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Title:
"HANKZ TUCKABLE TISSUE" HANDKERCHIEF SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USING THE SYSTEM
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2018/199939
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
The present invention, generally relates to a handkerchief system, and a method to use it that are effective in preventing the soiling of an individual's hand or hands during coughing, sneezing or blowing his or her nose due to seeping of infected particles and liquids that are expelled while coughing, sneezing or blowing or wiping his or her nose,

Inventors:
BIRD, Justin, Earl (2429 Bissonnet Blvd, #623Houston, TX, 77005, US)
Application Number:
US2017/029615
Publication Date:
November 01, 2018
Filing Date:
April 26, 2017
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
BIRD, Justin, Earl (2429 Bissonnet Blvd, #623Houston, TX, 77005, US)
International Classes:
A41B15/00
Foreign References:
US3674613A1972-07-04
JP2014201865A2014-10-27
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US2121561A1938-06-21
US3110334A1963-11-12
CN2217895Y1996-01-24
GB191308551A1913-10-23
US7013494B22006-03-21
US20060178249A12006-08-10
US1844808A1932-02-09
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
VARELA, Mario, A. (Bibby, McWilliams & Kearney PLLC,410 Pierce St., Suite 24, Houston TX, 77002, US)
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Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A disposable handkerchief system to prevent contact of the individual's hand or hands with the particles and liquids expelled while coughing, sneezing or blowing or wiping his or her nose comprising:

(i) a first tissue liner;

(ii) a base layer;

(iii) a second tissue liner; and

(iv) a pouch.

2. The system of claim 1 , wherein the first tissue liner and second tissue liner are made of soft and absorbent material.

3. The system of claim 1 , wherein the base layer is made of water-repellant material.

4. The system of claim 1 , wherein the pouch is made of water-repellant material.

5. The system of claim 1 , wherein the base layer is placed in between the first tissue liner and second tissue liner.

6. The system of claim 1, wherein the first tissue liner and second tissue liner are joined to opposite sides of the base layer, or sewn, or kept together with adhesive, or welding, or other suitable means.

7. The system of claim 1, wherein the area of the pouch is approximately 1/8 of the area of the second tissue liner.

8. The system of claim 1, wherein the pouch is attached onto the second tissue liner and located proximate to one of its corners.

9. The system of claim 1, wherein the first tissue liner is marked with numeral "1" and the mirror image of numeral "1."

10. The system of claim 1 , wherein the second tissue liner is marked with numerals "2", mirror image of numeral "2", "3", mirror image of numeral "3", the word "INSERT" and an arrow.

11. The system of claim 1, wherein the numerals and other marks are replaced with symbols.

12. The system of claim 1, wherein the handkerchief is inserted and stored inside the pouch.

13. The system of claim 1, wherein the pouch comprises cords, buttons, Velcro, adhesive, or other fastening means to close it, and keep it closed and secured.

14. A method of preventing contact of the individual's hand or hands with the particles and liquids expelled while coughing, sneezing or blowing or wiping his or her nose comprising: after a user has blown their nose and expelled the contents onto the first tissue liner of the handkerchief, the user then folds the handkerchief along the middle vertical crease, left to right, connecting the number 'Τ' to its mirror image number 'T5 and leaving the second tissue liner visible;

rotating the handkerchief ninety (90) degrees clockwise;

folding the handkerchief along a middle vertical crease on the second tissue liner, left to tight, connecting the number "2" to its mirror image number 4'25'.

folding the handkerchief along the horizontal crease, connecting the number "3" to its mirror image number M3": and

the user then lucking the handkerchief into the protective pouch.

Description:
"Hankz Tuckable Tissue" Handkerchief System and Method of Using the

System

Federal Funding Legend

This invention was not created using federal funds. Field of the Invention

The present invention generally relates to personal handkerchiefs, and more particularly to handkerchiefs and methods of using them that are effective in preventing contact of the individual's hand or hands with the particles and liquids expelled while coughing, sneezing or blowing or wiping his or her nose. Background of the Invention

Traditional handkerchiefs are typically squares made of soft absorbent cloth material such as cotton, synthetic blend, or linen, and used for personal hygiene when a user coughs or sneezes or has a running nose, and needs to blow or wipe his or her nose. Facial tissues, in contrast, are absorbent and disposable thin papers, suitable for use to clean the face. Both, handkerchiefs and facial tissues, are easily soaked and saturated with mucus, phlegm or sputum, and do not effectively protect the user's hands from contamination because the mucus can easily seep to the other side of the handkerchief or tissue. Disposable facial tissues have the added problem of easily tearing during use.

