For Circumference Of Crown Patents (Class 2/418)
  • Patent number: 10420385
    Abstract: The present invention provides a helmet comprising a main body having a concave interior for receiving a user's head, a head strap coupled to the body, and an adjustment mechanism coupled to the head strap. The head strap is positioned in a loop that spans at least 1.5 wraps around the interior of the main body. Preferably, the head strap is fully recessed into the concave interior of the main body. The head strap can include an occipital pad and a flexible belt (e.g., two flexible belts) secured to the occipital pad and engaged with the adjustment mechanism. Preferably, at least a portion of the flexible belt is spaced rearward from the occipital pad. The helmet can further include a belt guide (e.g., two side belt guides and a front belt guide) secured to the main body and adapted to allow the head strap to slide through the belt guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: SPECIALIZED BICYCLE COMPONENTS, INC.
    Inventors: Robert Lakes, David E. Stroud, Michael Grim, Mike Krynock
  • Patent number: 10365494
    Abstract: An adjustment structure of a bridle including a bridle, rotating shaft, and a knob is provided. The bridle has a rack. The rotating shaft has a first ring gear and a second ring gear both around an axis, wherein the first ring gear is coupled to the rack, such that the rotating shall moves along the bridle by rotating about the axis itself. The knob is rotated about the axis and moved along the axis to be movably coupled to the rotating shaft. The knob has a third ring gear to be engaged with or released from the second ring gear by the knob moving along the axis. When the third ring gear is engaged with the second ring gear, the knob is forced to drive the rotating shaft to rotate about the axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Acer Incorporated
    Inventors: Li Lin, Ker-Wei Lin, Chih-Kai Tu, Chun-Ta Chen, Chun-Yu Chen
  • Patent number: 10357401
    Abstract: Embodiments provide a retention apparatus for a head-mounted device and a head-mounted apparatus including the retention apparatus and the head-mounted device. The retention apparatus includes left and right band portions arranged on respective sides of a user's head, which connect to the head-mounted device at one end, and include opposing free ends that are arrangeable toward a back side of the wearer's head. The retention apparatus includes left and right elastic straps and an adjustment mechanism. The adjustment mechanism is arrangeable at the back of the user's head and includes arms the telescope into and out of the adjustment mechanism. The elastic straps are attached to the left and right band portions at first ends and to respective arms of the adjustment mechanism at second ends. Adjustably moving the arms of the adjustment mechanism stretches or relaxes the elastic straps, adjusting tension of the retention apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan R. Hsu, Philippe Putzeys
  • Patent number: 10219576
    Abstract: A helmet having a chin bar fastened at two points on each side of the shell. The shell is molded with recessed portions designed to receive the two branches of the chin bar on each side where they will be fastened to the shell so that the outer surfaces of the chin guard are flush with the shell at the locations of attachment to provide a smooth transition and reduce weight. An adjustment device to adjust the fit of the helmet to the user includes a star wheel on each side of the helmet attached to an arcuate flexible strip extending rearwardly around the occipital area of the skull. A sliding mechanism attached to the strip allows the strip to be moved forward and backward to allow it to be tightened or loosened, respectively, with respect to the player's head. A ratcheting lateral adjustment device is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: CASCADE MAVERIK LACROSSE, LLC
    Inventors: William H. Brine, III, Jonathan Baker, Eric Darnell, Steve Moore, Joel Robinson, Barclay Moore, Romeo Graham, Luc Boucher, Rob Watters, John Tutton
  • Patent number: 10194710
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a headband including an adjustment band which is worn on a wearer's head and has the length adjusted; a support band which is connected to the adjustment band and is supported on the upper part of the wearer's head; and a length adjustment lever for adjusting the length of the adjustment band, wherein a cushion case of a flexible resilient material is integrally formed on the length adjustment lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: OTOS WING. CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Sung-Won Huh
  • Patent number: 10130134
