Breast Or Chest, E.g., Brassieres Patents (Class 450/1)
  • Patent number: 10448678
    Abstract: A front panel for a sports bra has an interior liner layer having a back face contacting a wearer's skin, and an exterior shell layer having a back face facing a front face of the interior liner layer and coupled to the interior liner layer. A film layer is located between the front face of the interior liner layer and the back face of the exterior shell layer. The film layer becomes stiffer as a frequency of movement of a wearer's breasts increases, thereby absorbing forces caused by the movement of the wearer's breasts. A method for constructing a sports bra front panel with a thermally-induced shape memory polymer that exhibits viscoelastic properties when at body temperature and stiffens to absorb between about 0.015 N and about 0.03 N of force at frequencies of breast movement of between about 6 Hz and about 15 Hz is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: MAST INDUSTRIES (FAR EAST) LIMITED
    Inventors: Tracey Randall, Stephanie Kristin Muhlenfeld, Mayur Vansia, Shunichi Hayashi
  • Patent number: 10357067
    Abstract: Articles of sports apparel may include elongate support elements. Particular examples provided are swimsuits and other sports apparel such as sports apparel for rugby football. An Article of sports apparel may include at least one base portion adapted to be arranged proximate a lower back of a user when worn, and at least three elongate support elements. The at least three elongate support elements may be arranged at the base portion such as to extend outwardly from a region at least partially encompassing the lower back of the user when worn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: adidas AG
    Inventors: Deborah Yeomans, Verena Melanie Botha, Andreas Metzger
  • Patent number: 10334890
    Abstract: A breast cup comprising an inner shell and an outer shell. The inner shell may have a concave shape selected from a number of available cup sizes. The outer shell may have a convex shape selected from a number of available breast cup sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventor: Mary C. Sobah
  • Patent number: 10123575
    Abstract: A bra having one or more flexible elastomeric support strips is provided herein. The support strips are affixed to one or more of an outer-facing surface of the breast cups of the bra or to an inner-facing surface of the breast cups of the bra such that they provide support to at least the under portions of a wearer's breasts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Brenda K. Funk-Danielson, Matthew D. Nordstrom, Laura Tempesta
  • Bra
    Patent number: 10028540
    Abstract: A sport motion control bra having a pair of partial cups which locate, support and shape the lower periphery of the breasts of a user so as to effectively restrict the motion of the breasts relative to the body of a user during sporting activities and one or more side straps which connect to wings extending from each cup so as to, in use, support and locate the sides of the cups. A sport impact protection and motion control bra including a pair of cups dimensioned to encompass the majority of the breasts of a user. The cups are configured to effectively transfer local impact force through the cup to be dissipated through the bra and surrounding breast tissue and restrict motion of the breasts relative to the body of a user. The lower edge of each cup may include an inflexion section extending between the torso and breast sections of the bra.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: QP Holdings Limited
    Inventor: Richard Heughan Shearer
  • Patent number: 9968142
    Abstract: A nursing bracelet includes an adjustable elongate flexible band with a first fastener on a first side near a first end and a complementary second fastener on a second side opposite the first side at a second end. The nursing bracelet may be formed into a closed loop to hold a garment away from a woman's breast during breastfeeding or while using a breast pump to collect breast milk. The nursing bracelet may be worn on a wrist to remind a woman which breast was last used for breastfeeding a child or for collecting breastmilk, or alternately as a reminder about which breast is to be used for the next breastfeeding or breastmilk collection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Inventor: Rupal Asodaria
  • Patent number: 9894940
    Abstract: A multi-sectional bra assembly and method of use may be provided. In one exemplary embodiment, the bra assembly may include a breast support piece formed by a pair of breast support cups and adjacent side panels. A first and second back strap component may be releasably connected to the side panels via a first set of attachment elements located at the periphery of each side panel and at a first end of each back strap component. Back strap components may also be releasably connected to one another via a second set of attachment elements located at a second end of each back strap component. The breast support piece and back strap components may further include shoulder strap receiving elements to which detachable shoulder strap components may be secured. A plurality of back and shoulder strap variations may be adjustable and interchangeable about the breast support piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Inventors: Dawn Pulliam, Tomika Pitt
  • Patent number: 9730478
