Face Patents (Class 2/9)
  • Patent number: 10426212
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide for a modular helmet apparatus and system comprised of a removable outer shell disposed on an inner frame. The disclosed football helmet provides for enhanced energy diffusion through the use of one or more energy diffusion areas disposed on an outer shell of the helmet, the one or more energy diffusion areas being configured to align with the energy diffusion zones of the frame. Embodiments of the present disclosure enables a user to quickly and easily replace or swap the outer shell of the helmet with a second or replacement shell by selectively coupling the desired outer shell with the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Inventor: Dana Ratliff
  • Patent number: 10342704
    Abstract: A goggle frame and an adaptor configured to attach to the goggle frame are disclosed in accordance with various embodiments. The adaptor may allow the goggle frame to adapt to different lenses or accessories. In particular, the adaptor may allow the goggle frame to adapt to lenses of different sizes, thicknesses, shapes, shades, colors, prescriptions, curvatures, and the like. Further, the adaptor may allow the goggle frame to adapt to various accessories, such as roll-off film systems of different sizes, various imaging devices, e.g., cameras, video cameras, display devices, e.g., LCD or LED displays, heads up displays, lighting devices, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: 100% SPEEDLAB, LLC
    Inventors: Marc Guy Blanchard, Ludovic Francis Boinnard, Kevin Michael Sigismondo, Jonathan Knight
  • Patent number: 10315095
    Abstract: A helmet is disclosed for sports that protects the wearer from impact that may cause head trauma. The helmet includes a recoiling shock absorber system on one or more portions likely to sustain direct blows. The shock absorber system may move omnidirectionally in response to the line of force received at impact by a facemask connected to the shock absorber. Impact to the portion of the helmet receiving a hit may be dissipated through the shock absorber system and distributed into the remaining shell of the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventors: Nevin A Sneed, Niles J. Sneed
  • Patent number: 10286287
    Abstract: The invention provides a face shield for sports activities. The face shield comprises a facial covering shield, a plurality of foam pads, a nose shield portion and a pair of detachable straps. The facial covering shield has a pair of eye openings. The pair of detachable straps around the cheek and the forehead are fully adjustable and provide a comfortable and secure fit for the user. The nose shield portion protects the user's nose from injuries. The plurality of foam pads includes a pair of forehead pads and a pair of cheek pads, and, the plurality of foam pads are removable and reusable and can be adjusted to desired position to create perfect fit for the user's face. The design of the face shield is more unique and fits on the top of the forehead and leaves plenty of space and protects the eye portion and reduces and eliminates vision problems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventor: Darrel W. King
  • Patent number: 10264841
    Abstract: A force attenuating helmet construction including a rigid layer generally conforming to the wearer's head. A plurality of force absorbing and reacting portions extend from locations of the rigid layer such that, in response to an impact event experienced by the helmet, the absorptive and reactive forces minimize impact forces transferred to the user's head and spine. The helmet can include inner and outer rigid layers, or shells, and which are spatially supported by a plurality of force attenuating components. A dual compression coil is associated with each of opposite end mounting portions of a face mask with the outer shell for providing for bi-directional force absorbing displacement of the mask portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Linares Medical Devices, LLC
    Inventors: Miguel A. Linares, Miguel A. Linares, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10188167
    Abstract: A helmet can include a helmet body and a shield. The helmet body can include a front portion and a tail portion, and the shield can include two ear portions connected by a brow portion. The shield can be releasably coupled to the helmet body. The ears of a helmet user can be exposed with respect to the helmet body and covered with respect to the shield. The brow portion of the shield can extend across the front portion of the helmet. The tail portion of the helmet can be tapered and the front portion of the helmet can have a rounded leading edge, such that the helmet body has a tear drop form factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Bell Sports, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel Kass, Robert Wesson
  • Patent number: 10154704
    Abstract: A helmet slide assembly is attached to a helmet and functioning to enable a tilting of a visor relative to the helmet. The helmet assembly includes a base plate that is attached to a sidewall of the helmet and a slide plate disposed substantially in a parallel arrangement relative to the base plate and secured to a sidewall of the visor. The slide plate has an elongated slot for receiving a pivot member. The assembly also includes a pivot plate having locked and unlocked positions. The pivot member is secured at one end thereof to the pivot plate and the slide plate is constructed and arranged for a sliding motion once the pivot plate is unlocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Desmark Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: John Caito, III