    Abstract: A protective headgear device including a fabric cap (102) into which a hard shell (120) of reinforced fibers is inserted. A foam liner 140 or foam inserts (1500) are secured to the hard outer shell 120 and serve a shock absorbing function. The foam liner (14) and/or foam inserts (120) include or form grooves and/or channels used to direct hot air towards the top center of the headgear assembly where the hot air can be vented through holes which extend through the cap (102) and hard outer shell (120). The holes may pass through the foam liner 140 or meet up with holes on channels in or between the foam inserts through which air can pass. The hard outer shell may be thinnest on top and thicker on the left and right sides. The center front and rear may be the same thickness as the top of the hard shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventor: Mary Lynne Blair
  • Patent number: 10098402
    Abstract: A football helmet including a one-piece outer shell defining an exterior and an interior. The shell includes a plurality of slots penetrating at least partially through the shell from the exterior to the interior of the shell. Each slot may be disposed adjacent to at least one other slot and each pair of adjacent slots defines an energy absorbing beam portion between the adjacent slots. Each beam portion is configured to deform and absorb energy when the exterior of the shell is impacted from a normal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventors: Benjamin V. Booher, Sr., Benjamin V. Booher, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10092056
    Abstract: A hockey or lacrosse helmet with a rear shell having a central elongated slot extending along a longitudinal axis of the helmet; a rear inner pad for facing the back and left and right side regions of the head, the rear inner pad being mounted to the rear shell; an occipital inner pad located below the rear inner pad for facing the occipital region of the head; and a single wedging member located between the rear shell and the occipital inner pad, the single wedging member being movable along the longitudinal axis of the helmet from a first position to a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: BAUER HOCKEY, LLC
    Inventor: Jacques Durocher
  • Patent number: 9907347
    Abstract: A helmet can include a helmet body formed of a foam energy-absorbing material in which the helmet body includes inner and outer opposing surfaces. A plurality of lower slots can be formed completely through the helmet body and can be open at a lower edge of the helmet body. A plurality of upper slots can be formed completely through the helmet body and be open at a top portion of the helmet body to form a star shape. An S-shaped panel of the helmet body can include an undulating form from the alternating and overlapping positions of the plurality of lower slots and the plurality of upper slots. A reinforcing halo can be disposed within the helmet body to reinforce areas of weakness in the helmet body resulting from the plurality of lower slots and the plurality of upper slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Bell Sports, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott Allen
  • Patent number: 9895280
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the technical field of massagers and provides a head massager and a helmet size adjusting structure thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: SHENZHEN BREO TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xuejun Ma, Yong Wan
  • Patent number: 9770070
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a method of assembling a reel includes coupling a drive component with a tightening component and coupling the tightening component with a top end of a housing. A spool component is then inserted within a bottom end of the housing so that the spool component is positioned within the housing's interior region and faces a bottom surface of the drive component. An attachment component is then coupled with the bottom end of the housing. The attachment component includes a coupling member that couples with the drive component. Coupling of the coupling member with the drive component operationally couples the drive component and the spool component so that operation of the tightening component causes the spool component to rotate within the housing in a first direction while preventing rotation of the spool component in a second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Boa Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse Cotterman, Eric Irwin, Randon Kruse, William O'Dell, Thomas Pollack
  • Patent number: 9756893
    Abstract: An integrated fit and retention system is provided that includes a first rigid strap and a second rigid strap, each having a first end and a second end. The first end of each rigid strap is coupled to a helmet body proximate a front of the helmet body, and the second end of each rigid strap is coupled to the helmet body proximate a rear of the helmet body. The integrated fit and retention system also includes a chin strap operable to couple the first and second rigid straps beneath a chin of a wearer. In particular embodiments, the integrated fit and retention system may further include a fit strap coupling the first and second rigid straps, that may be configured to sit below an occipital lobe of the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Bell Sports, Inc.