Traditional handkerchiefs are designed for multiple uses, and as such, may become infested with germs, which increase the possibility that viruses and bacteria will be spread. Viruses can easily survive in a handkerchief, and even if the user prefers disposable facial tissues, the normal handling of the facial tissues before discarding them may be enough to contaminate the user's hand or hands. Because of the saturation, and possible tearing, users can easily end up with their hands contaminated with nasal mucus, phlegm, sputum, or other body fluids.

Handkerchiefs and facial tissues are typically symmetrical and made of one material in one color. Thus, when a person uses a handkerchief or a facial tissue, the possibility of inadvertently touching a soiled surface is significant, even if the user is careful when folding it. e an infected mdividualhas soiled his hands with mucus, phlegm, sputum, and other potentially infectious liquids, he can transfer that infectious material whet* he shakes his hands with a non-infected individual who may then use his hands to touch his own nmcous membrane; consequently, getting infected. Alternatively, the infected individual .may touch an object such as telephone, door knob, wiling instrument, currency, etc., which a noii-mfeeted person could touch later and carry residues of the mucus, phlegm, or sputum, or other potentially infectious liquids to his own mucous membrane; consequently, getting infected. Thus, it is important to contain the spread of mucus, phlegm, sputum, and potentially infectious liquids, which may carry diseases, and create an effective barrier by preventing the soiling of an indi vidual's hands during coughing, sneezing or blowing or wiping Ms nose.

Therefore, mere is a long-standing and unmet need for a handkerchief or facial tissue product that can act as an effective barrier protect the user's hands fro.ni becoming contaminated with nasal mucus, phlegm, sputum, or other body fluids and consequently prevent the spreads of disease. The present invention fulfills this long-standing need in the art

The in vention is a handkerchief system, that comprises a three-lay er handkerchief in which the middle layer is water-repellant, and acts as an effective barrier against seeping mucus, phlegm, sputum, and potentially infectious liquids that may carry diseases. A preferred embodiment of the invention allows the user to further avoid contact of his/her hands with particles and liquids that are expelled while coughing, sneezing, or blowing or wiping his or her nose, This is preferably achieved when the handkerchief is folded following the method described such, that the user hands never touch the surfaces of the handkerchief that get in contact the user's nose ami mouth.

According to a preferred non-limiting embodiment, a disposable handkerchief system to prevent contact of the individual 5 s hand or bands with the particles and liquids expelled while coughing, sneezing, or blowing or wiping his or her nose comprises:

(i) a first tissue liner;

(ii) a base layer;

(in) a second tissue liner; and

(iv) a pouch. According to another preferred non-limiting embodiment, the first tissue liner and second tissue liner are made of soft and absorbent material.

According to another preferred non-limiting embodiment, the base layer is made of water- repellant material.

According to another preferred non-limiting embodiment, the pouch is made of water- repellant material.

According to another preferred non-limiting embodiment, the base layer is placed in between the first tissue liner and second tissue liner.

According to another preferred non-limiting embodiment, the first tissue liner and second tissue liner are joined to opposite sides of the base layer, or sewn, or kept together with adhesive, or welding, or other suitable means.

According to another preferred non-limiting embodiment, the area of the pouch is approximately 1/8 of the area of the second tissue liner.

According to another preferred non-limiting embodiment, the pouch is attached onto the second tissue liner and located proximate to one of its comers.

According to another preferred non-limiting embodiment, the first tissue liner is marked with numeral "1 " and the mirror image of numeral "1. **

According to another preferred non-limiting embodiment, the second tissue liner is marked with numerals "2", mirror image of numeral "2", "3", mirror image of numeral "3", the word "INSERT' and an arrow.

According to another preferred non-limiting embodiment, the numerals and other marks are replaced with symbols.

According to another preferred non-limiting embodiment, the handkerchief is inserted and stored inside the pouch.

According to another preferred non-limiting embodiment, the pouch comprises cords, buttons, Velcro, adhesive, or other fastening means to close it, and keep it closed and secured.