  • Patent number: 10098406
    Abstract: A football helmet comprising a rigid plastic shell adapted to cover the head of a wearer and a faceguard in the form of a cage of metal bars and removably attached to the shell. The faceguard includes an upper portion including an uppermost bar having a center bar part and a pair of side bar parts, and a horizontal bar below the center bar part and connected to the center bar part by a vertical bar, the uppermost bar and horizontal bar defining a gap between them which extends the entire length of the horizontal bar. The faceguard has a pair of raised eyebrow areas, each raised eyebrow area consisting of one of the pair of side bar parts bent upwardly with respect to the center bar part, in the uppermost bar being positioned on either side of the front portion of the shell and above the lower edge of the front portion of the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Kranos IP Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Erb, Cortney Warmouth, Vincent R. Long, Louis Anthony Vanhoutin
  • Patent number: 10092057
    Abstract: An improved design for a helmet to reduce injuries caused by helmet-to-helmet collisions. Certain embodiments include novel quick release features that permit the detachment of a facemask from a helmet in 30 seconds or less, resulting in the ability to attend to an injured player in a rapid fashion and without the need for any additional tools to accomplish such removal. Other aspects relate to impact energy absorbing constructions, including shock absorbing systems and PEEK facemask designs, that when combined with the quick release features described, provide a superior helmet for a player's protection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Inventors: Carter J. Kovarik, Joseph E. Kovarik
  • Patent number: 10022273
    Abstract: Provided is a face protector provided with a transparent film sheet to protect a viewing window of any one working mask selected from a safety face shield or a welding helmet. One or more transparent film sheets are inserted into a gap between the surface of the upper part of the viewing window and the bent inner surface of an upper support brim and thus combined with the surface of the viewing window, thereby preventing contaminants, paints, slag or metal particles, which may contaminate the viewing window during a working process, from being attached to the viewing window, securing a worker's clear view to increase worker safety, and to greatly extending the working mask.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: OTOS WING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Moon Young Huh
  • Patent number: 9999738
    Abstract: The present invention is a gel cushion that is placed on a user's nose bridge before putting on a ventilator mask. The gel cushion is composed of a tacky gel material, such as a viscoelastic polymer gel. The gel cushion is wider than the edges of the ventilator mask and remains in place even if the mask is repositioned. The gel cushion adapts to the user's face in the area on and around the nose bridge to cushion and seal the ventilator mask in that area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: ResMed Limited
    Inventors: Jeffrey P. Chimenti, Anthony J. Santella
  • Patent number: 9961953
    Abstract: A faceguard retaining device has a base with underlying portion extending along a surface of a helmet shell. A latch, pivotally mounted to the base, has a hooked part, a pair of nubs and a pair of trunnions, the nibs and trunnions being in grooves of the base when the latch is in a closed and locked condition to prevent the latch from opening. A clip engaged to the latch and base biases the latch closed. A stabilizer is in a stabilizer groove of the base and a plate extends over the underlying portion. A fastener fastens the plate and base to the shell to resists bending of the underlying portion. The latch is lifted from the underlying portion to lift the nubs from the grooves and allow the latch to pivot upwardly into an open condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: KRANOS IP CORPORATION
    Inventors: Louis Anthony VanHoutin, Cortney Anthony Warmouth, Vincent R. Long
  • Patent number: 9949523
    Abstract: A shock absorber, for use with headgear having a faceguard, has a sliding member that does not extend beyond the support structure of the shock absorber in a way that would leave it vulnerable to damage. A headgear having a faceguard provides a protected mounting location for mounting a shock absorber for the faceguard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Inventors: Jason Klein, Aaron Engel
  • Patent number: 9848665
    Abstract: A helmet attachment system is usable to attach a mandible or face or mouth guard. The helmet attachment system also comprises a pair of attachment bases, each arranged on a side of the helmet near to an ear covering of the helmet. The attachment bases each include a metal base plate covered by an attached body block. Each attachment base provides provisions for attaching opposite ends of a mandible to the bases. The metal base plate includes hooks for engaging an edge of the helmet. A pair of strap assemblies is provided, each strap assembly connected to one attachment base. The strap assemblies extend rearward and are connected to the back rail by a buckle member on the end of each strap assembly. The back rail includes a pair of buckle member-receiving slots. The straps assemblies and the hooks provided on the attachment bases secure the attachment bases to the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Revision Military S.a.r.L.