    Inventor: Hilgard N Muller
  • Patent number: 9642409
    Abstract: The impact protection cap manufactured from a bendable synthetic material comprises at least one middle shell (3), connected in the forehead area of the wearer by means of flexible areas (12, 13) to lateral shells (1, 2) appended to the sides thereof, characterized in that the lateral shells (1, 2) extend at least partially over the middle shell (3) thereby building overlapping areas (22, 22?) wherebetween ventilation slots (7, 8) are formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Rose Plastic AG
    Inventor: Peter Roesler
  • Patent number: 9603402
    Abstract: A novelty apparel includes multiple attached conformable, selectable and viewable occupational role playing indicia. A baseball cap includes a dome shaped crown of compound curves and a forward facing sun visor brim portion, a transparent window in a central front face portion of the dome shaped crown, where the window displays a single indicium selectable from a number of different indicia carried on a display surface conformable to said dome shaped crown. The selected indicium is displayed centered above the brim. The display surface conforms to the curved interior of the dome shaped crown, wherein the baseball cap does not deviate substantially from the look of a typical baseball cap with a single permanent indicium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Clients Quarterly, LLC
    Inventors: Shelley S. Warner, Roy Warner
  • Patent number: 9572392
    Abstract: An adjustment mechanism for a headband arrangement having a headband member with a notched track positioned on an end thereof, the adjustment mechanism including: a rotatable knob having a first contact member and a second contact member; and a rotatable hub member having a gear portion with teeth to engage the notched track of the headband member, such that rotation of the hub member in a first direction causes the headband member to tighten and rotation of the hub member in a second direction causes the headband member to loosen; wherein, upon rotation of the knob in the first direction, contact between the first contact member and the hub member causes the hub member to rotate in the first direction, and upon rotation of the knob in the second direction, contact between the second contact member and the hub member causes the hub member to rotate in the second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: MSA Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Klotz, Kevin R. Ketterer
  • Patent number: 9237776
    Abstract: An accessory for a hat is disclosed which a wearer can use to show support for a team, cause or event and/or to protect the wearer from rain and damaging UV rays. In particular, the hat accessory may receive a protective covering with printed indicia on the exterior surface thereof. The protective covering may also be coated with a water repellent and also embedded with a treatment for UV protection. The protective covering may be removably attachable to the hat accessory so that the wearer can show support to a particular team, event or cause depending on the circumstances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Inventor: Harrison Kang
  • Publication number: 20150107006
    Abstract: An adjustable headband device for a helmet has a base, a headband, a driven wheel, a resilient element, a cover plate and an adjusting knob. The headband is mounted on the base and has two toothed racks. The driven wheel has a gear engaging the toothed racks, multiple engaging tabs and multiple ratchet pawls. The cover plate is mounted on the base and has multiple ratchet teeth selectively engaging the ratchet pawls. The adjusting knob of the adjustable headband device rotates to control increase and decrease of an inner diameter defined by the looped headband without being depressed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: MINSON ENTERPRISES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: TAI-HENG CHEN
  • Publication number: 20150074876
    Abstract: A head circumference adjustment device of a helmet includes: a main body formed with a cavity; an annular strap having a first end and a second end passing through the cavity, each of the first and second ends being formed with a rack section, a thumb section and a shoulder section; and a controller mounted in the cavity. The controller has a gear engaged with the rack sections of the strap. By means of rotating the controller, the position of the strap can be adjusted to adjust the head circumference. The head circumference adjustment device can be easily operated and truly fixed to overcome the shortcomings existing in the conventional adjustment device that the strap is likely to slip and the position of the strap can be hardly truly adjusted and the strap is likely to detach from the adjustment device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: UNITED ROYAL SPORTS INC.
    Inventor: WEN-TSAI CHIANG
  • Publication number: 20150059066
    Abstract: A suspension connection arrangement for a suspension system for a safety helmet, the suspension system including at least one strap connected to at least one tab, which is attachable between a headband arrangement and at least one headband slot positioned on an internal surface of the safety helmet. The suspension connection arrangement includes: at least one projection member extending from the at least one tab; and at least one keyhole connected to at least one slot, both extending at least partially through a headband member, wherein the at least one keyhole is configured to at least partially receive the at least one projection member therethrough, such that the at least one projection member is configured to slide along the at least one slot, thereby removably attaching the at least one tab to the headband member. A suspension system and a safety helmet are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Kevin R. Ketterer, John F. Rihn
