Underwear Patents (Class 2/73)
  • Patent number: 10342275
    Abstract: A clothing system includes a clothing component having a first coupling portion and a second coupling portion. The first coupling portion includes a first clothing coupling element and the second coupling portion includes a second clothing coupling element. A linking element includes first and second linking coupling elements at opposite ends. Each of the first clothing coupling element, the second clothing coupling element, the first linking coupling element, and the second linking coupling element is selected from the group consisting of: (A) a clasp, comprising a loop receiving projection extending from a first longitudinally-extending edge, and a primary securing clip that is closed along a second longitudinally-extending edge; and (B) a loop adapted for sliding over said loop receiving projection. The first and second clothing coupling elements are adapted to be removably coupled to the first and second linking coupling elements, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: SHOWSTOPPER LLC
    Inventors: Joseph Edward Dames, III, Micah Joel Dames
  • Patent number: 9833022
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a multi-layered design for an article of apparel such as swimwear. In particular, at least one layer may include a stretch resistant matrix made of a thermoplastic polymer, a silicone or other similar material to provide additional support and modesty to certain areas of the apparel, such as the bust area. Further, a method of manufacturing the article of apparel is also disclosed. According to aspects described herein, the layers may be integrated using techniques to increase the overall integrity of the apparel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Kirk M. Mayer, Nathan Demarest, Rebecca P. Hurd
  • Patent number: 9717285
    Abstract: A need for a flexible bra that can be worn with multiple different necklines has been identified. Thus there is provided a garment including: a band arranged in use to extend around the torso and two cups attached to the band via a releasable attachment means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventor: Suzannah Stolkin
  • Patent number: 9717289
    Abstract: An article of swimwear for providing targeted compression areas includes inner and outer fabric layers that are bonded together with adhesive layers having different compressive strengths. For example, a first adhesive layer is disposed between first fabric portions of the inner and outer fabric layers. In addition, a second adhesive layer is disposed between second fabric portions of the inner and outer fabric layers. The first and second fabric portions may be laterally adjacent each other or spaced apart. The first adhesive layer provides a first compressive strength to the first fabric portions of the inner and outer fabrics when bonded there between, and the second adhesive layer provides a second compressive strength to the second fabric portions of the inner and outer fabrics when bonded there between. In certain implementations, the first compressive strength is greater than the second compressive strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Spanx, Inc.
    Inventors: Grace Fooden, Tosha Hays, John Nowell, Krysta Lin, Chad Lawrence
  • Bra
    Patent number: 9603392
    Abstract: A bra comprising a front portion and two side portions. The front portion comprises bra cups. Each side portion extends from a respective side of the front portion and the side portions are adapted to encircle a torso of a wearer of the bra. The front portion and the side portions comprise an outer layer and a frame layer beneath the outer layer. The frame layer comprises: an outer frame layer, and an inner frame layer disposed inward from the outer frame layer with respect to the torso of the wearer of the bra. The inner frame layer comprises a plurality of panels. The panels alternate between primary panels primarily stretchable in a first direction and secondary panels primarily stretchable in a second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Lululemon Athletica Canada Inc.
    Inventors: Yogendra V. Dandapure, Cassandra Ming Wai Sze, David Williams
  • Patent number: 9320305
    Abstract: Soft and flexible breast support elements are integratable into loungewear and sleepwear such that comfortable support and shaping are provided. The structure and placement of bra cups provides soft support while an arrangement of elastic elements maintains the position of the breast support elements without wires or fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Wild Intuitions, LLC
    Inventor: Melanie Berger
  • Patent number: 8647168
    Abstract: A garment for providing body shaping. In one embodiment, a slip-shaped body garment uses support bands to provide support in various areas of the body while maintaining an overall smooth and desirable body shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Inventor: Kiana Anvaripour
  • Patent number: 8574027
    Abstract: A clothing article with an integrated body support for molding and shaping the wearer's torso, includes a tubular outer garment having a free bottom end, wherein the tubular outer garment comprises an upper section adapted for supporting the bust of the wearer, and a lower section extending from the upper section for covering at least the lower torso of the wearer. The clothing article further includes a tubular inner body support extending substantially concealed in a concentric relationship with and peripherally attached to the interior portion of the outer garment, wherein the inner body support is composed of a resilient form-fitting fabric for imparting compressive support to mold and shape the lower torso and abdominal areas of the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Tres Chicas, LLC
    Inventor: Deanna H. Kipnes
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8467849
    Abstract: The present invention provides a device for use in magnetic resonance imaging of a woman's breasts. The device has breast-supporting cups that comprise an enhanced fat saturation material to facilitate fat suppression during imaging. Significantly, the wearer can put the device on and position it with little or no assistance and without loss of dignity due to manipulation by a technician.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Orgamend Inc.
