Including Pull Tab Attaching Means Patents (Class 24/429)
  • Patent number: 10831039
    Abstract: A flexible bridge assembly for eyewear is provided. The assembly includes a body comprising a flexible first mounting portion and a second flexible mounting portion each extending from opposite ends of a flexible central portion. The assembly also includes a first mounting member embedded in the first mounting portion; and a second mounting member embedded in the second mounting portion. The first mounting portion and first mounting member comprise a first passage to enable the flexible bridge assembly to be secured to a first lens of the eyewear, and the second mounting portion and second mounting member comprise a second passage to enable the flexible bridge assembly to be secured to a second lens of the eyewear. Rimless eyewear comprising the flexible bridge assembly is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Inventor: Brent Sheldon
  • Patent number: 10640262
    Abstract: The present invention includes a reclosable bag having first and second walls and an open top defined by first and second elongate flexible fastener strips attached to the first and second walls, respectively, adjacent the top of the walls. One of the fastener strips has a profile portion forming at least one groove and the other fastener strip has a profile portion forming at least one rib with a portion of each rib received and retained in one of said grooves when the bag top is closed. Each of the fastener strips has a base connected to the respective wall, and each of the strips has an upper edge adjacent the upper edge of the other strip. Third and fourth fastener strips are located within the bag walls parallel to and below the first and second fastener strips. The third and fourth fattener strips have one or more pairs of ribs and grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Global Packaging Solutions Limited
    Inventor: Mark E. Branson
  • Patent number: 10517340
    Abstract: A garment sleeve having a proximal shoulder end coupled to an armscye of the garment, and a distal, cuff end, terminating at a cuff, the garment sleeve including: (a) a seam running from the armscye to the cuff the seam being joined at least at the shoulder end and at the cuff end; (b) a non-separating zipper including;—(i) teeth, and (ii) at least one slider adapted to reversibly couple the teeth, at least partially, between the shoulder end and the cuff end; the non-separating zipper operationally coupled proximate to the shoulder end of the seam and proximate to the cuff end of the seam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Inventor: Rafael Ladaev
  • Patent number: 10188180
    Abstract: There is provided a slide fastener slider. A slider body has an upper blade and a lower blade connected by a guide post at front end sides thereof, and a pull tab attached to a pull tab attachment portion formed on the upper blade. The pull tab attachment portion has a pair of right and left first members protruding from the upper surface of the upper blade, and a second member connecting the pair of the right and left first members. The first members have a base portion and a wall portion arranged to extend from the base portion toward at least one of front and rear sides thereof. The pull tab has a string-shaped member and the string-shaped member is attached to the pull tab attachment portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Koji Yamagishi, Natsuko Saitsu, Shigeyoshi Takazawa
  • Patent number: 10034521
    Abstract: A magnetic zipper pull tab apparatus includes a zipper pull tab and zipper body that contain corresponding magnetic elements. The zipper pull tab is shaped and functions much like a traditional zipper tab, and the zipper functions like a traditional zipper. The magnetic elements allow the zipper tab to magnetically secure to the zipper body when the zipper is in a closed position. The zipper tab and zipper body contain magnetic elements by way of having magnets affixed to or located inside of them, or are themselves made from magnetic materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Inventor: Austin Jeffrey Miller
  • Patent number: 9743723
    Abstract: A zipper puller (110) has a one piece structure including a molded plastic body (112) and an integral molded looped tether (114). The looped tether is molded in a first size and shape, and after molding the looped tether is permanently deformed to a second size and second shape by aligning the crystalline structure of the looped tether material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Chwan Huey Lim Chang, David A. Shereyk, John S. Pontaoe, Tun-Jen Chu, Timothy P. Coffield
  • Patent number: 9480310
    Abstract: Media cord managing zipper systems in accordance with the present invention may comprise a zipper slider and a pull tab. Prongs may extend from the pull tab on opposing sides of a longitudinal axis of the pull tab. The prongs may be shaped to hold portions of a media cord in a cavity of the pull tab. The media cord managing zipper system may be incorporated into articles of clothing, such as jackets and sweatshirts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Hernandez, Kristin Reiter
  • Patent number: 9427051
