Zipper Or Required Component Thereof Patents (Class 24/381)
  • Patent number: 10835002
    Abstract: To provide an electric slide fastener system, a radio transmitter, and a slider as a radio receiver that are able to operate adequately according to the state of an electric slider. An electric slide fastener system is provided with: a slide fastener chain including a pair of fastener tapes and element strips including a plurality of elements fixed to the fastener tapes; a slider configured to be movable relative to the slide fastener chain and including at least a power supply, a control part including a reception part for receiving a radio signal, and an output part including a drive part for driving an electric motor and a transmitting part for transmitting a drive force to the element strips; and a radio input part for transmitting by radio an instruction signal to the slider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventor: Toru Umekawa
  • Patent number: 10322033
    Abstract: A surgical tissue therapy device includes a sealant layer and a collection chamber. The sealant layer functions so as to create a sealed enclosure or space between it and the surface of a patient by forming, preferably, an airtight seal around a surgical area of skin trauma. The closed incision tissue therapy device also comprises a collection chamber, which may comprise an elongate tubular chamber with a plurality of longitudinally spaced openings. The collection chamber may be configured to be in fluid communication with the sealant layer and the area of skin trauma and functions as to distribute the negative pressure applied to a surgically closed area of skin trauma. Preferably, the pressure under the sealant layer is reduced by expanding the volume of the enclosure space and thereby decreasing the density of air molecules under the sealant layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: Dean Hu, Moshe Pinto, Kenton Fong, Akshay Mavani, Kenneth Wu
  • Patent number: 10271618
    Abstract: There is provided a slide fastener stringer. A substrate tape includes a first main side having a rough surface structure perceptible to the eye and/or the touch and a second main side opposite to the first main side. A gripping member is affixed to a longitudinal edge of the first main side of the substrate tape. A cover sheet is made of an artificial flexible material and has a 5 top surface provided with a predetermined design and a bottom layer made of a thermoformable material having a predetermined thickness. The bottom layer is attached to the second main side of the substrate tape such that the surface structure of the second main side of the substrate tape is not perceivable through the cover sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Giovanni La Rocca, Gabriele Biava, Pier Marco Gabutti
  • Patent number: 10197417
    Abstract: Textiles coupled with electrical components that are responsive to actions of the wearer and the surrounding environment. The textiles comprise a variety of sensors that interface with the cloud, networks, and devices. The textiles monitor physiological characteristics of the wearer. Objects in the environment may interact with the electrical components of the textiles. Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems that include electrical components, such as, accelerometers, gyroscopes, Bluetooth chips, NFC chips, and RF tags integrate with the textiles to wirelessly communicate with networks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventors: James D Logan, Eric Carr
  • Patent number: 9872575
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a bed covering. In some embodiments, a bed covering according to the present disclosure can include a fitted base configured to at least partially enclose a mattress, a comforter portion including an end connected to the fitted base and sides removably connectable to sides of the fitted base, and extendable side flaps connected to the sides of the comforter portion. Additional and alternative embodiments of the bed covering are disclosed herein and/or will be evident from the principles described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: BAE, LLC
    Inventor: Elizabeth Mikesell
  • Patent number: 9808562
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are devices, systems and methods for using such devices and systems for treating incisions and wounds. In an aspect, disclosed is a device having a generally planar tension relief module and a flexible sealant structure sized to cover the tension relief module, the flexible sealant structure comprising a lower adhesive surface. The tension relief module includes a conduit structure having a plurality of support structures on an upper surface of the conduit structure and at least one opening extending through the conduit structure from a lower surface to the upper surface. At least a portion of the conduit structure is adapted to be aligned with a longitudinal axis of the incision. The tension relief module also includes opposing adhesive structures coupled to the conduit structure. The lower adhesive surface of the flexible sealant structure and the upper surface of the conduit structure form a flow pathway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Wu, Dean Hu, Sumona Nag
