|Publication number||USRE40613 E1|
|Application number||US 11/091,007|
|Publication date||Jan 6, 2009|
|Filing date||Jun 5, 2001|
|Priority date||Apr 5, 2001|
|Also published as||EP1372417A1, EP1372417A4, US6826782, US20020189000, US20070136924, WO2002080714A1|
|Publication number||091007, 11091007, PCT/2001/18087, PCT/US/1/018087, PCT/US/1/18087, PCT/US/2001/018087, PCT/US/2001/18087, PCT/US1/018087, PCT/US1/18087, PCT/US1018087, PCT/US118087, PCT/US2001/018087, PCT/US2001/18087, PCT/US2001018087, PCT/US200118087, US RE40613 E1, US RE40613E1, US-E1-RE40613, USRE40613 E1, USRE40613E1|
|Inventors||Scott E. Jordan|
|Original Assignee||Scottevest Inc.|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (7), Referenced by (10), Classifications (11), Legal Events (4)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
Application Ser. No. 11/091,007 is a reissue of U.S. Pat. No. 6.826,782.This application claims priority from provisional application No. 60/281,877 filed on Apr. 5, 2001.
The present invention relates to clothing and more particularly to a garment designed to hold portable electronic devices, such as cell phones, pagers, PDAs, and other items such as wallets, keys, glasses, and allowing use of the devices without removing them from the garment by incorporating conduits and passageways therein to interconnect the devices.
Recently, the use of portable electronic devices has increased dramatically. These devices include, but are not necessarily limited to, cellular/digital phones and/or other similar wireless communication devices such as pagers, personal digital assistants (commonly referred to as PDAs, Palm Pilots7 and/or Pocket-PCs), microcomputers, eBook readers, MP3 players, recording devices, Walkman7 and other similar portable listening devices, portable television sets, portable internal devices, radar detectors, pedometers, remote control units, portable global positioning satellite (GPS) devices, two-way radios, cameras and video recorders/camcorders (including digital cameras and video recorders/camcorders), calculators, and/or miniature flashlights. Moreover, there are a multitude of accessories related to such portable electronic devices, e.g., modems, portable printers, portable keyboards, memory cards/discs and related devices, portable scanners, batteries and other energy sources including charging and AC adapters, cradles, cables, modules, earphones/headphones/headsets and other listening devices, microphones, recording devices, software, stylus, among others. This change has corresponded with a change in the dress code. No longer are business suits the uniform of choice. Now people dress much more casually, often wearing slacks or a skirt, as applicable, and a shirt. Moreover, due to health and safety concerns, among other things, people are now using hands-free listening and talking devices at an increasing rate.
Many business activities now require individuals to carry and to use efficiently a large assortment of equipment and supplies, i.e. the devices listed above. Currently, such articles are carried in various bags, pockets, cartons and cases. As a result of relatively unorganized carriage of this equipment and supplies, their use consumes excessive time and energy. Additionally, recharging of the batteries and care of equipment when not in use also consumes a large portion of time that could be decreased with an effective tool for handling and using such items.
Usually, vest or like articles must be particularly sized for an individual user, especially if there are any internal interconnected parts. To date, however, no garment exists designed specifically to allow a person to use existing portable electronic devices without the incorporation of any hardware that may be required for the connection to other devices while wearing the garment at the same time as also being fashionable and versatile enough to wear in the average workplace setting, such as an office. Additionally, none provide for carriage of numerous devices in ways that can be used efficiently with minimal stress on the lower back of a wearer's body, and that may be adjustably fitted for multiple users while still remaining functionally interconnected. The present invention addresses these concerns.
The present invention is particularly directed to a garment that supports and interconnects portable electronic devices. Although initially designed as a vest, portions of the garment in the present invention, most notably the passageways and pockets, also can be fabricated into a shirt, coat or jacket. The vest includes two exterior breast pockets, two hidden breast pockets, four exterior abdomen pockets and four interior abdomen pockets that are provided with internal openings to allow the passage of connections from back to back pockets. The vest also includes closable passageways that allows for the interconnectivity between the breast and abdomen pockets and the right and left side of the vest. The passageways also connect the neck area of the garment to the pockets to allow for the attachment of listening and microphone devices.
