Headband Patents (Class 2/DIG11)
  • Patent number: 6138280
    Abstract: A sweatband for headgear is disclosed. The sweatband has a plurality of laminated absorbent non-woven fabric strips. One or more first unabsorbent non-woven fabric strips are interposed between the laminated absorbent non-woven fabric strips. A second unabsorbent non-woven fabric strip is positioned at the back of the laminated absorbent non-woven fabric strips. The fabric strips are bonded together. A plurality of vertical slits are formed along the upper and lower edges of the bonded fabric strips at intervals. According to another embodiment, intervals of the slits may be 6 mm and lengths of the slits may be 5 mm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Assignee: Yupoong & Co., LTD
    Inventor: Yong-Min Bae
  • Patent number: 6115843
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to headbands wearable about the head and ears of a user, and more particularly to an improved headband construction that can, if desired, easily support a pair of sun glasses or eyeglasses, using open slots, buttonholes, or the like, aligned strategically on each side of the headband, thereby providing an entrance for the arm(s) of a pair of sun/eyeglasses that will be positioned behind the headband. In a preferred embodiment, the headband further includes a thin flap of soft material attached behind the open slots that will protect the skin when the arms are slid in and to protect from exposure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2000
    Inventor: Trina Travalgia
  • Patent number: 6108818
    Abstract: A novel sweat band absorbs perspiration on the forehead, permits unrestricted air flow to portions of the head other than the forehead, and does not dishevel the wearer's hair. The sweat band secures to a person's head in a manner other than encircling the head or securing to or being part of an article which encircles or rests upon the head, preferably by adhering to the forehead. When worn, the sweat band preferably is positioned on the forehead and does not contact the wearer's hair on the sides of the forehead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Inventor: Howard M. Eisenberg
  • Patent number: 6105837
    Abstract: A wearable carrier including a band that can be worn on the body of a user, and a pouch member detachably connected to the band. The pouch member includes at least one storage compartment for storing personal items of the user. The wearable carrier can be made in different sizes so that it can be attached to different parts of a user's body. This allows the wearable carrier to double, for example, as a hair-holding device or sweat band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Inventor: Emily Teed
  • Patent number: 6095146
    Abstract: Hearing protective devices having glow-in-the-dark properties are presented in the present invention. In an exemplary embodiment, the hearing protective device comprises a semi-aural device, an earplug, or an earmuff device. In all embodiments, a glow-in-the-dark material is incorporated into at least a part of the hearing protective device so that the glow-in-the-dark material continues to emit light for an extended period of time in a dark environment after the material has been excited by irradiation. Preferred and exemplary glow-in-the-dark materials comprise phosphorescent materials. The glow-in-the-dark materials may be disposed on a surface of the hearing protective part or dispersed throughout the material which forms this part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Assignee: Aearo Company
    Inventors: Richard Knauer, Brian Myers, James Hall
  • Patent number: 6076532
    Abstract: A combination head/hair band and the hair gathering device(s) comprised of two or more joined flexible textile loops featuring adjustable circumferences. The first loop is intended to wrap around the users head and serve as a head/hair band. The second loop or loops is/are attached to the primary loop at the location(s) from which gathered hair, i.e. ponytail/pigtails/hair braid(s), are intended to be secured. The gathered hair is routed through the second loop(s) and secured by tensioning of slide device(s) defining the loop circumferences. In the one embodiment, a single length of a flexible textile cordage is routed over the wearers head and both ends are then routed through a first slide device positioned underneath the hair at the back of the head. The hair is then gathered and the cord ends are routed around opposite sides of the gathered hair, and tensioned and secured with a second slide device. The device is very elegant in its simplicity and effectiveness in restraining the hair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Inventors: Steven R. Thomas, Diana H. Thomas
  • Patent number: 6049912
    Abstract: The present invention 10 discloses a resilient headband 14 arcuate in shape for being mounted on the head of the user 12. The headband 14 is equipped with a longitudinal slotted member 16 for holding a placard 18 therein, in a generally upright standing manner which placard 18 can have written thereon on one side a thought balloon 19 and on the opposite side a speech balloon 19. The slotted member 16 is equipped with teeth-like holding appendages 22 which grasp the placard 18 and secure it to the slotted member 16.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2000
