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Publication numberUS20090100570 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 11/975,827
Publication dateApr 23, 2009
Filing dateOct 22, 2007
Priority dateOct 22, 2007
Publication number11975827, 975827, US 2009/0100570 A1, US 2009/100570 A1, US 20090100570 A1, US 20090100570A1, US 2009100570 A1, US 2009100570A1, US-A1-20090100570, US-A1-2009100570, US2009/0100570A1, US2009/100570A1, US20090100570 A1, US20090100570A1, US2009100570 A1, US2009100570A1
InventorsWei Jei Tuan
Original AssigneeWei Jei Tuan
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Patch for garments and other products for producing light and sound
US 20090100570 A1
Abstract
A patch for garments and other articles for producing light and sound from the patch. The patch for garments or other articles includes a multi-layered and waterproof composite structure having a cover outer layer made from PVC film, a top layer made from molded PVC, an intermediate layer being a circuit board member and a bottom layer made from PVC film. The cover outer layer includes artwork or graphics on the PVC film of the cover outer layer. The top layer includes an interior first compartment for receiving the circuit board member therein, an interior speaker compartment for receiving a speaker member therein and an interior button compartment for receiving a push button switch therein. The circuit board member includes a battery member, an IC chip, a light assembly and a sound and speaker assembly. The light assembly includes a plurality of LED lights and a light switch having a movable element for closing the light switch in order to obtain a visual effect of blinking and/or flashing lights from the plurality of LED lights within the patch. The sound and speaker assembly includes the speaker member and the push button switch on the circuit board for producing sound effects within the patch when the switch is actuated by the user. The composite structure is fixedly attached to an outer surface of the garment or article by attaching means, such as gluing, stitching, stapling, laser welding or adhesives.
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1. A patch for garments and other articles for producing light and sound from said patch, comprising:
a) a garment or other article;
b) a multi-layered and waterproof composite structure having an outer layer and a bottom layer for attachment to said garment on article;
c) said outer layer including artwork or graphics thereon;
d) said composite structure for receiving therein a circuit board member, a speaker member, and a sound switch;
e) said circuit board member including a battery member, an IC chip, a light assembly, and a sound and speaker assembly;
f) said light assembly including a plurality of LED lights and a light switch for closing said light switch in order to obtain a visual effect of blinking and/or flashing lights from said plurality of LED lights within said patch;
g) said sound and speaker assembly including said speaker member and said sound switch on said circuit board for producing sound effects within said patch when said switch is actuated by the user; and
h) said composite structure being fixedly attached to an outer surface of said garment or article by attaching means.
2. A patch for garments or other articles in accordance with claim 1, wherein said artwork and graphics are selected from the group consisting of cartoon characters, pop stars, Disney™ characters, sport stars, political figures, animal figures and combinations thereof.
3. A patch for garments in accordance with claim 1, wherein said artwork and graphics includes indicia in the form of logos, letters, numbers, words, phrases and combinations thereof.
4. A patch for garments in accordance with claim 1, wherein said interior speaker member has a plurality of speaker hole openings for dispersing the audio from said speaker member.
5. A patch for garments in accordance with claim 1, wherein said battery member is a three (3) volt battery.
6. A patch for garments in accordance with claim 1, wherein said sound effects include singing, talking, music, and other audio sounds, such as a bird chirping, a car horn beeping, a train blowing its whistle, a dog barking, and the like.
7. A patch for garments in accordance with claim 1, wherein said patch is attached to said articles selected from the group consisting of shirts, T-shirts, sweatshirts, pants, skirts, baseball hats, hats, scarves, belts, ties, sneakers, shoes, socks, backpacks, plush toys, linens, towels, blankets, and pillow cases.
8. A patch for garments in accordance with claim 1, wherein said IC chip on said circuit board member includes a plurality of electrical signaling units for actuating sound and light effects within said patch.
9. A patch for garments in accordance with claim 1, wherein said battery member produces first and second battery electrical signals to said IC chip.
10. A patch for garments in accordance with claim 9, wherein said first battery electrical signal is received by said light switch in order to activate said light switch for producing the visual effect of blinking and flashing lights from said plurality of LED lights within said patch.
11. A patch for garments in accordance with claim 10, wherein said light switch sends said first battery electrical signal to a plurality of trigger circuits in said IC chip for producing a series of trigger electrical signals, wherein said trigger circuits are for triggering said LED lights to blink and flash.
12. A patch for garments in accordance with claim 9, wherein said second battery electrical signal is received by an oscillating unit element which generates a third electrical signal, wherein said oscillating unit element serves to function as an electrical signal generator for producing said third electrical signal.
