Wednesday, April 23, 2014

More Patents

Since I am still behind on publishing the patent summaries, this week I again focus on the issued patents.

Below is a summary of selected patents that have been recently issued in textile related classification codes:

Impact distributing mechanism:  A series of plates interconnected to form a protective shield (like a shin guard).  Patent #:  8627512.  Inventor:  Dodd.  Assignee:   Pinwrest Development Group, Llc

Prayer breastplate:  A fabric prayer breastplate with rectangular shapes representing the twelve stones on Aaron's breastplate and have religious significance. The individual representations include at least one of item supporting pockets, individually stitched panels or a single graphical depiction.  Patent:  8627513.  Inventor:  Colbert.  Not Assigned

Vehicle ready modular light weight load bearing equipment apparatus:  A modular system for securing tactical equipment (weapons and volatiles) within a transport vehicle.  Patent #:  8627514.  Inventors:  Scoggins and Scoggins.  Assignee:  Spartan Tactical Concepts, LLC.

Method for determining a characteristic of a consumable:  A method of illuminating a flowing liquid at two different depths which can be used to measure physical parameters of the liquid.  Patent #:  8627526.  Inventors:  Dunsbergen, et. al.   Assignee:  Whirlpool Corporation.

Footwear customization kit:  A stand for a footwear customization kit.  The customizable portion can be deformed when heated.  The stand holds the article of footwear in a steam environment.  Patent #:  8627528.  Inventors:  Baker,  Assignee:  Nike, Inc.

Energy-return shoe system:  A spring based shoe system capable of returning impact energy to the wearer.  Patent #:  US 8627582.  Inventor:  Perenich   Not Assigned.

Energy-return shoe system:  Related to 8627582 above.  A shaft based shoe system capable of returning impact energy to the wearer.  Patent #:  US 8627583.  Inventor:  Perenich   Not Assigned.

Liquid-resistant connectors and covers for equipment using the same:  Two plates and a gasket that can be stitched to a water resistant fabric without damaging the water resistance of the fabric.  This allows heavy objects (like DSLR cameras) to be connected to the fabric.  Patent #:  8627777.  Inventor:  Strum and Murdoch.  Assignee:  Think Tank Photo, Inc.

Weaving method and loom for implementing this method:  A method for weaving a woven fabric comprising two layers connected by binding threads.    Patent #:  8627855.  Inventor:  Deschamps.  Assignee:  Ets A. Deschamps Et Fils

Flat textile structures with self-cleaning and water-repellent surface:Textile fabrics having a self cleaning and water repellent surface, constructed from an artificial, hydrophobic surface with elevations and depressions made from particles securely bonded to said base material without adhesives, resins or coatings.  Include is the method for making the fabric.  Patent #:  8629070 Inventor:  Oles and Nun.  Assignee:  Evonik Degussa Gmbh.

Disposable and reusable germ screen:  Hand covers to protect individual hands from germs while coming into physical contact with commonly used areas.  The method and devices can be either disposable or reusable.  Patent#:   8631513.  Inventor:  Sakin.  Not Assigned.

Protective element for sports pads and the like:  A protective insert of shaped thermoformable material that acts as a stiffening material inserted into protective padding.  The material returns to its original shape after an impact.    Patent #:  8631514.  Inventors:  Sioui, Assignee:  Sport Maska Inc.

Bikini top with friction locking cord adjustment system: Swim tops having a friction locking cord adjustment system with two terminal ends secured at the neck cord of the top.  Patent #:  8631515.  Inventor: Van Sisseren,  Assignee:  Nike, Inc.

Hood for protective garment:  A hood for a protective suit with improved seals for the respirator.  Patent #:  8631516.  Inventor:  Hoffman.  Assignee:  Bl├╝cher GMBH. 

Fabric fastener adjustably located between two prefabricated garment buttons:  Magnetic fastening assembly with a button face.  Intended to replace a button on a shirt or other garment. Patent #:  8631517.  Inventor:  Blakely.  Not Assigned.

Shock absorbing, stretchable fabric, head cap for receipt under a head protection helmet:  A light weight, shock absorbing, shock dissipating, moisture absorbing, stretchable fabric, head cap designed for use over the head of the user and under a hard shell helmet.  The fabric helps absorb and dissipate impact energy.  It also has a moisture wicking fabric liner.  Patent #: 8631518.  Inventor:  Jennings.  Not Assigned.