    Inventor: Lauren Brasile
  • Patent number: 8359687
    Abstract: An adjustable incubator/crib infant positioning blanket for holding a premature baby securely in an incubator. The blanket includes a pouch to securely hold the baby with its head in an upright position on an inclined plane such as a raised mattress and the blanket is secured to the mattress by a strap. The pouch securely prevents the baby from rolling or sliding toward the bottom of the inclined mattress.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Inventor: Ellen T. Marlowe
  • Patent number: 8209773
    Abstract: A configurable supportive protection system and methods comprising a sizeable support element and a coverage element that provide support and protection to human body parts. Advantageously, the system is quickly and easily configurable to allow body parts having different sizes to be supported. The system is selectively openable to thereby facilitate the maintenance of privacy and modesty of the patient during any activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Inventor: Karen Bothwell
  • Patent number: 8058343
    Abstract: Novel aqueous polyurethane dispersions and adhesive films formed therefrom are provided. The aqueous polyurethane dispersions are provided in solvent-free systems of a prepolymer comprising at least one polyether or polyester polyol, a mixture of MDI isomers, and a diol. The adhesive films from such dispersions can be heat-activated for bonding, lamination, and adhesion of textile fabrics, including stretch fabrics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Invista North America S.àr.l.
    Inventors: Hong Liu, Carmen A Covelli, Douglas K Farmer
  • Patent number: 7931639
    Abstract: The invention provides a panty realizing easy fit of a sanitary napkin for night use to a crotch portion, preventing the napkin from shifting out of position, alleviating digging into the crotch portion, and thus being comfortable to wear without giving feeling of constriction to the wearer. The panty includes a front part, a back part, a crotch part provided so as to bridge between the front part and the back part, a slightly elastic member is provided at the substantially center area of the back part, a highly elastic member is provided from a back parts lifting member to the entire area of the front part except for the waist hold part, a fixing member is provided on the substantially center area of the front part, a crotch lifting member is provided at the substantially center area of the crotch part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventors: Ayami Suga, Shinobu Fujikawa, Hideki Kondo
  • Patent number: 7930770
    Abstract: The invention provides a panty realizing easy fit of a sanitary napkin for night use to a crotch portion, preventing the napkin from shifting out of position, alleviating digging into the crotch portion, and thus being comfortable to wear without giving feeling of constriction to the wearer. The panty includes a front part, a back part, a crotch part provided so as to bridge between the front part and the back part, a slightly elastic member is provided at the substantially center area of the back part, a highly elastic member is provided from a back parts lifting member to the entire area of the front part except for the waist hold part, a fixing member is provided on the substantially center area of the front part, a crotch lifting member is provided at the substantially center area of the crotch part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Uni-Charm Corporation
    Inventors: Ayami Suga, Shinobu Fujikawa, Hideki Kondo
  • Patent number: 7762262
    Abstract: A garment includes a bifurcated body having front and rear sections wherein the front section is provided with a sheath oriented about a genital region and includes a ribbed outer surface. The rear section is provided with a plurality of apertures and is oriented about a buttock region respectively. The ribbed outer surface includes a plurality of protrusions. The apparatus further includes a mechanism for fastening the garment about the user's waist. A condom is positionable about a user's penis wherein a proximal end portion of the condom is engageable about the ribbed outer surface of the sheath, defining a frictional contact area for assisting to maintain the condom positioned about the penis during sexual activities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Inventor: Jorge L. Granja
  • Patent number: 7749207