According to another preferred non-limiting embodiment, a method of preventing contact of the individual's hand or hands with the particles and liquids expelled while coughing, sneezing, or blowing or wiping his or her nose comprising:

after a user has blown their nose and expelled the contents onto the first tissue liner of the handkerchief, the user then folds the handkerchief along the middle vertical crease, left to right, connecting the number "1 " to its mirror image number "1 " and leaving the second tissue liner visible;

rotating the handkerchief ninety (90) degrees clockwise;

folding the handkerchief along a middle vertical crease on the second tissue liner, left to right, connecting the number "2" to its mirror image number "2". folding the handkerchief along the horizontal crease, connecting the number "3" to its mirror image number "3"; and

the user then tucking the handkerchief into the protective pouch. In a further preferred non-limiting embodiment, after a user performs the method as described above, the user then discards the entire protective pouch that contains the handkerchief tucked therein.

In the Summary above, in the Description and the Claims below, and in the accompanying drawings, reference is made to particular features, including method steps, of the invention. For example, where a particular feature is disclosed in the context of a particular aspect, or embodiment of the invention, or a particular claim, that feature can also be used, to the extent possible, in combination with and/or in the context of other particular aspects and embodiments of the invention, and in the invention generally. Still other objects and advantages of preferred embodiments of the present invention will become readily apparent to those skilled in this art from the following detailed description, wherein there is described certain preferred embodiments of the invention, and examples for illustrative purposes.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The previously mentioned features and advantages of the invention, as well as others, will become clearer as a result of the following detailed description in relation to the attached schematic drawings, wherein:

Figure 1 shows a first tissue liner 110 on the front view of the Hankz Tuckable Tissue 100. Figure % shows a two-sided base layer 120 of the Baakx Tuekable Tissue 100, made of so¾ breathable, durable, and water repeilant material such as SMS non-woven .fabric.

Figure 3 illustrates the first tissue liner 110 on the front view of the Haakz Tuekable Tissue 1.00 with a numeral "1" and a mirror image of numeral "1" marked.

Figure 4 shows the back view of the Bank?. Tuekable Tissue 100, illustrating a second tissue liner 130 marked with, numerals *'2 ** , mirror image of numeral "2*, "3", mirror image of numeral **3", the word "INSERT" and an arrow; and a pouch 140,

Figures S through .1.1 illustrate the steps to use, fold and tuck the Haakz Tuekable Tissue

100» DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

The present invention provides several configurations of, and methods of folding aid disposing of, the ^aakz Tuekable Tissue" Handkerchief System so that it can effectively prevent the soiling of an individual's hand or hands during coughing, sneezing, or blowing or wiping his or her nose, and that are also effective in substantially preventing contamination of the environment by infectious particles and infectious liquids that are released while coughing, sneezing, or blowing or wiping one's nose.

As used herein, the "Hankz Tuekable Tissue" Handkerchief System is intended to refer to a significant feature of the present invention, wherein combination of different features of the present invention are effective in catching, or capturing, and retaining, all or substantially all of the particles, liquids and any other materials, including but not limited to infectious particles and infections liquids, thai are released and dispersed, due to coughing, sneezing, or blowing or wiping one's nose. In. the process of catching, or capturing, and retaking, all, or substantially all, of the particles, .liquids and any other materials, including but not limited to infectious particles and infections liquids, the numerous devices and systems of the present invention are effective in preventing the soiling of an kdividuaPs hand or hands during coughing, sneezing or blowing or wiping Ms or her nose.

Certain preferred and non- limiting embodiments of the invention are described herein. "Hankz Tuckable Tissue" Handkerchief System

According to one preferred embodiment, the present invention provides a handkerchief system for substantially preventing contamination and substantially reducing the spread of infectious particles and infectious liquids when an individual is coughing, sneezing, or blowing or wiping his or her nose. The present invention also provides a method comprising the use of this "Hankz Tuckable Tissue" Handkerchief System that substantially prevents contamination of the individual's hands and that also substantially prevents contamination of the environment by infectious particles and infectious liquids that are released and dispersed due to coughing, sneezing, or blowing or wiping one's nose, etc.

Preferably, a "Hankz Tuckable Tissue" Handkerchief System is effective in containing infectious particles and avoiding the soiling of the user's hand or hands while coughing, sneezing or blowing or wiping the user's nose, or a combination thereof.

Figure 1 shows a first tissue liner 110 on the front view of the Hankz Tuckable Tissue 100.

Figure 2 shows a two-sided base layer 120 of the Hankz Tuckable Tissue 100, made of soft, breathable, durable, and water repellant material such as SMS non-woven fabric.