  • Patent number: 9661901
    Abstract: Provided is a slider which is lightweight, reduces production cost and is excellent in quietness, the slider having a slider body which is hardly deformed or broken. The slider includes a slider body made of synthetic resin and a slider handling tool which holds a top and bottom of the slider body and performs sliding operation. The slider handling tool has first and second arm parts connecting with a connecting axis part and first and second holding parts disposed at a tip end part of the first and second arm parts, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Makoto Yamazaki, Yuichi Yamashita
  • Patent number: 9622550
    Abstract: A robotic zipper system for joining and separating zipper halves of a zipper tape. A chassis retains an actuator that drives a zipper slide geometry along the zipper tape to join or separate the zipper tape. A sensor can determine zipper slide position, and a control module can provide an electrical signal to the motor to move in forward or reverse. The actuator can have a motor that drives a gear system that mechanically engages zipper teeth. Teeth of the gear system can be out of phase to mesh with alternating gaps between the zipper teeth. The actuator can be removable relative to a zipper slide. Zipper slide geometry could be integrated into the chassis, such as in the form of a channel, potentially with a central post. A sensor could be positioned to detect the presence or absence of zipper teeth through an opening in a base plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Inventor: Adam Whiton
  • Publication number: 20150143672
    Abstract: A water-proof fastener tape of an environment-conscious type fabricated using a reduced amount of an organic solvent is provided. The fastener tape includes a base fabric and a water-stop film laminated to at least one surface of the base fabric, the water-stop film includes a surface layer of a polyurethane film and an adhesive layer of a cured product of an aqueous polyurethane adhesive adjacent to the surface layer so that the fastener tape has a laminate structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Toshimasa Konaka, Shinyo Yokoyama, Jun Hamada
  • Patent number: 9023272
    Abstract: A copper-zinc alloy product of the invention contains zinc in an amount of higher than 35% by weight and 43% by weight or less and has a two-phase structure of an ?-phase and a ?-phase. Further, the ratio of the ?-phase in the copper-zinc alloy is controlled to be higher than 10% and less than 40% and the crystal grains of the ?-phase and the ?-phase are crushed into a flat shape and arranged in a layer shape through cold working. According to the copper-zinc alloy product, it is possible to decrease the copper content and to appropriately secure the strength and cold workability by appropriately controlling the ratio of the ?-phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuharu Yoshimura, Takuya Koizumi, Koichi Mikado, Takahiro Fukuyama, Atsushi Ogihara
  • Patent number: 8938863
    Abstract: Disclosed is a fastener stringer where at least one surface of each of the fastener elements is colored. A plurality of fine fixing spaces is disposed on at least one surface of the fastener element which is colored. Accordingly, when a slide fastener is colored through an inkjet method, ink droplets ejected to the fastener element may be received by a plurality of fixing spaces and stably fixed onto a surface of the element. Consequently, a desired pattern or color can be continuously given to a fastener tape or the fastener element, and the contour of the pattern or color can be formed clearly and neatly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshimichi Yamakita, Masamichi Hasegawa, Yasushi Yamamoto, Nobuhiro Murai
  • Patent number: 8916255
    Abstract: A fastener tape includes a tape main body portion and an element attachment portion in which a core thread is knitted. The tape main body portion includes a first tape main body portion region at the element attachment portion and a second tape main body portion region. A wale interval between a wale of the element attachment portion adjacent to the first tape main body portion region and a wale constituting the first tape main body portion region is narrower than that of the second tape main body portion region. Therefore, while the flexibility of the second tape main body portion region is ensured, a tape strength and an abrasion resistance are improved, and further, when a fastener element is formed, this prevents resin leakage through knitted loops of the element attachment portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Syuji Wakata, Masahiro Nakamura, Yasushi Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8910679