Other features of the invention will become apparent from the drawings and the detailed description of the invention is to provide for a garment that can allow for a plurality of wires to be routed from one pocket to another and to the neck area of the garment to allow for the interconnection of portable electronic devices and to keep the wires organized and hidden out of site.
A further object of the invention is to provide a computer housing of cloth material that may be worn by the user without restricting the user's body movement and the ability to use such equipment while wearing the garment. My garment can provide an ergonometric housing for a digital computer or for other electronic equipment that one may with to carry about while allowing the user relatively unrestrained body movement.
Further, in some aspects, the garment can be provided with compartmentalized pockets to retain beverages and prevent contact between electronic devices, and can also be structured to fit a wide range of individuals by an adjusting waist structure. My garment can enable ordered and continued interconnection of internal features despite the adjusted size, thereby enabling multiple users to wear the same vest.
For the purpose of promoting an understanding of the principles of the invention, references will be made to the embodiment illustrated in the drawings. Specific language will also be used to describe the same. It will, nevertheless, be understood that no limitation of the scope of the invention is thereby intended, such alterations and further modifications in the illustrated device, and such further applications of the principles of the invention illustrated herein being contemplated as would normally occur to one skilled in the art to which the invention relates.
One of the features of some of our proposed garments is that they can be freed of all electronic components and hardware so that it can be laundered in an ordinary fashion.
Another feature is that my garment allows a plurality of wires to be routed from one pocket to another and to the neck area of the garment to allow for the interconnection of portable electronic devices and to keep the wires organized and hidden out of site.
A still further feature is providing a garment that may be worn by the user without restricting the user's body movement and the ability to use such equipment while wearing the garment. My garment can provide an ergonometric housing for a digital computer or for other electronic equipment that one may wish to carry about while allowing the user relatively unrestrained body movement.
A preferred embodiment of a portable electronics vest 10 of the present invention is shown in
The right breast pocket 12 is rectangular in shape and includes a top flap 24 that allows access to the opening 26 of the pocket. The flap 24 of the right breast pocket 12 is held closed by the use of VelcroŽ, a loop type fastener or a snap, but other types of fasteners can be used known to those skilled in the art, such as a zipper or buttons. The flap 24 can be opened to allow for the ingress and egress of personal electronic devices such as cellular/digital phones and/or other similar wireless communication devices such as pagers, personal digital assistants (commonly referred to as PDAs, Palm Pilots7 and/or Pocket PCs), microcomputers, eBook readers, MP3 players, recording devices, Walkman7 and other similar portable listening devices, portable television sets, portable internet devices, radar detectors, pedometers, remote control units, portable global positioning satellite (GPS) devices, two-way radios, cameras and video recorders/camcorders (including digital cameras and video recorders/camcorders), calculators, and/or miniature flashlights. Within the right breast pocket 12 is a dividing flap 28, as shown in
The left breast pocket 14 also includes a flap 40 and a hidden pocket 42 and operates in the same fashion as the right breast pocket 12. The left breast pocket 14 also includes passageways 44 and 46, which allow for the connection of electrical devices from the left breast pocket 14 to the hidden pocket 42 or allows the wiring from the pockets to enter the central passageway system 38.
The right abdomen pockets 16, as shown in
The left abdomen pocket 18, as shown in
The right privacy zipper pocket 20 and left privacy zipper pocket 22 are located below the right and left abdomen pockets 16 and 18 and are provided with zippers 60 and 62 to seal off the pockets to prevent the accidental loss of batteries, monies or keys.