Figures 3 and 4 illustrate the front and back views, respectively, of a preferred embodiment of a representative "Hankz Tuckable Tissue" Handkerchief System described herein, comprising a first tissue liner 110 and a second tissue liner 130, one on each side of the two-sided base layer 120 which is made of a soft, breathable, durable, and water repellant material such as SMS non- woven fabric. Further detailed description of the elements of a representative "Hankz Tuckable Tissue" Handkerchief System is provided below.

According to a preferred non-limiting embodiment, a representative "Hankz Tuckable Tissue" Handkerchief System comprises:

(i) a first tissue liner 110 made of a soft and absorbent material, on one side of a base layer 120;

(ii) the base layer 120 made of soft, breathable, durable, and water repellant material such as SMS non-woven fabric, which has a top surface and a bottom surface; and

(iii) a second tissue liner 130 made of a soft and absorbent material, on the other side of the base layer 120. According to ano ther preferred non-limiting embodiment, the first tissue liner 110 is made of a soft and absorbent material, on oae side of the base layer 120, and is marked with the numerals " 1 ** and the mirror image of numeral " L"

According to another preferred non4hnhing embodiment, the second tissue liner 130 is marked with the numeral s * T\ "fee mirror image of numeral "2", "3 % the mirror image of numeral "3", the word "INSERT' and an arrow.

According to another preferred non-limiting embodiment, the second tissue liner Oil has a pouch 141) located proximate to one corner of the second tissue liner 130.

According to another preferred non-limiting embodiment, the attached pouch 140 has an area of approximately 1/8 of the total area of the second tissue liner 130.

According to another preferred non-limiting embodiment, the poach 1.40 is sewn, or adhered, or welded to the second tissue liner 130, or attached using other suitable means.

According to another preferred non-limiting embodiment the first liner 110, the base layer 120 and the second tissue liner 130 are sewn together, or kept together with adhesive or welding or other suitable means.

According to another preferred non-limiting embodiment, the is Hankz Tuckable Tissue" 100 is made of only one layer, and such layer is internally water repellant, and its top and bottom surfaces are soft and absorbent.

In another preferred non-limiting embodiment, said Hanks Tuckable Tissue .1.00 is folded and inserted and stored inside the pouch 140,

In yet another preferred non-limiting embodiment, said poach 1,40 is made of water repellant. material.

In yet another preferred non»limiting embodiment, said numerals 44 F\ "2", "3", mirror image of numeral "1". mirror image of numeral "2 ' ' ; mirror image of numeral "3", the word ^HMSERT," and the arrow are replaced with other symbols, marks, images, figures, or similar, or none.

In yet another preferred non-limiting embodiment, the "Haakz Tuckable Tissue" Handkerchief System has cords, buttons, Velcro, adhesive, or other means to close it, and keep it closed aud secured.

The "Hank?: Tuckable Tissue * * Handkerchief System is designed so that an individual can cover one's mouth, nose or both to contain expelled particles during coughing, sneezing, blowing or wiping his or her nose or a combination thereof without contaminating Ms or her bands or the surrounding air.

In another preferred embodiment, die Hankz Tucskab!e Tissue 100 comprises non-woven, breathable, water-resistant fabric for either the first tissue liner 110, the second tissue liner 130, or a combination thereof.

In yet other preferred embodiments, any suitable type of joining or melting technologies or processes, such as heat transfer process can be used, for instance, to join or melt the tissue liners 110 and 130 onto the base layer 120, Further, any suitable type of adhesive can be -used to join or fasten the tissue liners 110 and 130 onto the base layer .1.20 together. In one example, the base layer 120 which is made of a water-repellant fabric or something similar, and the tissue liners 110 and 130 which are made of a soft and absorbent material, are square-shaped, and approximately the same size, but it is to be understood that these components can be of any suitable shape and size, and have any suitable length and width and other dimensions.

In a related embodiment, the Handkerchief System comprises any .means or mechanism for securely containing mucus, phlegm, sputum, or other body fluids ejected while sneezing. coughing, or while blowing or wiping one's nose and avoiding contamination of the user's hands or contamination of the environment by infectious particles and infectio us liquids that are released while coughing, sneezing, or blowing or wiping one's nose.

Although the non-limiting embodiment of, and the method of using, the Hankz Tuekable Tissue 100 disclosed herein, show three folding steps, it is to be understood that any number of folding steps can be done with the present invention. Jn oilier embodiments, the Hanks Tuekable Tissue 100 can be designed to have no folds.