13. A patch for garments in accordance with claim 12, wherein said third electrical signal from said oscillating unit element is received by a succession unit and a detention unit simultaneously, wherein said detention unit delays said third electrical signal sent back to said succession unit for producing a fourth electrical signal.
14. A patch for garments in accordance with claim 13, wherein said fourth electrical signal from said succession unit is received by a functional pattern unit, and wherein one of said trigger electrical signals is received by said functional pattern unit, and wherein said functional pattern unit serves to function as a means for differentiating said different trigger electrical signals in order to pass a specific trigger electrical signal onward.
15. A patch for garments in accordance with claim 14, wherein said specific trigger electrical signal from said functional pattern unit is received by a control unit which generates a pair of first and second control electrical signals, and wherein said control unit serves to function as a receiver of said specific trigger electrical signal.
16. A patch for garments in accordance with claim 15, wherein said first control electrical signal from said control unit is received by a sound source storage unit which serves as a facility for storing of songs, music, talking and various other audio sounds.
17. A patch for garments in accordance with claim 16, wherein said first control electrical signal from said sound source storage unit is then received by a sound source driving unit which functions as a facilitator for producing a particular audio sound from said sound source storage unit.
18. A patch for garments in accordance with claim 17, wherein said first control electrical signal from said sound source driving unit is then received by an audio frequency amplification unit which functions as an amplifier means in order to increase the amplification of sound to said speaker member.
19. A patch for garments in accordance with claim 15, wherein said second control electrical signal from said control unit is received by a LED driving unit which functions as a facilitator for driving said plurality of LED lights to glow, blink and/or flash within said circuit board member of said patch.
20. A patch for garments in accordance with claim 1, wherein said outer layer includes an outer perimeter edging, and wherein said bottom layer includes an outer perimeter edging.
21. A patch for garments in accordance with claim 20, wherein said outer perimeter edgings are joined together by heat sealing or stitching in order to form said multi-layered and waterproof composite structure.
22. A patch for garments in accordance with claim 1, wherein said attaching means for attaching said bottom layer to said garment includes gluing, stitching, stapling, laser welding or adhesives.
23. A patch for garments and other articles for producing light from said patch, comprising:
a) a garment or other article;
b) a multi-layered and waterproof composite structure having an outer layer and a bottom layer for attachment to said garment or article;
c) said outer layer including artwork or graphics thereon;
d) said composite structure for receiving a circuit board member therein; said circuit board member including a battery member, an IC chip, and a light assembly;
e) said circuit board member being attached to an inner wall of said composite structure;
f) said light assembly including a plurality of LED lights and a light switch for closing said light switch in order to obtain a visual effect of blinking and/or flashing lights from said plurality of LED lights within said patch;
g) said composite structure being fixedly attached to an outer surface of said garment or article by attaching means.
24. A patch for garments in accordance with claim 1, wherein said IC chip on said circuit board member includes a plurality of electrical signaling units for actuating said light effects within said patch.
25. A patch for garments in accordance with claim 24, wherein said battery produces an electrical signal received by said light switch in order to activate said light switch for producing the visual effect of blinking and flashing lights from said plurality of LED lights within said patch.
26. A patch for garments in accordance with claim 25, wherein said light switch sends said electrical signal to a plurality of trigger circuits in said IC chip for producing a series of trigger electrical signals, wherein said trigger circuits operate to trigger said LED lights to blink and flash.
27. A patch for garments and other articles for producing sound effects from said patch, comprising:
a) a garment or other article;
b) a multi-layered and waterproof composite structure having an outer layer and a bottom layer for attachment to said garment or article;
c) said outer layer including artwork or graphics thereon;
d) said composite structure for receiving a circuit board member therein; said circuit board member including a battery member, an IC Chip, and a sound and speaker assembly;
e) said circuit board member being attached to an inner wall of said composite structure;
f) said sound and speaker assembly including said speaker member and said sound switch on said circuit board for producing sound effects within said patch when said switch is actuated by the user; and
g) said composite structure being fixedly attached to an outer surface of said garment or article by attaching means.
Description
FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to a patch for clothing, footwear, backpacks and other products, that includes a light assembly and a sound assembly that produces sounds and/or blinking lights when the patch is moved or is stationary.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Various articles having audio or visual displays are well known in the prior art. These devices are electronically complicated for producing the audio or visual displays on clothing and other products. Also, these devices have limited time usage as their power source is used up in a short time.