    Inventor: Timothy J Linehan
  • Patent number: 6047709
    Abstract: A hair holding includes a main body with an outer periphery. A number of first pegs are formed on the outer periphery of the main body. A spring is removably attached to each first peg, and a decorative member with a second peg is removably attached to each spring. Each spring has a first end with a first hole slightly greater than an associated first peg. Each spring has a second end with a second hole slightly greater than the peg of an associated decorative member. The user may change the decorative members whenever she likes, thereby obtaining numerous combinations of the decorative members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2000
    Inventor: Yuan Ming Tu
  • Patent number: 6024102
    Abstract: A barrette has at least two elongate curved identical bodies, two position members provided with the same number of holes for the two ends of each elongate curved bodies to fit tightly therein to combine together the two elongate curved bodies for wearing on the hair of a user. A plurality of trinkets are fixed or hooked spaced apart changeably on the two elongate curved identical bodies for decoration and friction against the hair of the user, thereby increasing stability of the barrette on the hair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2000
    Inventor: Chao-Hsiung Huang
  • Patent number: 6021526
    Abstract: A hearing protection device. The hearing protection device includes a band and legs that are rotatable relative to the band. Each leg includes a first leg end and a second leg end. The first leg end is rotatably coupled to the band to allow the leg to rotate relative to the band. The second leg end includes a hole for receiving a stem of a hearing protector. Alternatively, the second leg end includes a socket for receiving a ball formed on a hearing protector shaft. The hearing protection device can accommodate head sizes ranging from the 5th percentile of women to the 95th percentile of men.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2000
    Assignee: Cabot Safety Intermeidate Corporation
    Inventors: Robert N. Falco, Marc Doty
  • Patent number: 6009555
    Abstract: The present invention incorporates a unique system of attaching multiple headgear components upon the user so as to increase the overall effectiveness of the headgear during extreme sporting conditions. This is accomplished by providing a headgear apparatus having a visor member which is removably secured to and independently adjustable from a headband member. The visor member surface is uniquely designed with a lightwave transmissive gradient. An eye shield member is removably secured to the headband member by the same set of rivets and is adjustable to provide a desired distance between the eye shield member and the user's eyes. A sealant material is selectively placed between the headband member and the user's forehead so as to prevent water from interfering with the eyes and face of the user during use as well as provide a stabilizing grip. A protective hood member and mask may be removably secured by a set of rivets to the headband member and is securely fitted upon the head of the user by a chin strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2000
    Inventor: Leonard Albert Siprut
  • Patent number: 6006361
    Abstract: A hearing protection device. The hearing protection device includes a band and legs that are rotatable relative to the band. Each leg includes a first leg end and a second leg end. The first leg end is rotatably coupled to the band to allow the leg to rotate relative to the band. The second leg end includes a hole for receiving a stem of a hearing protector. Alternatively, the second leg end includes a socket for receiving a ball formed on a hearing protector shaft. The hearing protection device can accommodate head sizes ranging from the 5th percentile of women to the 95th percentile of men.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1999
    Assignee: Cabot Safety Intemediate Corporation
    Inventors: Robert N. Falco, Marc Doty
  • Patent number: 6000062
    Abstract: Improved head protection for soccer players comprising a headband formed of resilient material which may be worn alone or inside a conventional soccer helmet to cushion the effects of impacts to the head, especially for children in their formative years.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1999
    Inventor: Maz Trakh
  • Patent number: 5987647
    Abstract: A headband and its method of construction requires only a few sections of cloth or fabric that are sewn together in a minimum number of simplified steps in constructing the headband.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1999
    Inventor: Jennifer Ouellette
  • Patent number: 5983399