    Abstract: A slider is structured such that a tab attaching rod is integrally formed in a cantilevered state in an upper blade of a slider body, and a blocking member blocking an insertion gap which is formed between the upper blade and a free end portion of the tab attaching rod is engaged with a mounting portion of the slider body so as to be immovably fixed, and is provided with an occlusion retaining structure which retains a blocked state of the insertion gap at a time of fixing the blocking member and can prevent the other member from intruding into the insertion gap. Accordingly, the slider can easily attach a tab afterward to the tab attaching rod. Further, it is possible to securely prevent the other member from intruding between the upper blade and the free end portion of the tab attaching rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Hsien Hsiang Hsu, Morimasa Yoneoka
  • Patent number: 9027209
    Abstract: Embodiments herein provide modified slider bodies with one or more features such as an elongated spring cap, a protrusion on the bottom plate and/or plate coupler of the slider body, and/or vertically offset side rails. These features may minimize introduction of loose fabric, such as the lining of a lined garment, into the tape slot of the slider body, thereby help reduce jamming of the slider body during operation of the slide fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Columbia Sportswear North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael “Woody” Blackford, Gary Davis, Paul Blalock
  • Publication number: 20150101155
    Abstract: There is provided a slider for a slide fastener. A slider body includes an upper blade disposed at a front side of the slider body, which is a pull-tab attachment side, a lower blade disposed at a back side of the slider body, which is opposite to the front side, and a connecting post connecting the upper blade and the lower blade to each other. A fibrous fabric sheet is integrally fixed to a back surface of the lower blade at the back side, with an adhesive layer being interposed between the fibrous fabric sheet and the back surface of the lower blade.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: Go Takani
  • Patent number: 9003614
    Abstract: Engaged portions formed on a tab holder are elastically engaged and attached to engaging portions formed on a first column portion and the rear side of a second column portion on an upper blade, and a pair of protrusions formed on the inner side of the tab holder are fitted in a recession formed on an inclined surface of the first column portion and a recession formed on an inclined surface of the second column portion. Further, stepped portions formed at both edge portions of both front and rear ends of the tab holder are brought in contact with end surfaces and inner sides of support walls installed at both edge portions of inclined surfaces. The slide fastener can improve attachment strength of the tab holder, implement excellent durability for a long period of time, excellent external appearance, and excellent assembly performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Takanori Ozawa, Keiichi Keyaki, Ryuta Kumano
  • Patent number: 8991017
    Abstract: There is provided a slider for a slide fastener. A cover member is attached to a body in a cantilever manner to cover a pillar portion and a lock member. An opening/closing member slidably formed between the cover member and the body is configured to open and close an insertion gap. The cover member has a first surface which is formed on the rear end portion of the cover member in substantially parallel to the body, and a second surface extending rearward and upward at a predetermined angle from a rear end portion of the first surface. The opening/closing member has a third surface which overlaps with the first surface in an upward and downward direction and is formed in substantially parallel to the first surface, and a fourth surface extending rearward and downward at a predetermined angle from a rear end portion of the third surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshikazu Hamada, Keiichi Keyaki
  • Patent number: 8966720
    Abstract: A slider of the invention has a slider body and a tab, and first and second tab attachment posts of the slider body rotatably retain an attachment shaft portion of the tab. Further, a cover body covering at least the first and second tab attachment posts is fixed to an upper blade of the slider body. In accordance with this, since the slider has a good touch feeling and an improved outer appearance, it is possible to construct a slide fastener which is excellent in quality. Further, in the case that the slider has a stop mechanism, the stop mechanism can be protected by the cover body, and it is accordingly possible to prevent a trouble in the stop mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Yohei Miyazaki, Keiichi Keyaki
  • Patent number: 8959729
    Abstract: A slider for a slide fastener is provided which is capable of quickly fastening and unfastening the slide fastener in a remote operation manner. A string having pull tabs on longitudinally opposite sides is fixed to a body of the slider for a slide fastener such that the string is not moved in the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Keiichi Keyaki, Kouji Yamagishi, Yohei Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 8955202
    Abstract: A pull tab apparatus is easily connected to and disconnected from an external item such as a slide fastener and/or other item/article by a user, and is also easily assembled and disassembled by the user. According to exemplary embodiments, the pull tab apparatus includes a coil having a central portion and a plurality of arms coupled to the central portion. At least a portion of the coil includes a plurality of layers and a path exists between the plurality of layers, wherein a portion of an article is movable along the path from a first end of the coil where the coil is disconnected from the article to a predetermined position where the coil is connected to the article. A cover or gripping member is coupled to the coil. The cover or gripping member includes a first element having a first coupling mechanism and a second element having a second coupling mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Inventor: Thomas T. Medsker
