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Title:
PROTECTIVE GLOVE AND METHODS OF MAKING AND USE THEREOF
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2019/212961
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A glove having a dorsal portion, the dorsal portion including a first material divided into first and second sections, a fastening device for selectively attaching and detaching the first and second sections of the dorsal portion, and a fastening device gripping feature attached to the fastening device, the glove also having a palmar portion, the palmar portion including at least a section comprising a second material, and a wrist portion attached to the dorsal portion and the palmar portion, wherein the wrist portion is selectively movable between an open and a closed position about a wearer's wrist and includes a wrist opening gripping feature.

Inventors:
RAZDAN, Chaitenya (INC.25 Broadway,,9th Floo, New York New York, 10004, US)
RAMOS, Rachel Sax (INC.25 Broadway,,9th Floo, New York New York, 10004, US)
JONES, Lucy (INC.25 Broadway,,9th Floo, New York New York, 10004, US)
Application Number:
US2019/029626
Publication Date:
November 07, 2019
Filing Date:
April 29, 2019
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
CAREANDWEAR II, INC. (25 Broadway, 9th Floo, New York New York, 10004, US)
International Classes:
A41D19/00
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
CHESSER, Wilburn L. et al. (Arent Fox, LLP1717 K Street, N.W, Washington District of Columbia, 20006-5344, US)
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Claims:
CLAIMS

1 . A glove, comprising:

a dorsal portion, the dorsal portion comprising a first material divided into a first and a second section, the dorsal portion further including:

a fastening device for selectively attaching and detaching the first and second sections of the dorsal portion; and

a fastening device gripping feature attached to the fastening device; a palmar portion, the palmar portion including:

at least a section comprising a second material; and

a wrist portion attached to the dorsal portion and the palmar portion, wherein the wrist portion is selectively movable between an open and a closed position about a wearer’s wrist, the wrist portion further including:

a wrist opening gripping feature.

2. The glove of claim 1 , wherein the fastening device is a zipper.

3. The glove of claim 1 , wherein the wrist portion comprises a hook and loop surface.

4. The glove of claim 1 , wherein the fastening device divides the dorsal portion into the first and second sections at an angle.

5. The glove of claim 4, wherein the fastening device comprises a first point proximal a first corner of the dorsal portion and a second point proximal a second corner of the dorsal portion.

6. The glove of claim 5, wherein the fastening device is provided on at least a portion of the palmar portion.

7. The glove of claim 1 , wherein the fastening device is configured to be provided in at least an open position and a closed position, and

wherein the glove has a generally planar configuration when the fastening device is provided in the open position.

8. The glove of claim 2, wherein the fastening device gripping feature comprises a pull tab having a loop.

9. The glove of claim 3, wherein the wrist opening gripping feature comprises a pull tab having a loop.

10. The glove of claim 1 , wherein the first material is selected from the group consisting of conductive materials, neoprene, wool, cotton, leather, synthetic fibers, polyester, spandex, nylon, polyurethane, rubber, and combinations thereof.

1 1. The glove of claim 1 , wherein the second material is selected from the group consisting of polyester, spandex, nylon, polyurethane, rubber, wool, cotton, leather, synthetic fibers, and combinations thereof.

12. The glove of claim 1 , wherein the first material is different from the second material.

13. The glove of claim 12, wherein the first material provides a first level of friction when in contact with a surface, and

wherein the second material provides a second level of friction when in contact with the surface, the second level of friction being greater than the first level of friction.

14. The glove of claim 1 further comprising a third material, the third material being different from the first material and the second material.

15. A method of donning the glove according to claim 1 , the method comprising:

placing a wearer’s hand into the palmar portion of the glove while the glove is on a surface with the fastening device in an open position such that at least a portion of the dorsal portion and at least a portion of the palmar portion are in contact with the surface, and moving the fastening device to a closed position such that a dorsal side of the wearer’s hand is proximal the dorsal portion.

16. The method of claim 15, further comprising:

moving the wrist portion to the closed position after the wearer’s hand is provided on the palmar portion.

