Facial, Head Or Neck Patents (Class 446/27)
  • Patent number: 10226274
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a body assembly, a shaft, an acoustic waveguide, an articulation section, an end effector, an articulation drive assembly, and a locking feature. The shaft extends distally from the body assembly. The waveguide comprises a flexible portion. The articulation drive assembly is operable to drive articulation of the articulation section to thereby deflect the end effector from the longitudinal axis of the shaft. The articulation drive assembly comprises an actuator. The actuator is movable relative to the body assembly to drive articulation of the articulation section. The locking feature is in communication with the actuator. The locking feature is movable between an unlocked state and a locked state. The locking feature is configured to permit movement of the actuator relative to the body assembly in the unlocked state. The locking feature is configured to prevent movement of the actuator relative to the body assembly in the locked state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Ethicon LLC
    Inventors: Barry C. Worrell, Disha V. Labhasetwar, Benjamin D. Dickerson, Michael R. Lamping, Daniel J. Mumaw, David T. Martin
  • Patent number: 9352245
    Abstract: A system and method of performing a mystical card flying illusion or ‘trick’ is provided. In accordance with the innovation, an invisible (or near invisible) levitation means (e.g., string, thread, etc.) can be used to create the illusion of a levitating and/or spinning playing card. The levitation means can be pre-attached or fixedly attached to an ear piece that is configured to fit over and behind a user's ear. Further, an illumination system can be provided in connection with the levitation illusion system. Moreover, spinning aides can be provided to assist a user in rotating or spinning a levitation item (e.g., card).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Inventor: Carl Zealer
  • Patent number: 9033759
    Abstract: Headgear that can be converted into another object, comprising a figurine provided with a hollow base which, in at least one configuration, defines an object including a volume for receiving an element. In a second configuration, the hollow base can be turned partially inside out to form a second object including another reception volume and, in a third configuration, the hollow base can be turned fully inside out to form a third object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Plushball
    Inventor: Lionel Rinck
  • Publication number: 20150111459
    Abstract: A hooded blanket and stuffed toy combination device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Geoff Anderman, Doug Keller
  • Patent number: 8973167
    Abstract: This invention provides a face decoration mask which makes two stand racks easy to extend, fold or stand still. The decoration mask includes the connection parts of first stand rack and second stand rack; this decoration mask is designed with strand space on the eyes of face, and there are ridges on two sides; the opposite side of ridges is corresponding grooves; on the one side of said first and second stand rack, there is a holding extend from connection part to users' ears and set on the face for decoration; on the other side of connection part, there is an end part, which extend from the connection part to make bowl-like shape and buckle into groove to make first and second rack stand still.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: Chia-Chin Yeh
  • Patent number: 8926391
    Abstract: A mask that is printed on a flexible substrate material, or a flexible substrate material assembly of layers so all facial features can be substantially depicted. A plurality of clear areas void of any printing allows to see through the substrate or the substrate assembly of layers. The mask may alternatively depict images other than facial anthropomorphic features, or simply monochrome or patterned abstract designs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Luis Joaquin Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 8864544
    Abstract: A hooded blanket and stuffed toy combination device that includes a blanket having a perimeter defining an area, a hood attached to the perimeter and positioned externally to the area, and an ornamental surface comprising an outer surface of the hood, wherein the hood comprises an outer shell and an interior volume whereby the blanket is stored within the interior volume of the hood to provide a stuffed toy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Infinity Headwear & Apparel, LLC
    Inventors: Geoff Anderman, Doug Keller
  • Patent number: 8801488
    Abstract: A walk-around character assembly or system with enhanced control functionality to provide a performer of a walk-around character the ability to silently and non-visibly trigger audio, animation, and/or special effects. A deflection monitoring (or chin movement) sensor is provided in the head portion of the character costume to detect predefined chin movements, e.g., a performer opening their mouth once or twice within a time period to limit false negatives/triggers. For example, a potentiometer or force sensor may be provided in the chin strap of a character head. The performer is able to trigger an audio response or to animate the mouth of the character head with relatively small movements of their jaw as a controller processes the sensor signals to determine when to generate control signals to operate sound equipment on the character costume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Holger Irmler