  • Patent number: 8931145
    Abstract: A sliding controller for a zipper has a slider, a close-ended connecting rack, a U-shaped connecting sheet, an elastic plastic tab and at least three embedded through-holes. The zipper's sliding controller features lower manufacturing cost, resistance to rust, stronger robustness and longer service life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventor: Mei-Lee Liao
  • Patent number: 8910351
    Abstract: A zipper slider assembly includes a main body having first and second lateral walls connected by a perpendicular connecting panel, defining a zipper channel therebetween. The assembly also includes first and second loops, and a pull cord. The first loop extends from the first lateral wall, and defines a first eyelet. The second loop extends from the second lateral wall and defines a second eyelet. The first and second loops are aligned with one another. The pull cord is slidably retained by the first and second eyelets. The pull cord includes a first cap at one end, and a second cap at an opposite end. The pull cord is configured to be pulled through the first and second eyelets to move the main body over the zipper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher A. J. Iannello, Martin J. Nilsen, Jeffrey D. Anderson
  • Patent number: 8910983
    Abstract: A slide fastener extension tether device facilitates manipulation of a slide fastener on a rear side of a garment. The device includes a cord having a first end and a second end. A first clip is coupled to the first end of the cord. The first clip is configured for coupling to a garment in a position reachable by a person wearing the garment. A second clip is coupled to the second end of the cord. The second clip has a pair of biased jaws wherein the second clip is configured for engaging a slider of a slide fastener such that pulling on the cord urges the slider to move along opposed sides the slide fastener wherein the slide fastener is selectively openable and closable by manipulation of the cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Inventor: Edsel Neff
  • Publication number: 20140345092
    Abstract: A self-nesting zipper puller includes a body defining a periphery, a lanyard by which to suspend the zipper puller from a zipper for use; and a loop secured to the lanyard and engaged about the periphery of the body during use of the zipper puller to secure the lanyard and body as an enclosed structure captured by the zipper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2013
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventors: David A. Shereyk, John S. Pontaoe, Michael P. Pfotenhauer, Cassie M. Tweed
  • Patent number: 8894111
    Abstract: Slide fastener closing tools and methods of using same. In one embodiment, the slide fastener closing tool is configured to help open or close a slide fastener on an article, such as but not limited to seat, while maintaining a predetermined alignment of the tool relative to the slide fastener. Maintaining the alignment between the tool and the slide fastener reduces the likelihood that the elements of the fastener tape are damaged during opening and closing of the slide fastener. In one embodiment, the tool includes a guide plate configured to help maintain such alignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: YKK Corporation of America
    Inventors: Yoshifumi Nakata, Tatsuya Deto, Tomonari Yoshida
  • Publication number: 20140325801
    Abstract: A pull tab apparatus is easily connected to and disconnected from an external item such as a slide fastener and/or other item/article by a user, and is also easily assembled and disassembled by the user. According to exemplary embodiments, the pull tab apparatus includes a coil having a central portion and a plurality of arms coupled to the central portion. At least a portion of the coil includes a plurality of layers and a path exists between the plurality of layers, wherein a portion of an article is movable along the path from a first end of the coil where the coil is disconnected from the article to a predetermined position where the coil is connected to the article. A cover or gripping member is coupled to the coil. The cover or gripping member includes a first element having a first coupling mechanism and a second element having a second coupling mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventor: Thomas T. Medsker
  • Publication number: 20140310923
    Abstract: There is provided a slider for slide fastener, including a slider body and a pull tab. A pair of supporting parts rotatably supporting the pull tab are provided on an upper surface of the slider body, and a claw for snapping elements of the slide fastener is provided on the pull tab. The pull tab is rotatable between a first posture in which the pull tab is placed down on the slider body and a second posture in which the pull tab is erected from the slider body. A stop member is provided on at least one of the slider body and the pull tab. The stop member limits the pull tab in an erect position of the second posture such that a front end of the claw is located within a protection space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: YKK Corporation
    Inventor: Hideyuki Matsushima
  • Patent number: 8826500