    Abstract: A carrying bag (10) with a shoulder-strap (22) and a zipper (14) with zipper-rider (16) for closing/opening the bag. The shoulder-strap (22) is provided with a loop (24) at one end and a key-operated locking device (26) at the other end thereof. Means (36) are provided for fastening the loop (24) to an inside wall of the bag. Means (48) are provided for securing the zipper-rider (16) by the locking device (26) to an outside wall of the bag (10) for preventing the un-zipping of the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Inventor: Meir Avganim
  • Publication number: 20140314343
    Abstract: A shape-retaining tape and a zipper tape that can be produced only by extrusion molding without using a stretching process, and can retain a prescribed shape by being attached to a package bag formed of a resin film or the like, and a package bag in which these tapes are attached to an opening part. In a zipper tape having an engagement part in which a protruded male part and a recessed female part are engaged with each other, shape-retaining parts formed of a resin composition obtained by adding 0.1 to 40 parts by weight of an inorganic filler relative to 100 parts by weight of a high-density polyethylene resin are provided along the tape-length direction of a male-side belt-like base part and a female-side belt-like base part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: IDEMITSU UNITECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Norito Saito, Ryo Katada, Shunichi Ito, Michio Mogami
  • Patent number: 8819901
    Abstract: An adjuster of a string-end-fixing portion of an article includes first and second sliders which are mounted on an ordinary fastener chain so as to oppose to each other with shoulder mouths thereof opposed to each other and a connecting member for connecting the first and second sliders. The first slider has a stopper pawl member. The adjuster of the string-end-fixing portion is attached to a handling portion for adjusting a portion, one end of a string or the like is fixed to the first and second sliders or the connecting member while the other end is fixed to the string-end-fixing portion of the article so as to move the string-end-fixing portion, maintain the string-end-fixing portion after adjusting operation of the string-end-fixing portion, and facilitate attaching the string or the like again if a fixing of the string or the like fixed to the slider or the like is released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Koji Muratsubaki, Miki Yamazaki, Fa Wen Tseng, Hideyuki Matsushima
  • Publication number: 20140237778
    Abstract: In a woven fastener stringer, a weft thread is folded back while interlacing with a upper direction converting portion configured by an upper fixing warp thread and a lower direction converting portion configured by a lower fixing warp thread on a side close to engaging head portions of fastener elements. An upper extension portion configured by the upper fixing warp thread is placed in adjacent to a tape main body side of the upper direction converting portion. A lower extension portion configured by the lower fixing warp thread is placed in adjacent to the tape main body side of the lower direction converting portion. According to this, when a slide fastener is used in an inside out manner, it is possible to make it difficult to see the coupled fastener elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: YKK CORPORATION
    Inventor: Akihiro Yagyu
  • Publication number: 20140223698
    Abstract: A zipper pull attachment includes a flexible ring having a hole sized to fit snugly around a button on jeans. A base is attached to the ring and configured to be used as a grip. A support cord is attached to the base opposite the ring. The support cord forms a loop and is sized to fit through and attach to an eye of a zipper pull tab. In another embodiment, the zipper pull attachment includes a fastener expansion cord that is attached to the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: KEVEL INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Rachel Kearl
  • Publication number: 20140223699
    Abstract: This fabric fastener tape for a slide fastener is provided with an element mounting section and a tape main body section. The tape main body section is provided with a mesh section. The mesh section has a mesh structure having a framework formed by sets of warp yarns and weft yarns, and the mesh structure has openings formed among the sets of warp yarns and weft yarns. In the mesh section, the weave density of the outermost warp yarn and the outermost weft yarn of each of the sets of warp yarns and weft yarns is higher than the weave density of the warp and weft yarns which are on the inner side of the outermost warp and weft yarns. In the mesh structure of this fastener tape, mesh displacement can be prevented without thermally bonding the crossover points between the warp and weft yarns.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: YKK Corporation
    Inventor: Mitsuo Tsuzuyama
  • Publication number: 20140215771