Additionally, the switches for the light assembly use springs mounted inside the sneaker, backpack, or clothing article to complete the circuit and actuate the lights. If the amplitude of vibrations of the switch is too small, the circuits will not make contact to complete the circuit in order to produce the blinking, flashing or twinkling lights for a visual effect.

There remains a need for a garment patch having a light assembly that lights up when moved or stationary, and a sound assembly that produces sounds when desired. The light assembly would include a plurality of LED's, a control circuit, a switch assembly for closing the switch in order to obtain a visual effect of blinking lights, and batteries for supplying power to the control circuit. Additionally, the patch would also include a sound assembly for producing sounds when the user activates the sound assembly on the patch to produce particular sounds in the form of singing, talking or making sounds, such as a car horn beeping, a train blowing its whistle or a dog barking, and the like.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PRIOR ART

Garments, clothing, sneakers, backpacks that produce light or sound when moved having various designs, configurations, structures and materials of construction have been disclosed in the prior art. For example, U.S. Pat. No. 5,722,192 to SALLEY discloses a moving decorative display for articles of clothing. The mounted decorative display includes a central housing, a CPU within the housing along with a power supply and two memories. One memory stores an operating system while another memory, removable in form, stores a pattern to be displayed. A display strip provided with LCD or LED elements is powered to thereby provide illumination. The CPU also includes an audio system having an amplifier and speaker for producing audio sounds. A protective transparent tube and Velcro fasteners are used to secure the device on the person or user. The display is worn around the user as a belt or around a cap or hat. Another form comprises a jacket or vest mounted display for the back of the user. This prior art patent does not disclose or teach the specific structure of a garment patch or insignia that produces light and/or sound when moved, as in the present invention.

U.S. Pat. No. 3,170,959 to RICHARDSON, III discloses a light emitting safety wrap or sleeve worn by people and/or pets engaged in activities, or attached to objects during periods of limited visibility with flashing or blinking lights so as to be visible in darkness; powered by direct current; having three optional capabilities: (1) remote on-off switch and/or (2) digital voice/sound message and/or (3) Infrared (IR) signaling lights. The prior art patent does not disclose or teach the specific structure of a garment patch or insignia that produces light and/or sound when moved, as in the present invention.

U.S. Patent Application Publication No. 2004/0144005 to YOUNG discloses a sound and light swinging device that will swing and produce a predetermined light and sound effect on a decorative object driven electronically to improve the visual effect and aesthetic feeling. This prior art patent does not disclose or teach the specific structure of a garment patch or insignia that produces light and/or sound when moved, as in the present invention.