    Abstract: There is provided a slide fastener that includes a pair of fastener stringers provided with fastener element rows having a plurality of fastener elements along opposing tape-side edges of a pair of fastener tapes, and a slider slidably attached to the fastener element rows to engage and disengage the fastener elements. One of the fastener stringers is separated from the slider when a lateral pulling force directed outward in a width direction of the fastener tapes is applied to the pair of fastener stringers. The upper blade and the lower blade of the slider are provided with cutaway portions at portions outward in the width direction from one lateral surface of the guide post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventor: Hideki Sato
  • Patent number: 8813318
    Abstract: There is provided a slide fastener that includes a pair of fastener stringers provided with fastener element rows having a plurality of fastener elements along opposing tape-side edges of a pair of fastener tapes, and a slider slidably attached to the fastener element rows to engage and disengage the fastener elements. One of the fastener stringers is separated from the slider when a lateral pulling force directed outward in a width direction of the fastener tapes is applied to the pair of fastener stringers. A pull tab attachment portion provided on an upper surface of an upper blade of the slider is disposed at one side with respect to a centerline of a guide post in the width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventor: Hideki Sato
  • Patent number: 8776563
    Abstract: Described herein are several versions of concealed handcuff keys including a key concealed within a pouch as a zipper pull, a key concealed as a common pen cap/clip, a key concealed as a coin, a key concealed as a bootlace/shoelace end, and a key concealed within a receiver in the back side of a belt buckle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Shomer-Tec, Inc.
    Inventors: Joel S. Jaffe, Jeffery D. Jaffe, Brian Dereau
  • Publication number: 20140189984
    Abstract: The present technology includes both a process and a device for effecting the process. The process is a method of closing or opening access within a garment using the steps of: a) attaching a hooking element of a lockable pull device to a zipper on a garment; b) while a filament container of the lockable pull device is in an extended position from a housing of the lockable pull device within which the filament can be wound, activating a locking element to retain the filament in the extended position; and c) exerting directional force on the housing retaining the filament in the extended position while the hooking element is attached to the zipper to move the zipper to close or open access to the garment. The device includes a lockable pull device for use in exerting force on a distal object such as a zipper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventor: Adam Sisko
  • Patent number: 8764081
    Abstract: A zipper pull attachment adapted to be clipped to a zipper pull tab and left in place to aid in opening and closing the zipper. The zipper pull attachment includes a vertical clip member, a ring member movably attached to the lower end of the clip member, and a fixed horizontal handle member secured horizontally through the ring member in the plane of the ring, with handle ends extending from the sides of the ring in balanced fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: Westscot G. Krieger
  • Patent number: 8752253
    Abstract: A slide fastener in which one of the fastener stringers is separable from a tape insertion path at one side of a body of each of sliders in the width direction when a lateral pulling force directed outward in the width direction of the fastener tapes is applied to a pair of fastener stringers. The rear ends of the upper and lower flanges at the one side of the body of the upper slider in the width direction are positioned forward with respect to the rear end of the upper slider at a side of a rear mouth. It is therefore possible to prevent fastener elements from being damaged and easily separate one of the fastener stringers from the upper slider using a simple structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventor: Hideki Sato
  • Patent number: 8720015
    Abstract: There is provided a slide fastener that includes a pair of fastener stringers provided with fastener element rows having a plurality of fastener elements along opposing tape-side edges of fastener tapes, and a slider slidably attached to the fastener element rows to engage an disengage the fastener elements. One of the fastener stringers is separated from the slider when a lateral pulling force directed outward in a width direction of the fastener tapes is applied to the pair of fastener stringers. Inner surfaces of the upper and lower flanges at one side of the body in the width direction, are formed as inclined surfaces in which thicknesses of the inclined surfaces gradually increase as the inclined surfaces extend from an inside to an outside in the width direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventor: Hideki Sato
  • Patent number: 8677574
    Abstract: A zipper pull extender to assist a user in gripping and operating zippers on clothing includes a durable sleeve body which slides over an existing zipper pull tab. A hollow interior portion of the body includes a spring with a hooked end which engages a zipper pull aperture when slid over the zipper pull tab. The sleeve also includes a small detachment aperture for receiving a removal tool. When inserted into the tool aperture, the tool presses against the spring to disengage the hooked end from the zipper pull aperture for removal of the zipper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventors: Ken Thiessen, Judy Thiessen