  • Publication number: 20150059065
    Abstract: An adjustment mechanism for a headband arrangement having a headband member with a notched track positioned on an end thereof, the adjustment mechanism including: a rotatable knob having a first contact member and a second contact member; and a rotatable hub member having a gear portion with teeth to engage the notched track of the headband member, such that rotation of the hub member in a first direction causes the headband member to tighten and rotation of the hub member in a second direction causes the headband member to loosen; wherein, upon rotation of the knob in the first direction, contact between the first contact member and the hub member causes the hub member to rotate in the first direction, and upon rotation of the knob in the second direction, contact between the second contact member and the hub member causes the hub member to rotate in the second direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Robert Klotz, Kevin R. Ketterer
  • Patent number: 8959667
    Abstract: A head-mountable apparatus mountable on a head of an observer comprises a first pressing member which presses a first portion of the head; a second pressing member which presses a second portion of the head; and an adjustment unit adapted to move the first pressing member and the second pressing member to positions where the first pressing member and the second pressing member respectively press the first portion and the second portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takaaki Nakabayashi, Toshiyuki Yasuda, Toshiki Ishino, Yoshihiro Saito, Toshiyuki Okuma, Kazuhide Miyata
  • Patent number: 8959723
    Abstract: A closure assembly that is infinitely adjustable within an operating range of the closure assembly and includes a vent port therethrough. The closure assembly includes a housing and an operator that rotationally cooperates with the housing. A flexible member is movably supported by the housing and cooperates with the operator so that manipulation of the operator alters the amount of the flexible member that extends beyond the housing. A biasing means cooperates with the operator and interacts with the housing to maintain a desired orientation of the operator, and thereby a desired orientation of the flexible member, relative to the housing to define a shape of a closure of the item of apparel. A vent port is formed through the housing and the operator and mitigates heat collection therebehind.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Trek Bicycle Corporation
    Inventors: David J. Gennrich, Randall S. Koplin, Eric W. Gobrecht, Daniel R. Nett
  • Publication number: 20150026871
    Abstract: A size adjuster for helmets for cycling use of the type that can be fixedly connected inside a helmet for cycling use is disclosed. The size adjuster includes an annular structure arranged along the lower periphery of the helmet and is able to be switched between a minimum diameter configuration and a plurality of increased diameter configurations to allow the helmet to be worn by different sized users. The adjuster can include a manual switching device of the configuration of the annular structure and further includes headrest elements for a user connected to the annular structure in a freely orientable manner along at least one axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: Angelo GOTTI
  • Publication number: 20150000015
    Abstract: A protective helmet with a second shell having a top end connected to a top portion of a first shell such as to allow relative movement between the first shell and the bottom end of the second shell about a connection between the top end and the top portion along two opposed directions. Two connecting members are each connected to a respective side portion of the first shell at a fixed location and are each connected to the bottom end of the second shell through a respective connection allowing relative movement therebetween. An adjustment mechanism is connected to the second shell and has a movable portion movable between an unlocked position free of the connecting members to allow relative movement between the first and second shells and a locked position in engagement with the connecting members to prevent relative movement between the first and second shells along at least one of the opposed directions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Pierre-Luc BEAUCHAMP, Philippe MARTIN, Simon BERGERON
  • Patent number: 8856974
    Abstract: A safety helmet comprising an outer shell, an internal headband composed of a neckband at the rear and a securing strap at the front, and an adjustment mechanism of the headband. The adjustment mechanism comprises a double cog-wheel having a first sprocket associated with a first drive rack of the neckband, and a second sprocket associated with a second drive rack of the strap. The two sprockets have different diameters to perform differential driving of the strap and of the neckband.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Zedel
    Inventors: Raphael Lanez, Alain Maurice
  • Patent number: 8850622
    Abstract: A safety helmet includes damping elements for example made from expanded polystyrene added onto a shell made from an elastically deformable material. The whole of the surface, facing the shell, of the damping elements arranged along the periphery of the opening is positioned against the shell to form an inner supporting belt completely in contact with the shell. The helmet is arranged in such a way that a position of the head in the cavity of the helmet causes a deformation of the supporting belt by elastic deformation of the shell according to the morphology of the head, generating permanent tightening of the supporting belt against the head in substantially uniform manner along the supporting belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Kuji Sports Ltd.