U.S. Patent No. 2006/0268538 to HANSEL et al. discloses an individual entertainment display device for use at sporting events, music concerts, theatrical events, public events and the like. The display device includes a plurality of LED's for producing a blinking light and an audio system for emitting audio from a loudspeaker. The audio system has digital memory elements for speech, music or song. This prior art patent does not disclose or teach the specific structure of a garment patch or insignia that produces light and/or sound when moved, as in the present invention.

U.S. Patent Application Publication No. 2007/0093173 to ZHENG discloses an interactive toy system that includes a processor having memory for producing verbal or written messages, pre-recorded statements, sounds, music, light shows on a display screen or emitted from a speaker. This prior art patent does not disclose or teach the specific structure of a garment patch or insignia that produces light and/or sound when moved, as in the present invention.

U.S. Pat. No. 4,774,434 discloses a light patch with an on/off switch for activating a blinking light that is adhered to a garment.

None of the aforementioned prior art patents and publications teach or disclose a garment patch or insignia that produces blinking or flashing lights from a plurality of LED's attached to the garment patch when it is moved or stationary, as well as produces sounds from a speaker and sound assembly connected to the garment patch when the wearer activates a switch on the sound assembly for producing desired sounds coming from the garment patch.

Accordingly, it is an object of the present invention to provide a garment patch to be placed on clothing and textile products, that has a lamp assembly that produces blinking, flashing and twinkling lights when the garment patch is moved or is stationary, and has a sound and speaker assembly that produces sounds, music, singing, or talking from a speaker within the garment patch.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a patch or insignia having blinking/flashing lights and sounds that can be used on clothing, sneakers, footwear, socks, belts, ties, backpacks, baseball caps, hats, scarves, towels, linens, blankets, and the like.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a garment patch having a blinking/flashing light assembly that glows, twinkles, flashes and blinks when moved and which uses a vibrating switch assembly having a movable element for closing the vibrating switch circuit in order to obtain a visual effect of blinking and flashing lights from a plurality of LED's on the garment patch.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a garment patch that includes a self-activated sound and speaker assembly which the user actuates in order to produce a particular sound such as singing, music, talking or other sounds, such as a bird chirping, a car horn beeping, a train blowing its whistle or a dog barking, and the like.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a garment patch that includes multiple PVC layers for having a battery, a sound and speaker assembly, a blinking lamp assembly, an IC chip, and an outer PVC cover layer for sealing the artwork and graphics on the garment patch.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a garment patch that is easy to use, is waterproof and is durable for long use.

A further object of the present invention is to provide a garment patch that can be mass-produced in an automated and economical manner and is readily affordable by the consumer.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

In accordance with the present inventions, there is provided a patch for garments and other articles for producing light and sound from the patch. The patch for garments or other articles includes a multi-layered and waterproof composite structure having a cover outer layer made from PVC film, a top layer made from molded PVC, an intermediate layer being a circuit board member and a bottom layer made from PVC film. The cover outer layer includes artwork or graphics on the PVC film of the cover outer layer. The top layer includes an interior first compartment for receiving the circuit board member therein, an interior speaker compartment for receiving a speaker member therein and an interior button compartment for receiving a push button switch therein. The circuit board member includes a battery member, an IC chip, a light assembly and a sound and speaker assembly. The light assembly includes a plurality of LED lights and a light switch having a movable element for closing the light switch in order to obtain a visual effect of blinking and/or flashing lights from the plurality of LED lights within the patch. The sound and speaker assembly includes the speaker member and the push button switch on the circuit board for producing sound effects within the patch when the switch is actuated by the user. The composite structure is fixedly attached to an outer surface of the garment or article by attaching means, such as gluing, stitching, stapling, laser welding or adhesives.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS

Further objects, features and advantages of the present invention will become apparent upon the consideration of the following detailed description of the presently preferred embodiment when taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, wherein:

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the garment patch of the preferred embodiment of the present invention showing an assembled configuration being in an operational mode on a clothing article;