    Abstract: A decorative strap cover that is fastened to a strap on an article of clothing that may cover a portion of a bra, a dress, lingerie, shirt, tank top, halter top, pants, belt loops or belt and may provide a decorative compartment. The decorative strap cover may be worn as a single component or combined with others as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Strap Appeal
    Inventor: Myra J. Crouch
  • Patent number: 9706797
    Abstract: A kit, for the construction of a single-use brassiere, including a first shaped form for removable-adhesion to a breast, and a second shaped form for at least partial adhesion to the first shaped form. At least a portion of the top surface of the first shaped form includes an overlap region for receiving a layering portion of the second shaped form thereover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Inventor: Nina Kratsa
  • Patent number: 9700084
    Abstract: A brassiere, such as a backless and optionally strapless brassiere, includes a basque to accommodate the torso of a user, a pair of concave cups coupled to a portion of the basque, and a pair of reinforcement plates coupled to the concave cups. The reinforcement plates help support a wearer's chest in each one of the cups. Each of the reinforcement plates include fingers extending from an outside of a respective bra cup toward a center of the respective bra cup. The fingers include a first finger extending under the area of the respective cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Hanes Operations Europe SAS
    Inventors: Fabio Luxi, Alan Cucknell
  • Patent number: 9661879
    Abstract: A cell phone compartment is provided in a molded cup. A pocket space is formed in the molded cup. The molded cup can be incorporated into a bra or be provided as a standalone padded pocket. A bra with an integral pocket or case is easily and discreetly accessed. The phone is placed in the pocket and accessed through an opening. In some embodiments a channel is formed between the opening and the pocket. The pocket may comprise a rigid case and/or a protective shield. The molding acts as padding to increase comfort and smooth appearance on the outside convex surface of the bra cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Inventors: Carlos K. Gurr, Kendyl A. Roman
  • Patent number: 9545124
    Abstract: A post-surgery bra includes an aperture appropriately sited to so that tubes from a boost-treatment device or drain implanted in a wearer of the bra protrude therethrough. The post-surgery bra includes a fixation element for immobilizing the tubes of the boost-treatment device that protrude through the aperture. In some embodiments, the post-surgery bra also includes a retaining ring, which is coupled to the bra below the breast cup nearest to the aperture and which is openable and closeable for engaging and securing a loop of material that extends from the collection bulb of the drain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Inventor: Elizabeth Chabner Thompson
  • Patent number: 9490630
    Abstract: A method and system for the prevention of Destructive Electrostatic Discharge (DED) damage to outer garments caused by triboelectric charge discharging to the wearer's body through a distinct point of discharge at a conductor in contact with or close proximity to the wearer's skin. The method consists of interposing an insulating layer of high dielectric strength at the conductor such that the conductor is insulated from either the skin of the wearer or the outer garment and the circuit of triboelectric charge through the conductor is broken. The system includes a conductor and an insulating layer positioned between the outer garment and the skin of the wearer on either side of the conductor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Inventor: John C. Turner
  • Patent number: 9480288
    Abstract: A reversible bra for compression stabilizing the breast mass against motion relative to the torso includes a zipper side and a non-zipper side with shoulder straps in a pattern to approximately match the contours of a female user's torso whether the zipper is worn in the front or in the back. The zipper in positioned on the zipper side down the center of the zipper side from a seam at the top adjacent the straps to provide a non-stretchable seam which reduces the stretch area at the location of the breasts to provide greater compression when the zipper is in the front. The bra may be reversed so that a greater area of stretch fabric is position to apply compression against the breast and thereby proved for lessened compression against the breast when the zipper is position in the back of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Inventor: Mary Helen Shashy
  • Patent number: 9462833
    Abstract: An interchangeable and adjustable bikini attachment and closure system that hides from view undesirable mechanical elements of bikini and bra-like articles of apparel, reduces material and garment waste, and provides a versatile, cost-effective solution for creating multiple swimwear “looks” without purchasing full sets or pieces of swimwear each season. The modular swimwear system uses novel closure and attachment mechanisms in the form of unique connector elements for both bikini tops and bikini bottoms to accomplish its interchangeable and versatile features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: BALI KINI CO.