    Inventors: Rémi Finiel, Shaw Kaake, Ku Cheng-Huei, Xiang Zi Ping, Roger Davis
  • Patent number: 8832869
    Abstract: A helmet massager and a helmet thereof are provided. The helmet massager comprises a helmet. The helmet comprises a first helmet body. The first helmet body comprises a first left helmet body and a first right helmet body which are butt jointed. The first left helmet body and the first right helmet body respectively have a first left rack and a first right rack. The helmet further comprises an adjusting device. The adjusting device comprises a base, a gear, a ratchet body with ratchet teeth, and a knob for driving the ratchet body to rotate. The base is located at a butt-joint site of the first left helmet body and the first right helmet body. Each of the first left rack and the first right rack engages with the gear. The ratchet body is positioned on the gear. The knob is mounted on the ratchet body. The base has a ring of locking teeth. The ratchet body has a rotating state and a rest state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Shenzhen Breo Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xuejun Ma, Xuliang Wu, Tao Zhang, Yong Wan
  • Patent number: 8745770
    Abstract: A head suspension includes a headband portion having a length and two transition arms. Each transition arm is coupled to the headband portion and extends away from the headband portion length at an angle greater than zero degrees. Each transition arm has a distal end and a pivot at the distal end. The pivot characterized by a pivot point and a rear support portion is pivotally connected to each pivot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Lars-Olov Ahlgren, Niklas Lilenthal, Arne O. Linderstrand
  • Patent number: 8713718
    Abstract: A headgear support that comprises a headband and a pad. The headband has a first end and a second end and forms a substantially closed perimeter having a length which is selectively adjustable. The pad is pivotally connected to the headband such that the pad is disposed within the substantially closed perimeter and pivots relative to the headband about a pivot axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael G. Moelker
  • Publication number: 20140101828
    Abstract: Apparatus and associated methods may relate to a protective headgear assembly having a suspension system with user controls for independently adjusting a front loop length and an occipital loop length. In an illustrative example, the front loop length may lie in a substantially horizontal plane, and the occipital loop length may lie substantially in a plane that intersects the front loop length at non-zero angle such that the occipital loop length descends posterior a user ear to cradle a user occipital. In some examples, an intersection of the front loop length and the occipital loop length may fit proximal the user ear after adjusting the frontal loop length and the occipital loop length to circumferentially fit a user head. In some examples, the user control for the front length may provide a macro adjustment and the user control for the occipital length may provide a micro adjustment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Sugerman, Joseph Rodrigues, Jacky Zhu, Oliver Li
  • Patent number: 8661570
    Abstract: Disclosed is a headband with an air cushion pad, which is mounted on a welding mask, a working helmet, a safety mask or a protective mask. A plurality of air pockets is arranged at regular intervals or asymmetrical intervals within the air cushion pad mounted on the entirety or a part of the headband contacting the worker's head, a plurality of projections is formed on the front surface of the air cushion pad contacting the worker's head, the worker's forehead or the rear portion of the worker's head, and if the worker wears the headband, the amount of air filling air pockets is adjusted according to a shape of the worker's head or a pressing degree of the headband onto the worker's head so that the worker may firmly and comfortably wear the headband under the condition that the headband is completely adhered to the worker's head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Otos Wing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Moon Young Huh
  • Publication number: 20140033405
    Abstract: A headgear adjustment mechanism is provided that includes a worm having a central axis of rotation, a first headband element, a second headband element, a spur gear, and a housing. The first headband element includes (i) a worm rack disposed in operative engagement with the worm, and (ii) a first pinion rack. The second headband element includes a second pinion rack. The spur gear is disposed in simultaneous operative engagement with the first pinion rack and the second pinion rack, and the housing at least partially encloses the first and second headband elements. During operation of the adjustment mechanism, rotation of the worm about the axis of rotation causes the first headband element and the second headband element to translate in opposite directions with respect to the worm, thereby adjusting a fit of the headgear.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: ARTISENT, LLC
    Inventors: David Charles Rogers, Duco W. Noordzij, Peter L. Stokes, Leonard Manfred Koenig
  • Publication number: 20140033404
    Abstract: A head suspension includes a headband portion having a length and two transition arms. Each transition arm is coupled to the headband portion and extends away from the headband portion length at an angle greater than zero degrees. Each transition arm has a distal end and a pivot at the distal end. The pivot characterized by a pivot point and a rear support portion is pivotally connected to each pivot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Lars-Olov Ahlgren, Niklas M. S. Lilenthal, Arne O. Linderstrand
  • Publication number: 20130326798
    Abstract: A protective headgear is disclosed. The headgear protects regions of the wearer's head including the crown, temples, and chin. The headgear has a closure system having two adjustable closures, operating substantially perpendicular to each other and to reinforce one another, that act to provide custom fit for the headgear and to maintain a field of view for the wearer during use and after repeated uses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventors: Ken CLEMENT, Craig CLEMENT, John David ZIKAKIS
  • Patent number: 8584265
    Abstract: Headgear and head suspension system adapted to support an object with a head of a wearer. A flexible circumferential band has an anterior portion and a posterior portion, at least a portion of the anterior portion of the flexible circumferential band having a replaceable headband bridge having a particular configuration. A configuration of the head suspension system may be modified by replacing the replaceable headband bridge with another headband bridge of a different configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Niklas Lilenthal, Jonas D. Fridholm
  • Patent number: 8544118
    Abstract: A helmet padding consists of sets of tubes. An armature and tubes are connected and mounted within the shell. A fastener fastens a cage to the shell allowing sides of the cage to be mounted directly against the shell. The shell is molded with recessed portions receiving two branches of the chin bar on each side where they will be fastened to the shell to provide a smooth transition and reduce weight. An adjustment device includes a star wheel on each side of the helmet attached to an arcuate flexible strip extending rearwardly around the occipital area of the skull. A sliding mechanism attached to the strip allows the strip to be moved forward and backward to allow it to be tightened or loosened, respectively, with respect to the player's head. A ratcheting lateral adjustment device is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Bauer Performance Lacrosse Inc.