  • Publication number: 20140017968
    Abstract: An entertaining nose clasp apparatus is described that includes a nose clasp, an extension and an entertainment device. The nose clasp includes two components and a mechanism for the adjustment of the components. The components connect to the nose of a wearer. The extension includes a first side an opposing second side and side edges. The extension is positionable adjoining the nose. The extension stabilizes the position of the entertainment device relative to the nose of the wearer. The entertaining nose clasp apparatus is constructed for operational use in odorous environments, but can also be used in other environments for entertainment. The entertainment device includes a broad range of decorative two and three dimensional objects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventor: Carl J. Vallejo
  • Patent number: 8597068
    Abstract: A safe spinning button necklace toy having a knotless string loop, a rotatable button spinner disposed on the string loop and a pair of protective casings covering the string loop that eliminates a strangulation hazard without interfering with the operation of the toy. The protective casing covers a pair of strands of the string loop, keeping the strands together inside the casing and preventing the strands from separating and creating a hazard. The casing substantially covers two-thirds of the string loop and prevents the strands separating without knotting the strands, allowing the string loop to freely twist when the button spinner is rotated. The casing has a plurality of links covering the string loop providing amusing noises by reverberating when the spinning button spins. A pair of handles on the string loop can be safely fastened together to close the necklace when the toy is not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Inventor: Eileen Stathis
  • Patent number: 8562384
    Abstract: An entertaining nose clasp apparatus is described that includes a nose clasp, an extension and an entertainment device. The nose clasp includes two components and a mechanism for the adjustment of the components. The components connect to the nose of a wearer. The extension includes a first side an opposing second side and side edges. The extension is positionable adjoining the nose. The extension stabilizes the position of the entertainment device relative to the nose of the wearer. The entertaining nose clasp apparatus is constructed for operational use in odorous environments, but can also be used in other environments for entertainment. The entertainment device includes a broad range of decorative two and three dimensional objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Inventor: Carl J. Vallejo
  • Publication number: 20120276802
    Abstract: A hooded blanket and stuffed toy combination device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Applicant: INFININTY HEADWEAR & APPAREL, LLC
    Inventors: Geoff Anderman, Doug Keller
  • Patent number: 8206231
    Abstract: An improved novelty teeth device for use with a user's teeth movable between a first concealed position and a second visible position. The novelty teeth device has a pair of spaced apart tooth wells for receiving the user's teeth. Between the tooth wells is a central lever element that connects and interacts with two rods, each of which is inserted across each tooth well. The other end of each rod is connected to a curve arm. At the distal end of each curve arm is one or more teeth elements. When the central lever element is pivoted up or down, it rotates the rods, which causes the curve arms to move up or down, concealing or revealing the teeth elements, respectively. A moldable putty can be used in the tooth well to improve comfort to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignees: HPI Hong Kong Limited
    Inventors: Steve Zuloff, Tak On Chan
  • Patent number: 7997991
    Abstract: A costume suit modeled after a large size animal having a head and mouth section, a neck section, a torso section, a foot section, a tail section, a skeletal part as a whole, and an outer skin part covering the whole is provided. The torso section is communicated with the foot section forming an internal hollow, just enough for an adult to fit at standing position. The hollow includes a frame pack fixed and installed to the skeletal part of the costume suit, in a position of an approximate equilibrium point of the costume suit. In the hollow, a means for manipulating a movement of the head and mouth section and the neck section, and a means for manipulating opening and closing of a mouth of the head and mouth section are equipped. Moreover, the skeletal part of the tail section is composed of a flexible tabular member placed in an internal hollow of the tail section, imitating a skeleton of a tail, and a plurality of foam blocks fixed and placed on the tabular member at certain intervals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: ON-ART Corp.