    Abstract: The fastener stringer is arranged with at least one printable resin layer to which ink can be fixed on the entire surface of fastener elements. Printing by an inkjet method is carried out at least on the exposed surfaces exposed on the first tape surface side in the tape front- and back direction of the fastener elements, the inner surfaces of the first tape surface side facing the tape inward side, along with the first tape surface of the fastener tape. A desired pattern can thereby be stably formed not only on the fastener tape and the exposed surfaces of the fastener elements, but can also be formed on the inner surfaces of the fastener elements. Therefore, a pattern can be formed in a continuous manner on the fastener tape and the fastener elements, and decorativeness and design unattainable in the past can be obtained.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Akio Hayashi, Kanae Maruoka, Takeshige Kurata, Aya Takamoto
  • Publication number: 20140068898
    Abstract: Method for manufacturing interconnecting elements for a slide fastener, comprising the steps of producing interconnecting half-elements provided with a predetermined three-dimensional shape, by means of punching of said half-elements from a sheet, and forming said interconnecting elements by joining together respective pairs of half-elements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: RIRI SA
    Inventor: Vasco Zagaglia
  • Publication number: 20140007457
    Abstract: The Zipper Lace is an innovative zipper design used as a shoelace for footwear. It provides a method for securing a foot in the housing of footwear, especially athletic footwear, which may loosen thus creating a potentially hazardous condition for athletes. The Zipper Lace is designed as a closure system for holding the foot in the foot-housing member using the existing eyelet design of footwear. It is flexible and can be threaded through the eyelets of existing shoes instead of standard fabric laces. The zipper design allows the wearer to firmly secure the foot to the shoe housing. Instead of tying cloth shoelaces to maintain a secure fit and comfort, the Zipper Lace employs a fastening means which is used to lock both ends of the Zipper Lace in place. This combined with the natural locking of the Zipper Laces, secures the footwear.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventor: Anton Warren Jones
  • Publication number: 20130333165
    Abstract: Embodiments relates to a fastener having a head portion and an interlock portion comprising a bulk solidifying amorphous alloy comprising a metal alloy. The fastener could further have a screw portion. Other embodiments relate to methods of making and using the fasteners.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Applicant: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Christopher D. PREST, Matthew S. SCOTT, Stephen P. ZADESKY, Richard W. HELEY, Dermot J. STRATTON, Joseph C. POOLE
  • Publication number: 20130219674
    Abstract: In a fastener stringer, a continuous fastener element includes a plurality of fine projections disposed on a circumferential surface of a monofilament continuously along a length direction of the monofilament. Moreover, at least the projections disposed on the upper and lower leg parts are twisted with respect to an extension direction of the upper and lower leg parts, and a plurality of the projections disposed on the upper leg part or the lower leg part a twisted state face the same direction. Due to this, a larger number of projections can appear on an exposed surface of the fastener element, light can be diffused and reflected from these projections, and the luster of the monofilament can be stably reduced or removed. Moreover, it is possible to prevent the strength of the monofilament from locally decreasing and to prevent deterioration of the operability of a slider.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshimichi Yamakita, Takashi Mori, Tadahiro Inomata
  • Publication number: 20130205548
    Abstract: The invention relates to an insulated curved zipper with two zipper chains extending adjacent to one another in the longitudinal direction in a zipper plane, wherein the zipper is made curved in the zipper plane in at least one curve portion, wherein at least one fastening tape made curved in each case in the zipper plane for application to a flat element is arranged in each case in at least one curve portion on each of the zipper chains.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Inventor: Stefan Wehner
  • Publication number: 20130180088
    Abstract: Provided is a fastener that can be recycled as paper. The fastener comprises a tape member and an engaging element attached to the tape member, and the total weight of the cellulose fibers included in the tape member and the engaging element is 51 to 100 wt % of the total weight of the tape member and the engaging element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Go Takani, Eiji Nakayama, Mitsuo Tsuzuyama
  • Publication number: 20130177734
    Abstract: A woven tape for a slide fastener comprising an element mounting portion and a tape main portion, wherein the tape portion includes warp having a fineness of 30-100 dTex and a weaving density of 100-220 yarns/inch (2.54 cm), weft having a fineness of 60-180 dTex and a weaving density of 30-80 yarns/inch (2.54 cm), and a ratio of the number of yarns in the warp constituting a plain weave structure to the total number of yarns in the warp in the tape main portion is at least 40%. The woven tape for a slide fastener has a low weight and yet a high strength.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Takayuki Hasegawa, Takahiro Asami, Takashi Mori, Tutomu Hamatani, Hideki Sato