    Abstract: A hearing protection device. The hearing protection device includes a band and legs that are rotatable relative to the band. Each leg includes a first leg end and a second leg end. The first leg end is rotatably coupled to the band to allow the leg to rotate relative to the band. The second leg end includes a hole for receiving a stem of a hearing protector. Alternatively, the second leg end includes a socket for receiving a ball formed on a hearing protector shaft. The hearing protection device can accommodate head sizes ranging from the 5th percentile of women to the 95th percentile of men.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Assignee: Cabot Safety Intermediate Corporation
    Inventors: Robert N. Falco, Marc Doty
  • Patent number: 5978969
    Abstract: An inwardly facing hook and loop fastening portion is supported by an inner peripheral portion of the head covering of the headgear approximately at the front-parietal-occipital area of a person's head. The hygienic lining comprises a plurality of portions each of which has outwardly facing hook and loop portions which engage the inwardly facing fastening portion to detachably connect the lining to the head covering. The ends of the lining portions are disposed adjacent one another so that the lining portions extend along substantially the entire inner periphery of the headgear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Inventor: Anders Frederik Ditl Vinding Diers
  • Patent number: 5963989
    Abstract: A headband to be worn on the head of a soccer player including a padded portion adapted to ride on that area of the head normally used to head a soccer ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1999
    Inventor: Donald R. Robertson
  • Patent number: 5956759
    Abstract: The present invention provides for a means to cool the head of a wearer by incorporating in a flexible tube, a liquid adsorbent material which provides for evaporative cooling of the liquid and thus cooling of the head of the wearer. The adsorbent material can be easily re-saturated with liquid by simply immersing the whole invention under the liquid or under a flow of the liquid. The device is easy to manufacture and simple to maintain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Inventor: Cindy Benedict
  • Patent number: 5946728
    Abstract: A convertible headband comprising a strand of tough and ductile wire with a plurality of V-bends formed therealong. The convertible headband may be bent into an arcuate configuration and disposed about a human head to restrain a wearer's hair, the convertible headband may be bent into an annular configuration disposed about a human neck to be worn as a choker necklace; and the convertible headband may be bent into a helical configuration and disposed about a human wrist or ankle to be worn as a bracelet or anklet or disposed surrounding a ponytail to be worn as a ponytail holder. Closed loops may be disposed at first and second ends of the strand of wire, and a removable S-hook may be used for coupling the closed loops together for securing the convertible headband about a human neck, wrist, or ankle. A multiplicity of annular beads may be rotatably threaded onto the strand of wire with beads disposed only on a first leg of each V-bend whereby alternating legs of the V-bends are bare.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Inventor: Victoria Tane
  • Patent number: 5946734
    Abstract: A head protector (10, 10') is shown in certain embodiments, having a plurality of rupturable, closed, pressurized, fluid filled cells (20) each having a rupturable common wall with a low pressure, empty cell (22) between first and second liners (14,16) and with optional cloth inner (18) and outer liners (12). In a second embodiment one or more layers of cushioning material has spaced apart, generally uniformly sized, closed fluid cells (24) intended to withstand selected levels of impacts without rupture. In other embodiments (40, 40', 40", 40'") a cushioning layer of open cell, visco- elastic resin is used with or without a load spreading outer layer of cross-linked, closed cell resin. Fabric covers (46,50) are shown for encapsulating the protector using openable/closable fasteners (48,52).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Inventor: Richard B. Vogan
  • Patent number: 5930842
    Abstract: An ear protection device made of an insulating fabric that adjustably and releasably fastens to the retaining strap of an eye goggles unit. The device utilizes elastic means to retain its lower edge proximate the head of the wearer under even severe conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1999
    Inventor: Nancy L. Burruss
  • Patent number: 5930841
    Abstract: Generally, the present invention relates to an improved headguard for athletes and in particular soccer players. In accordance with one embodiment of the invention, a headguard is provided which includes a headcover and an adjustable head strap disposed on a perimeter of the head for drawing sections of the headcover together. The headcover includes padding having at least a front portion and a top portion and also includes a flexing section. The flexing section of the headcover is positioned such that, when the head strap is adjusted, at least a portion of the headcover flexes at the flexing section to generally conform to at least a portion of the head of a wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1999