    Inventors: William H. Brine, III, Jonathan Baker, Eric Darnell, Steve Moore, Joel Robinson, Barclay Moore, Romeo Graham, Luc Boucher, Rob Watters, John Tutton
  • Patent number: 8510870
    Abstract: A helmet, adjustable longitudinally and laterally to fit a variety of head configurations, includes an outer shell having front and a rear shell parts, which are movably joined with one another, and an adjuster. The rear outer shell and/or the front outer shell can include first and second lateral shell portions separated by a slot. The adjuster can move the first and second lateral shell portions away from one another from a narrowed mode to a widened mode to increase the lateral dimension of the helmet. Simultaneously, the adjuster can move the front and/or rear shell to increase the longitudinal dimension of the helmet as the first and second lateral shell portions move from a narrowed mode to a widened mode. A method is also provided for effecting the longitudinal and lateral adjustments of the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Warrior Sports, Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Rogers, Kyle L. Lamson, Neil E. Wensley, Kyle A. Walters
  • Patent number: 8505121
    Abstract: A head suspension includes a headband portion having a length and two transition arms. Each transition arm is coupled to the headband portion and extends away from the headband portion length at an angle greater than zero degrees. Each transition arm has a distal end and a pivot at the distal end. The pivot characterized by a pivot point and a rear support portion is pivotally connected to each pivot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Lars-Olov Ahlgren, Niklas M. S. Lilenthal, Arne O. Linderstrand
  • Publication number: 20130139304
    Abstract: A headgear support that comprises a headband and a pad. The headband has a first end and a second end and forms a substantially closed perimeter having a length which is selectively adjustable. The pad is pivotally connected to the headband such that the pad is disposed within the substantially closed perimeter and pivots relative to the headband about a pivot axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicant: KIMBERLY-CLARK WORLDWIDE, INC.
    Inventor: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8448266
    Abstract: A helmet having a first helmet portion and a second helmet portion disposed adjacent to said first helmet portion, with the portions being slidably connected to one another and slidable relative to each other. The second helmet portion has a restraint defining a passage. The first helmet portion has an opening exposing a portion of the restraint. A securing member is received in the opening of the first helmet portion and slidable between engaged and disengaged positions. A portion of the securing member extends through the opening toward the second helmet portion and is received in the passage when in the disengaged position. The securing member engages the restraint and prevents relative movement of the first and second helmet portions when in the engaged position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Sports Maska Inc.
    Inventors: Garnet Alexander, Vittorio Bologna
  • Patent number: 8443805
    Abstract: A respiratory mask assembly for delivering breathable gas to a patient includes a frame and a headgear assembly removably attachable to the frame. The headgear assembly includes a pair of side portions and a rear portion that interconnects the pair of side portions. The pair of side portions includes at least one strap. The rear portion has at least one strap constructed of at least two layers of material. One of the layers of material has a more rigid construction than the other of the layers of material to resist compression of the at least one strap of the rear portion in a first direction which resists movement of the at least one strap of the pair of side straps in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: ResMed Limited
    Inventors: Amal S. Amarasinghe, Perry D. Lithgow, Memduh Guney
  • Patent number: 8434200
    Abstract: An adjusting device for tightening or loosing laces and straps includes a base, an actuating member and a knob. When a user rotates the knob clockwise, the adjusting device is tightening a flexible strap of the clothing or a lace of the footwear. However, when a user rotates the knob counterclockwise, the adjusting device is loosing a flexible strap of the clothing or a lace of the footwear. The knob never moves up and down along the axis during the operation for tightening or loosing the flexible strap or the lace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Inventor: Chin-Chu Chen
  • Patent number: 8434167
    Abstract: An improved face shield assembly universally fits to most hard hats and includes a dual-point pivot system which allows the face shield to be located in a “down” as-used position, an “up” as-used position and a “stowed” position above the hard hat. The improved face shield assembly includes three separate brackets, namely a main mounting bracket secured to the brim of a hard hat, a rotating bracket pivotably mounted to the main mounting bracket and a lens mounting bracket pivotably mounted to the rotating bracket. Spring-loaded struts stabilize and retain the lens mounting bracket in the as-used and stowed positions relative to the rotating bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne Gleason, Raymond Curci, Brett Pulito
  • Patent number: 8424168