17. The method of claim 15, wherein the fastening device is a zipper.

18. The method of claim 17, wherein the fastening device gripping feature comprises a pull tab having a loop.

19. The method of claim 15, wherein the wrist portion comprises a hook and loop surface.

20. The method of claim 19, wherein the wrist opening gripping feature comprises a pull tab having a loop.

Description:
PROTECTIVE GLOVE AND METHODS OF MAKING AND USE THEREOF

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION

[001] This application claims priority to U.S. Provisional Application No.

62/665,312, filed May 1 , 2018, the disclosure of which is expressly incorporated herein in its entirety by reference.

TECHNICAL FIELD

[002] Aspects of the present disclosure are directed to a protective gloving configured to provide easy donning and/or doffing.

BACKGROUND OF THE DISCLOSURE

[003] Gloves are known in the art to protect a wearer’s hands from potentially damaging external environments. However, gloves currently known in the art require hand mobility in order for a wearer to don and/or doff the glove on one’s own. There is thus a need in the art for a glove that may be donned and/or doffed by a wearer, including wearers having limited hand mobility.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DISCLOSURE

[004] Aspects of the present disclosure are directed to a protective glove comprising a palmar portion, a dorsal portion, one or more finger portions, a wrist portion, a fastening device, and/or one or more gripping devices. According to some aspects, the glove is configured to provide easy donning and/or doffing. Aspects of the present disclosure are also directed to methods of making the glove described herein and methods of using the same.

[005] Additional advantages and novel features of these aspects will be set forth in part in the description that follows, and in part will become more apparent to those skilled in the art upon examination of the following or upon learning by practice of the disclosure.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[006] The accompanying drawings, which are incorporated into and constitute a part of this specification, illustrate one or more example aspects of the present disclosure and, together with the detailed description, serve to explain their principles and implementations.

[007] FIG. 1 A shows a dorsal view of an example glove according to aspects of the present disclosure.

[008] FIG. 1 B shows a palmar view of an example glove according to aspects of the present disclosure.

[009] FIG. 2A shows a dorsal view of an example glove according to aspects of the present disclosure with example dimensions.

[0010] FIG. 2B shows a palmar view of an example glove according to aspects of the present disclosure with example dimensions.

[001 1] FIG. 3A shows a Photostat of a dorsal view of an example glove according to aspects of the present disclosure.

[0012] FIG. 3B shows a Photostat of a palmar view of an example glove according to aspects of the present disclosure.

[0013] FIG. 4 shows a close up view of an example gripping feature according to aspects of the present disclosure.

[0014] FIG. 5 shows a Photostat of an example glove in an open or generally planar configuration, in accordance with aspects of the present disclosure.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE DISCLOSURE

[0015] Aspects of the present disclosure are directed to a protective glove comprising a palmar portion, a dorsal portion, one or more finger portions, a wrist portion, a fastening device, and/or one or more gripping devices. According to some aspects, the protective glove is configured to provide easy donning and/or doffing. Aspects of the present disclosure are also directed to methods of making the glove described herein and methods of using the same.

[0016] As used herein, the term “glove” refers to an article of clothing configured to be worn on a hand. As shown in FIGS. 1 A and 1 B, a glove 1 may comprise a palmar portion 1 1 , that is, a portion of the glove 1 proximal the palm of a wearer’s hand when the glove 1 is worn, and a dorsal portion 12, that is, a portion of the glove 1 proximal the dorsal side of a wearer’s hand when the glove 1 is worn. The glove 1 may also comprise one or more finger portions 13, such as five finger portions 13 configured to protect each of a wearer’s five fingers. It should be understood, however, that the number of finger portions 13 may be selected to provide any acceptable number of finger portions. For example, the one or more finger portions 13 may comprise two finger portions, such as a thumb portion configured to protect a wearer’s thumb and a second finger portion configured to protect a wearer’s remaining fingers (e.g., similar to a mitten). According to some aspects, the glove 1 may further comprise a wrist portion 14, that is, a portion of the glove 1 configured to protect a wearer’s wrist.

[0017] According to some aspects, the palmar portion, the dorsal portion, the one or more finger portions, and/or the wrist portion may comprise one or more different materials.

