Wearing Apparel Patents (Class 434/395)
  • Publication number: 20150052004
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for assisting a person in selecting clothing and accessory outfits for various situations. A plurality of card members display various reference characters having sample clothing outfit combinations and a plurality of accessory options are provided. A website extension is available to increase a user's access to updated fashion information regarding accessory option combinations as well as cost and source information from where to procure the options.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Aisha TaTanisha Jones
  • Patent number: 8556636
    Abstract: A swatch organizer system and method for preparing and mounting swatch samples and labels on a plurality of carriers that are secured onto a holder in a manner to allow the end user to easily evaluate the aesthetic nature of one or more swatch samples. Each carrier provides two surfaces for mounting swatches and/or labels. Mounting strips are provided to aid the end user in cutting, sizing and mounting raw materials such as fabric, paper, leather, etc. in the form of swatch samples onto carriers. Labeling is also provided to allow recording of descriptive information on the reverse of the carrier. Carriers, swatch samples and labels can be easily added, rearranged, removed or reused as desired. Supports design, organization and/or inventory needs with minimal time, effort and skill required by the end user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Inventors: Melissa Dawn Feit, David Jonathon Azen
  • Patent number: 8553047
    Abstract: An image information processing system, which processes image information of a customer wearing products, includes: a customer information database, storing customer information in association with customer code information; and a product information database, enabling storage of product information, concerning the products that the customer wears, in association with order code information. Acquisition of the image information of the customer in the state of wearing products is enabled by a digital camera, and by means of a trial fitting catalog preparation process, a trial fitting catalog, in which the image information acquired by the digital camera unit are included with the customer code information of the customer, who wore the products, and the order code information on the products, is prepared and output by a printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiro Takamatsu, Satoshi Usui, Hitoshi Ogatsu
  • Patent number: 8209772
    Abstract: The teacher's strategies tool apron of the present invention provides easy access and organization to the tools needed to enhance any instructional segment and promote student retention in PreK to 8th grade. The “tools of the trade” are located in the appropriately matched pockets of the apron, paired with researched best practices education strategies. Together they maximize the attention and involvement of the learning audience while simultaneously giving easy access and organization to the tools themselves to the presenter. The pockets have a signifying visual cue logo identifying the purpose of the tool that goes into that pocket and create a memory map for the presenter. When worn by the presenter the aprons bring the focus of the presentation's participants to its wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Inventor: Mildred L. Curry
  • Patent number: 7714912
    Abstract: An intelligent imaging system, includes an image generator that projects multiple angle views of a user, a plurality of cameras for capturing a plurality of images of the user, an image processing unit, a style advisor, and a control mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Alexander Faisman, Genady Grabarnik, David Nahamoo, Apostol Ivanov Natsev, Ganesh N. Ramaswamy
  • Patent number: 7566328
    Abstract: An anatomical apron configured for illustrating an ostomy surgical procedure is provided. The apron includes a body portion having a neck loop attached thereto that is configured to loop around a person's neck so that the body portion covers a frontal area of the person's body. The apron includes one or more pieces of material fashioned as human body organs fastened to the apron body. A first flap is attached to the apron body and configured to cover a portion of the one or more pieces of material fashioned as body organs, wherein the first flap may be fastened in a covered position. The apron also includes one or more slits positioned in the first flap configured such that one or more of the pieces of material fashioned as human body organs may be routed through so as to illustrate a surgical procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2009
    Inventor: Donna Joy Hooper
  • Publication number: 20090119959
    Abstract: A colored snap backing fastening system for effective closure of openings in any baby garment, the colored snap fastening system consisting of colored snap fasteners installed in series along the opposite sides of any opening on a baby garment, each colored snap backing fastener further consisting of a matching pair of stud and socket portions, a pair of backing portions adjacent to the fabric and between the fabric and each of the stud portion and socket portions whereas each pair of the backing portions has an unique visual indicator associated therewith.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2007
    Publication date: May 14, 2009
    Inventor: Kari L. Brown
  • Publication number: 20090117531
    Abstract: As for clothes for infant according to the present invention, it consists of and is characterized as followings: the base part embodied to be able to be detachably attached on surface of clothes; the educational auxiliary member detachably attached on the above base part but having a shape among as a plane or a solid body including a educational contents which consists of any of character, picture, digit, and shape and contains education content for infant and; a coupling auxiliary member which consists of any of a button, a velcro tape, a zipper, a magnet, a hook, and combination of a projected rod and a coupling groove and also, provides coupling ability of attachment and detachment on any of the above clothes and the above base part, or any of the above base part and the above educational auxiliary member. Through clothes for infant education according to the present invention, an environment, which infant can take education feeling sight and body heat of educators such as parents, etc, is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2007
    Publication date: May 7, 2009
    Inventor: Mok YOON
  • Publication number: 20080151092
    Abstract: Some demonstrative embodiments of the invention include systems, devices and/or methods enabling appearance comparison. The system, according to some demonstrative embodiments, may include at least one interactive imaging and display station. The station may include, for example, a mirror-display device capable of selectably operating in either or both a mirror mode or a display mode; an imaging device to capture one or more appearances appearing in a filed of view in front of the mirror-display device; and/or an image control unit to select the mode of operation of the mirror-display device according to a user command. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2006
    Publication date: June 26, 2008
    Inventor: Nissi Vilcovsky
  • Patent number: 6901379
    Abstract: When a user browses an online retailer's Web site or a mirror site, the user can select an item and model the item online by having a server generate a digital image of the user wearing the item. If the user is still unsure as to whether to buy the item, the user can enter an online chat room in which the online modeling image is displayed to other users. The user can then receive the other users' feedback before deciding whether to buy the item. In a second embodiment, multiple online modeling images are generated to provide the user with a customized catalog, which can be of items for a single merchant or multiple merchants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2005
    Assignee: 4-D Networks, Inc.