    Abstract: By way of example, a cam assembly and strap based closure system using a spiral is configured for bringing two sides of an article together. When the user inserts the strap into the cam assembly and turns a knob, the strap is driven into the cam assembly and the strap pins engage one or more cam spirals. The system is configured such that strap pins are engaged at a constant angle which may be self-locking. The system is infinitely adjustable and the torque felt by the knob is constant. The system is configured to be a quick release system and allows rapid insertion of the strap for faster operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Boa Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark S. Soderberg, Eric Craig Irwin
  • Patent number: 8399085
    Abstract: An energy-absorbing pad structure includes an energy-absorbing pad that is encapsulated by a polymeric film. The polymeric film is sufficiently air-permeable to permit air to escape during rapid compression of the pad structure, such as from a high-speed dynamic impact, but nonetheless is water resistant under ordinary conditions. It is desirable that the polymeric film is made from an elastic polymer. The air-permeability can be provided from a series of perforations such that the film's elastic quality tends to contract the perforations thereby impeding the progress of water through them under normal conditions. The energy-absorbing pad can be a semi-rigid viscoelastic foam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Intellectual Property Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Dan T. Moore, III, Kathleen M. Novak
  • Patent number: 8370967
    Abstract: An adjustable head band for a helmet has a base, a band, an adjusting wheel, a dial and a cover. The base has at least one pawl. The band is annular and is movably mounted through the base and has two toothed ends. The toothed ends correspond to each other. The adjusting wheel has a gear and a ratchet wheel. The gear engages the toothed ends of the band. The ratchet wheel engages the at least one pawl of the base. The dial is mounted on the adjusting wheel. The cover is mounted on the base. The adjustable head band is attached to a helmet and is convenient and easy to operate to allow customization of the helmet on a head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Minson Enterprises Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tai-Heng Chen
  • Patent number: 8365363
    Abstract: A strap fastening device includes two fastening straps and a tightness adjusting unit. The fastening straps each have a fixing end and an opposing free end. The tightness adjusting unit includes an assembling box and two locating members. The assembling box is provided at a left and a right half with at least one non-return retaining tooth each. The two locating members are slidably mounted to the assembling box and connected to the free ends of the two fastening straps, such that the free ends of the fastening straps are not turned back to expose from the assembling box. The slidable locating members respectively have a raised locating rib releasably engaging with the at least one non-return retaining tooth at the left and the right half of the assembling box. The two locating members can be conveniently slid with one hand to adjust the tightness of the fastening straps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Inventor: Chien-Rung Chen
  • Patent number: 8359672
    Abstract: A headgear support that comprises a headband and a pad. The headband has a first end and a second end and forms a substantially closed perimeter having a length which is selectively adjustable. The pad is pivotally connected to the headband such that the pad is disposed within the substantially closed perimeter and pivots relative to the headband about a pivot axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael G. Moelker
  • Patent number: 8291512
    Abstract: A face shield includes a brim having a front portion, a rear portion, an upper portion, and a lower portion. A channel is formed in the lower portion adjacent the rear portion of the brim. The front portion includes a plurality of spaced apart catch members disposed thereon. A head band is unitary with one side of the brim and configured to surround a head of a wearer. The head band has a free end that is adjustably insertable into the channel of the brim to select a size of the head band for the head of the wearer. The face shield may include a removable transparent shield having a plurality of holes formed therein. Each of the holes is configured to cooperate with one of the catch members of the brim to releasably hold the transparent shield on the front portion of the brim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Inventor: Walter Stoll
  • Patent number: 8291907
    Abstract: An apparatus for supporting the head of a person lying prone or on a side includes a base member that is configured to be worn on the head of the person and to rotate between a plurality of positions relative to a support surface upon which the base member rests. The base member defines at least one support member configured to contact the face of the person. A front support structure is mounted to the base member. The front support structure and the base member are cooperatively arranged to define a space between the front support structure and the face of the person wearing the apparatus. The at least one support member is configured to support the head of the person away from the front support structure when the person is lying prone or on a side and with the base member in any of the plurality of positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Inventor: David Charles Kuhlmann