    Inventors: Kazuya Kanemaru, Akemi Kozuka
  • Publication number: 20110171873
    Abstract: An entertaining nose clasp apparatus is described that includes a nose clasp, an extension and an entertainment device. The nose clasp includes two components and a mechanism for the adjustment of the components. The components connect to the nose of a wearer. The extension includes a first side an opposing second side and side edges. The extension is positionable adjoining the nose. The extension stabilizes the position of the entertainment device relative to the nose of the wearer. The entertaining nose clasp apparatus is constructed for operational use in odorous environments, but can also be used in other environments for entertainment. The entertainment device includes a broad range of decorative two and three dimensional objects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2009
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Inventor: Carl J. Vallejo
  • Patent number: 7883758
    Abstract: A fabric article made of at least four layers of fabric-such as fleece-with each of the fabric layers being a solid color selected from a combination of more than one color. The length portion of each fabric layer being greater than the width portion, e.g., five times longer than wide, and each fabric layer having fringes cut from a width portion into a center portion of the fabric layer. All of the layers of fabric being attached together along center portions of the layers of fabric with the length portions of the layers of fabric being parallel to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Inventor: Erik C. Engelke
  • Publication number: 20110023872
    Abstract: A dual function nose clip assembly is provided for use by a person changing another person's diaper. The assembly includes a nose clip with opposite pads for pinching the diaper changer's nostrils closed and an ornamental or whimsical cover. The nose clip assembly minimizes or eliminates smelling of diaper odors by the diaper changer while simultaneously entertaining or distracting the diaper wearer while the diaper is being changed. A cover or ornamental piece disguises the nose clip and may substantially hide the nose clip from view by the diaper wearer. The natural or spring biased nose clip is maintained on the diaper changer's nose without the use of straps or elastic bands extending around their head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2010
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Inventor: Rebecca Evans
  • Publication number: 20100233932
    Abstract: A costume suit modeled after a large size animal having a head and mouth section, a neck section, a torso section, a foot section, a tail section, a skeletal part as a whole, and an outer skin part covering the whole is provided. The torso section is communicated with the foot section forming an internal hollow, just enough for an adult to fit at standing position. The hollow includes a frame pack fixed and installed to the skeletal part of the costume suit, in a position of an approximate equilibrium point of the costume suit. In the hollow, a means for manipulating a movement of the head and mouth section and the neck section, and a means for manipulating opening and closing of a mouth of the head and mouth section are equipped. Moreover, the skeletal part of the tail section is composed of a flexible tabular member placed in an internal hollow of the tail section, imitating a skeleton of a tail, and a plurality of foam blocks fixed and placed on the tabular member at certain intervals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2007
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Applicant: ON-ART CORP.