    Assignee: Soccer Strategies/LLC
    Inventors: John K. Lampe, Robert C. Long, Kevin T. Fenton, George C. Halvorson
  • Patent number: 5926848
    Abstract: An apparel item especially for females which includes a headband having a series of metallic ribbons and cloth ribbons extending from the central region of the headband down the back of the head and over the shoulders of the wearer, the ribbons being curled and of varying lengths and are generally gathered by a barrette or clasp containing a sports team logo or other indica. The headband includes a tiara or crown piece of various artistic designs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Inventor: Jeanneane Bartholomae
  • Patent number: 5926849
    Abstract: A baseball cap having an inside head band made of a layer of material such as polyester lycra heat laminated in a mold to a layer of spongy material such as polyurethane foam and formed, as a part of the molding process, with a pattern of open channels that form passageways between the band and the head of a wearer. The open channels differ in shape, width and orientation and have rounded bottoms and rounded ridges between laterally adjacent channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Inventor: Kevin J. Boyle
  • Patent number: 5920910
    Abstract: A sweatband for use with a sports cap of the type having a crown portion with a lower margin and an inner band secured to the lower margin of the crown portion to form a channel extending about the interior of the crown portion. The sweatband has first and second portions connected together along a top edge of the sweatband. The first portion is preferably a multilaminate structure including a layer of absorbent material permanently secured to a first layer of water resistant material. The second portion is a second layer of water resistant material secured to the first layer of water resistant material at the top edge of the sweatband, thereby allowing the lower edges of the first portion and second portion to remain free.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Inventor: Peter A. Calvo
  • Patent number: 5920909
    Abstract: A hair wrap confines the hair of the wearer while the wearer is engaged in activities where the wearer desires to keep her/his hair confined and not falling over her/his face or otherwise interfering with such activities. Preferably, the hair wrap is annular with upper and lower annular edges, having elastic therein, defining upper and lower expandable openings which permit the hair wrap to be placed over the head and down around the neck of the wearer. A pliable material, intermediate the upper and lower annular edges of the hair wrap provides a pocket at the rear of the hair wrap for receiving the hair of the wearer. In use, the hair wrap is passed over the head and down around the neck of the wearer with the hair of the wearer extending over the rear portion of the hair wrap. The front of the hair wrap is then raised above the forehead and the hair extending over the rear of the hair wrap is inserted into the rear pocket of the hair wrap to confine the hair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Inventors: Shawna K. Ellsworth, Dortha May Crabtree
  • Patent number: 5915532
    Abstract: A disposable headband that is made from a thin sheet of non-woven material, as absorption strip and a label strip. The non-woven material is absorbent to liquid perspiration. The absorption strip is formed of material readily permeated by liquid perspiration and a liquid absorbing media. The absorption strip is placed onto the thin sheet of non-woven material, where the thin sheet of non-woven material is folded over the absorption strip to encase the absorption strip. Finally, a label strip, comprising a material substantially impervious to liquid perspiration, is adhered to the non-woven sheet for securing the absorption strip therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1999
    Inventor: Ruby B. Williams
  • Patent number: 5915534
    Abstract: A brimless athletic cap is disclosed that is specifically designed to unobtrusively cover a wearer's head to absorb perspiration. The device includes a bowl shaped, fabric cover member having continuous peripheral edge defining an opening for receiving the crown portion of a user's head. On the back surface of the cap member are a plurality of apertures and an adjustment mechanism for adjusting the circumference of the peripheral edge. An elongated, semi-circumferential sweat band for absorbing perspiration is removably attached to the interior surface of the cap member. The brimless device provides an unobtrusive, perspiration absorbing head covering that does not hinder a user while lifting weights or engaging in similar activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1999
    Inventor: Jason R. May
  • Patent number: 5915535