    Inventors: Marie-Pierre Gendron, Stéphane Lebel, Martin Bélanger, Richard Coomber, Stephan Morency
  • Patent number: 9833033
    Abstract: A football helmet with shell, faceguard, padding and comfort liner system, has replaceable nose bumpers for connecting a top center of the faceguard to the shell, button and keyhole connectors connecting the liner to an inner surface of the padding and T-nut connectors for connecting the padding to an inner surface of the shell. Front portions of the comfort liner have harder foam cushions than other portions of the liner to improve impact absorption. Selected areas of the padding system contain pads with inner and outer molded thermoplastic urethane parts of different durometer, each including a sheet with plural alternating hollow protrusions. The faceguard has an upper bar with raised ends above a lower edge of the front portion of the shell that form a face opening and on either side of the nose bumper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: KRANOS IP CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert Erb, Cortney Warmouth, Vincent R. Long, Louis Anthony Vanhoutin
  • Patent number: 9750298
    Abstract: A shock-absorbing face guard connector for an athletic helmet such as a helmet worn in American football, ice hockey, cricket, or baseball and softball. The shock-absorbing face guard connector couples a face guard to the athletic helmet, and can absorb some or all of the forces resulting from a strike to the face guard amid play. The shock-absorbing face guard connector includes a compressible piece that can compressible yield when the face guard is struck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Hobart-Mayfield LLC
    Inventor: Justin H. Summerville
  • Patent number: 9743700
    Abstract: A helmet for use by a driver of a vehicle or vessel includes a chin guard extending from side to side over the front open part of a helmet shell molded to an open-face shape, and supported about an axis passing through the right to left side of the helmet shell so as to swivel up and down, the chin guard including a surface layer member formed from a flexible material so as to be deformable by deflection into a shape conforming to different widths of different helmet shells, and a core member formed from a rigid material and mounted inside of the surface layer member to inhibit the surface layer member from deflection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Inventor: Michio Arai
  • Patent number: 9731185
    Abstract: A protective frame of a mask includes: a first frame unit integrally formed as one piece, and including a first protective part for protecting a portion of a face of a user, and a first connecting part integrally connected to the first protective part; and a second frame unit integrally formed as one piece, and including a second protective part for protecting another portion of the face of the user, and a second connecting part integrally connected to the second protective part. The first connecting part is connected to the second connecting part, and the first frame unit and the second frame unit are connected together to constitute the protective frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Inventor: Shih-Huang Hsu
  • Patent number: 9693596
    Abstract: Face armor according to the invention comprises a face guard having dual side panels for disposition on opposite sides of the head of a person wearing the face armor, wherein a side slit extends upwardly from the bottom edge of each side panel such that the chin strap of a helmet extending to the chin of a person wearing the helmet extends over a portion of the side panel rearward of the side slit, passes through the side slit, and extends under a portion of the side panel forward of the side slit, thereby minimizing interference from the face guard to a snug and comfortable fitting of the helmet's tightened chin strap along the side of the person's head. In one embodiment fasteners close over each side slit and a portion of the chin strap to secure the forward and rearward portions of the side panel together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Inventor: Rick Huffman
  • Patent number: 9681698
    Abstract: A face shield, such as a visor, mounts to a protective helmet using a mounting assembly. The mounting assembly has a base, a spacer assembly, and a pair of posts. The base is disposed on the interior of the helmet. The posts are connected to the base and extend outwardly through holes that are formed in the side of the helmet. The spacer assembly slides over the posts when the posts are inserted through the corresponding holes in the helmet, and frictionally engages the outer surfaces of the first and second posts such that the helmet is disposed between the base and the spacer assembly. The posts threadingly receive corresponding fasteners that attach the face shield to the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Inventor: Wally Wayne Tatomir
  • Patent number: 9591884
    Abstract: An ergonomic facemask for a headpiece, including a wire cage having a plurality of horizontal wires and a plurality of vertical wires. The plurality of horizontal wires includes a horizontal wire configured to extend forward of a user's face at a height between the user's nose and the user's upper lip, and the plurality of vertical wires includes a center vertical wire that extends along the sagittal line of a user's face. The mutual arrangement of the center vertical wire together with the horizontal wire adequately shields a user's face while avoiding interference with the user's field of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Ampac Enterprises Inc.