    Inventors: Clifton Balter, Brett Finkelstein
  • Patent number: 6896521
    Abstract: A method for displaying toilet training materials which includes the steps of providing a supply of at least two different types of toilet training materials, each type of toilet training material associated with at least one of a plurality of toilet training steps; providing a display having at least two regions, each of the regions associated with one of the toilet training steps; and housing the toilet training materials within the region having an equivalent toilet training step. Various embodiments of the display in the form of an in-store kiosk are illustrated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Louis Underhill, David Jon Wears
  • Patent number: 6626882
    Abstract: An absorbent article includes a pair of belt portions (9, 10) attached to the rear portion (6), alternatively the front portion (5), of the article and intended to be fastened together around the waist of the wearer, wherein one belt portion (9) at its end carries a fastener (11) intended to be attached against the opposite belt portion (10) and where in the front portion (5), alternatively the rear portion (6), is provided with fasteners (8), intended to be attached to the belt portions (9, 10), in such a way that the article will assume a pant shape, with the belt portions (9, 10) forming a part of the waist portion of the pant. The belt portions (9, 10) are provided with at least one element for identification and distinction of the different ends of the belt portions (9a, 10a) from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2003
    Assignee: SCA Hygiene Products AB
    Inventor: Madeleine Hjorth
  • Patent number: 6612846
    Abstract: A method for displaying toilet training materials which includes the steps of providing a supply of at least two different types of toilet training materials, each type of toilet training material associated with at least one of a plurality of toilet training steps; providing a display having at least two regions, each of the regions associated with one of the toilet training steps; and housing the toilet training materials within the region having an equivalent toilet training step. Various embodiments of the display in the form of an in-store kiosk are illustrated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2003
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Louis Underhill, David Jon Wears
  • Patent number: 6609913
    Abstract: An educational youth fireman helmet includes a scaled replication of a working fireman's helmet and is provided with a pivoting face visor, a pair of headlights controllable by the wearer, and a selectable voice messaging system providing recorded messages relating to fire safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2003
    Inventor: Felix M. Batts
  • Patent number: 6585522
    Abstract: A fabric selection system, for allowing a user to visualize an item as if it were fabricated using any of numerous selected fabric samples, comprising a carrier. A graphic representation of the item is imprinted on the carrier, having object lines which include an outline and object lines which depict interior details of the item. The object lines are silver metallic in color and may be heat transferred using metal foil and a die in the shape of the object lines. The outline defines a window which is transparent so that when the carrier is held over one of the selected fabric samples, the selected fabric sample may be viewed through the window so that the item can be visualized in conjunction with that fabric sample. The carrier has a background area outside of the outline which is less than transparent so as to at least partially obscure the selected fabric sample so that the user can focus upon the selected fabric sample in conjunction with the item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2003
    Inventor: Annamarie Simmons
  • Patent number: 6543657
    Abstract: A thermal manikin has a closed perforated rigid frame covered by a breathable fabric extending over the frame and forming arms and legs. Water passages and a pump inside the manikin direct water around the manikin to simulate natural blood flow. The manikin is provided with a controller and sensor for measuring conditions inside and outside the manikin that enables simultaneous determination of Clo (thermal resistance of clothing placed on the manikin) and Im (the permeability index of the clothing).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Assignee: Hong Kong Polytechnic University
    Inventors: Jintu Fan, Yi-song Chen
  • Publication number: 20020127534
    Abstract: A teaching accessory (10) in combination with a specific substrate (100) including children's bedclothes (101) and bedding (102) wherein the teaching accessory (10) includes a hollow fabric envelope (20) that contains an audio unit (12) and has a front face (21) provided with a luminous coating (24) and a variety of different indicia (30) that include alpha-numeric data (31) and graphical representations (32) made from material having different textures, and a rear face (22) having one fastening component (50) that cooperates with another fastening component (51) that is associated with the substrate (100).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2001
    Publication date: September 12, 2002
    Inventor: Mary Reb
  • Publication number: 20010046661