  • Publication number: 20130174767
    Abstract: The present invention provides a fastener stringer comprising a knit fastener tape of a warp knit structure having an element mounting portion and a tape main portion, and a coiled plastic element row sewed on the element mounting portion wherein, two needle yarns for sewing the element row on the element-mounting portion are so arranged that they interpose a wale whereby two sewing lines, are formed, and any one of knitting yarns that straddle an inside sewing line of the two sewing lines has a fineness of 72-330 dTex and substantially all of the other knitting yarns have a fineness of 56-167 dTex, provided that the one of the knitting yarns that straddle the inside sewing line of the two sewing lines is thicker than substantially all of the other knitting yarns. The fastener stringer has both a light weight and a high strength.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Norinaka Hirokawa, Takahiro Asami, Takashi Mori, Tutomu Hamatani, Hideki Sato
  • Publication number: 20130036576
    Abstract: A closure arrangement comprises a first side with a first plurality of closure elements and a second side with a second plurality of closure elements. A slider is moveably positioned on the first side and an insertion pin assembly is positioned on the second side. The insertion pin assembly includes a mouth defined between an inner jaw and an outer jaw and an insertion pin positioned within the mouth. The mouth is configured to receive the slider and the insertion pin is configured for insertion into the slider.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Applicant: UNDER ARMOUR, INC.
    Inventor: Under Armour, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8327508
    Abstract: The slide fastener comprises elements, and a slider, the slide fastener opening and closing a horizontal opening/closing portion and a vertical opening/closing portion with one operation by sliding the slider along the elements. The slide fastener includes a horizontal functional section and a vertical functional section. The horizontal functional section includes element heads which are meshed with and unmeshed from each other, and horizontal fastener tapes. The vertical functional section includes element legs extending vertically to the horizontal direction and bending into a hook-like shape, holding portions which are formed by distal ends of the element legs, and a vertical fastener tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Inventor: Masaki Matsumoto
  • Publication number: 20120297583
    Abstract: A zipper component includes a metal plating film provided on the surface of a component body made of a metal. Further, in the zipper component, at least a part of the component body has been thermally treated before bending and thus the metal plating film has a recrystallized structure wherein at least a part of the metal plating film been recrystallized. Accordingly, since the ductility of the metal plating film can be improved, even when the zipper component is bent, the metal plating film can be deformed to follow the deformation of the component body. Therefore, the occurrence of crevicing or cracking in the metal plating film can be prevented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 25, 2009
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Applicant: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuhiko Sugimoto, Norio Kikukawa
  • Publication number: 20120246886
    Abstract: There is provided a liquid-tight slide fastener capable of sufficiently ensuring waterproof property regardless of where fastener elements are formed and capable of sufficiently ensuring attachment strength of the fastener elements to fastener tapes provided with liquid-tight layers. There is also provided a manufacturing method for the liquid-tight slide fastener. The liquid-tight slide fastener includes a pair of fastener tapes that include a pair of tape members, core sections respectively provided on opposing tape edges of the pair of tape members, and liquid-tight layers formed on one side of the pair of tape members; a pair of fastener element rows; and a slider. The liquid-tight layers are formed with gaps to the core sections in a width direction of the fastener tapes. The fastener elements are attached to the core sections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2009
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Applicant: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Satoshi Matsumoto, Chih Hung Lin, Ke Jyun Wu
  • Publication number: 20120214013
