a band. Each leg band is modified to have less elastic yarns to provide a softer and more comfortable feel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Inventor: Fariba K. Rad
  • Publication number: 20100071117
    Abstract: Tights worn by juvenile dancers are provided with an embellishment on one of the legs to provide a visual cue and/or tactile cue which functions to assist the wearer in determining which leg is the right leg and which leg is the left leg. Thus, when the juvenile dancer is instructed to respond with their right or left leg, the embellished dance tight helps them to determine which leg to move. The embellishment (or a portion thereof) is provided on the front thigh area of one of the legs, preferably at the center of the thigh area or above. Locating the embellishment (or a portion thereof) at the middle of the thigh area (or above) advantageously allows the wearer to readily see the embellishment, with or without the aid of a mirror, without the need for the wearer to bend at the waist and without the need for the wearer to raise their foot. Alternatively, or in addition, the embellishment (or a portion thereof) may be provided at a knee area of one of the legs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2008
    Publication date: March 25, 2010
    Inventors: Michael Rubin, Abby Lee Miller
  • Publication number: 20100005560
    Abstract: A pantyhose undergarment is provided that has relatively sheer upper arm and body portions, the upper arm portions end as cap sleeves with knitted-in welts just above the mid upper arm area and being comprised of a sweat absorbent material in the under arm area starting at the mid upper arm and terminating down the side of the wearer's body, just adjacent to the top of the breasts and the body portion being comprised of a sheer form fitting front and back torso portion, the part of the front and back torso portion beginning just above the breast area being comprised of a sheer portion and the part beginning just below the breast area covering the stomach and abs, being comprised of a sheer reinforced control top portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2008
    Publication date: January 14, 2010
    Inventor: Susan Albizre
  • Publication number: 20090293179
    Abstract: A garment is provided including a main body adapted to enclose at least the foot of a wearer, the main body including an ankle portion and a foot portion, and a cushion located at the ankle portion of the main body, wherein the cushion is configured to protect an ankle of the wearer from abrasion caused by a heel of a footwear.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2009
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Inventor: Anwar Ricky Hasan
  • Publication number: 20090265838
    Abstract: The invention is a hosiery garment adapted with specialized ends configured for interconversion between an open-toe configuration and a closed-toe configuration depending on the selective preferences of the wearer. A hosiery garment, in accordance with the present invention, comprises a first longitudinal segment with a first end detachably coupled to said first longitudinal segment, said first end adapted to fit a first lower extremity of a human body, wherein said first end includes a first slit opening for exposing said first lower extremity of said human body; and a second longitudinal segment with a second end detachably coupled to said second longitudinal segment, said second end adapted to fit a second lower extremity of said human body, wherein said second end includes a second slit opening for exposing said second lower extremity of said human body. Embodiments of the present invention include without limitation, hosiery garments such as pantyhose, stockings, and similar hosiery items.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2008
    Publication date: October 29, 2009
    Inventor: Viryan Thach Lee
  • Publication number: 20090188021
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to women's hosiery. Some embodiments include pantyhose having a reinforced split toe, suitable for wearing with thong sandals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2008
    Publication date: July 30, 2009
    Inventor: Blanche L. Frisina
  • Publication number: 20090106881
    Abstract: A method and kit for communication using a leg covering. The method includes: selecting a one or more graphical displays presenting a desired message; removably coupling the graphical display via a coupling mechanism to a thigh portion of a leg covering normally covered by another article of clothing; and selectably displaying the graphical display. The one or more graphical displays may comprise a game; evoke a particular emotional response; include textual or graphical images; and/or may comprise a color contrasting to the leg covering. The kit for communication using a leg covering includes a leg covering and a communication system which includes: one or more graphical displays and a coupling mechanism. The one or more graphical displays may be removably coupled to a portion of the leg covering selected from the groups consisting of: a thigh portion, a calf portion, a shin portion, and a knee portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2008
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Inventor: Richard J. Delinski
  • Patent number: 7143453
    Abstract: A reinforced undergarment at least including underpants and, in certain embodiments, a pair of hose or stockings permanently or removably secured to the underpants so as to define a pair of pantyhose, wherein the undergarment, and particularly the underpants are formed from a flexible material including a plurality of interconnected portions disposed and configured to overly predetermined areas of the wearer's body so as to exert a supporting and/or retaining force thereon and thereby shape the wearer's body, or at least certain portions thereof, into a desired configuration. The interconnected portions of the undergarment are at least partially formed from an elastic material of varying densities such that different support and/or retaining force are exerted on predetermined portions of the wearer's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2006
    Assignee: Intermarketing Express, Inc.