    Inventor: Erin Marie Spaulding
  • Patent number: 9370206
    Abstract: Medical brassieres are shown and described. In one embodiment, the medical brassiere includes a first helical region and a second helical region, an adjuster, and a pair of opposing impact absorbent pads having an embedded silver infused antimicrobial and an arched lower end. Each of the helical regions include a reinforcing seam that is generally positioned along peripheral portions of the first helical region and second helical region. The medical brassiere is generally donned by a patient with an implanted medical device to provide comfort and protection against the device. In some examples, the brassiere includes a stretchable periphery assembly to provide freedom of movement, while providing uniform compression over a surgical site. The result is devices and methods to protect and comfort implanted devices, while providing an aesthetically-pleasing appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Inventor: Gregory Martez Ellington
  • Patent number: 9144514
    Abstract: A hands-free lactation aid and soothing garment can be used for simultaneous warm and cool therapy. Therapeutic cozies can be used in conjunction with a camisole or nursing camisole, bra, or nursing bra or apparel, can be inserted into a cozy cover for use with an adjustable neckband. With the appropriate breast cozies, breast pumping or nursing can occur simultaneously with warm/cool therapy, and a privacy shield attaches easily. An additional neck therapy insert can be used to sooth a sore neck, while an additional nipple soother can be attached to the center of the cozies to provide simultaneous warm and cold therapy to the effected area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Inventor: Christine L. Enderby
  • Patent number: 9072327
    Abstract: A variety of applications of the integration of lenses and lens arrays into clothing, eyewear, and other worn articles so as to enhance or alter the appearance of a wearer are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Inventor: David Goodson
  • Publication number: 20150147938
    Abstract: A brassiere cup having a 3D cup shaped member including at least one layer of first and/or second material located on the convex side of the 3D cup shaped member, and at least one layer of first and/or second material located on the concave side of the 3D cup shaped member. The 3D cup shaped member is shaped according to a desired size and/or shape. The at least one layer of first material or second material is joined onto the 3D cup shaped member by sewing, fusing, fastening, adhering and/or molding.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Ho Yau WAN
  • Publication number: 20150118936
    Abstract: This is attained in a brassiere for stabilizing and shaping female breasts and having cups adapted to hold the breasts and at least one strap securing the cups in place. The cups are horizontally spaced at most 10 cm from one another by a bridge piece. The bridge piece is a dimensionally stable molded that holds the cups at a constant spacing from one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Hannelore SCHLUETER
  • Publication number: 20150080860
    Abstract: Disclosed is a support garment. The support garment is particularly configured to permit a post-surgical drainage tube to pass through the support garment unobstructed, thereby permitting the drainage of blood and other bodily fluids from the surgical site. The support garment employs a series of elastic panels joined in a way to provide comfort and utility, and includes a fastener in the front for enabling a wearer with decreased mobility to more easily apply and remove the support garment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Andrea Farrell
  • Publication number: 20150044940
    Abstract: A garment configured to be worn by a wearer having two breasts may include a set of two support structures and a housing. The support structures may be positioned within the housing such that each support structure corresponds to a position between a center and a bottom of one of the wearer's breasts when the garment is worn by the wearer. Each support structure may be configured to reposition a portion of a volume of the wearer's respective breast and support a portion of a weight of the wearer's respective breast when worn by the wearer. Optionally, the garment may include a set of flexible structures positioned within the housing such that each flexible structure is coincident with one of the support structures of the set of two support structures. The housing may wrap around the wearer's chest, thereby enabling the wearer to wear the garment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Bree McKeen
  • Publication number: 20140357156