    Abstract: An interchangeable and detachable accessory addition to clothing accessories, handbags, shoes, and apparel provides a wide variety of fashionable and easily interchangeable looks. This helps keep the wardrobe compact while at the same time providing a wide variety of fashionable looks. Interchangeable and detachable accessory addition does not tear at clothing, can be easily removed, mixed and matched with ease for the busy Fashionistas on the go.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Inventor: Anastasia Eugenia Namsaraeva
  • Publication number: 20120153081
    Abstract: A lining comprising at least two opposing profiled frame elements in spaced relationship to each other, at least one membrane element disposed between said profiled frame elements and connected to said profiled frame elements, at least partially, by means of rearwardly engaging fastening means and at least one taughtening means adapted to taughten said membrane element between said profiled frame elements. The membrane element has, as taughtening means, at least one taughtening zip fastener, wherein the state of the membrane element can be changed, by closing the taughtening zip fastener, to a state in which it is taughtened between the profiled frame elements. Installation and opening of the membrane field can be significantly simplified by the inclusion of a second, so-called access zip fastener.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Inventor: Switbert Greiner
  • Publication number: 20120118881
    Abstract: A fabric closure, and enclosure, are provided for cargo containers, including a fabric panel formed of high-strength yarns, and a selectively closeable opening formed in the fabric panel for access therethrough, the selectively closeable opening having a substantially vertical opening, and a slide fastener for closure thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Applicant: JHRG, LLC
    Inventors: John E. Holland, Connie W. Holland, Daniel M. Nathan
  • Publication number: 20120024850
    Abstract: A zipper traverses five (5) or seven (7) edges of a container (bag, box, or case), forming a two-sided “lid”, providing visibility and access through two (2) sides simultaneously. Zipper is applied to the edges of the storage area and the “lid” of any container (bag, box, or case) with gusseted corners forming a storage area of any depth or dimension. The zipper extends from the rear corner of one side to the rear corner of the alternate side by traversing along the edges of the first side, and turning perpendicularly or diagonally at the gusseted corners, or near the corners, continuing across the bottom of the second side, forming the second side of the lid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Inventor: Rebecca L. Mazzan
  • Patent number: 8083040
    Abstract: A zipper for a luggage includes a first tape, a second tape and interlockable teeth. The first tape has a shielding section for covering an end edge of a first half shell of the luggage, and a mounting section and an extension section connected with the shielding section respectively. The second tape has a shielding section for covering an end edge of a second half shell of the luggage, and a mounting section and an extension section connected with the shielding section of the second tape respectively. The teeth are mounted on the extension sections of the first and second tapes in two rows. By means of using the zipper in production of the luggage, the process of making the luggage can be simplified and the zipper can be well aligned with the half shells of the luggage, enhancing the yield rate in production of the luggage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: C&C Luggage Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hsi-Wu Chiang
  • Publication number: 20110271454
    Abstract: A cushion unit includes shell having a first cushion retaining portion and a second cushion retaining portion that are demarcated by a hinge-seam including a fastener portion. The fastener portion is secured to an inboard surface of the shell. According to an embodiment, the cushion unit includes a cushion member affixed to an inboard surface of the shell. According to an embodiment, the fastener portion is secured directly to an outboard surface of the cushion member and secured indirectly to an inboard an inboard surface of the shell. According to an embodiment, the fastener portion is secured directly to an inboard an inboard surface of the shell. A method for manufacturing a cushion unit is disclosed. A method for providing a cushion unit is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Applicant: Arden Companies
    Inventor: Gary J. Furlow
  • Publication number: 20110225772
    Abstract: A handle for a cane has a holding apparatus for a hand. The apparatus is attached or can be attached to a handle and includes an attachment section, which encloses the hand at the side of the back of the hand at least in the region between the thumb and index finger, and a wrist section, which is connected to the attachment section and substantially encloses the wrist or the back of the hand and which is connected to the handle by another attachment section on the side of the palm. The wrist section has an adjustment apparatus so that the circumference of an opening defined by the wrist section can be varied. A closing apparatus is provided separate from the adjustment apparatus which, when open, allows the hand to be removed from the holding apparatus and inserted into the holding apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2009