    Abstract: A synthetic elastomeric laminate and a control garment are provided. The laminate and garment include a sheet of synthetic rubber and one or more fabric layers laminated to the sheet of synthetic rubber. A process for making an elastomeric laminate is also provided. The process includes cutting a plurality of apertures in an elastomeric sheet of foamed synthetic rubber to define an apertured elastomeric sheet and laminating a first fabric layer to a first side of the apertured elastomeric sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: HBI Branded Apparel Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Cal Rossi, Les Whitlock
  • Patent number: 7669248
    Abstract: Continuousness and stability of an effect of preventing hip hemlines from rising in walking or a crouching posture are improved. A clothing has: a front body 11 and back body 12 which are stretchable; and a gusset 13 which is disposed between an inner crotch front portion 22 of the lower end of the front body 11 and an inner crotch rear portion 23 of the lower end of the back body 12, to cover a groin portion. The curvature of the rear end portion 13b which is formed in the gusset 13 into a convex arcuate shape is made larger than that of the inner crotch rear portion 23 which is formed in the lower end of the back body 12 into a concave arcuate shape, and the rear end portion 13b and the inner crotch rear portion 23 are stitched together to dispose a dart 26 which three-dimensinalizes so as to suit a bulged shape of a buttock lower portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Inventor: Ikuo Toratani
  • Publication number: 20090217439
    Abstract: The present invention shows a faux camisole that a woman may put on to cover her cleavage when a low cut clothing item is being worn. For example, if a dress has a dipping neckline in front and the woman is going to work, a faux camisole can cover her cleavage. However, on her way home, if the woman stops for an evening out, the faux camisole may be removed to reveal the cleavage. The present invention shows a faux camisole that is attached to the straps of a brassiere worn by the woman, a torso strap holds the bottom of the faux camisole in place.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2008
    Publication date: September 3, 2009
    Inventor: Marla Mason Ross
  • Patent number: 7396274
    Abstract: A bicycle shirt or similar garment having a relatively large pocket positioned on the back of the top, the top further comprising a torso-encircling elastic band, which is incorporated within the bottom opening of a shelf bra in the main embodiment, wherein the pocket is provided with an elastic band that is connected to the torso-encircling elastic band such that stress on the pocket elastic band is transferred or shared by the torso-encircling elastic band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Inventor: Holly Wiegmann
  • Patent number: 7387561
    Abstract: An undergarment or bodysuit which uses a simplex lining between a TACTEL outer layer and a cotton inner layer, the cotton inner layer and the simplex lining forming a laminate. Stabilized tricot may be included as part of the laminate. The use of the simplex layer instead of the foam layer results in a material which provides a similar smoothing effect as foam but which has a lower tendency to crease or ride up when the wearer bends down or bends over. Thong portions snap together and use a powernet fabric to stretch the garment over the body and hold the garment down at the waist when it is worn to provide a smooth look. Foam cushions are also provided at strategic places to reduce the pressure caused by flexible wires or bones used to provide additional support to keep the bones from digging into the rib cage and provide more comfort to the bodysuit undergarment. A small, vertically extending bone is placed between the cups for additional support and to keep the cup support wires centered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2008
    Inventor: Robert Kambiz Zarabi
  • Patent number: 7354424
    Abstract: The invention provides protective garments that comprise a liquid impermeable garment body having an inner surface with first and second portions, an absorptive device associated with the first portion of the garment body, and fibers affixed to at least a part of the inner surface of the second portion of the garment body. The protective garment may further comprise a connector, and tubing. The tubing can be used for absorbing or draining fluids away from a person's body, or for transmitting fluids to a person's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Assignee: TamiCare Ltd.