    Inventors: Kazuya Kanemaru, Akemi Kozuka
  • Publication number: 20100212065
    Abstract: An elastic cords-free and foldable mask (1) with temples (2) comprises a mask (1) consists essentially of two partial masks (11); an elastic element (12) or flexible nose pad (13) is set to connect said partial masks (11) and a pair of pivoting temples (2) which can be rotated and adjusted its angle are disposed on both lateral sides of said mask (1). Each temple (2) includes a curved section (21) to provide the temple (2) with elasticity, and a holding section (22) to engage the head of the wearer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2009
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Inventor: Chia-Ching Yeh
  • Publication number: 20090203286
    Abstract: An audio signal reception type vocalizing toy is worn and used by a user as a visitor in a customer attraction facility. A light receiving unit having a light receiving element for receiving visible light through a condensing lens is attached to the front of a wear type toy body. An amplifier and filter circuit are provided in the wear type toy body, the amplifier amplifying a signal output from the light receiving unit, and the filter circuit integrating a digital signal output from the amplifier into an analog audio signal and outputting it to a speaker(s). The speaker(s) is (are) attached into the wear type toy body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2009
    Publication date: August 13, 2009
    Applicant: Planners Land Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Fumitaka Murayama, Hiroyuki Kurokawa, Naoyuki Furuta
  • Publication number: 20090130942
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a multilayer novelty item. In some aspects of the invention, the multilayer novelty item can be provided in form of a costume part, such as a face mask with enhanced realism. The multilayer novelty item can include a rigid layer that has an inner surface configured to be fitted to at least a portion of a human head. The rigid layer can be provided with outer surface that is provided with indicia, such as an imprint or latex paint layer that emulates the appearance of innards of a human head, for example. One or more soft foam layers can be provided adjacent the outer surface to define one or more openings aligned with the indicia, such that the indicia can be seen through the opening. A wig (and/or other means) cooperates with the rigid layer to define a chamber for receiving the head.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Publication date: May 21, 2009
    Inventor: Donald J. Post
  • Publication number: 20090061728
    Abstract: A mask structure comprised of a sheet of paper material, wherein the mask structure includes one or more cuts subdividing said sheet into one or more plane portions connected to one another and disposed at different angles during use of the mask structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 27, 2007
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Applicant: TELLUS PAPER INNOVATIONS, LLC
    Inventor: Chanan Gardi
  • Patent number: 7066780
    Abstract: A pet entertainment device for the entertainment of a pet. The device having a laser device that is configured to attach to a pet though use of a garment, such as a collar. The laser device preferably controllable through use of a remote control so that the movement of the pet (dog, cat, etc.) can be directed by the pet's owner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Inventor: George Randall Jamison
  • Patent number: 6874166
    Abstract: A novelty hat includes a headband with first and second end. The headband generally defines an annular shape and includes velcro closure strips on the ends thereof. At least one of the velcro strips also secures to the headband. A liner and exterior shaped figure extend upwardly from the headband. Stuffing is disposed between the liner and the figure such that the figure forms the shape of an animal head, sports logo or mascot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2005
    Inventor: James G. Clary
  • Patent number: 6834394
    Abstract: A novelty face mask is assembled from one or two coasters and a conventional drinking straw. One embodiment of the coaster is of generally circular shape with a linear slot proximate the outer edge, such slot defining a tab on the coaster that can be inserted into one end of the straw and a peephole strategically located so as to accommodate a user's eye. Two such coasters can be used with one straw, and in this case, both tabs are inserted together into the straw's end. The two coasters will normally be covered with a complementary design such that the assemblage of the coasters and the straw creates a novelty face mask, which may be promotional, celebratory, or of some other theme. A method for assembling such masks and the resulting masks are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2004
    Inventor: Andrew MacDonald
  • Patent number: 6694527
    Abstract: This invention consists of a cap with a visor provided with two hands in the front which move automatically, that can be used for entertaining and promotional purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Inventor: Vicenta Vega Garcia
  • Patent number: 6604975