    Inventors: Brad Jurga, Shyan-Wei Chen
  • Patent number: 9468783
    Abstract: Draping particulate filters for use with at least the nostrils is disclosed. The draping particulate filters include diaphanous PM filter material, a biocompatible skin contact adhesive located on at least a skin contact side of part of the diaphanous PM filter material, and at least one line of perforations. Methods of making draping particulate filters are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Inventor: Marc Irwin Epstein
  • Patent number: 9408429
    Abstract: A face shield, such as a visor, mounts to a protective helmet using a mounting assembly. The mounting assembly has a base, a spacer assembly, and a pair of posts. The base is disposed on the interior of the helmet. The posts are connected to the base and extend outwardly through holes that are formed in the side of the helmet. The spacer assembly slides over the posts when the posts are inserted through the corresponding holes in the helmet, and frictionally engages the outer surfaces of the first and second posts such that the helmet is disposed between the base and the spacer assembly. The posts threadingly receive corresponding fasteners that attach the face shield to the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Inventor: Wally Wayne Tatomir
  • Patent number: 9398783
    Abstract: A football helmet has a shell with a top portion having a raised central channel at least at one of a front area and a top area of the top portion of the shell, with a plurality of elongated vent openings on each side of the channel, the vent openings being spaced from each other on each side of the channel, from front to back, along the helmet shell, the sides of the helmet having earholes and sloped banks abutting the earholes in a wedge configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: KRANOS IP CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenneth W. Nimmons, David Rogers, Duco Noordzij, Eduard Milea, Larry Maddux, Ray Drake
  • Patent number: 9295296
    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: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: HAYABUSA FIGHTWEAR, INC.
    Inventors: Ken Clement, Craig Clement, John David Zikakis
  • Patent number: 9289024
    Abstract: A protective sports helmet that includes an energy attenuating faceguard mounting system, which includes at least one dynamic connector that secures the faceguard to the helmet shell without a connection point in the shell's brow region. The lack of a brow region connection point results in a gap or clearance between the faceguard and the shell that has a functional interplay with the dynamic connector upon an impact to the faceguard. In general terms, when a substantially on-center impact to the faceguard occurs, the faceguard is displaced towards the shell and the connector bracket flexes outward relative to the helmet shell to help dissipate impact energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Riddell, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Withnall, Michael Wonnacott, Vittorio Bologna, Thad M. Ide, Ralph Infusino, Nelson Kraemer
  • Patent number: 9277781
    Abstract: A face guard has a construction of interconnected struts, and creates an unobstructed viewing aperture proximate to the eyes of a wearer during use. The face guard includes a forward transverse sill defining at least one boundary of the viewing aperture. The forward transverse sill includes at least two generally transverse struts extending across the front of the face of a wearer during use. Surfaces at the proximal and distal edges of the transverse sill are spaced linearly apart and lie approximately along a common viewing axis of a wearer during use. The sill presents a reduced profile in the field of view of a wearer while presenting an increased surface for contact with an incoming projectile such as a ball, allowing the ball to be impeded and deflected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Inventor: Jonathan James Ean Hardy
  • Patent number: 9061113
    Abstract: A respiratory mask includes a mask frame, a forehead support provided to the mask frame and including a forehead member, and headgear including at least one strap adapted to connect to the forehead member. The forehead member includes one or more holes configured and positioned to allow at least one strap to form a strap loop that loops around at least a portion of the forehead member and arrange one or more layers of the strap loop between the headgear member and the patient's forehead in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: ResMed Limited
    Inventors: Jonathan Huw Thomas, Enrico Brambilla, Renee Frances Doherty, Philip John Gunning, Michiel Kooij, Philip Rodney Kwok
  • Patent number: 9032554
    Abstract: A mask is assembled from a single blank. The blank is creased and folded to make a front, top and a back panel, with the top panel folding down to make two side panels. The side panels cooperate with the front and back panels by connections protruding from the panels. The mask can be stored or shipped in a flat two-dimensional, unassembled mode and can be opened or assembled to a three-dimensional form, which may be worn on the head of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventor: Cary M Lucier
  • Publication number: 20150128323