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Applicant: FISCHER SPORTS GMBH
    Inventor: Christian Dobner
  • Patent number: 8011070
    Abstract: A curved slide fastener in which a convex element attaching edge portion which is curved convexly and outwardly and a concave element attaching edge portion which is curved concavely and inwardly are arranged to face each other on opposing side edges of a pair of fastener tapes, a stretchable member which is elastically deformed so as to be stretchable in a length direction of the fastener tape is attached to an edge side of the fastener tape on an opposite side to the convex element attaching edge portion, and the stretchable member is fixed to the fastener tape in a contracted state and maintains a foundation structure of the fastener tape in a contracted state, thereby preventing occurrence of wrinkle or swelling on the tape surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventor: Yuichi Miyazaki
  • Publication number: 20110198175
    Abstract: A zipper for a luggage includes a first tape, a second tape and interlockable teeth. The first tape has a shielding section for covering an end edge of a first half shell of the luggage, and a mounting section and an extension section connected with the shielding section respectively. The second tape has a shielding section for covering an end edge of a second half shell of the luggage, and a mounting section and an extension section connected with the shielding section of the second tape respectively. The teeth are mounted on the extension sections of the first and second tapes in two rows. By means of using the zipper in production of the luggage, the process of making the luggage can be simplified and the zipper can be well aligned with the half shells of the luggage, enhancing the yield rate in production of the luggage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2010
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Inventor: Hsi-Wu CHIANG
  • Publication number: 20110113596
    Abstract: A slide fastener is provided. A pair of coupling elements provided along adjacent edges of a pair of fastener tapes. A slider is configured to engage or separate the pair of coupling elements with or from each other. An end stop is secured to the pair of fastener tapes at an end portion of the pair of coupling elements. The pair of coupling elements are secured to each other at one region of the end portion of the pair of coupling elements. The one region extends between a rear end portion of a diamond of the slider and a base portion of the slider in a state where the base portion of the slider comes in contact with the end stop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2010
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Applicant: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Meirion Williams, Mark Davies
  • Patent number: 7921526
    Abstract: A zip fastener (30) comprised of a long strip of two thermoplastic support tapes (35); two rows of coupling elements (40), each row being attached to its own support tape (35); and a slider body (45) comprising a puller (50) attached to the slider body (45). Portions of the two support tapes (35) are shaped to cause the two rows of coupling elements (40) to rest higher or lower than the shaped portions of the support tapes (35). At least one end portion of the zip fastener (30) is curved downward and in a closed position the curved portion (75) accommodates at least one slider body (45).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Inventor: Tanakorn Wangbunyen
  • Publication number: 20110030746
    Abstract: The cover of the present invention is a holder for a foldable umbrella composed of a sheet of flexible material preferably having an outer and an inner layer and a fastener, preferably a zipper having an open and closed position, affixed to the outer perimeter of the flexible material such that when the zipper is in the closed position the flexible material is configured into an enclosure adapted to hold a foldable umbrella for storage and transportation and when the zipper is in the open position the flexible material is configured into a sheet adapted to be laid flat open on a level surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2009
    Publication date: February 10, 2011
    Inventors: Upama Uniyal, Enrique Casas
  • Publication number: 20110023235
    Abstract: The invention relates to an improved removable cover for a duvet, comforter, or other bedding material that includes an opening along at least two adjacent sides that may further include a hidden closure mechanism running along the length of the opening, and a method for effectively arranging and enclosing the bedding material within the removable cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2009
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Applicant: The Mitchell Gold Co
    Inventor: Mitchell S. GOLD
