Friday, December 19, 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:

Method and device for yarn braking especially at renewal of spinning in a working position of an air jet spinning machine:  The method and corresponding yarn braking device comprising a vacuum tube into which the end of the yarn is sucked in before commencement of braking. At drawing off from the vacuum tube, the yarn is braked between the braking surfaces of a stationary brake friction member and a moving brake friction member.  Patent:  8726624.  Inventor:  Stephan and Burysek.  Assignee:  Maschinenfabrik Rieter Ag.

Apparel with inflatable neck cushion:  A neck supporting piece of apparel, such as a scarf, which includes an inflatable bladder in a neck portion and a tube coupled to the bladder and extending downward to a port easily accessible by the user while wearing the apparel in order to inflate and deflate the bladder.  The bladder serves as a neck cushion or pillow. While the neck portion may be configured to go behind the user's neck, the apparel also may include a connector to join the apparel together in front of the user, helping to keep the cushion formed around the user's neck. In addition, the scarf may include pockets at a position generally where the user's hands would lie when sitting or standing, such that tensioning the scarf with the user's arms may increase the cushioning effect of the pillow.  Patent:  8726421.  Inventor:  Alvarez.  Not Assigned.

Protective garments having elastomeric gaskets along margins to inhibit ingress of potentially harmful materials:  For emergency rescue workers, a protective trousers and a protective coat are provided with elastomeric gaskets, such as neoprene gaskets, one of which lines an inside surface of each leg of the protective trousers and is adapted to be snugly stretched around a protective boot.  Another lines an inside surface of each arm of the protective coat and is snugly stretched around a protective glove.  Another of which lines an inside surface and is snugly stretched around the protective trousers.  Patent:  8726415.  Inventor:  Grilliot and Grilliot.  Assignee:  Morning Pride Manufacturing LLC.

Legging which enhances the appearance of a user's leg:  A leg covering enhances aesthetic appearance of disproportionate musculature and provides a natural look for medical prosthetics. The leg covering comprises a padding fixed to the leg covering, where the padding further comprises a contoured shape, such that the padding can be affixed on a user's leg. The padding comprises three layers and a contoured shape in order to model curvature of a natural calf muscle and to provide the lifelike and appealing appearance.  Patent:  8726422.  Inventor:  Pirela and Pirela-Cruz.  Not assigned.

Lab coat article and method:  A lab coat with left and right lapels having outside edges which are stitched to the body of the lab coat and can be used by a medical professional while wearing a stethoscope so that the stethoscope does not interfere with the lapels. Patent:  8716416.  Inventor:  Roblejo.  Not assigned.

Brassiere with inflation /deflation assembly:  A brassiere with breast cups including at least one inflatable air envelope which receives air from at least one air pump.  Patent:  8727830.  Inventor:  Fleeton.  Assignee: 

Adjustable glove:  A glove for use by a soccer goalie includes several adjustment mechanisms, such as straps. The straps allow the glove to be adjusted for fit, such as by manipulating the width of the glove across the palm or the size of the wrist opening. Additionally, the glove includes a pull tab that allows the wearer to adjust the position of the fingers of the hand within the glove quickly so that the webs of the fingers remain in contact with the inside of the glove at the bases of the finger stalls.  Patent:  8726418.  Inventor:  DeBlasis and Smith.  Assignee:  Nike, Inc.

Textile digital band and fabricating method thereof:  A textile digital band which is capable of providing a high-speed communication path with surrounding computing devices that can be easily and conveniently attached to conventional garments. The band comprises a plurality of warps and a plurality of wefts formed lel to each other in the second direction perpendicular to the first direction, wherein the warp includes at least one digital yarn through which electrical currents can flow.  Patent:  8728959.  Inventor:  Chung,  Assignee:  Korea Institute of Industrial Technology.

Method of making a knit apparel with a tie dyed appearance and an apparel made by the method:  A knit apparel is made using a decorating pattern that is generated to give the apparel the appearance of tie dyed apparel. The decorating pattern includes a main element, a secondary element and intermediate zones have the same color but gradually lighter shades as the main element.  Patent:  8726701.  Inventor:  Habert.  Assignee:  The Moret Group.

Compositions and methods for providing a benefit:  Compositions and methods useful for color rejuvenation and/or color maintenance for fabrics are disclosed. The disclosed compositions contain at least one cationic polymer. The methods include providing the disclosed compositions in combination with a source of anionic surfactant. Unit dose and multi-compartment systems are also disclosed.  Patent:  8728172.  Inventor:  Corona,  Assignee:  The Procter & Gamble Company

Circular knitting machine for men's socks, of the type with needles on the dial:  A single cylinder circular knitting machine for men's socks with needles on the dial, which form radial seats for the sliding of the dial needles. The beam has a discharge groove on the working side, which the transfer spring of the dial needle faces, which limits the raising of the needle.  Patent:  8726699.  Inventor:  Lonati,  Assignee:  Santoni S.P.A.

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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