    Abstract: A doll head mask comprises a hair ring; the hair ring being a cambered rubber ring; and a doll mask for shielding a face of a user wearing the doll mask and being connected to a hair ring. After the doll mask is mounted to the hair ring, the hair ring can be worn upon the head of the user for covering the face of the user. Two sides of the doll mask are extended with respective connecting pieces, and a distal end of each connecting piece is pivotally connected to the hair ring. The lower portion of the doll mask is a movable jaw. The movable jaw has two pivotal shafts; one of the pivotal shafts is connected to the doll mask and the other one is embedded into a cambered groove in the doll mask. Moreover, the doll mask is formed by a plurality of small elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2003
    Inventor: Chia-Ching Yeh
  • Patent number: 6523288
    Abstract: A foldable display panel wherein a plurality of individual panels, each panel being small enough to be easily transportable and storable, are hingably connected in such a manner that in a folded state, the individual panels will fold into a single stack wherein the frontal surface area will be that of an individual panel and, in an unfolded state, the individual panels will unfold into a large flat panel wherein the frontal surface area will be substantially equal to the sum of the frontal surface areas of the individual panels. In the unfolded state, binders temporarily join the individual panels into a single, rigid panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2003
    Inventor: Gayle A. Sackett
  • Patent number: 6505351
    Abstract: A hair ring or hair strip with a doll mask is formed by a hair ring, a plastic mask, and two plastic ears. After assembling the three components, surface layers are adhered to the inner and outer surfaces of the mask. The nose bridge at the center of the mask and the edge of the ears are installed with a plurality of enhancing trenches, and a plurality of slender metal wires are embedded into the trenches. An edge of the ear is added with a bank of slots, thereby, as the ear is bent, no wrinkle generates to appear a bad appearance. An elastic cord can be further added to the hair ring or forehead of the mask so as to be more stable and prevent from fall down after being worn. The present invention can be worn for a longer time without feeling of pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2003
    Inventor: Chia-Ching Yeh
  • Patent number: 6500041
    Abstract: An animated head gear assembly that features an object that simulates an animal, fowl, caricature, inanimate object, and the like, to be worn on the head of a user. The object offers motion, such as the moving parts of a bird's beak, and a light to simulate the eyes or other item of the object. The animation may be activated by a remote source, such as a remote control, or by a motion sensor that frees the hands of the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2002
    Inventor: Walter L. Crome, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6450814
    Abstract: A novelty teeth assembly includes a retainer sized for fitting over at least a portion of a wearer's dentition and an artificial tooth secured to the retainer and extending outward therefrom. The artificial tooth has an opening therein adapted to receive and mount an ornamental member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2002
    Assignee: Billy-Bob Teeth, Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick Brittain
  • Publication number: 20020119425
    Abstract: A novelty teeth assembly includes a retainer sized for fitting over at least a portion of a wearer's dentition and an artificial tooth secured to the retainer and extending outward therefrom. The artificial tooth has an opening therein adapted to receive and mount an ornamental member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2001
    Publication date: August 29, 2002
    Inventor: Patrick Brittain
  • Patent number: 6438760
    Abstract: A novelty hat apparatus having a spit for simulating the roasting of objects, a headpiece for supporting the apparatus on the head of a wearer, and a first and second spit frame member attached to the headpiece and extending upward therefrom, the first and second spit frame members each having apertures defined therein for receiving the ends of the spit. The headpiece has at least one simulated fire member attached to the headpiece and extending upward therefrom toward the spit. The apparatus may include a motor with a drive shaft extending therefrom and engaging a toothed wheel on the spit for turning the spit by operation of the motor. Additionally, a strap may be attached to the headpiece for retaining the apparatus on the head of the wearer. The spit may also have a spit crank fixed to an end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2002
    Inventors: Tony Wakefield, Jeremiah Wakefield
  • Patent number: 6415451
    Abstract: A squirting swim mask is provided having a snorkeling mask and a pair of squirt nozzles, one located on either side of the mask, near eye level. Each nozzle connected to squeezable bulbs via sections of thin plastic tubing, with each squeezable bulb having its own one way water valve that allows water to enter the bulb through the valve, but never leave the bulb through the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2002
    Inventor: Gary Waller
  • Patent number: 6374419
    Abstract: A novelty hat for providing headwear that may be decorated to resemble racing vehicles. The novelty hat includes a decorative hat shell resembling a vehicle. The shell is formed of a plastic and has a top wall, a front wall, a rear wall, a first lateral side wall, a second lateral side wall such that an interior of the shell is defined. The shell has an open bottom side for access into the interior of the shell. A head engaging member is positioned in the interior of the shell and is attached to the first and second lateral side walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2002