    Abstract: The invention relates to a bra part which includes a first garment portion having a female fastening member, and a second garment portion having a male fastening member. The female fastening member and the male fastening member are releasably engageable with each other to connect the first garment portion and the second garment portion, so that when the female fastening member and the male fastening member are engaged with each other, the female fastening member and the male fastening member are substantially fully encased within the part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Kwan Yin YIP
  • Publication number: 20140357157
    Abstract: A brassiere pad (100) is disclosed which includes an outer layer (102) and an inner layer (104) fixedly engaged with each other. The outer layer and the inner layer are separate from each other at or along at least one peripheral portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: Clover Mystique Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Kwan Yin YIP
  • Publication number: 20140302745
    Abstract: The present disposable push up bra liner consists of a pair of bra cup pads and a center pad, each having an adhesive side for removably attaching said pad to a bra and an absorptive side composed of four separate layers. The present invention provides a novel and comfortable means for absorbing excessive perspiration around the bra line in order to avoid unsightly stains on the wearer's surrounding clothing and odors. The present invention is simple to use, easy to install, and may be freely disposed of at any point. The disposable bra liner further provides vertical support for a wearer's breasts, essentially converting any conventional bra into a push-up bra.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventors: Milan Golubovic, Marko Golubovic
  • Publication number: 20140275906
    Abstract: A garment for a medical device comprises a front panel; a back panel; at least one opening for a body part; at least one pocket; and at least one fastener. In some embodiments, the garment can be worn by the user of an insulin pump.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Steven Richard Hackenburg
  • Publication number: 20140256221
    Abstract: There is provided a breast cup for a brassiere comprising an outer layer and an inner layer attached to the outer layer. The breast cup also comprises first and second opposing pieces of fabric positioned between the inner and outer layers, wherein the first and second opposing pieces of fabric are preferably affixed to the inner and outer layers respectively. At least a portion of the first opposing piece of fabric is movable relative to at least a portion of the second opposing piece of fabric. A method of manufacturing the breast cup is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: Changming Liang
  • Publication number: 20140248822
    Abstract: A circularly knitted upper or lower torso garment, such as a brassiere or brief, and method of forming a circularly knitted brassiere are provided, the garment having a circularly knitted body formed of inner and outer layers, the circularly knitted body having at least one torso or waist band, the inner and outer layers overlapping along a fold line, and an elastomeric band positioned between the inner and outer layers proximate the fold line.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: HBI Branded Apparel Enterprises, LLC
    Inventor: HBI Branded Apparel Enterprises, LLC
  • Patent number: 8808056
    Abstract: Disclosed is a brassiere that is adjustable for varying levels of modesty or daring. The brassiere includes a modesty panel that is integrated to the design of the brassiere, but is also interchangeable with other modesty panels. The modesty panel can be selected from among a set of modesty panels. In this manner, a wearer may vary the look of an outfit or ensemble by using modesty panels of varying colors, fabrics, textures, or levels of modesty or daring. In various embodiments, the modesty panel is fastened to the brassiere using traditional hook and loop fasteners. In other various embodiments, the to modesty panel may be fastened using hook material and corresponding loop material, or may be fastened using buttons or snap fasteners. Any other manner of fastening systems may be used to render the modesty panel combined with the brassiere as a single article of clothing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventors: Janet Denice Murphy, Joel Michael Murphy
  • Patent number: 8808212
    Abstract: A shoulder support device includes a flexible elastic continuous ring band and a slide adjustably movable on the band that divides the band into a pair of loops defining arm receiving apertures that are cupped over the curved deltoid region of each shoulder of a wearer to pull the shoulders back and downward under tension to achieve a correct posture position. The slide is moveable to adjust tension distributed to the wearer's shoulders. When the slide is positioned midway between the shoulder blades at the back of the wearer, it provides equal distributed tension on both shoulders. Moving the slide more to the left or more to the right allows the wearer to selectively adjust which shoulder receives more tension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventor: Virginia Obana Redmond