    Abstract: A medical face shield (10) is disclosed having a flexible front plate or shield (11), a foam forehead pad (21), and a flexible, stretchable headband (22). The front shield has a viewing window (25) which is positioned to be directly in front of a person's eyes wearing the face shield. The viewing window is surrounded by a translucent, peripheral margin, frame, or window surrounding portion (27) which provides an anti-glare characteristic or capability to the margin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: Encampass Group, LLC
    Inventor: Edward Ray Howard
  • Patent number: 9027163
    Abstract: A facemask for a helmet. The helmet includes a forehead area and two side areas. The facemask comprises a plurality of intersecting, integral metal supports forming a face protection area. The face protection area includes a top section, two side attachment sections and a front section. The top section can be shaped to conform to and attached to the forehead area of the helmet while each side attachment section can be shaped and formed to attach to one of the side areas of the helmet. Further, the front section can extend from the top section and each attachment section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Marc Schmidt
  • Patent number: 9027162
    Abstract: Eye wear (10) that may be employed in the health industry. The eye wear (10) includes a shield (11) that is formed of a sheet of flexible material, such as plastic. A seal (19) is secured to a major face of the shield (11) and is formed of a strip of flexible plastics material such as foam, with the seal (19) extending beyond the shield (11) so as to provide the loops (23) that engage a user's ears to aid in securing the eye wear to the user's face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Inventor: Craig Mathew Erskine-Smith
  • Patent number: 8973170
    Abstract: A transport hood for conveying a detainee protects conveying personnel from exposure to blood and body fluids of the detainee, while avoiding discomfort and potential breathing difficulty to the detainee caused by blood and body fluids retained within the transport hood. The transport hood includes a top portion positioned over the head of the detainee to below the eyes and above the nose of the detainee. A bottom portion is joined to the top portion by a first circumferential length of elastic and extends downwardly to below the chin of the detainee. A second length of elastic gathers the bottom portion around the neck of the detainee. The transport hood further includes a skirt attached at the first length of elastic that hangs loosely and extends downwardly to at least the neck of the detainee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: John C. Cominsky
  • Patent number: 8973167
    Abstract: This invention provides a face decoration mask which makes two stand racks easy to extend, fold or stand still. The decoration mask includes the connection parts of first stand rack and second stand rack; this decoration mask is designed with strand space on the eyes of face, and there are ridges on two sides; the opposite side of ridges is corresponding grooves; on the one side of said first and second stand rack, there is a holding extend from connection part to users' ears and set on the face for decoration; on the other side of connection part, there is an end part, which extend from the connection part to make bowl-like shape and buckle into groove to make first and second rack stand still.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: Chia-Chin Yeh
  • Patent number: 8959668
    Abstract: A device includes a chinstrap with two or four-point attachment which also incorporates jaw protection and inertia displacement. The chin protection consists of a padded chin cup with interior webbing to align the chin cup on the user's chin. To either side of the chin cup, jaw protecting portions laterally emanate to either side of the chin along the jaw line of the user/wearer. These jaw protecting structures are as wide as the chin cup at their attachments to the chin cup and may taper to a thinner configuration as they extend away from the chin cup. In the preferred embodiment of the present invention, two opposed straps emanate laterally to either side of the chin cup and two other straps emanate laterally from respective ones of the jaw protecting structures. An alternate embodiment with only two attachment points is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventors: Matthew S. Ganes, Paul M. Jepsen
  • Patent number: 8950012
    Abstract: Headwear suitable for wearing in cold weather, such as a hat or a face mask, that has ear warmers secured on the inside of the hat or face mask which have a frame with a band and a first and second ear portion. The hat is provided with a shape suitable for securing the hat around a person's head so as to conform to the contours of the head to substantially minimize gaps between the hat and the head. Unexpectedly, the band of the ear warmer within the sleeve of the hat provides tension to the hat that causes it to hug the back of the head. At the same time, the first and second ear portions keep the ears of the wearer securely covered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventors: Loretta Ilges, Tina Witte
  • Patent number: 8950017