  • Publication number: 20110012403
    Abstract: An article of furniture for storing and powering electronic equipment including a seating area, at least one slidable drawer located under the seating area, and a power source located within the drawer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2009
    Publication date: January 20, 2011
    Inventors: Edward Earl Wilson, Patrick Priest
  • Publication number: 20110005042
    Abstract: A zip fastener including fabric tapes having coupling elements thereon is provided. A coating layer of thermoplastic material is provided on at least one first surface of the fastener tapes. The coating layer extends continuously along the first surface, extends over an edge of the fastener tapes and extends along at least one second surface of the fastener tapes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2010
    Publication date: January 13, 2011
    Applicant: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Steven Thomas, Eiji Gonda, Mike Wilson
  • Publication number: 20100325846
    Abstract: A fastener stringer capable of following up stretching/contracting action of a stretchable fabric smoothly by improving a stretching property of an element attaching portion, and capable of preventing breaking of chain if the element attaching portion is stretched, wherein the fastener stringer includes: a woven fastener tape having a tape main portion and an element attaching portion; a continuous fastener element row sewed to the element attaching portion with a non-elastic sewing thread; and an elastic core thread inserted through an interior of the fastener element row, an elastic yarn and a non-elastic yarn are woven into the tape main portion and the element attaching portion as warp yarns while a non-elastic yarn is woven as a weft yarn, and a weaving ratio of the elastic yarn to the non-elastic yarn is larger in the element attaching portion than in the tape main portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2010
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Inventors: Mitsuo Horikawa, Hiroyuki Konokawa, Eiji Nakayama
  • Publication number: 20100313387
    Abstract: A fastening device comprising a pin affixed to a first zipper track, the pin comprising a first magnet and at least a first engaging element; a box affixed to a second zipper track, the box comprising a second magnet and comprising at least a second engaging element complementary to the first engaging element of the pin, wherein the pin and box form a single element through the releasable interaction of the first and second magnets, and the first engaging element of the pin reversibly interacting with the second engaging element of the box; and a first slider body, wherein the first slider body comprises at least one releasing element that reversibly disengages the first engaging element of the pin from the second engaging element of the box.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2009
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Applicant: DNS DESIGNS, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Peters, Nancy Peters, David Lyndaker
  • Publication number: 20100275959
    Abstract: A gazebo cover adaptable for gazebos having different sized canopies include a fabric panel having a central opening and a perimeter defining at least three adjacent perimeter portions. The fabric panel includes a plurality of centrally-converging gussets extending between the perimeter and the central opening. A closure, for example, a slide zipper, is provided for selectively opening the gussets to form a relatively large canopy sized to fit a predetermined large size canopy frame, and for selectively closing the gussets to form a relatively small canopy sized to fit a predetermined small size canopy frame. A peak cap is positioned over and attached to the central opening of the fabric panel for closing the central opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2009
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Inventors: Patrick Lane, Martin Denney
  • Publication number: 20100269312
    Abstract: A slide fastener assembly and method of attachment allows for simple installation or replacement of molded slider assemblies, metal zipper assemblies, or both or either halves of separating zipper assemblies. A cohesive fastener is attached to the leading edges of surfaces where a slide fastener is connected. A corresponding cohesive fastener is attached to either surface of a zipper tape of a slider assembly. The slider assembly is pressed together with corresponding cohesive surfaces where the slide fastener is to be connected, holding the slide fastener securely in place. In another embodiment, a slide fastener is manufactured with cohesive material that is integral to the zipper tape. In another embodiment, a slide fastener is attached by connection means to a band, which is connected to an outer perimeter of a frame and inner perimeter of a panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2010
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Inventors: Phillip Roger Wagner, Straun Sumner Wagner, Martha Tipton Wagner