  • Publication number: 20140213146
    Abstract: An adjustable backless and strapless bra having a covering over the front. The backless and strapless bra assembly includes a pair of bra cups, each bra cup including an outer edge, a connector between the bra cups, and a covering coupled to the outer edge of each bra cup and extending from one of the pair of bra cups to the other one of the pair of bra cups across an outside surface of the bra cups.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventor: DAVID E. CHEN
  • Bra
    Patent number: 8758082
    Abstract: In one aspect a bra is provided, and includes a pair of cups that are self-supporting, a strap connected to each cup, a bridge connecting the inboard ends of each cup, and a band extending from the outboard end of each cup and configured to extend around the back of a wearer of the bra. Each cup is foldable along a fold line between an unfolded position wherein the cup covers a nipple of the wearer and a folded position wherein the cup exposes the nipple of the wearer, wherein, when the bra is worn by the wearer, each cup is stable in both the unfolded position and the folded position. In another embodiment a bra is provided with cups that are stable in both the folded and unfolded positions wherein the cups are not self supporting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventor: Nadine Woods
  • Publication number: 20140087624
    Abstract: A garment 1 having a cup part in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention is a garment having a cup part for covering a bust. The cup part 10 has upper and lower cup portions 12, 16, with a middle cup portion 14 sewed therebetween. The middle cup portion 14 is arranged such that a bust top T is located at a boundary between the upper and middle cup portions 12, 14 or in the middle cup portion 14 and extends from a front center side edge 10lf of a lower portion or a front center side edge of an upper portion of the cup part 10 to an outer side edge of the lower portion, an edge 10s of a side portion, or an outer side edge of the upper portion thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: Wacoal Corp.
    Inventors: Masaru YUASA, Megumi TACHIIRI, Keiko ISHII, Mariko KANAZAWA
  • Patent number: 8668551
    Abstract: A clasp has front and rear faces, an exterior periphery and an interior opening. The interior opening has upper and lower bearing surfaces. The clasp has joining surfaces coupling the bearing surfaces. A slot is formed in each clasp. The slot extends between the exterior periphery and a joining surface. Each slot has a width to allow loops of strap sections to pass through the slot between an operative orientation and an inoperative orientation. The operative orientation couples the strap sections with portions of the loops within the interior opening of the clasp in contact with the bearing surfaces. The inoperative orientation positions the strap sections exterior of the clasp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Inventor: Jennifer L. Folino
  • Patent number: 8597071
    Abstract: A fragrant brasserie according to one embodiment includes a body portion having a pair of cups, a pair of side straps that engage one another for securely attaching the brasserie to a person's body, and a pair of shoulder straps connected between the cups and the side straps. The body portion has a front section located between the pair of cups that includes an opening leading into an interior compartment. The brasserie also includes a fragrant article that is removably disposed within the interior compartment. The fragrant article has a fragrance associated therewith that provides a pleasant scent that can be experienced over a period of time. The fragrant article is formed of a material that absorbs a liquid and includes a liquid fragrance that impregnates the material so as to provide a pleasant smelling experience when the fragrant article is worn with the brasserie.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Inventors: Michael Shweky, Robert Laniado
  • Publication number: 20130309942
    Abstract: A breast cup comprising an inner shell and an outer shell. The inner shell may have a concave shape selected from a number of available cup sizes. The outer shell may have a convex shape selected from a number of available breast cup sizes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Inventors: Mary C. Sobah-Wilhelm, Timothy Wilhelm
  • Publication number: 20130302574
    Abstract: Novel aqueous polyurethane dispersions and shaped three dimensional articles formed therefrom are provided. The aqueous polyurethane dispersions are provided in solvent-free systems of a prepolymer comprising at least one polyether, polyester, or polycarbonate polyol, a mixture of MDI isomers, and a diol. The shaped articles from such dispersions can be heat-activated for bonding, lamination, and adhesion of substrates, including stretch fabrics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventors: Hong LIU, Carmen A. COVELLI, Douglas K. FARMER