Bleaching composition:  The present invention relates to bleaching composition for keratin fibers, especially human hair, comprising at least one compound with bleaching and/or highlighting effect and a lipidic compound.  Patent:  8632609.  Inventor:  Grit.  Assignee:  Kao Germany GMBH.

Compositions for dyeing keratin fibers:  An acetal group chemical,with at least one colorant, that can be used for dyeing keratin type fibers including hair and wool. Patent #: 8632612.  Inventor:  Yontz.  Assignee:  Segetis, Inc.

Process for applying one or more treatment agents to a textile web.  An ultrasonic vibration system for textiles that uses ultrasonic vibrations to even disburse treatment agents through the material.  Patent #:  8632613.  Inventor:  Braunecker,  Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.

Impact-attenuation members with lateral and shear force stability and products containing such members:  An impact-attenuating member with a shear resistant member. The shear resistant members are arranged to allow bending or compression against impact forces in one direction (e.g., when landing a step or a jump), but remain highly stable against shear or lateral forces in another direction (e.g., in a side-to-side direction).  Patent #:  8631587.  Inventor:  Aveni.  Assignee:  Nike, Inc.

Footwear with a sole structure incorporating a lobed fluid-filled chamber:  A fluid-filled chamber for an article of footwear and method for manufacturing the chamber are disclosed. The chamber may be incorporated into a sole structure of the footwear and includes a central area and a lobes extending outward from the central area. The lobes are in fluid communication with the central area.  The fluid within the chamber may be air at a pressure that is approximately equal to an ambient pressure.  Patent #: 8631588.  Inventor:  Schindler,  Assignee:  Nike, Inc.

Article of footwear incorporating floating tensile strands:  A shoe with a sole structure and an upper that is connected by strands.  While not stated directly in the patent, the strands appear to be for tension and stability control.  Patent #:  8631589.  Inventor:  Dojan.  Assignee:  Nike, Inc.

Replaceable traction cleat for footwear:  A traction cleat with adjustable permitted flexure.  Adjust is made through a positional ring and rotation of the cleat.  Locking of the adjustment is done through dual locking posts.  Patent:   8631591.  Inventor:  Krikorian.  Assignee:  Pride Manufacturing Company, LLC.

Adjustable athletic positioning apparatus and applications thereof:  This patent is pretty confusing, but it appears to be a shoe sole that can be adjusted for a wearer’s specific needs.  Patent:  8631592.   Inventors: Adair and Markison.  Assignee:  Admark Athletic Ventures.

Sheet forming screen:  The invention relates to a sheet forming screen made of a multi-layer fabric as it is used in the process of papermaking in the sheet forming section of a wet end of a paper machine for draining a fiber suspension. The fabric has a longitudinal thread repeat of sixteen longitudinal threads, four longitudinal threads which are upper longitudinal threads, eight longitudinal threads which are lower longitudinal threads, and the remaining four longitudinal threads organized as two functional longitudinal thread pairs in a one and one pattern.  Patent #:  8631832.  Inventor:  Heger.  Assignee:  Andritz Technology And Asset Management Gmbh

Yoga towel:  A yoga towel comprising a first layer for standing poses made of woven nylon threads and fibers made from skin-polishing cloth, and an opposite second layer for sitting, kneeling and lying poses made of waffle-woven microfiber fabric. The yoga towel has an edge made of sailcloth. The yoga towel is constructed to prevent a participant from slipping during standing yoga poses, and the exterior remains dry to the touch during use.  Patent #:  8631833.  Inventor:  Garbarino.  Assignee:  Silver Plume, LLC.

Lyocell fiber:  A Lyocell fiber, made of material consisting of a mixture of pearl powder and ground nacre. The manufacture process uses a spinning solution of cellulose in an aqueous tertiary amine oxide (N-methylmorpholine-N-oxide (NMMO)) to spin the solution into fibers.  Patent:   8633120.  Inventors:  Firgo and Fuchs.  Assignee:  Lenzing Aktiengesellschaft

Jim Carson is a principal of RB Consulting, Inc. and a registered patent agent.  He has over 30 years of experience across multiple industries including the biotechnology, textile, computer, telecommunications, and energy sectors.  RB Consulting, Inc. specializes in providing management, prototyping, and regulatory services to small and start-up businesses.  He can be reached via email at or by phone at (803) 792-2183.

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