    Inventor: Tamar Giloh
  • Publication number: 20080047042
    Abstract: The present invention proposes an underwear for easily taking off, comprising: a main body has a shoulder part and a frame part; a first joint unit locates on the shoulder part; a second joint unit locates on the frame part; thereby, the main body is taken on by connecting the first joint unit and the second joint unit, and is taken off by disconnecting the first joint unit and the second joint unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2007
    Publication date: February 28, 2008
    Inventor: Chang-Mei Lin
  • Patent number: 7318240
    Abstract: A one piece undergarment for wear on a torso and legs of a body, having at least two elastic straps extending substantially parallel to one another. A plurality of moveable panels extending along the two straps and configured as a plurality of tube portions one above another, each panel having two parallel edges extending horizontally around the body. The moveable panel is secured by at least two moveable seams, each seam creating a channel by encasing the strap from one parallel edge to the other parallel edge of the moveable panel to slide upwardly and downwardly along the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2008
    Inventor: Nicole Rendone
  • Patent number: 7275265
    Abstract: The garment made of stretchable material is adapted for an upper part of a body. The garment has front and back sections and a hem; a front of the hem is provided with a pair of slits, while a back—with a pair of apertures. A lace for fastening the garment to the upper part of the body is used. This lace has a pair of ends and is adapted to encircle a waist and to interact with the pair of slits and apertures. The first and second ends, after exiting from the pair of slits, are manipulated so as to extend downwardly and brought under the crotch area and then up toward the back of the wearer. There, first and second ends are inserted into the pair of apertures, behind lace, then brought forward, stretched and tied together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Inventor: John Grant
  • Patent number: 7258593
    Abstract: A camisole for use by medical patients includes front and rear segments with the front segment divided into two panels which may be selectively temporarily closed. The front panels are connected to the rear panels along side seams and the garment includes a yoke-like neck area and arm receiving openings. A loop is secured in each side seam below each arm opening for guarding drainage tubes and pockets are sewn into the side seams and lower hem for receiving drainage bulbs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Inventor: Jean Mineconzo
  • Patent number: 7240371
    Abstract: Novel aqueous polyurethane dispersions and adhesive films formed therefrom are provided. The aqueous polyurethane dispersions are provided in solvent-free systems of a prepolymer comprising at least one polyether or polyester polyol, a mixture of MDI isomers, and a diol. The adhesive films from such dispersions can be heat-activated for bonding, lamination, and adhesion of textile fabrics, including stretch fabrics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2007
    Assignee: Invista North America S.A.R.L.
    Inventors: Hong Liu, Carmen A. Covelli, Douglas K. Farmer
  • Patent number: 7168096
    Abstract: A bikini assembly includes a bikini top having a first panel and a second panel. A first strap and a second strap are each elongated and each has a first end and a second end. The first strap extends through the first panel. The second strap extends through the second panel. The first and second straps are looped together such that the first panel is attached to the second panel. The first and second straps form arm openings. A bikini bottom includes a third panel having a front edge, a back edge, a first side edge and a second side edge. A third strap is elongated and has a first end and a second end. The third strap extends into the front and back edges so that leg openings are formed between the third strap and each of the first and second side edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Inventors: Jose S. Landa, Pamela S. Roybal
  • Patent number: 6839908
    Abstract: This invention provides women's apparel having a unique and improved maternity and/or nursing breast support and enables the wearer to comfortably unsecure and secure a flap on a bra cup upon completion of nursing. The main inventive feature is a dynamic non-continuous or hanging bra support system made with a plurality of fabric members triangular in shape to allow a sizeable opening in each brassiere cup. The fabric members in each cup are joined at the upper end and create vertically oriented openings for maximum breast exposure that allow access to the breast and at the same time leave room for expansion of the breasts. The upper edges of the triangular cups are diagonally oriented, and the cups are attached only partially, at the lower portion to narrow regions of a stretchable band and/or laterally, to the side, thus providing flexibility, support and comfort for the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2005
    Assignee: NurtureBra LLC
    Inventors: Loretta Lynn Schneider, Roslyn Harte
  • Patent number: 6837771
    Abstract: Feminine undergarments, particularly brassieres and other body shaping garments that are fabricated using a multi-layered fabric laminate that is formed by gluing multiple fabric layers together, preferably to permit body shaping garments to be substantially fabricated from a single main piece of material or blank cut from the multi-layered fabric laminate and which has finished edges which do not require separate binding or narrow edge finishing, together with a method of making such garments, both on an individual, batch basis, as well as an automated process for making the fabric laminate and multiple garments on a continuous basis, are disclosed. Multi-layer composite fabric laminate materials wherein different portions of at least one fabric layer thereof are made of different fabrics, and a method for making them, are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2005
    Assignee: Playtex Apparel, Inc.