[0018] For example, as shown in FIG. 1A, the dorsal portion 12 and/or the one or more finger portions 13 may comprise at least a first material 15 configured to protect the hand of a wearer (e.g., from environmental conditions) while also providing adequate functionality. As used herein, the term “adequate functionality” refers to the ability of a wearer to perform one or more functions while wearing the glove 1. Examples of the one or more functions include, but are not limited to, flexion of the fingers, extension of the fingers, use of technology (e.g., devices with touch screens), and combinations thereof. Example materials useful for the first material include, but are not limited to, conductive materials, neoprene, wool, cotton, leather, synthetic fibers, polyester, spandex, nylon, polyurethane, rubber, and combinations thereof.

[0019] As shown in FIG. 1A, the dorsal portion 12 and/or the one or more finger portions 13 may alternatively or additionally comprise a second material 16 that is different from the first material 15. According to some aspects, the second material 16 may also provide adequate functionality, as described herein. Alternatively or additionally, the second material 16 may provide adequate gripping. As used herein, the term“adequate gripping” refers to an acceptable level of friction provided by the material when in contact with a surface. According to some aspects, the acceptable level of friction may be a level of friction that is greater than the level of friction provided by the first material 15 when the first material 15 is in contact with the same surface. Example materials useful for the second material include, but are not limited to, polyester, spandex, nylon, polyurethane, rubber, wool, cotton, leather, synthetic fibers, and combinations thereof.

[0020] For example, as shown in FIG. 1 A, at least two of the at least one finger portions 13 may comprise the second material 16. In this example, at least the thumb portion 17 and the forefinger portion 18 may comprise the second material, such that in use, when an object is gripped between the thumb and forefinger of a wearer, the acceptable level of friction is provided. For example, the glove 1 may be configured such that when a wearer operates a wheelchair, crutch, or other living aid, an acceptable level of friction is provided between the glove and the living aid, and thus, facilitated use of the living aid is provided to the wearer.

[0021] As shown in FIG. 1 B, the palmar portion 1 1 of the glove 1 may comprise a third material 19. The third material may also provide adequate functionality and/or adequate gripping, as described herein. It should be understood that the third material 19 may be different from the first material 15 and/or the second material 16, or it may be the same as the first material 15 and/or the second material 16. In some aspects, the third material 19 is the same as or has similar properties to the second material 16 as described herein.

[0022] It should be understood that each of the palmar portion 11 , the dorsal portion 12, and/or the one or more finger portions 13 may comprise the materials as described herein or may consist of the materials as described herein. For example, the palmar portion may comprise both the first material 15 and the third material 19, wherein the third material 19 is layered on the first material 15. In some example embodiments, each of the palmar portion 11 , the dorsal portion 12, and/or the one or more finger portions 13 may each consist solely of the material as described herein, that is, such that there is no overlapping material other than the overlap necessary for attaching the glove portions to one another (e.g., via stitching). [0023] According to some aspects, the glove 1 may further comprise a fastening device configured to be moved between an open position and a closed position (movement from the open position to the closed position and vice versa also being referred to herein as selective attaching and detaching, respectively). According to some aspects, the fastening device may separate one or more of the glove components into two or more section. For example, the fastening device may divide the dorsal portion into a first section and a second section. In particular, in the example shown in FIGs. 1A and 1 B, the fastening device may divide the dorsal portion into a first section and a second section at an angle, that is, wherein the fastening device has a first point proximal a top corner 115 (FIG. 1A) (also interchangeably referred to herein as a“first corner”) of the dorsal portion (e.g., near the one or more finger portions) and a second point 116 (FIG. 1 B) proximal a bottom corner (also interchangeably referred to herein as a“second corner”) of the dorsal portion and/or palmar portion (e.g., near the wrist portion). According to some aspects, the fastening device may be provided on more than one glove components. For example, the fastening device may at least partially wrap around the glove such that it contacts at least a portion of the dorsal portion and a portion of the palmar portion of the glove (for example, as shown in FIGs. 1 A and 1 B).