The raised privacy collar 23, as shown in
The pockets also include dividers (not shown) which have a vertical oriented strip of Velcro7 connected or the inside walls of the pocket and are used to hold beverages and prevent contact between electronic devices. The Velcro7 strip, when closed compartmentalizes the pockets by adjoining the inner and outer walls of the pocket, which prevent beverages from tipping over and shifting around.
The inside of the vest 10, shown in
To interconnect two electronic devices, wherein a first electronic device, such as a cell phone, is located in the right breast pocket 12 and a second electronic device, such as a personal digital assistant (PDA) is located in the left abdomen pocket 18, the wiring for the phone is inserted into the right breast pocket 12, through passageway 34. The middle segment 78 is opened and the wiring is inserted and routed downward until the wiring is positioned at the C-shaped outlets 82. Horizontal passageway 77 is opened and the wiring is inserted and routed around the back of the garment until it arrives at the middle segment 78 on the opposite side of the central opening of the vest. The middle segment 78 is opened and the wiring is inserted and routed downward and inserted through passageway 50 into the left abdomen pocket 18. The PDA can then be inserted into the abdomen pocket 18 and connected to the wiring, interconnecting the phone with the PDA. If the user wants to connect a microphone and earbuds to the collar 23, it can be accomplished without disturbing the interconnection between the phone and the PDA. The microphone and earbuds are first attached to the collar clip 64. Upper segment 80 is opened and the wires for the microphone and earbuds are inserted and routed downward and inserted through passageway 36, allowing the wires to be connected with the phone.
Various features of the invention have been particularly shown and described in connection with the illustrated embodiment of the invention, however, it must be understood that these particular arrangements merely illustrate, and that the invention is to be given its fullest interpretation within the terms of the appended claims. The invention need not encompass all of the attributes described herein. For instance, I intend to cover:
An electronic device personal assistant garment having a plurality of electronic device holding pockets, a plurality of electronic wires, that connect said pockets, said wires being independently and readily removable from said garment to permit said garment to be cleaned or to allow said wires to be interchanged.
An electronic device garment wiring passageway system for containing wiring in a garment of clothing having at least one passageway having at least two segmented flaps fastened along a first edge of said flaps to the garment and releasably attached to said garment along a second edge, the flaps including fasteners along the second edge to secure the flaps to the garment and allowing the flaps to open for the inclusion of the wiring, the at least one passageway further including c-shaped outlets located at intersections formed by the segmented flaps adapted to group the wiring, whereby the flaps can be selectively opened and closed to allow for the placement of the wiring.
The articles specifically set forth in my independent and dependent claims which are not disclosed in the prior art.
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|International Classification||A41D1/00, A41D13/00, A41D3/02, A41D27/20|
|Cooperative Classification||A41D27/205, A41D1/005, A41D13/0012|
|European Classification||A41D1/00B2, A41D27/20D, A41D13/00P|
|Nov 5, 2008||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: SCOTTEVEST, INC., IDAHO
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:P.A.N. TECH LLC;REEL/FRAME:021785/0417
Effective date: 20081027
|Mar 16, 2009||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: TEC-TECHNOLOGY ENABLED CLOTHING, INC., IDAHO
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:SCOTTEVEST, INC.;REEL/FRAME:022408/0513
Effective date: 20090225
|Jun 7, 2011||B1||Reexamination certificate first reexamination|
Free format text: THE PATENTABILITY OF CLAIMS 29, 34, 35, 42 AND 44 IS CONFIRMED. CLAIMS 1-20 WERE PREVIOUSLY CANCELLED. CLAIMS 21-28, 30, 33, 36, 41, 43, 45, 46 AND 48-51 ARE CANCELLED. CLAIMS 31, 32 AND 37 ARE DETERMINED TO BE PATENTABLE AS AMENDED. CLAIMS 38-40, DEPENDENT ON AN AMENDED CLAIM, ARE DETERMINED TO BE PATENTABLE. CLAIM 47 WAS NOT REEXAMINED.
|Jan 24, 2012||FPAY||Fee payment|
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