FIG. 2 is a cross-sectional view of the garment patch of the present invention taken along lines 2-2 of FIG. 1 in the direction of the arrows showing a cover layer having a decoration thereon, a top layer of molded PVC having a recessed housing for receiving a circuit board therein, a middle layer being the circuit board; and a bottom layer of PVC film;

FIG. 3A is a top perspective view of the garment patch of the present invention showing the circuit board consisting of a speaker sound assembly, a push button switch for producing sound and a rolling ball switch for providing blinking LED lights and having the molded PVC top layer receiving those component parts;

FIG. 3B is a top perspective of the garment patch of the present invention showing the circuit board having a separated push button switch being apart from the speaker sound assembly;

FIG. 4 is a bottom perspective view of the garment patch of the present invention showing a battery connected to the circuit board;

FIG. 5 is an exploded perspective view of the garment patch of the present invention showing all of the major component parts contained therein;

FIG. 6 is a circuit wiring block diagram of the garment patch of the present invention showing a battery, a push button switch for sound, an IC chip, a rolling ball switch for lights, a speaker, and a plurality of LED lights; and

FIG. 7 is a circuit wiring block diagram of the garment patch of the present invention showing all of the major component parts of the IC chip.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT 10

The patch 10 for garments 12 and other products for producing light L and sound S of the preferred embodiment of the present invention is represented in detail by FIGS. 1 through 7 of the patent drawings. The garment patch 10, as shows in FIGS. 2 and 3A, includes a light/lamp assembly 54 for producing blinking, flashing, and/or twinkling lights L when the patch 10 is moved. The garment patch 10 also includes a sound and speaker assembly 62 for producing various types of audio or sounds S such as singing, music, talking, or other audio, such as a bird chirping, a car horn beeping, a train blowing its whistle, or a dog barking, and the like. The patch or insignia 10 can be attached to various types of clothing articles 12, such as shirts, T-Shirts 12T, sweatshirts, pants, skirts, baseball hats, hats, scarves, belts, ties, sneakers, socks, backpacks and the like; and to other textile products such as plush toys, linens, towels, blankets and the like.

The garment patch 10, as depicted in FIGS. 2, 3 and 5 of the drawings, includes a multi-layered and waterproof composite C having a cover outer layer 20 of PVC film 21, a top layer 22 of molded PVC 23, an intermediate layer 24 being a circuit board member 26 and a bottom layer 28 of PVC film 29. The cover outer layer 20 includes artwork and graphics AG and/or indicia I on the PVC film 21 representing cartoon characters, pop stars, Disney™ characters, sport stars, political figures, animal figures and the like. The PVC film 21 includes an outer perimeter edging 30 that is heat sealed or stitched St to an outer perimeter edging 32 of the molded PVC 23 and subsequently heat sealed or stitched St to an outer perimeter edging 34 of the bottom PVC film 29 in order to form the multi-layered composite C having layers 20, 22, 24 and 28 therein, as shown in FIGS. 1, 2 and 5 of the patent drawings.

The molded PVC 23 of top layer 22, as shown in FIGS. 2 and 5, includes an outer perimeter edging 32, an interior first compartment 40, and interior speaker compartment 42 having a plurality speaker hole openings 44 for dispersing the audio S from a speaker member 66, and an interior button compartment 46. The interior first compartment 40 is for receiving the intermediate layer 24 having the circuit board member 26 therein. The interior speaker compartment 42 is for receiving the speaker member 66 therein. The interior button compartment 46 is for receiving the sound button/switch 64 therein to turn the sound on and off. Alternatively, the same switch can turn both the light and sound on and off together in a synchronized manner.