    Abstract: An adjustable fastener assembly for forming an adjustable loop around a portion of a wearer's body has an elongate member for encircling the body portion and first and second ends. A pair of rings are secured to the first end, and the second end is in releasable threaded engagement through the rings with the free end on one side of the loop. Secondary fasteners such as mateable strips of Velcro.RTM. material are provided on the opposing faces of the free end and face of the loop so that the free end can be secured to the loop. The elongate member may be a belt or waistband, a collar for an animal, or a hat band or sweatband of a cap or hat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1999
    Inventor: Susan Henrekin-Jordan
  • Patent number: 5901370
    Abstract: A segmented cap assembly comprising a crown component, a visored headband component and at least one ornamental badge. Ornamental badge is selectively attachable to either the crown component or the headband component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 11, 1999
    Inventor: Nancy L. Linday
  • Patent number: 5901381
    Abstract: A decorative headband is provided including an elastic and flexible band having a top edge, a bottom edge, an outer surface, and an inner surface. The band may be fitted about a forehead of a user. Next provided is a coupling mechanism mounted on the elastic and flexible band. Also included is a plurality of decorative attachments each removably attached to the coupling mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 11, 1999
    Inventor: Lisa Gonzalez Nelson
  • Patent number: 5901379
    Abstract: Disclosed is a health band contributing to promotion or maintenance of health without causing metal contact allergy, consisting of a soft and flexible band body having at least a three-layer structure consisting of a front surface layer, an intermediate layer and a rear surface layer; a titanium-containing material dispersed in the intermediate layer; and a fastener which is engaged with one of the front surface layer and the rear surface layer against the other layer so as to maintain the band body in a wrapped state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 11, 1999
    Assignee: Phild Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Hirata
  • Patent number: 5896586
    Abstract: The present invention provides an adjustable, flexible headgear band. The band comprises a first end and a second end which overlap. The first end comprises a plurality of longitudinally spaced slots therein. The second end comprises a resilient fastener formed integrally with the second end. The resilient fastener comprises a channel to slidably receive the first end in overlapping engagement with the second end. The fastener comprises a fastener surface from which at least one flange extends to engage and be seated in one of the plurality of slots of the first end. The fastener surface is resiliently bowable in a direction away from the first end upon application of compressive force to the fastener. Upon application of such compressive force, the at least one flange is unseated from the slot in which it is seated so that the first end can be slid relative to the fastener (and thereby the second end).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1999
    Assignee: Mine Safety Appliances Company
    Inventor: Paul X. Freund
  • Patent number: 5875488
    Abstract: A visor or cap with an elastic ponytail pull-through. A pair of parallel elastic bands are utilized which exert pressure to hold the visor on the user's head. The bands are simply separated when used as a ponytail pull-through to encircle and grasp the ponytail while also simultaneously holding the visor on the user's head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1999
    Inventor: David Jerome Milani
  • Patent number: 5867834
    Abstract: An elongated, somewhat flexible frame member generally bowed along its length is comprised of a forehead covering member having a pair of first and second orifices receivable of a pair of elastic bands for being removably secured on said frame member, and a first and second ear erection member having a sleeve along a longitudinal edge for being removably attached to the frame member. The ear erection members being of sufficient length to extend behind the neck of a wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1999
    Inventor: Timothy A. Simpson
  • Patent number: 5867833
    Abstract: An article of apparel to be worn about the head includes an elongate sleeve of material having an elongate pliable member extending at least partially through the sleeve. The ends of the article are securable about the head so that at least a portion of the head and ears are covered, with the pliable member providing all or a portion of the facilities for securing and maintaining the device about the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1999
    Inventor: Eileen A. LeDonne
  • Patent number: 5836024