    Abstract: A new and improved product designed to enhance the lives of teachers and adults in their attempts to teach handicapped individuals. The present invention will serve to greatly enhance teachers and adults who are involved in teaching handicapped individuals by assisting them in locating visual pictures during activities at home or at school. The present invention would be attached to a belt, which would be strapped around a user's waist. The present invention would also have a pair of removable felt pads, which a user would be able to attach pictures to, with the flaps being removable at the will of a user. When an adult or teacher would wish to communicate with someone, the adult or teacher would simply remove the picture and hand it to the user. The present invention would also have a front-mounted pad with an enclosed pouch which would be used for storing extra pictures and drawings, with pad including the enclosed pouch being located in front of the other two pair of flaps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2001
    Publication date: November 29, 2001
    Inventor: Mildred Shorter
  • Patent number: 6220916
    Abstract: A toy band which comprises a bistable spring that can be dynamically deployed from an elongated rigid position to a coiled position around one's wrist, forearm, other part of the body, or any suitably-shaped object through striking the band against that part of the body or object and that also broadcasts a pre-recorded audio message when the band is deployed. The toy band includes an audio broadcast unit removably affixed the bistable spring and includes a housing, a speaker, a battery, an electrical impact switch, and a read-only memory or other memory chip that can store a pre-recorded audio message which is broadcast upon closure of the impact switch. The audio broadcast can be actuated, while affixed to the bistable spring by the striking of the device against any suitably-shaped object, or independently of the spring, by simply removing the unit from the spring and applying pressure to the unit thereby activating the audio messages stored therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2001
    Inventors: Philip D. Bart, Jeffrey M. Herman
  • Patent number: 5897416
    Abstract: A new image board with detachable and interchangeable accessories kit for allowing a user to create an imaginative, novel, three-dimensional work of art. The inventive device includes a card member with an image displayed on an image surface and a plurality of circular perforation sets extending through the card member such that the tearing out of a circular perforation set forms an accessory aperture through the card member. A plurality of accessory members for mounting to the card member image surface are provided. Each accessory member has a mounting portion for extending through an accessory aperture for mounting the accessory member to the card member image surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1999
    Inventor: Barbara S. Barrows
  • Patent number: 5813153
    Abstract: The method and device are for identifying and tracking garment and accessories in order to avoid repeating in wearing of the same garment and accessories to the same social function or occasion in its next occurrence. Distinctive identification devices are attachable to the garment and/or accessories after each function and the occasion is recorded either on such identification devices or in an associated recording device such that it can be ascertained that in the next occurrence of the same social function the same garment and accessories would not be worn again.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1998
    Inventor: Francesco Maglio
  • Patent number: 5745918
    Abstract: This invention relates to the use of the conventional necktie as a source of information or for communicating a message in text and/or graphic, either by printing, painting, embroidering, or by thermal, chemical, and physical bonding to the surface of the necktie.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1998
    Inventors: Mukta M. Shukla, Ashok K. Shukla
  • Patent number: 5694651
    Abstract: A position identification system for use in distinguishing individual team positions to aid in coaching in a multi-player athletic environment including sets of athletic over-vests which utilize different colors to identify selected positions in a pre-selected order and which employs a quick change, durable over-vest, adapted for any team sport that employs an offense and a defense consisting of more than one player per side, mainly football, basketball, baseball, hockey, volleyball, lacrosse, polo, field hockey, rugby and soccer wherein such sports are characterized by multi-teams, multi-positions and a plurality of players which are otherwise difficult to readily identify in the practice environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 9, 1997
    Inventor: Paul J. Thomas
  • Patent number: 5282749
    Abstract: Children's clothing with matching decorative indicia for teaching relatively young children how to fold their clothing are disclosed. Either matching pair of decorative illustrations, such as blocks with letter or numbers, or foldline illustrations are placed on the clothing. The clothing is folded by sequentially matching the paired illustrations or folding along the foldline illustrations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 1, 1994
    Inventor: Stephen R. Ketch
  • Patent number: 5135401
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed for containing and displaying photographs of the items of clothing and related articles contained within a user's wardrobe. The apparatus includes leaves for holding and displaying photographs and a binder for holding the leaves and for grouping the leaves into tiers whereby a photograph in one tier can be compared and viewed with various photographs in the other tiers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1992