    Abstract: A protective apparel support (100) system is disclosed comprising a support frame configured to rest on the shoulders of a wearer, the support having a first shoulder member (104a), a second shoulder member (104b) and a shield (202) engagement portion. A shield (202) is selectively coupleable to the support and protective apparel (302) is coupled to the shield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Medline Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Francis A. Czajka, Troy Lother, John H. Kutsch, Vince Lackowski
  • Patent number: 8905034
    Abstract: Ergonomic protective air filtration devices and methods for manufacturing the same are disclosed herein. An ergonomic protective air filtration device includes a stack of at least two layers of an air permeable material, the stack forming a body, a periphery, and a back; a plurality of intersecting three-dimensional V-shaped pleats extending from the periphery and into the stack of layers, so the back of the device defines a breathing chamber adapted to cover a mouth and a nose of the wearer; and a retaining means engaging the body of the device to secure the device to a face of the wearer and to create the breathing chamber. The ergonomic protective air filtration device provides protection against contaminated droplets, fluid splashes, solid particulates, pathogenic microorganisms, or aerosoled air pollutions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Salutaris LLP
    Inventors: Konstantin Goranov, Albena Milencheva
  • Publication number: 20140352020
    Abstract: This invention provides a helmet shield attaching mechanism capable of relatively easily and relatively accurately performing an adjustment operation for satisfactorily bringing the inner surface of a shield in a substantially fully-closed state into close contact with the window opening rim portion of a head protecting body. The holding position of stopped means of a movable base member, whose position is held by stopper means of a stationary base member in an at least substantially fully-closed state of the shield, can be selected from one of a plurality of portions of the movable base member substantially in the back-and-forth direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: SHOEI CO., LTD
    Inventor: Eiji ISOBE
  • Publication number: 20140325727
    Abstract: An ergonomic faceguard for a helmet, and a helmet including the ergonomic faceguard; the faceguard including a wire grid having a plurality of horizontal wires. The plurality of horizontal wires includes a horizontal wire configured to extend proximate to a user's chin, the horizontal wire including a pair of lateral sections for engaging a shell of a helmet and a front section extending between the lateral sections, with the lateral sections extending along a common plane and the front section deviating from the plane along which the lateral sections extend. The front section has an anterior point that is elevated at a height that is greater than a height of the lowest point in the front section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: Ampac Enterprises Inc.
    Inventors: Jena Allen, Stan Jurga, JR., Shyan-Wei Chen
  • Publication number: 20140317819
    Abstract: An ergonomic facemask for a headpiece, including a wire cage having a plurality of horizontal wires and a plurality of vertical wires. The plurality of horizontal wires includes a horizontal wire configured to extend forward of a user's face at a height between the user's nose and the user's upper lip, and the plurality of vertical wires includes a center vertical wire that extends along the sagittal line of a user's face. The mutual arrangement of the center vertical wire together with the horizontal wire adequately shields a user's face while avoiding interference with the user's field of view.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventors: Brad Jurga, Shyan-Wei Chen
  • Patent number: 8857433
    Abstract: The disclosure discloses an eye protection adjunct that provides protection to a person's eyes and resembles a normal pair of eyewear, but contains a hidden facepiece that deploys into a face protection system for the eyes, face, nasal and pharyngeal openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventor: Robert Charles Kelly
  • Publication number: 20140245524
    Abstract: A protective face covering includes a protective shell sized and shaped to fit only over certain areas of a user's face. The protective shell includes a protective airway covering extending substantially over the nose and mouth of the user, the protective airway covering having a plurality of openings to allow the passage of air. The protective shell also includes first and second protective jaw coverings that extend away from the protective airway covering along either side of the user's jaw. A protective chin covering extends from the protective airway covering substantially beneath the chin of the user. A filter filters air passing through the openings on the device. A fastener secures the device to the lower back of the skull of the user. The fastener extends between openings in the first and second jaw coverings, respectively, and extends around the head of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Inventor: Lee Stephens
  • Publication number: 20140237695
    Abstract: A face mask system for effectively dispensing a medication and/or scented material to a user. The face mask system generally includes a face mask with a medication and/or scented material that is dispensed to a wearer of the face mask via the air breathed into the respiratory system. The medication is dispensed via a medicated cover that is removably attached to the face mask. Alternatively, medicated strips are attached to the face mask to dispense the medication to the wearer of the face mask. One or more deflectors are attached to an upper portion of the face mask to deflect the medication from contacting the eyes of the wearer when worn at daytime.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventor: Khalid Hassan Al Malki