    Abstract: A support device comprising, a ring having inner and outer surfaces which, when fitted around a part of the body, lifts that part of the body clear of the surface on which the outer surface of the ring rests, and which permits the said part of the body to move. In a preferred embodiment the support device is U-shaped, is adapted to elevate the head of a user, and is removably attachable to the head of the user with the aid of a slider strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1998
    Assignee: Janet Uglehus
    Inventors: Janet Uglehus, Russell Birchall, Christopher Hawes
  • Patent number: 5829062
    Abstract: A headband ear protector apparatus including a pair of ear protectors and a resilient head band supporting, at opposite ends of the headband, the ear protectors. This forms a band which positions the ear protectors to lie by the opposite ears of a person. The headband is formed of a combination of hard and soft materials. The hard material is formed as a main support member for the ear protectors to extend between the ear protectors and provide resilience so the ear protectors will lie by the opposite ears of the person. The main support member includes at least one region having structure to receive the soft material to provide sound attenuation for reducing sound transmitted through the headband to the ear protectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1998
    Assignee: Moldex-Metric, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Magidson
  • Patent number: 5826279
    Abstract: A reusable liner for lining the support harness of a safety helmet comprising a body fabricated of an absorbent material which is longitudinally elongated and terminates in enlarged opposite ends which extend generally transverse to the longitudinal axis of the liner body. The liner is further provided with a deformable mounting member which is secured within each of the enlarged opposite ends substantially coextensive therewith for removably securing the liner to the support harness of a safety helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1998
    Assignee: OccuNomix International, Inc.
    Inventor: Alan I. Tencer
  • Patent number: 5826277
    Abstract: An improved sweat band. The sweat band includes an elastic band adapted to fit around a user's head and a length of sponge cloth intermittently attached along spaced apart locations to the elastic band. Only the ends and spaced apart segments of the strips are attached to the elastic band, therefore allowing the elastic band to stretch without being restricted by the inelastic sponge material. In the preferred embodiment, a tubular fabric wrap surrounds the elastic band and the length of sponge cloth to provide additional absorption and also to provide comfort to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1998
    Inventor: Christina H. McConville
  • Patent number: 5826597
    Abstract: A hair band made of two differently colored pieces, including a band body and a decorative strip releasably combined with the band body. Thus, various decorative, differently colored strips may be stored to be combined separately with the band body one by one, thereby changing a color and a design of the whole hair band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1998
    Inventor: Chi-Hsiung Chou
  • Patent number: 5822799
    Abstract: A sweatband for a head covering comprising an elastic tape, a non-elastic ribbon, an attachment member to attach the tape T to an attachment section of the ribbon R while the tape is in a stretched condition and a connecter to connect a connection section of the ribbon to an interior wall of the head covering. A method of making and installing the sweatband in a head covering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Assignee: Bollman Hat Company
    Inventor: Jeffrey L. Kepple
  • Patent number: 5823012
    Abstract: An athletic band structure having a knitted-in distinct design and a method of manufacturing such a band are described. The athletic bands are knit using a jacquard patterning mechanism to form a patterned tubular structure having one or more individual courses, each of which have adjacent wales knit from visually distinct yarns. The tubular structure is formed into a finished band in one of several ways. In one method of the invention, the patterned tubular structure is folded axially and seamed to form a double layer structure. The seam can then be repositioned to a central portion of the athletic band where it is not visible when the band is worn. In the production of a high performance embodiment of the invention, upper and lower sections of the patterned tubular structure are knit from a specialty yarn such as a wicking or insulating yarn, which results in the completed athletic band having superior moisture absorption capabilities as well as an integrally formed design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Assignee: Pine Hosiery Mills, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles A. Hacskaylo
  • Patent number: 5822798
    Abstract: A strip shaped hair band having on its hair engaging surface a multiplicity of minute fibre retentive members with, in its preferred embodiment, a strip of decorative backing materials to create a pleasing external appearance, and a strip of ductile material intermediate these two strips to provide shape retentive and compressive capabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Inventor: Frances J. Baxley