    Inventor: Sara Feldman-Schorrig
  • Patent number: 4854880
    Abstract: A wardrobe color coordination kit for enabling men and women to rapidly select color coordinated outfits utilizes numbered tags which are secured to various major clothing items. Short cylindrical numbered tags are also provided for attachment to conventional clothes hangers. A rotary file displays color coordinated clothing combinations through a front transparent window. Numbered blocks within the file are removably retained on an endless link belt which is received around spaced sprockets. A ratchet mechanism is provided to increment the belt to display the next row of color coordinated clothing key numbers through the front transparent window. The numbered blocks are mounted on the link belt so as to be indexable for displaying four different numbered sides of the block. The blocks may also be easily removed and replaced with other differently numbered blocks. A drawer is provided at the lower end of the rotary file for storage of a spare supply of numbered blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 8, 1989
    Inventor: James A. Nasby
  • Patent number: 4759718
    Abstract: A training wear usable for students in Oriental medicine school has a number of cure target points printed thereon which are distributed over the whole area of the wear at the position which is specifically determined in accordance with teachings of Oriental medicine. The name of each of the cure target points is placed at the position in the proximity of them. When the wear is put on a student, it is necessary that vertically extending center lines on both the fore and rear surfaces thereof are correctly aligned with a backbone. Each of the cure target points is identified by a target mark in the form of a small circle or a dot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 26, 1988
    Inventor: Shizuo Nobuta
  • Patent number: 4723323
    Abstract: An activity bib worn by an adult and presented for interaction by a child facing the adult. The bib includes one or more activity means mounted for use by the child.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1986
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1988
    Inventor: John C. Wright, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4530349
    Abstract: A vest, made from quilted material, has a plurality of individually numbered positions formed thereon to establish a prescription sequence of therapy steps to aid victims of cystic fibrosis. Graphic material may be associated with each position to identify a body posture for the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1983
    Date of Patent: July 23, 1985
    Inventor: Dorothy Metzger
  • Patent number: 4514178
    Abstract: Garments of one generic type, e.g. bottoms, are each provided with a first type of hangtag having a single color thereon. In most instances, the color is selected from a predetermined universe of colors. Each garment of the second generic type, e.g. tops, is provided with a second type of hangtag with all of the colors in the universe thereon. One or more of the colors on the first type of hangtag are designated by punching the area thereon bearing that color. Any bottom having a tag with a color corresponding to one of the designated colors, coordinates with the top bearing the punched tag. The color of the tag of the first type is visible through the punch in the tag of the second type, when same are held in registration, one behind the other. Bottoms having tags with a color other than one selected from the universe, coordinate with all tops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1984
    Date of Patent: April 30, 1985
    Assignee: Garan, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Noto, Michael Reid
  • Patent number: 4253197
    Abstract: An indication assembly of the type used to facilitate the teaching of relatively young children and persons of limited learning ability to dress themselves with limited instruction comprising the use of wearing apparel or garments which include a plurality of indication elements affixed thereto. Each of said indication elements is disposed on an exposed surface portion of the garment and being structured to include visual indicia arranged in predetermined sequence so as to accomplish presentation of visual cues for proper sequence of holding the particular garment for placing the garment on the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1979
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1981
    Inventor: Keith F. Posta
  • Patent number: RE39542
    Abstract: Biological agents such as secretory cells are encapsulated in a hydrophilic gel made of agarose or collagen-agarose and gelatin sponge-agarose combinations. In a preferred embodiment, semi-solid beads are formed from a suspension containing collagen, agarose and secretory cells such as pancreatic islets, the collagen is polymerized to form solid, agarose-collagen beads and the solid beads are coated with agarose. Coating is preferably by rolling the solid beads in about 5-10% agarose, contacting the rolled beads with mineral oil and washing oil from the beads. Beads containing secretory cells can be transplanted into a mammal to treat a condition caused by impaired secretory cell function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Assignee: The Rogosin Institute
    Inventors: Kanti Jain, Albert L. Rubin, Barry Smith