  • Patent number: 8550871
    Abstract: A customizable brassiere is disclosed. The customizable brassiere can be formed from one or more layers of materials. The customizable brassiere, or a portion thereof, can have one or more cups for receiving the breasts and for supporting the breasts in a desired position. Attachment tabs can be attached to or formed into a portion of the customizable brassiere. The attachment tabs can be used to attach the customizable brassiere to the body of the wearer and/or to an article of clothing, if desired. The customizable brassiere can be cut to the desired configuration based upon an outfit the wearer plans to wear, or according to other needs or preferences. The customizable brassiere can include a number of fastening mechanisms, which may be accessed via access areas formed in one or more layers of the customizable brassiere. A strap can be configured to attach to the fastening mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Inventor: Michele Patrice Baratta
  • Publication number: 20130254971
    Abstract: A compression garment comprising of targeted higher compression muscle support zones knitted in seamlessly and lower compression zones knitted seamlessly in-between and around the targeted higher compression muscle support zones, thereby isolating each targeted higher compression muscle support zone from one another; wherein the total seamless construction provides targeted anatomical muscle compression support, and said construction collectively defines and overlays the human musculature surface anatomy of the wearer of the garment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventors: GEORGE GALLUZZO, PAUL REGAN, RANDLE STRONG
  • Publication number: 20130252511
    Abstract: Disclosed are moisturizing fabric materials for use in articles of wear such as bras. The moisturizing fabric materials include a moisturizer comprising plant oil, plant extract, and an emulsifier. The moisturizer is bonded to polymeric fabric material via a bonding agent to provide the moisturizing fabric material. Also disclosed is a method of manufacturing an article of wear such as a bra using moisturizing fabric material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: VICTORIA'S SECRET STORE BRAND MANAGEMENT, INC.
    Inventors: Dulce Almario, Mark Knitowski, Nathalie Martinet, Robert J. Smith, Mayur Vansia, Jasmine Yip
  • Publication number: 20130225042
    Abstract: A garment configured to be worn by a human includes an inner surface, an outer surface, and a color-coded size indicia. The inner surface is configured to face toward the human. The outer surface is positioned opposite the inner surface on the garment and is configured to face away from the human. The garment further includes at least one opening configured to receive a body part of the human. The color-coded size indicia is provided on the inner surface of the garment. The colored-coded size indicia is not visible from an exterior of the garment when the garment is worn by the human.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: UNDER ARMOUR, INC.
    Inventors: Michele Ave, Gwyn Wiadro, Noreen Naroo, Adrienne Lofton Shaw, Lisa Garcia-Rivera, Christy Hedgpeth, Helena Kaylin, Alice Wong
  • Patent number: 8500670
    Abstract: The invention relates to a variable tension chest support for use by patients having undergone thoracic surgery. The chest support may be worn directly on the skin of a patient and comprises a band of stretchable material and one or more grips which are wholly or partially concealed within pockets with which the patient may alter the tension of the chest encircling band. The device allows a patient to modify the level of tension applied to the chest, thus managing the recovery process, while providing a basic level of support at all times the support is in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Inventor: Doris Hjorth Hansen
  • Patent number: 8480605
    Abstract: A system uses reduced pressure to provide a therapeutic force to a person's breast area. The system includes a dressing assembly shaped and configured to be placed on the breast area, a releaseable circumferential connector for holding the dressing assembly against at least a portion of the breast area, and a sealing subsystem for providing a fluid seal over the dressing assembly against a person's epidermis. The system may further include a reduced-pressure subsystem for providing reduced pressure to the dressing assembly. When reduced pressure is supplied, the system generates a force against at least a portion of the breast area of the person. The dressing assembly may be formed as a brassiere having a first cup and a second cup formed from a bolster material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: KCI Licensing, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Peyton Wilkes, Justin Alexander Long, Richard Marvin Kazala, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20130078889