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Pietsch
  • Patent number: 6357052
    Abstract: A fan novelty device having a removable fan-like structure formed of a strip of pliable material having an accordion folding and a head gear. The fan-like structure is removably attached to a flexible base that conforms to a wearer's head. The base is removably attached to a head gear such as a head band, hair clips, barrettes, hair combs, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2002
    Assignee: Fan Hats LLC
    Inventor: Ward Fleming
  • Patent number: 6319084
    Abstract: A noise cover system for preventing the noise of a cough, sneeze or the like by a hunter, bird watcher or the like from disturbing birds or animals. The cover is made of flexible thermoplastic neoprene rubber or similar material. The cover is a face mask with a central opening for receiving a face mask. The sides each have a button that can be held to the other side or have a head strap attached. The noise maker has means to make the sound of a crow or other familiar sound, is supported in an opening in the face mask and forcefully exhaled air from a sneeze or cough will actuate the noise maker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2001
    Inventor: Joseph M. Young
  • Patent number: 6279167
    Abstract: An article of apparel for a human head in the nature of a cap having a button permanently attached thereto with a three-dimensional plush animal adapted to be removably attached to the cap. The three-dimensional plush animal having a strip of cloth attached to the belly portion of the three-dimensional plush animal. The strip of cloth has an opening adapted to snugly receive the button. The button is removably inserted through the opening thereby removably attaching the three-dimensional plush animal to the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2001
    Inventors: Ben Johnson, Laurie Johnson
  • Patent number: 6220917
    Abstract: An amusement device that includes a mounting assembly that is selectively attachable to a person's body. A mounting rod is provided that has a first end and a second end. The first end of the mounting rod engages the mounting assembly. As such, the mounting rod extends outwardly from the mounting assembly away from the body of the person wearing the mounting assembly. A plurality of coordination games are provided. Each of the coordination games can be selectively attached to the second end of the mounting rod. Accordingly, each of the coordination games can be selectively suspended from a player's body. The player plays the coordination game by moving his/her body in the area of the mounting assembly. If a player masters the skills needed to play one of the coordination games, the coordination game can be changed to maintain a degree of difficulty and amusement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2001
    Inventor: Webb Nelson
  • Patent number: 6126507
    Abstract: The invention relates to a reversible doll/hat that can be altered from a doll shape into a wearable hat and back to a doll. The doll/hat has a doll portion and a hat portion, where the doll portion defines an internal cavity, and has a head portion having a mouth portion, a torso portion fixedly attached to the head portion, an aperture having a perimeter that provides access to the interior cavity, and a zipper for closing the aperture. When configured as a puppet, the doll portion has a pocket configured and adapted to permit insertion of a hand of a puppeteer within an internal space defined by the pocket, thereby permitting movement of the mouth portion by the hand. The hat portion has a crown having a front, a back, an exterior, an interior, and an inner periphery, and a headband fixedly attached to and extending around the inner periphery of the crown. The hat portion may also have a brim fixedly attached at the front of the crown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Assignee: Chameleon Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Jerry Lieberman
  • Patent number: 6116744
    Abstract: An apparatus for viewing a retroreflective object positions a light source proximate a human eye, by affixing it to, for example, a pair of goggles. The light source emits light outward in substantially the direction of view of the human eye. Upon striking a retroreflective object, the light is strongly reflected back to the human eye, producing a unique visual effect. The apparatus may be used in toy form to simulate a night vision scope. Various combinations of colored light sources, optical color filters interposed between the human eye and the retroreflector, and colored retroreflectors may be used to enhance the visual effect and increase the play variations available. The light source may switch on and/or off automatically, or may flash. Electronic light sensing means may provide a visible and/or audible alert when a retroreflective object is in view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2000
    Assignee: Omniplanar, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric P Batterman
  • Patent number: 6047709