    Inventor: Gloria Falla
  • Patent number: 6817034
    Abstract: A maternity undergarment is preferably a spandex/polyester full body slip that covers, shapes and supports the upper torso and lower torso, to smooth the thigh, back waist and buttocks, slightly support the belly and optionally provide a support bra at the chest. The belly panel is of fabric that is more stretchable than the fabric covering the wearer's torso.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Assignee: Daisy LLC
    Inventor: Amy Smilovic
  • Publication number: 20040025219
    Abstract: The abstract of my disclosure is new in the art of female underwear in this hurried society, namely Disposable Panties! Scented to eliminate odors, and to smell fresher thru the day. With this new technology, disposable panties can save time, frustration and make a more sanitary you, and bring ones confidence level to its maximum potential needed to feel fresher at anytime of the day, evening or night.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2002
    Publication date: February 12, 2004
    Inventor: Bernice Stephens McQueen
  • Publication number: 20040025218
    Abstract: A men's undergarment having an opening in the front panel of the undergarment body thereof and a cover panel fastened to the undergarment body, the cover panel having top and bottom ends respectively fixedly fastened to waistband and crotch of the undergarment body and two opposite lateral sides maintained free from the undergarment body such that the cover panel defines with the undergarment body a penis receiving space and a scrotum receiving space for receiving the user's penis and scrotum respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2002
    Publication date: February 12, 2004
    Inventor: De-Li Huang
  • Publication number: 20040016039
    Abstract: A nursing garment and support bra is provided as an outer body covering for a nursing mother suitable as a sleeping garment which provides support for the breasts and access to the breasts by a nursing infant, provides breast pad pockets to hold breast pads to contain flow from leaking breasts, or prostheses, provides two v-neck breast retention panels easily slipped off the wearer's shoulder or pulled to one side to expose a breast for nursing by a nursing infant, and can function as a support bra for women who have undergone surgery and have use of a prosthesis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2002
    Publication date: January 29, 2004
    Inventor: Germaine Caprio
  • Patent number: 6513209
    Abstract: A fastening system for an article of apparel, advantageously a bra, including first and second coupling members attached to ends of a hemband. The coupling members are movable between an engaged or locked state when the bra is worn and a disengaged state to remove the bra. The coupling members are integrally molded and each includes a stitch plate and a plurality of locking members. The locking members on one coupling member are hooks while the other are loops. The coupling members have a flex groove formed therein between their locking members to make the coupling members more flexible. The flex groove may optimally extend across the stitch plates to further enhance flexibility. The ends of the hooks are angularly displaced from their stitch plates. This raises the interlocking locking portions away from the back of the wearer to increase comfort. Additionally, the hooks include opposed angled guide surfaces. The opposed angled guide surfaces each have a parallel guide surface on an adjacent hook.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2003
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventor: Carey Portzline
  • Patent number: 6499201
    Abstract: A garment fastener, especially for lingerie and swimsuits has elongated loops on each fastener half from the outer bar of which an attachment flange extends. The attachment flange is a sewing flange and/or welding flange and the fabric strip passing through the slot of the loop is stitched and/or welded to the attachment flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2002
    Assignee: Fildan Accessories Corporation
    Inventors: Gerhard Fildan, Karl Wanzenböck
  • Patent number: 6430748
    Abstract: An undergarment, either a camisole or full slip, that has excellent wicking properties, fits the body snugly and is cut in such a way as to be unnoticeable beneath sheer outer wear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Inventor: Jeannine W. Burkhart
  • Patent number: 6247178
    Abstract: The invention is an improved process for promoting bonding between parent and infant. The invention is also a garment for use with this process. The garment is a shirt made from scent-absorbing fabric. The shirt's sleeves and torso portion are secured together using hook and loop fasteners, allowing the sleeves to be detached. The parent wears the shirt for a period of time long enough for the shirt to absorb the scent. The parent then detaches a sleeve, using it or the torso of the garment to form an infant's blanket. After wrapping the infant in the blanket, the parent can then leave the infant in the care of someone else, and the infant will still be able to smell the scent of the parent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2001