  • Publication number: 20140000069
    Abstract: A slider has an upper blade of a slider body having an insert groove of a locking pawl, a temporary engagement portion for which temporary engages and fixes the locking pawl, and a claw hole. The temporary engagement portion is adapted so that, with the locking pawl fixed in position, the position in height of the upper end of the temporary engagement portion is the same as or lower than that of the upper surface of the upper blade. This prevents the temporary engagement portion from being pressed and crushed when the temporary engagement portion is in contact with the tab and so on. As a result, an automatic stop mechanism of the slider can stably function.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Keiichi Keyaki, Koji Yamagishi, Takanori Ozawa
  • Publication number: 20130318751
    Abstract: The instant disclosure relates to a zipper head. The zipper head includes a main structure, a flexible member, a securing member, a pull tab, a guiding member, and a shaft. The main structure has a first fixing portion and receives the flexible member. The securing member has a second fixing portion corresponding to the first fixing portion. The securing member contacts with the flexible member. The guiding member is pivotally connected to one end of the main structure and contacts with the securing member. A receiving space is cooperatively defined by the main structure, the securing member, and the guiding member. A fixing end of the pull tab is disposed in the receiving space. The shaft penetrates the main structure and is pivotally connected to the securing member. The instant disclosure also discusses a method for replacing the pull tab of the zipper head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: CHUNG CHWAN ENTERPRISE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: YU-PAU LIN
  • Publication number: 20130312230
    Abstract: A zipper puller (110) has a one piece structure including a molded plastic body (112) and an integral molded looped tether (114). The looped tether is molded in a first size and shape, and after molding the looped tether is permanently deformed to a second size and second shape by aligning the crystalline structure of the looped tether material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: Illinois Tool Works Inc.
    Inventors: Chwan Huey Lim Chang, David A. Shereyk, John S. Pontaoe, Tun-Jen Chu, Timothy P. Coffield
  • Patent number: 8533918
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method are disclosed for an automatic zipper. An apparatus for an automatic zipper includes a first placket tab and a second placket tab located on opposing sides of a zipper. The zipper also includes a slider body. The apparatus also includes a zipper connector permanently coupling the slider body to an anchor location on the first placket tab. The zipper connector is substantially non-stretchable and has a length such that the zipper connector maintains the distance between the anchor location and the slider body to be substantially the same or less than the distance between the anchor location and the slider body in the closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Inventors: Meridee Ketter, Gentry Brown
  • Patent number: 8528115
    Abstract: A garment with a zipper arrangement includes a collar, a plurality of right zipper elements provided along a front right portion of the garment, and a plurality of left zipper elements provided along the front left portion of the garment. A slider includes a front side, a top side, and a back side. The slider is configured to slide up as far as the collar and bring the plurality of right zipper elements into engagement with the plurality of left zipper elements. The slider is further configured to slide down and disengage the plurality of right zipper elements from the plurality of left zipper elements. A flexible pull member is coupled to the slider. The flexible pull member is designed and dimensioned to extend over the top side of the slider and be releasably coupled to an inner portion of the garment when the slider is at the collar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Under Armour, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonas K. Damon, Alis Ayse Cambol, Daniel A. Sanchez
  • Publication number: 20130212841
    Abstract: A simple, easy to manufacture, replacement zipper pull for zippers and slide fasteners suitable for mounting and safely displaying cabochons and jewels is described where a solid blank body with a display surface for mounting a cabochon or jewel, has an open hexahedral slot, drilled, routed, molded and/or cast, penetrating into the blank body beneath the display surface, and where transverse passageway is created within the blank body having a width greater than that of the slot for establishing a base-end of the slot and creating an anchor hole in each side of the slot for receiving outward extending distal tips of legs of a U-shaped, spring wire bail sized for insertion into the hexahedral slot, where the distal tips of the legs of the U-shaped spring bail span outward to a width greater than the width of the hexahedral slot, and snap into the created anchor holes at the base-end of the slot, for securing the blank body to the loop tang atop a zipper or slider fastener through which the U-shaped spring bail
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Castaline, Hiroyuki Hiroyuki
  • Publication number: 20130139365