Figure 1 illustrates the first tissue liner 110 which is made of a soft and absorbent material on a representative Hankz Tuekable Tissue 100. The Hankz Tuekable Tissue 100 can be a square shape, although other forms may also be used.

Figure 2 illustrates an inner construction detail sho wing the base layer 120, which is made of a water repellant material, and it is adhered to the first tissue liner 110. Figure 3 illustrate the first tissue liner .1,10 on the front view of the Hankz Tuckable Tissue

100.

Figure 4 shows the reverse side of the Hanks Tuckable Tissue 100 with the second tissue liner 130 and the pouch 140 proximate to one comer. The second tissue liner 130 is prefcrabiy made of soft and absorbent material, and It is adhered to the base layer 120. The pouch 140 is preferably made of water repe!lant materiaL and it may have aa attached cord, button, Velero, adhesive, etc, to ensure it can he securely closed when all the folding steps have been performed, ami the Hankz Tuckable Tissue 180 has been inserted into it.

Ftgare 5 shows the starling position of the Hankz Tuckable Tissue 100 with the numeral "I ** and the mirror image of numeral " Γ * visible, before a first folding step.

Figure 6 shews the Hankz Tuckable Tissue 100 after the first folding step with the numeral

"2'' and the mirror image of numeral "2*" visible.

Figure 7 illustrates the Hankz Tuckable Tissue 100 after a 90-degree clockwise rotation, and before a second folding step. Figure 8 illustrates the Hankz Tuckable Tissue 100 after the second folding step with the numeral "3" and the mirror image of numeral "3" visible, and before a third folding step.

Figure 9 illustrates the Hankz Tuckable Tissue 100 after the third folding step with the word "INSERT* and a vertical arrow above it marked.

Figure 10 shows the Hankz Tuckable Tissue 100 being tucked inside the pouch 1.40, Figure 11 shows the Hankz Tuckable Tissue 100 contained Inside its poach 140, and ready for disposal.

in yet another preferred non-limiting embodiment, a method of using the "Hankz Tuckable Tissue" 100 to prevent tire soiling of an individual's hand or hands during coughing, sneezing, or blowing or wiping his or her nose, and to substantially prevent contamination of the environment by infectious particles aad infectious liquids that are released while coughing, sneezing, or blowing or wiping one's nose, comprises:

Step .1 ; After a user has sneezed, coughed or blown or wiped their nose aad expelled the contents onto the surface of the first tissue liner 116, the user then folds the Hank?; Tuckahle Tissue .100 along the middle vertical crease, left to right, connecting the numeral "V to its mirror image of numeral " F \

Step 2: The user now views the second, tissue liner 130 with numeral ** 2" and its mirror image "2* marked. The user may then rotate the "Haakz Tuckahle Tissue" Handkerchief System

.ninety (SHI) degrees clockwise.

Step 3: Optionally, the user may again cough or sneeze, blow or wipe their nose and expel the contents onto the exposed surface of the second tissue liner 130.

Step 4: The user then folds the Haakz Tuekable Tissue 100 along the middle vertical crease, left to right, connecting the numeral "2" to the mirror image of numeral * '2'*.

Step 5: Optionally, the user may again cough or sneeze, Mow or wipe their nose and expel the contents onto the exposed surface of the second tissue liner 130.

Step 6: The user then folds along the hori?;ontal crease, connecting the numeral "3" to the mirror image of numeral !t 3".

Step 7: Optionally, the user may then use the exposed surface of the second tissue liner .1.30 for clean up or to wipe up their face,

Step 8: The user then uses their thumbs and index fingers, and begins to tuck the Haakz Tuekab!e

Tissue 100 by pressing where the word 'INSERT" is marked Into the pocket of the pouch 140,

Step ff: The user then disposes of the used "Haakz Tuckahle Tissue" Handkerchief System,

The present invention surprisingly creates a handkerchief system that can act as an effective barrier to prevent fee spread of mucus, phlegm, sputum, and potentially infectious liquids, which may carry diseases,, by preventing the soiling of an individual's hands during coughing, sneezing or blowing or wiping his nose.

Although, the present invention has been described in considerable detail with reference to certain preferred embodiments, other embodiments are possible and within the scope of the invention. Therefore, the spirit and scope of the invention should not be limited to tire description contained herein.