    Inventor: Victoria J. Bilda
  • Patent number: 6000993
    Abstract: A lady's undergarment is provided which has a front neck hole seam that is generally W-shaped and has a raised middle section which falls in between the user's breasts. The undergarment has a lower opening that is defined by a generally straight back hem and a bevel front hem which has a lowermost portion that is cut at an angle. The undergarment may include one strap or two straps or be strapless. A collar may be attached to the undergarment. The back hem of the lower opening of the undergarment may be sufficiently long to be passed between the legs of the user and extended upwards to be attached to the undergarment. The undergarment may include cushioning means at several different sections of the undergarment. Undergarments that are designed for women who are missing one or both breasts may have cushioning to line area where breast is missing. The undergarment may include a flap between the folds of the breasts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1999
    Assignee: Jane D. Hufstedler
    Inventor: Doris Diann Erwin
  • Patent number: 5978963
    Abstract: A slenderizing swimsuit including a body covering that has an upper torso portion and a lower torso portion. The lower torso portion has a front portion, a rear portion and side portions that are interconnected. The lower torso portion has a pair of leg openings that are formed in each side portion. Lastly, a girdle is attached to an inside portion of the lower torso portion. The girdle has a front panel, a rear panel and a crotch interconnecting the front and rear panels. The girdle has a first side panel and a second side panel. The first side panel is interconnected with the front and rear panels. The second side panel has first and second edges that are capable of coupling one to the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Inventors: Leib Moskowitz, Yenty Moskowitz
  • Patent number: 5966740
    Abstract: Ladies' undergarment for the upper part of the body, made of elastic material and provided with a cup front combination, broad shoulder straps and flank panels passing into a back panel. The cup front combination is asymmetrical, with a cup part at one side and flat-running elastic material at the other side, or with two cup parts with different measurements from each other, for exerting adequate therapeutic tissue pressure. The undergarment can be made up of two detachable halves, each provided with fastening means substantially running according to the longitudinal axis of the body, at least one half containing one cup part. The undergarment can be provided at least at one location at the body side with a removable compression plate of thin resilient material, accommodated in a special lining pocket of the undergarment or otherwise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Inventor: Albina Maria Lucrezia Barbe-Vicuna
  • Patent number: 5964641
    Abstract: There is provided a brassiere having a brassiere body including a torso encircling body portion having a frontal portion, side portion and a back portion, a pair of breast cups located in the front of said body portion, an area connecting said breast cups. A moisture absorbent material is positioned proximate the area between said breast cups. There is also provided a moisture absorbent material including a deodorant. The moisture absorbing material may be readily disposable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1999
    Inventor: Nancy E. Laughridge
  • Patent number: 5954564
    Abstract: A body shaping undergarment is disclosed. A plurality of fabric panels are fixed together to form the undergarment and define a first leg opening, a second leg opening and a waist opening. An elastic waist band is disposed around at least a portion of the circumference of the waist opening, and a first and a second elastic leg band are respectively disposed around at least a portion of a circumference of the first leg opening and the second leg opening. A pair of elastic buttock support panels are fixed to the undergarment and disposed so that each elastic buttock support panel elastically supports a respective buttock of a wearer. The pair of elastic buttock support panels is integrally fixed to a same fabric panel of the plurality of fabric panels, and each one of the pair of elastic buttock support panels is integrally fixed to a respective same fabric panel of the plurality of fabric panels as a the first elastic leg band and the second elastic leg band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1999
    Assignee: Warnaco, Inc.
