Thursday, November 20, 2014

Catching Up

This week I will focus on issued patents.  Below is a summary of selected patents that have been recently issued in textile related classification codes:

Devices for use during physical activity:  A garment with two different elastic supports.  The first elastic support structure protects the wearer from injury.  The second elastic support structure provides tactile feedback regarding body position for training purposes.  Patent:  8707463.  Inventor:  Orloff.  Assignee.  Samara Innovations LLC.

Surgical garment:  A surgical garment includes an undergarment and an outer garment configured to be worn over the undergarment. The undergarment includes a brassiere.  The outer garment includes a torso portion and removable shoulder portions.  Patent:  8707464.  Inventor:  Trenhaile.  Assignee:  Rockford Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Services, LLC

Yank and draw concealed carry garment:  A garment adapted for concealed carry weapons users wherein a pull grasp extends outside the garment from an opening in the garment front which leads to a passageway through the garment.   When the pull grasp is yanked downward, the lower section of the garment is raised and allows access to the weapon. The passageway comprises a tunnel adapted to receive the pull and is affixed to the lower seam of the garment.  Patent:  8707465.  Inventor:  Reynolds.  Not Assigned.

Concealed carry garment:  Sister patent to 8707465 above.  Patent 8707466.  Inventor:  Reynolds.  Not assigned.

Caregiver cover:  A torus shaped bib for use by care givers when caring for babies.  Patent:  8707467.  Sohn.  Not assigned.

Protective garment with tourniquet:  A protective garment including a waist portion adapted to be donned proximate the waist of a wearer and first and second leg portions extending from a waist portion to at least proximate a knee portion of the wearer and a tourniquet member attached to an inner surface of at least one of said first and second leg portions.  Intended for use by military and people who work in hazardous situations.  Patent:  8707468.  Inventor:  Reynolds,  Assignee:  Med Eng LLC.

Concealed smartphone pocket:   A concealed safety pocket in a garment for securely carrying a smart phone and a method for making same. The safety pocket provides a separate storage place for carrying a smart phone where it can be found quickly. The safety pocket has a closure that prevents the smart phone from sliding out or falling out of a pocket, but providing quick access through the easily opened closure. The safety pocket attaches to a waistband and an open side seam, the closure of the pocket completing the side seam.  Patent:  8707469.  Inventor Moghaddas.  Not Assigned.

Protective hood having a shielded elastomeric gasket/seal for sealing engagement with the face piece/mask of a self-contained breathing apparatus or respirator:  A protective hood of a protective garment for use with a face piece or mask worn by a user. The hood includes an outer shell having a peripheral edge, and a gasket that extends from the peripheral edge to an interior of the hood for sealing with the face piece or mask.  The gasket is covered by the outer shell  of the hood when worn by a user.  Patent:  8707472.  Inventor:  Stachler,  Assignee:  Honeywell International Inc.

Sublimation transfer ink, method for producing a dyed article, and dyed article:  A sublimation transfer ink which can be discharged by an ink jet process that contains water, a sublimation dye, and a trehalose-based compound. The amount of the trehalose (type of sugar) in the sublimation transfer ink is preferably in the range of 3% to 20% by mass.  The trehalose is used to replace glycerol.  Patent 8709103.  Inventor:  Oguchi.  Assignee:  Seiko Epson Corporation

Dye-ascorbic acid derivatives:  An ascorbic acid base class of dyes, and method for their use, for use in dyeing skin, hair, nails or textiles.  Targeted to replace direct dyes and appears to be less likely to dehydrate the target fibers.  Patent:  8709104.  Inventor:  Rudolph and Buehle.  Assignee:  Merck Patent GMBH.

Method of customizing a linked article:  A method for mass manufacture of shoes using customized information provided by the customer.  Patent:  8707493.  Inventor:  Aveni.  Assignee:  Nike Inc.

Energy storage and return spring:  A spring shoe, and also the spring, used as method of returning energy to a user. In one embodiment, a method and apparatus stores foot strike energy and releases it after a slight delay, when it will exert a force on the user which includes a forward component. This is accomplished in an embodiment by a spring in the sole which has a decreasing spring force, such that the force required to compress the sole decreases for all or part of the compression displacement as the spring is compressed.  Patent:  8707582.   Inventors:  Klassen and Boehm.  Not assigned.

Method for operating multi-clothes styler system:  A cabinet for conditioning clothing.  The cabinet heats, water mists and vibrates the clothing stored in the cabinet.  Patent:  8707591.  Inventor:  Moon,  Assignee:  LG Electronics, Inc.

Short splice systems and methods for ropes:  A rope system and structure comprising an intact portion and a disassembled portion with loose strands. The loose strands are passed into an interior of the rope structure. Each loose strand is passed from the interior of the rope structure to an associated intact strand. Each loose strand is extended along and wrapped around its associated intact strand at least one wrap location.  Patent:  8707666.  Inventors:  Crozier and Laundry.  Assignee:  Samson Rope Technologies.

Textile machine with a plurality of workstations:  A device for feeding yarns into a loom or braider.  Patent:  8707667.  Inventor:  Heinen,  Assingee:  Oerlikon Textile Gmbh & Co. Kg

Wrapped yarns for use in ropes having predetermined surface characteristics:  A yarn that is a blend of at least two fibers with different friction coefficients.  The process takes advantage of the different friction coefficients to create improved abrasion resistance.  Patent:  8707668.  Inventor:  Gilmore,  Assignee:  Samson Rope Technologies.

Puncture resistant fabric:  A nonwoven fabric having a plurality of coated fibers, the coating including silane and dialdehyde, and, in certain embodiments, further including particles.  Patent:  8709959.  Inventor:  MacDonald,  Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.

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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