    Abstract: There is provided a slide fastener that includes a pair of fastener stringers provided with fastener element rows having a plurality of fastener elements along opposing tape-side edges of fastener tapes, and a slider slidably attached to the fastener element rows to engage an disengage the fastener elements. One of the fastener stringers is separated from the slider when a lateral pulling force directed outward in a width direction of the fastener tapes is applied to the pair of fastener stringers. Inner surfaces of the upper and lower flanges at one side of the body in the width direction, are formed as inclined surfaces in which thicknesses of the inclined surfaces gradually increase as the inclined surfaces extend from an inside to an outside in the width direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2010
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicant: YKK Corporation
    Inventor: Hideki Sato
  • Patent number: 8453302
    Abstract: A slider for slide fastener has a handle attachment/detachment column part projected upward from an upper face of a slider body and a pair of cantilever engagement pieces formed in a window part of a handle, and they are snap-engaged. An attachment/detachment part of the cantilever engagement piece and the handle attachment/detachment column part is provided with a head storage space (PS) storing and engaging an attachment/detachment head at the time of engaging the cantilever engagement piece and the attachment/detachment head. Thus, attachment/detachment of the handle attachment/detachment column part and the cantilever engagement piece becomes easy and the cantilever engagement piece of the handle is difficult to be damaged. Uncomfortable feeling by a projected end of the handle attachment/detachment column part and hooking of fiber do not exist and durability is given.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Keiichi Keyaki, Hideya Take
  • Patent number: 8453301
    Abstract: A zipper pull tab retention device includes a pull tab cover and a fastening means. The pull tab cover comprises a durable friction fit cover which slides over an existing zipper pull tab. The fastening means includes a metal pin which is integrally attached to the pull tab cover. The pin is located on a surface of the pull tab cover which faces a user's chest. The pin engages the teeth of a zipper, thus allowing a user to press the pull tab cover against the zipper and prevent movement of a zipper pull tab until the pull tab cover is pulled away from the zipper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Inventor: Patty McCoy
  • 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: 8371003
    Abstract: A device for assisting in opening and closing a zipper is provided. The device includes a body having first and second diverging guide channels having mutually oriented guide angles for receiving the respective zipper tracks for sliding, non-interlocking movement of the zipper tracks through the guide channels in advance of the zipper slider for reducing the closure angle of the zipper tracks in advance of the zipper slider to correspond to the guide angle of the guide channels, and a handle carried by the body for permitting manual pulling movement of the body along at least a portion of the length of the zipper and generally positioned in a coextensive orientation in relation to a pull tab of the zipper slider such that an operator can simultaneously grasp the pull tab of the zipper slider and the handle while sliding the zipper slider in the closing direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: BSN Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Scott Arney, Serge Levine
  • Publication number: 20130025092
    Abstract: Engaged portions formed on a tab holder are elastically engaged and attached to engaging portions formed on a first column portion and the rear side of a second column portion on an upper blade, and a pair of protrusions formed on the inner side of the tab holder are fitted in a recession formed on an inclined surface of the first column portion and a recession formed on an inclined surface of the second column portion. Further, stepped portions formed at both edge portions of both front and rear ends of the tab holder are brought in contact with end surfaces and inner sides of support walls installed at both edge portions of inclined surfaces. The slide fastener can improve attachment strength of the tab holder, implement excellent durability for a long period of time, excellent external appearance, and excellent assembly performance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2010
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Applicant: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Takanori Ozawa, Keiichi Keyaki, Ryuta Kumano
  • Patent number: 8356391
    Abstract: There are provided interlock pieces extending from both edge portions of a side-to-side winglike piece provided in a pull-tab retainer toward an anterior wall part and a posterior wall part of the pull-tab retainer. An anterior support wall of an anterior mounting post and a posterior support wall of a posterior mounting post at superior angular corner regions of the internal faces thereof are provided with notches for interlocking of the interlock pieces. When the pull-tab retainer is fitted to the anterior mounting post and the posterior mounting post, the interlock pieces and the notches are interlocked with together to thereby prevent any displacement of the pull-tab retainer in anteroposterior side-to-side directions. Further, at that time, a side end face of the anterior support wall and a side end face of the posterior support wall can be covered up by the pull-tab retainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: YKK Corporation
    Inventor: Yuichi Iwase