    Inventor: Nancy Ganz
  • Patent number: 5953754
    Abstract: A camisole garment including an elastic system which is under tension and a ruffle which forms an edge of the elastic structure whereby the curl-over of the structure is minimized during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1999
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Paulette Mary Rosch, Ingrid Christine McPhilliamy, Mark Louis Robinson
  • Patent number: 5944579
    Abstract: A non-constricting brassiere that provides limited support comprising a single piece of fabric having a front panel and a continuous rear panel with shoulder straps connected from said panels. The shoulder straps are a continuation of the material of the front and rear panels. The invention has neck and arm holes that are edged with lightweight elastic or aesthetically pleasing knitted trim. The front and rear panels are centrally connected at the front panel to form a seam, the seam having gathers. Affixed to the lower portion of the front and rear panels is a continuous sewn hem. The present invention does not use underwires, hardware, heavy elastic, binding or seaming in sensitive underarm or breast areas where lymph nodes are numerous, nor does it use such features so as to cause the wearer discomfort in the other areas of the body the bra contacts. The preferred bra provides only limited breast support so as to not adversely affect lymphatic circulation and to increase comfort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1999
    Inventor: Marcia C. Fleischman
  • Patent number: 5938500
    Abstract: An undergarment includes a torso covering cincher having a pair of downwardly curved underwire portions together with a pair of removably attachable breast-supporting cups. The breast-supporting cups define attachment members which cooperate with attachment members formed on the underwires to removably secure the breast-supporting cups to the torso covering undergarment. Embodiments are shown utilizing a torso covering garment referred to as a cincher and various attachment mechanisms are utilized in securing the breast-supporting cups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1999
    Inventor: Sally A. Hampton
  • Patent number: 5921845
    Abstract: An improved brassiere comprising a means for connecting a first point located on the back portion of a first shoulder strap to a second point located on a first lateral strap. The second point is located between the end of the first lateral strap and the juncture of the first shoulder strap and the first lateral strap. Also, the brassiere includes a means for connecting a third point located on the back portion of the second shoulder strap to a fourth point located on the second lateral strap. The fourth point is located between the end of the second lateral strap and the juncture of the second shoulder strap and the second lateral strap. The means for connecting the first and second points is a first strap having two ends with each end fixedly or removably attached to the first and second points. The means for connecting the third and fourth points is a second strap having two ends with each end fixedly or removably attached to the third and fourth points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Inventor: Wendy Scholtz
  • Patent number: 5921976
    Abstract: A disposable protective undergarment for sufferers of incontinence including an absorbent pad constructed of three layers including and liquid penetrable inner layer, an absorbent core and a liquid impervious outer layer. The pad further includes a pair of oppositely placed front panels attached to a back panel and further includes a waistband to secure the pad to the human body. The undergarment is open vertically along the front between the panels creating a pair of confronting edges. A further embodiment of the present invention may include a longitudinally extending slit approximately half-way up from the bottom edge of the back panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Assignee: Vergie E. Seymore
    Inventor: Vergie E. Seymore
  • Patent number: 5908346
    Abstract: A brassiere having a torso encircling bodice (2). A pair of breast cups (10, 11) are attached to the bodice (2). Only each side of a breast cup (10, 11) is attached to the bodice (2) leaving an opening between a lower edge (15, 16) of each breast cup (10, 11) and the bodice (2). Allows freedom of movement for the wearer and improved ventilation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1999
    Inventor: Rita McCall
  • Patent number: 5904607
    Abstract: A brassiere for enhancing cleavage between the breasts of a wearer and including a torso shaping body member, which can be worn under a garment which is strapless, off the shoulder and/or cut low in the back. The present invention comprises a pair of breast cups disposed in spaced apart yet communicating relation with one another. Each breast cup preferably includes an upper half and a lower half and an underwire which is structured and disposed to wrap substantially around each breast of the wearer so as to effectively lift the breasts upwardly. As a unique feature, the improved brassier of the present invention includes a tensioner member interposed between the breast cups and preferably, which has a generally "V" shape, so as to effectively squeeze the breasts together. The present invention additionally comprises a body member, with optional straps for securing the brassier about the torso of the wearer in proper orientation so that the breast cups are disposed to support the wearer's breasts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1999
    Inventor: Jacob Abadi