    Inventor: Stella Duran
  • Patent number: 7103922
    Abstract: A hosiery item includes an upper part for covering the foot and at least a portion of the ankle of the wearer, and a lower part for covering the toes of the wearer. A toe notch is formed in the lower part to separate the lower part into a big toe accommodating pocket and a second pocket for accommodating the remaining toes. The toe notch has a depth such that in a relaxed, unstretched condition, the toe notch extends between the big toe and the second toe to a point between the first joint of the big toe and the crotch of the foot located between the big toe and the second toe. A thong-type sandal is received within the notch between the big toe and the second toe, and the inner end of the notch is pulled only slightly by the sandal strap against the crotch of the foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Inventor: Linda A Doorley
  • Patent number: 7087032
    Abstract: The present invention provides a controlling undergarment covering a wearer's abdomen, lumbar, and thigh capable of stabilizing the pelvis, tightening the swelling of the center of the abdomen, and performing a correction to stabilize the lower buttocks without discomfort and the need for putting on and taking off when excreting which comprises: a main body for covering the wearer's abdomen, lumbar, and thigh composed by the connection of a front part, a back part, and two leg parts; and a belt with stretchability for surrounding the front and back sides of the main body wherein a crotch region is open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Inventor: Chieko Ikeda
  • Patent number: 7007309
    Abstract: An improved dance tight and dance tight stocking. In accordance with one embodiment, the dance tight includes a leg portion in the form of a tubular fabric member terminating in a foot portion. The foot portion includes an open forefoot collar bordered by an elastic finished edge and through which a wearer's toes protrude when the dance tight stock is worn. An open hindfoot collar is disposed on the foot portion proximally with respect to the forefoot collar such that a portion of the rear heel surface of the wearer's foot is exposed therethrough. The dance tight stocking further includes an instep collar defining an elastically bounded open mouth through the leg portion in substantial longitudinal alignment between the forefoot collar and the hindfoot collar such that forefoot and hindfoot retention bands are formed therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Inventor: Mindi Mende
  • Patent number: 6704942
    Abstract: An undergarment that functions to shape and smooth a wearer's body profile that encircles the wearer's body from a point between the wearer's knees and upper thighs to a point between the wearer's waist and bust; and that includes an upper friction band at the upper peripheral edge to help ensure that the undergarment remains in place about the torso, a similar lower friction band to maintain the undergarment in place about the legs, a buttocks shaping or lifting means, a pleated crotch opening that can be reversibly opened and closed for facilitation of urination, and hose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Inventor: Rodica Lazarian
  • Publication number: 20030110551
    Abstract: An undergarment that functions to shape and smooth a wearer's body profile that encircles the wearer's body from a point between the wearer's knees and upper thighs to a point between the wearer's waist and bust; and that includes an upper friction band at the upper peripheral edge to help ensure that the undergarment remains in place about the torso, a similar lower friction band to maintain the undergarment in place about the legs, a buttocks shaping or lifting means, a pleated crotch opening that can be reversibly opened and closed for facilitation of urination, and hose.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2001
    Publication date: June 19, 2003
    Inventor: Rodica Lazarian
  • Patent number: 6546564
    Abstract: A garnet or hose retaining system comprises an elasticised retaining band (83) extending in use around a rear position (83a) of a wearer's anatomy and a front portion (83b in use at least partially across a front portion of the wearer's Danatomy. The rear portion (83a) has a modulus of elasticity extending generally longitudinally and parallel to its upper and lower boundaries. The front portion (83b) comprises a gerally downwardly extending arcuate concave curve (85) in an upper boundary, and has a greater modulus of elasticty in a transverse direction than longitudinally of the front portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2003