  • Publication number: 20130007994
    Abstract: A zipper slider assembly includes a main body having first and second lateral walls connected by a perpendicular connecting panel, defining a zipper channel therebetween. The assembly also includes first and second loops, and a pull cord. The first loop extends from the first lateral wall, and defines a first eyelet. The second loop extends from the second lateral wall and defines a second eyelet. The first and second loops are aligned with one another. The pull cord is slidably retained by the first and second eyelets. The pull cord includes a first cap at one end, and a second cap at an opposite end. The pull cord is configured to be pulled through the first and second eyelets to move the main body over the zipper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Applicant: ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher A.J. Iannello, Martin J. Nilsen, Jeffrey D. Anderson
  • Publication number: 20120297584
    Abstract: A zipper head structure is disclosed, which includes a slider body, a pull-tab, and a locking hook. The slider body has a protrusion which is formed on the slider body. The pull-tab has a holding portion and an opening. The protrusion is located in the opening of the pull-tab. The locking hook has a base portion which is located over the hinge portion. The locking hook is disposed on the slider body. The base portion has a through hole. A stopper is downwardly formed by one side of the through hole. The hinge portion is disposed between the protrusion and the stopper. Thereby, by utilizing the stopper of the locking hook which is integrally formed, the movement of the hinge portion is effectively confined for preventing the pull-tab from separating with the slider body when pulling the zipper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Applicant: CHUNG CHWAN ENTERPRISE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: YU-PAU LIN
  • Publication number: 20120291236
    Abstract: A zipper head structure includes a slider body, a pull-tab, and a locking hook. The slider body has an assembling surface for disposing an extension and a ridge. The pull-tab has a holding portion on one end with an opening formed on an opposite end. A hinge portion is defined between the opening and the corresponding end of the pull-tab, with the hinge portion being opposite of the holding portion. The pull-tab is disposed onto the assembling surface of the slider body. The extension of the slider body is received by the opening of the pull-tab. The hinge portion is disposed in between the ridge and the extension. The locking hook is secured to the assembling surface of the slider body. By restricting the movement of the hinge portion, the pull-tab is prevented from separating with the slider body when pulling the zipper.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Applicant: CHUNG CHWAN ENTERPRISE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yu-Pau Lin
  • Patent number: 8234760
    Abstract: A zipper closure system for allowing one hand zipping of objects requiring sufficient compressive force to close is provided. The zipper closure system comprises a set of tracks having a row of teeth adapted to mate with each other, a plurality of sliders that are adapted to move along the row of teeth, a connector system comprising a plurality of extenders attached to the pull tabs that allow a user to move the plurality of sliders along the row of teeth, and a connector attached to a third pull tab, where the connector links the third slider with the first and second sliders. The zipper system further includes at least one pull ring and a stopping member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Dr. V's Life Plan, Inc.
    Inventors: Glenn D. Vogelsang, Thomas J. Broeski
  • Patent number: 8230520
    Abstract: A sports bib, in particular for cycling, having a pair of shorts, which can have either short or long legs, extending into a vest, which ends with a pair of straps. The bib is equipped with a zipper at the housing position of the anus and the genital organs. The zipper is provided with characteristics such as to not produce scrapes or rubbing at the genital areas and crotch on the user during movements and in particular while pedalling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: SELLE SMP s.a.s di M. Schiavon
    Inventor: Francesco Riondato
  • Patent number: 8225465
    Abstract: A headset cord holder comprises a body and a first groove built into the body configured to receive and releasably hold a headset cord. In some embodiments, the first groove has a diameter less than or equal to approximately 2 mm. In further embodiments, the body is integrally formed within the teeth of a zipper. In some embodiments the body comprises one or more of rubber, plastic and metal. In some embodiments, the body comprises one or more of stamped metal and molded metal. In further embodiments, the body comprises molded plastic. In some embodiments, the body comprises one or more additional grooves configured to receive and releasably secure the headset cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Snik LLC
    Inventor: Rob Honeycutt
  • Publication number: 20120180273
    Abstract: A slider for a slide fastener is provided which is capable of quickly fastening and unfastening the slide fastener in a remote operation manner. A string having pull tabs on longitudinally opposite sides is fixed to a body of the slider for a slide fastener such that the string is not moved in the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Applicant: YKK Corporation
    Inventors: Keiichi Keyaki, Kouji Yamagishi, Yohei Miyazaki