  • Patent number: 5816265
    Abstract: A hair styling form includes a foam loop completely covered in a fine nylon netting. The loop has a circular cross section, and has an open center large enough to circle a person's head. To use, hair is combed down from the head, and the styling form is placed around the head near the hairline. Hair is wrapped around the form to create a crown-shaped hair style. The nylon netting provides enough friction or tack for fixing the hair in place, so that no hair pins need to be used. The foam loop is completely enclosed in the nylon netting, so that it will not grab or pull hair during removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1998
    Inventor: Jean Ringo
  • Patent number: 5809574
    Abstract: A hearing protection device. The hearing protection device includes a band and legs that are rotatable relative to the band. Each leg includes a first leg end and a second leg end. The first leg end is rotatably coupled to the band to allow the leg to rotate relative to the band. The second leg end includes a hole for receiving a stem of a hearing protector. Alternatively, the second leg end includes a socket for receiving a ball formed on a hearing protector shaft. The hearing protection device can accommodate head sizes ranging from the 5th percentile of women to the 95th percentile of men.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1998
    Assignee: Cabot Safety Intermediate Corporation
    Inventors: Robert N. Falco, Marc Doty
  • Patent number: 5781932
    Abstract: A forehead perspiration collector and discharger constructed primarily of various sizes of vinyl or rubber tubing. The larger sized tube of the device having absorption apertures rests upon the wearer's forehead for taking in perspired fluids whereby the smaller tubes direct any contained excess fluids out to the rear discharge site. An elastic cord is joined to sliding cord retainers which rides over the tubular sides of the device which serves as an adjustable enclosure for securing to a wearer's head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1998
    Inventor: Robert L. Brown
  • Patent number: 5745921
    Abstract: A sweat band for absorbing and transferring moisture from the brow of a wearer's head including, an elongate body (10) having a generally tubular medial portion (11) for engaging the brow of a wearer's head and extending ends (12, 13) for securing the band about the wearer's head with the medial portion thus positioned, the medial portion of the elongate body formed of a porous cloth cover (15) on the outer surface thereof, a layer of porous batting material (25) disposed internally of the porous cloth cover in a generally tubular configuration, a surface skin (30, 31) on each side of the layer of porous batting material providing retention of and travel of moisture longitudinally of the layer of porous batting material, and securing elements (40, 41) retaining the layer of porous batting material and the surface skin in a predetermined position relative to the porous cloth cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1998
    Inventors: Albert W. Mitchell, Mark Gifford
  • Patent number: 5740556
    Abstract: Headgear being an absorbing forehead perspiration collector and discharge device using primarily impermeable materials comprising a soft pliable absorbing body that features a fluid barrier with absorption apertures. The extremities of the absorbing body has a junction with a pair of attachable conduit assemblies being the means for fluid discharge. The pliable absorbing body member envelops an absorbent material and when this forehead section is secured to the wearer's head utilizing its unique attachment means it serves to block and absorb forehead perspiration flow. The plug ends of the conduit assemblies are adaptable to a support means for the benefit of dark shaded lens frames. When sweaty fluids reach excessive levels in the absorbing body they flow out through the attached conduits assemblies. The conduit assemblies also serve to secure the device to the wearers head which is effectively achieved with the aid of sliding elastic cord retainers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1998
    Inventor: Robert L. Brown
  • Patent number: 5727251
    Abstract: A headband magnifier comprises a one-piece polypropylene headband having a front portion, a back portion and two opposed sides where the back portion is disengageable so that the headband is movable between an at rest position and a compression position for the headband to provide a compressive force. This headband compressive force provides a comfortable tension for all head sizes. The headband magnifier further provides a flexible holding member having a continuous groove that facilitates interchangeability of lenses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1998
    Assignee: MFD Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Mary Frances Sherlock, Marnie C. Averitt