    Assignee: Hippies Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: Vanessa Anne Palmer
  • Patent number: 6543063
    Abstract: A golf sock with a golf tee holder coupled thereto. The golf tee holder is coupled to the body portion of the sock and includes one or more receptacles for holding golf tees vertically upon the body portion. The golf tee holder is comprised of an elastic material that stretches to hold the golf tees snugly within each receptacle. The golf tee holder is positioned on the body portion of the sock a sufficient distance above the foot portion of the sock so as not to interfere with the wearing of shoes during normal golf play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Inventor: Kamla Greer
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20020108166
    Abstract: An open-sole pantyhose garment for wearing with exercise and dancing covers the lower body of a wearer. The garment has a top section with two leg portions wherein each leg portion includes a vertical seam along the leg portion. Each leg portion includes a foot portion that encircles the wearer's foot and defines an opening on the sole through which the wearer's foot can protrude.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2002
    Publication date: August 15, 2002
    Applicant: Maglon's, Inc.
    Inventor: Margaret Abboud
  • Patent number: 6430753
    Abstract: A reinforced undergarment at least including underpants and, in certain embodiments, a pair of hose or stockings permanently or removably secured to the underpants so as to define a pair of pantyhose, wherein the undergarment, and particularly the underpants are formed from a flexible material including a plurality of interconnected portions disposed and configured to overly predetermined areas of the wearer's body so as to exert a supporting and/or retaining force thereon and thereby shape the wearer's body, or at least certain portions thereof, into a desired configuration. The interconnected portions of the undergarment are at least partially formed from an elastic material of varying densities such that different support and/or retaining force are exerted on predetermined portions of the wearer's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Assignee: Intermarketing Express, Inc.
    Inventor: Stela Duran
  • Patent number: 6408445
    Abstract: A panty leg attachment device, a panty garment combined with the device, and a panty/combination leg covering garment utilizing the device enables the securement of the open end of a tubular leg covering garment to a leg opening of a panty garment. The device in one embodiment is formed from a panty inner band with first and second sides, the first inner band side affixed to the panty garment inner side and the second inner band side having securing means in the form of tape segments positioned thereon. A panty outer band having first and second sides has its second side secured to the panty garment outer side and carries a scalloped decorative edge along its perimeter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Assignee: Sara Lee Corporation
    Inventor: Diane M. Matthews
  • Patent number: 6393622
    Abstract: A fully detachable garter system comprises an undergarment, downwardly extending straps releasably secured to the undergarment and to a pair of stockings. The upper ends of the straps include fasteners for releasably securing the straps to the undergarment. The lower ends of the straps include fasteners for releasably securing the straps to a pair of stockings. The fasteners on each end of the straps may comprise hook and pile material, snaps, hooks and eyes, button and buttonholes, button hooks, or other such attachment means. The undergarment and the stockings typically include a smooth edge region for fastening of the straps thereto. In other embodiments, the undergarment may include fasteners positioned on an inner surface of the leg openings so that the fasteners are hidden from view. In still another embodiment, the fasteners on the undergarment may be positioned on an outwardly facing surface and disguised by decorative lace or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Inventor: Bronwyn C. Rice
  • Patent number: 6393620
    Abstract: An article of apparel for a foot that covers the forward portion of the foot only does not show above the tops of shoes and enhances fit and comfort of wearing shoes. Such a partial sock, or half sock, is advantageous for uses including wearing with shoes that cover the forward portion of the foot only, such as open-heel and clog-type shoes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Assignee: Renfro Corporation
    Inventors: Joy S. Hatch, Robert Craddock, Cindy Jones Dickson