As shown in FIGS. 2 through 6, and FIG. 3B, the circuit board member 26 includes a three (3) volt battery 50, an IC chip 52, a lamp/light assembly 54 having a plurality of LED lights 56 therein and having a vibrating switch 58 with a movable element 60 therein for closing the vibrating switch 58 in order to obtain a visual effect L of blinking and/or flashing lights from the plurality of LED lights 56 on the garment patch 10. The circuit board member 26 also includes a sound and speaker assembly 62 having a push button switch 64 thereon and having a speaker member 66 attached thereto for producing sounds S, music, singing or talking from the speaker member 66 within the garment patch 10. Alternatively, switch 58 can be a manual on/off light switch. Also, switch 58 can turn on/off both the light assembly and the sound assembly in a synchronized manner, or in a non-synchronized manner.

In an alternate design, as shown in FIG. 3B, the circuit board member 26 includes a push button switch 64 s being electrically connected by an electrical wire 65 to speaker member 66. Push button switch 64 s is positioned outside of the circuit board member 26 of intermediate layer 24 (see FIG. 3B). Further, a top cover layer 22 s has an interior button compartment 46 s positioned outside and away from the interior first compartment 42, as shown in FIG. 3B of the drawings.

The IC chip 52, as depicted in FIGS. 6 and 7, uses the three volt battery 50 to power the circuit board member 26 and the various signaling unit elements within the IC chip 52. When the vibrating switch 58 (or manual switch) gives an electrical signal e1 to a plurality of trigger circuits 70 a, 70 b, 70 c and 70 d, where in-turn the trigger circuits 70 a to 70 d will then send another electrical signal e2a, e2b, e2c or e2d to a functional pattern unit element 72. The functional pattern unit element 72 will then differentiate between the different trigger circuit signals e2a to e2d and pass that specific trigger circuit signal e2d to a control unit element 74. Concurrently, the three volt battery 50 sends an electrical signal e3 to an oscillating unit element 76 which then sends another electrical signal e4 to both of the succession unit element 78 and the detention unit element 80 simultaneously in order to generate a further electrical signal e5 to the functional pattern unit element 72 and the control unit element 74, respectively. The control unit element 74 then sends two electrical signals, where the first electrical signal e6 goes to a sound source storage unit element 82, a sound source driving unit element 84 and an audio frequency amplication unit element 86 in order to send a sound signal L to the speaker member 66, as shown in FIG. 7.

Concurrently, the second electrical signal e7 goes to an LED driving unit element 88 in order to light-up L the plurality of LED lights 56 in garment patch 10, as shown in FIGS. 1 and 7 of the patent drawings.

It is understood that the trigger circuits 70 a to 70 d serve to function the vibrating switch 58 in order to send electrical signals e1 to the movable element 60 within the vibrating switch 58 for closing the vibrating switch internal circuit 58C. The functional pattern unit element 72 serves to function as a means for differentiating different electrical signals e2a to e2d from trigger circuit 70 d to the control unit element 74. The control unit element 74 serves to function as a receiver of one of the trigger circuit electrical signal e2d (a specific electrical signal) from the functional pattern unit element 72 which then generates a pair of electrical signals e6 and e7. The oscillating unit element 76 serves to function as an electrical signal generator and receives an electrical signal e3 from the three volt battery 50 in order to generate a succession electrical signal e4 to both of succession unit element 78 and the detention unit element 80, such that the detention unit element 80 delays the electrical signal e4 which then goes back to the control unit element 74. The first electrical signal e6 from control unit element 74 goes to the sound source storage unit element 82 which serves as a facility for the storing of songs, music, talking and various audio sounds S; which then sends the first electrical signal e6 to the sound source driving unit element 84 which functions as a facilitator for producing a particular audio sound S from the sound source storage unit element 82. The audio frequency amplication unit element 82 functions as an amplifier means in order to increase the amplification of sound S to the speaker member 66 as shown in FIG. 7 of the drawings. The second electrical signal e7 goes to the LED driving unit element 88 which serves to function as a facilitator for driving the LED lights 56 to glow, blink and/or flash within the interior layer section 24 of garment patch 10.