    Abstract: A hair holding includes a main body with an outer periphery. A number of first pegs are formed on the outer periphery of the main body. A spring is removably attached to each first peg, and a decorative member with a second peg is removably attached to each spring. Each spring has a first end with a first hole slightly greater than an associated first peg. Each spring has a second end with a second hole slightly greater than the peg of an associated decorative member. The user may change the decorative members whenever she likes, thereby obtaining numerous combinations of the decorative members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2000
    Inventor: Yuan Ming Tu
  • Patent number: 6029280
    Abstract: An inflatable applique for a fabric article which may be attached to an article of clothing after it is fully manufactured comprising a top and a backing layer of vinyl which are sealing affixed to one another creating a substantially airtight enclosure, a heat-fusible layer disposed on the outside of the backing layer, and an anti-sealing treatment disposed between some or all portions the top and backing layers to prevent fusing of those portions during attachment of the applique to an article of clothing. In the method of manufacture, the top and backing layers are welded together before attachment of the enclosure to a clothing article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Assignee: Printmark Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Alexander Sloot
  • Patent number: 5996127
    Abstract: A device for feeding and observing flying animals comprising a hat, a support mounted on the hat and extending outward from the hat, and a feeder mounted on the support. When flying animals feed from the feeders, a person wearing the hat may observe them from a short distance. The device may comprise a helmet with three poles mounted on it and extending outward from the helmet, and a feeder hanging from each of the poles. A variety of flying animals, including butterflies, hummingbirds, and other small birds, may be observed with the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Inventor: David M. Leslie
  • Patent number: 5970522
    Abstract: A costume mask has a mask body shaped to fit over the face of the user. The mask body has an inflatable sack positioned thereon such that inflating the inflatable sack causes a feature to protrude to an extended position. The inflatable sack and the feature are preferably both made of a very thin and lightweight material to enable the inflatable sack to inflate and deflate quickly, thereby causing the feature to leap quickly outward at the observers for startling effect. The costume mask further includes a means for retracting the feature, preferably a coil spring that connects the feature to the mask body, biasing the feature to a retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Inventor: Surasak Apichom
  • Patent number: 5950888
    Abstract: A thematic activity neck flap which may be attached to a cap or about the neck of a backpack wearer. The flap is functional and comfortable for a wearer as well as providing a thematic ambiance. The flap has thematic items attached thereto such as pediatric items comprised of shapes, teethers and hanging toys. The flap may also have different textures consistent with a pediatric theme.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Inventor: Patricia Nolan-Brown
  • Patent number: 5938014
    Abstract: A foldable flat sheet includes eyeglasses formed therein and which may be folded to construct a container, such as a rectangular-shaped sleeve. The foldable flat sheet is constructed with fold lines, the point where the temple bars of the eyeglasses join the eye aperture portion being positioned at these fold lines to allow the eyeglasses to be easily fitted to the wearer's face upon removal from the container. The eyeglasses may be constructed to allow 3-dimensional viewing therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1999
    Assignee: Kraft Foods, Inc.
    Inventor: Roger D. Wilkinson
  • Patent number: 5911227
    Abstract: An improved hair accessory and toy combination is provided. The combination hair accessory and toy comprises a hair accessory having a selectively stretchable member within a decorative fabric cover and an opening extending through the center of the stretchable member and decorative fabric cover. The combination hair accessory and toy further comprises a toy element attached, and/or selectively removably attached, to an outside surface of the fabric, wherein the toy is interactive with the wearer of the hair accessory or a non-wearer companion of the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 15, 1999
    Assignee: Designs By Skaffles, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven Shweky
  • Patent number: 5903927
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a combination of a baseball cap, a sound generator and a three dimensional image of an object having a distinctive sound. A lower case is fastened to the baseball hat with snap fasteners and an upper case is formed in the shape of the image being recorded and played by the sound generator. The application discusses examples of attachments to the cap consisting of an auto scoop, a three barrel carburetor, a boat and a helicopter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1999
    Inventors: Charles Herbert Wolfe, Susan Gale Wolfe, Michael David Cooke
  • Patent number: 5903926
    Abstract: A hat having a strip of fabric with an accordion folding which can be made closed or open to a fan-like structure on the top of the hat to attract attention and has entertaining and marketing values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1999
    Inventor: Ward Fleming