[0024] In the example shown in FIG. 1A, the fastening device 11 1 may comprise a zipper. However, it should be understood that any suitable fastener or features may be used in accordance with aspects of the present disclosure, so long as the fastening device may be moved between an open position and a closed position, and may function as described herein. Example fasteners include, but are not limited to, zippers, hook and loop fasteners (e.g., VELCRO®), and adhesives. As shown in FIG. 1A, at least a portion of the fastening device 11 1 (e.g., the path along which the pull tab of the zipper travels, or the teeth of the zipper) may be curved. Alternatively or additionally, the fastening device may comprise one or more straight portions.

[0025] According to some aspects, the fastening device 111 may be configured to provide easy donning and/or doffing of the glove 1. For example, according to some aspects, the glove 1 may be donned and/or doffed (i.e., put on and taken off, respectively) by a wearer who does not have full mobility of one or both hands. According to some aspects, easy donning and/or doffing of the glove 1 may be provided by moving the fastening device to an open position such that at least a portion of the glove 1 is placeable in an open, or generally planar configuration. It should be understood that one or more features of the fastening device 1 11 as described herein may be selected in order to maximize the beneficial effects thereof (e.g., providing easy donning and/or doffing).

[0026] As used herein, the term“generally planar configuration” refers to a position wherein there is no overlap in material. For example, as shown in FIG. 5, at least a portion of the glove 1 (FIGs. 1A and 1 B) may be provided in a generally planar configuration when the fastening device 1 11 (FIG. 1A) is provided in an open (e.g., unzipped) position. In this position, a portion of the palmar portion 11 (FIG. 1 B) and a portion of the dorsal portion 12 (FIG. 1A) may not overlap such that both portions may contact one planar surface. In this way, donning and/or doffing of the glove 1 (FIGs. 1A and 1 B) may be more easily provided. For example, donning the glove 1 of FIGs. 1A and 1 B when in the position of FIG. 5 may comprise placing the glove 1 (FIGs. 1A and 1 B) on a surface with the palmar portion 11 proximal the surface, positioning the fastening device 11 1 in an open position such that a portion of the glove is in a generally planar configuration, placing a wearer’s hand onto the palmar portion 1 1 , optionally closing a wrist portion 14 of the glove (as described herein), and positioning the fastening device 1 11 in a closed position such that the dorsal portion 12 is proximal (e.g., wrapped over) the dorsal portion of the wearer’s hand. Doffing the glove 1 may comprise reversing these steps. In this way, the glove 1 may be donned and/or doffed without requiring the wearer to use, for example, a second hand to hold and/or pull at the glove 1 when donning and/or doffing the same.

[0027] According to some aspects, one or more features of the glove may further aid in easy donning and/or doffing thereof. In one example, the material used to provide adequate gripping may aid in donning and/or doffing of the glove. For example, as shown in FIG. 1 B, the third material 19 comprised by the palmar portion 11 of the glove 1 may provide adequate gripping such that when the glove 1 is provided on a surface with the palmar portion 1 1 proximal the surface (e.g., as described herein), the third material 19 may inhibit or prevent movement of the glove 1 , for example, when a wearer’s hand is placed onto the palmar portion 11 , as described herein.

[0028] Alternatively or additionally the glove may comprise one or more gripping devices (also referred to herein as a“gripping feature” or a“fastening device gripping feature” or a“wrist opening gripping feature”). As used herein, the term“gripping device” or“gripping feature” or“fastening device gripping feature” or a“wrist opening gripping feature” refers to a feature that aids in gripping of one or more portions of the glove (for example, the fastening device or wrist portion).

[0029] For example, as shown in FIG. 1 B, the glove 1 may comprise a gripping f 112 in communication with at least a portion of the fastening device 11 1 (e.g., in communication with the zipper). The gripping feature 112 may allow a wearer to more easily engage a portion of the fastening device 1 1 1 than would otherwise be possible without the gripping feature 1 12. For example, the gripping feature 112 may comprise a pull tab having a loop. In this way, even a wearer without full mobility of his or her hands may engage the fastening device 1 11 (e.g., by placing one or more fingers through the loop). Other example gripping devices include, but are not limited to, fabric hook and loop fasteners (e.g., VELCRO®), ropes, and bands (e.g., a plastic band). FIG. 4 shows a close up view of an example gripping feature 41 in communication with (e.g., attached to) a portion of a zipper.