The PVC film 29 of the bottom layer 28 includes an outer perimeter edging 34, an interior wall surface 92 and an exterior wall surface 94. The exterior wall surface 94 of PVC film 29 is in contact with an outer exterior wall surface 14 of garment article 12, as depicted in FIG. 1 of the drawings.

Operation of the Present Invention

As shown in FIGS. 1, 2, 6 and 7 of the drawings, the patch 10 for garments 12 are assembled and operated in the following manner: The manufacturer initially assembles the patch 10 to a garment 12 by attaching the exterior wall surface 94 of the bottom layer 28 of PVC film 29 to the outer exterior wall surface 14 of garment article 12, such as a T-shirt 12T, as depicted in FIG. 1 of the drawings. The exterior wall surface 94 is attached by attaching means, such as gluing, adhesives, laser welding, stitching, stapling and the like, to the outer exterior wall surface 14 of T-shirt 12T. Patch 10 on T-shirt 12T is now in assembled configuration (see FIG. 1) and in an operational mode by the user. When the garment patch 10 is moved by the user by walking, running, jumping, stretching, exercising, etc., the vibrating switch 58 in circuit board member 26 is actuated, such that the movable element(s) 60 in vibrating switch 58 closes the vibrating switch circuit 58C in order to obtain a visual effect L of blinking and/or flashing lights from the plurality of LED lights 56 on the garment patch 10. Alternatively, switch 58 can be an on/off switch for the user to manually operate switch 58.

When the user wants an audio S from garment patch 10, the user simply depresses and actuates the push button switch 64 on the sound and speaker assembly 62. The actuation on push button switch 64 by the user produces a particular sound S, such as a car horn being beeped, from the speaker member 66 of garment patch 10, as shown in FIGS. 1 and 2 of the drawings. Alternatively, one switch can operate both the light and sound assemblies and synchronize them.

Advantages of the Present Invention

Accordingly, an advantage of the present invention is that it provides for a garment patch to be placed on clothing and textile products that has a lamp assembly which produces blinking, flashing and twinkling lights when the garment patch is moved, and has a sound and speaker assembly which produces sounds, music, singing, or talking from a speaker within the garment patch.

Another advantage of the present invention is that it provides for a patch insignia having blinking/flashing lights and sounds that can be used on clothing, footwear, sneakers, socks, belts, ties, backpacks, baseball caps, hats, scarves, towels, linens, blankets, and the like.

Another advantage of the present invention is that it provides for a garment patch having blinking/flashing light assembly that glows, twinkles, flashes and blinks when moved and which uses a vibrating switch assembly having a movable element for closing the vibrating switch circuit in order to obtain a visual effect of blinking and flashing lights from a plurality of LED's on the garment patch.

Another advantage of the present invention is that it provides for a garment patch that includes a self-activated sound and speaker assembly which the user actuates in order to produce a particular sound such as singing, music, talking or other sounds, such as a bird chirping, a car horn beeping, a train blowing its whistle or a dog barking, and the like.

Another advantage of the present invention is that it provides for a garment patch that includes multiple PVC layers for having a battery, a sound and speaker assembly, a blinking lamp assembly, an IC chip, and an outer PVC cover layer for sealing the artwork and graphics on the garment patch.

Another advantage of the present invention is that it provides for a garment patch that is easy to use, is waterproof and is durable for long use.

A further advantage of the present invention is that it provides for a garment patch that can be mass-produced in an automated and economical manner and is readily affordable by the consumer.

A latitude of modification, change and substitution is intended in the foregoing disclosure, and in some instances, some features of the invention will be employed without a corresponding use of other features. Accordingly, it is appropriate that the appended claims be construed broadly and in a manner consistent with the spirit and scope of the invention herein.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification2/122
International ClassificationA41B1/08
Cooperative ClassificationA41D27/085
European ClassificationA41D27/08B
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Owner name: WIESNER PRODUCTS INC., NEW YORK
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