    Abstract: A woman's bra includes a back strap connected to the side panels of the bra. The back strap is either transparent or nude color or of a flesh color so that it would not be readily visible across the low cut back of a garment. The fastening structure which is used for permitting the garment to be worn by and removed from the woman is at a location other than the central portion of the back strap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Inventor: Raichel A. Pezzner
  • Publication number: 20130065483
    Abstract: A bra fastener designed for persons with a disability and/or partially incapacitated to be easily fastened independently with one hand, either left hand or right hand. The bra fastener includes a strip of material, bra slider hardware with hooks or bra slider hardware with eyes, hook-and-loop fastening material, and finger/thumb loops. The bra fastener may be used with any bra equipped with hook and eye fasteners allowing a wearer to more easily put on and take off the bra using only one hand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Inventor: Amy Jean Liguori
  • Patent number: 8376564
    Abstract: A fashion apparel accessory, such as a garment, having one or more concealed light sources positioned so as to illuminate the skin of the wearer, as opposed to focusing attention on the light sources themselves. A particular embodiment includes concealed light sources proximate to a low-cut neckline of a female's garment, such as brassiere, shirt, or item of lingerie, with the light sources being oriented so as direct illumination across the wearer's chest area in an alluring way, potentially offering multiple color, intensity, direction/control options as well as multiple deployment techniques/devices. A portable power supply is integrated with the garment or accessory and electrically connected to the light sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Inventor: Bruce L. Finn
  • Publication number: 20130017760
    Abstract: A garment for a post mastectomy surgery woman comprises a waistband fits about a waist of the woman. A strap is joined to the waistband to extend from the waistband at a side of the woman's surgery, up over a shoulder on a side opposite the surgery and down to the waistband on the surgery side. A bra cup is configured to fit about the woman's healthy breast. A first strap is configured to laterally join a first side of the bra cup to the strap on the woman's front. A second strap is configured to laterally join a second side of the bra cup to the strap on the woman's back. An elastic paneling is configured to join to the strap, the bottom side of the bra cup, the first strap, the second strap, and the waistband. The elastic paneling positions the bra cup to support the woman's healthy breast.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Inventor: Tara Sand Kadium
  • Publication number: 20120246792
    Abstract: A method is provided for forming a garment, including providing a fabric layer having sonically weldable material, the fabric layer having an inner surface and at least one opening region, the opening region having a periphery and an outer free edge, placing an elastic edge band having sonically weldable material around the entire periphery of the opening region, the edge band having first and second free edges and an inner surface, securing the first free edge of the edge band to the outer free edge of the opening region with a subsonic or ultrasonic edge weld to form a finished seamless edge along the opening region, and activating an adhesive along more than half of the inner surface of the edge band to secure the edge band and second free edge to the inner surface of the fabric layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Publication date: October 4, 2012
    Inventors: Roger D. Warren, Rick Kelley
  • Patent number: 8261373
    Abstract: A necklace that does not fully encircle the neck of the user but, instead, has its two free ends with an affixing device at each free end to attach to the straps of the wearers garment or undergarment, such as a bra. In the preferred embodiment, the straps have a plurality of affixing devices vertically spaced along the strap so as to enable the user to position the necklace at differing heights on the wearer to suit the particular neckline of the attire worn by the user. In addition, the affixation and removal of the necklace takes place at the front of the wearer and thus is more convenient and easier to carry out than the use of a clasp that is intended to be manipulated behind the neck of the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Inventor: Elizabeth M. Detsis
  • Patent number: RE43766
    Abstract: A bra strap retainer for preventing the straps from falling from the user's shoulders. The bra strap retainer includes a retaining member having an elongate main portion and opposite end portions which are adapted to keep straps of a bra on a user's back in proximate relationship to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Inventor: Michelle D. Ostaseski