[0030] According to some aspects, as shown in FIGs. 1A and 1 B, the glove 1 may further comprise a wrist portion 14, that is, a portion proximal to a wearer’s wrist when the glove 1 is worn. The wrist portion 14 may comprise a different material 113 than any of the materials described herein or it may comprise the same material as any of the materials described herein. According to some aspects, the wrist portion 14 may be selectively placed in either a closed position or an open position. For example, the wrist portion 14 may be placed in an open position to allow donning and/or doffing of the glove 1 , and may be placed in a closed position to secure the glove 1 or to protect a portion of the wearer (e.g., the wearer’s wrist) when the glove 1 is worn. According to some aspects, the wrist portion 14 may comprise one or more features to secure the wrist portion 14 in the closed position (e.g., a hook and loop fastener, an adhesive, and combinations thereof) and/or may comprise a gripping feature 1 14 similar to gripping feature 1 12, which may aid in moving the wrist portion 14 between the closed and open positions.

[0031] FIG. 2A shows a dorsal view of an example glove according to aspects of the present disclosure with example dimensions.

[0032] FIG. 2B shows a palmar view of an example glove according to aspects of the present disclosure with example dimensions.

[0033] FIG. 3A shows a Photostat of a dorsal view of an example glove according to aspects of the present disclosure.

[0034] FIG. 3B shows a Photostat of a palmar view of an example glove according to aspects of the present disclosure.

[0035] FIG. 5 shows a Photostat of an example glove, such as the glove of FIGs. 3A and 3B, placed in an open or generally planar configuration, in accordance with aspects of the present disclosure.

[0036] Aspects of the present disclosure are also directed to methods of making and using the glove as described herein.

[0037] While the aspects described herein have been described in conjunction with the example aspects outlined above, various alternatives, modifications, variations, improvements, and/or substantial equivalents, whether known or that are or may be presently unforeseen, may become apparent to those having at least ordinary skill in the art. Accordingly, the example aspects, as set forth above, are intended to be illustrative, not limiting. Various changes may be made without departing from the spirit and scope of the disclosure. Therefore, the disclosure is intended to embrace all known or later-developed alternatives, modifications, variations, improvements, and/or substantial equivalents.

[0038] Thus, the claims are not intended to be limited to the aspects shown herein, but are to be accorded the full scope consistent with the language of the claims, where reference to an element in the singular is not intended to mean“one and only one” unless specifically so stated, but rather“one or more.” All structural and functional equivalents to the elements of the various aspects described throughout this disclosure that are known or later come to be known to those of ordinary skill in the art are expressly incorporated herein by reference and are intended to be encompassed by the claims. Moreover, nothing disclosed herein is intended to be dedicated to the public regardless of whether such disclosure is explicitly recited in the claims. No claim element is to be construed as a means plus function unless the element is expressly recited using the phrase“means for.”

[0039] Further, the word“example” is used herein to mean“serving as an example, instance, or illustration.” Any aspect described herein as“example” is not necessarily to be construed as preferred or advantageous over other aspects. Unless specifically stated otherwise, the term“some” refers to one or more. Combinations such as“at least one of A, B, or C,”“at least one of A, B, and C,” and“A, B, C, or any combination thereof” include any combination of A, B, and/or C, and may include multiples of A, multiples of B, or multiples of C. Specifically, combinations such as“at least one of A, B, or C,”“at least one of A, B, and C,” and“A, B, C, or any combination thereof” may be A only, B only, C only, A and B, A and C, B and C, or A and B and C, where any such combinations may contain one or more member or members of A, B, or C. Nothing disclosed herein is intended to be dedicated to the public regardless of whether such disclosure is explicitly recited in the claims.

[0040] The word“about” is used herein to mean within ±5% of the stated value, optionally within ±4%, optionally within ±3%, optionally within ±2%, optionally within ±1 %, optionally within ±0.5%, optionally within ±0.1 %, and optionally within ±0.01 %.