  • Publication number: 20140196187
    Abstract: A flexible face mask is provided for protecting the face from outdoor elements. The face mask comprises a nose shield portion that conforms to a user's nose, a lip shield portion to cover the user's upper, a pair of cheek shield portions to cover the sides of the user's face, a pair of ear strap portions to cover and receive the user's ears and eyewear, and a nostril cover portion to cover the nostrils. A reinforcing strip on the skin-facing side of the nose shield provides greater conformance to the user's nose. The face mask is configured for attachment to both eyeglasses and goggles. The bottom of the nose guard has two perforated triangular extensions that connect to form a larger triangular area that covers the user's nostril to provide protection from the elements while allowing the user to breath. A pair of “C”-shaped cuts in the nose shield receive the nose pads of the eyeglasses. Alternatively, hook and loop patches are utilized to fasten the eyewear bridge to the nose shield.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Inventor: Robert G. Beliveau
  • Publication number: 20140165252
    Abstract: A head gear assembly that includes a shell; a facial protector connectively attached to the shell that further includes a first element; a second element positioned approximately parallel to the first element; a third and fourth element positioned approximately perpendicular to one or both of the first element and the second element; a gap further comprising a gap size defined by the position of a combination of at least two of the first element, the second element, the third element, and the fourth element, wherein the gap size is adjustable between a plurality of gap sizes, wherein the first element is movingly engaged with the second element, and wherein the first element moves freely from the second element as the gap size is adjusted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventor: John DeBoer
  • Publication number: 20140144430
    Abstract: A protective breathing mask assembly comprises a face mask portion 10 having a brow support 5 at the top thereof which, in use, extends around the brow of the wearer, and a face seal 6 which extends around the back edge of the mask portion 10 so as, in use, to engage around the sides of the wearers face to prevent the ingress of material into the mask portion. The mask assembly further includes a rear of head strap 4 which extends between the ends of the brow support 5, in use, around the back of the wearers head. A crown strap 2 is connected to opposing sides of the mask assembly so as, in use, to extend across the top of the wearers head in opposing relation to the face seal 6, thereby pulling the face seal up against the wearers face.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: Scott Health & Safety LTD
    Inventors: Kevin Dolan, Neale Osmond
  • Patent number: 8707462
    Abstract: An eye shield is provided that may allow for compact storage and ease of assembly and use. The eye shield may include a frame for supporting the eye shield upon a user and a hinge arranged upon a forehead portion of the frame. A flexible lens may be mounted to the hinge and arranged to move from a flat position by pivoting about the hinge to conform to a shape of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: TIDI Products, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Grad, Gad Shaanan
  • Publication number: 20140053308
    Abstract: The concept of adding a transparent flip-up face shield to be worn with a hooded winter jacket in order to protect the wearer's face against the elements. This is achieved by removably attaching the shield to a stiffened cap, which is then worn on the head. The hood of the jacket is then pulled up over the cap, substantially protecting the wearer's head and face. The shield may be flipped up and out of the way when desired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Inventor: Mubeen A. Cutchi
  • Publication number: 20130291272
    Abstract: Face covers, protective outwear systems, and methods for manufacturing the same are disclosed. A cover is disclosed for protecting the human face, head, neck, and/or shoulders against environmental conditions. The cover, which does not cover the eyes, nostrils or mouth, includes 2-4 separate pieces which can be worn together or individually. A first piece covers the face from above the mouth to below the eyes, including the nose and cheeks. A second piece covers the face from below the mouth to the bottom of the neck. These pieces can overlap on the cheeks to minimize/prevent air and moisture from reaching the face. A third piece covers the head and/or neck and/or shoulders. These pieces can be joined together by any known means. Any piece can be made with a moldable material and/or elastic components which allow the mask to fit different faces and/or help ventilate exhalations away from the face.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Applicant: Outeru Gear, Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin C. Bourque