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Title:
CLOTHING CLIP APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR USING SAME
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2015/084583
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A clothing clip apparatus (10) and a method for using same secure a garment (11) in a position to allow a woman to nurse a child. A strap (12) having a clip (20) at one end and a ring (22) at an opposite end secure the garment (11). The clothing clip apparatus (10) attaches to a collar (31) of the garment (11). The strap (12) is dropped inside the garment (11), and the user grabs the ring (22) and lifts the garment (11) into a position for nursing the child.

Inventors:
LAHANN MELISSA (US)
Application Number:
PCT/US2014/066148
Publication Date:
June 11, 2015
Filing Date:
November 18, 2014
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
HAPPY FIG LLC (US)
International Classes:
A41D1/215; A41F1/00; A44B11/28
Foreign References:
US20080083096A12008-04-10
US5740566A1998-04-21
US20120255144A12012-10-11
US20120180197A12012-07-19
US2442105A1948-05-25
US6038745A2000-03-21
JP2004003084A2004-01-08
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
MATTSON, Brian, M. (P.C.2849 W. Armitage Ave, Chicago IL, US)
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Claims:
I CLAIM :

1. An apparatus comprising:

a strap defining a length from a first end to a second end; a clip located at the first end wherein the clip has a fixed base and a movable part wherein the fixed base is attached to the strap wherein the movable part is configured to move relative to the fixed base; and

an attachment device located at the second end wherein the attachment device connects to the movable part of the clip to form a loop with the strap.

2. The apparatus of Claim 1 further comprising:

a magnet attached to the first end of the strap wherein the magnet attracts the attachment device.

3. The apparatus of Claim 1 further comprising:

magnets positioned along the length of the strap between the first end and the second end wherein at least one of the magnets attracts the clip.

4. The apparatus of Claim 1 further comprising:

a first magnet at the first end of the strap and a second magnet at the second end of the strap wherein the first magnet attracts the second magnet.

5. The apparatus of Claim 1 further comprising:

a magnet attached to the clip wherein the magnet attracts the attachment device.

6. The apparatus of Claim 1 wherein the length of the strap is adj ustable .

7. The apparatus of Claim 1 further comprising:

a fabric portion along the length of the strap wherein the fabric portion holds the attachment device to the strap.

8. The apparatus of Claim 1 further comprising:

a tip positioned on the movable part of the clip wherein the tip is constructed of a pliable material.

9. The apparatus of Claim 1 further comprising:

a metal disc attached to the strap wherein the metal disc is magnetic .

10. The apparatus of Claim 1 further comprising:

a pocket formed by stitching in the strap wherein the pocket holds a magnet therein.

11. The apparatus of Claim 1 further comprising:

a fastener on the strap wherein the fastener attaches the strap to the garment.

12. The apparatus of Claim 1 further comprising:

an adjustment slide positioned between the first end of the strap and the second end of the strap wherein the strap passes through openings in the adjustment slide to adjust the length of the strap .

13. The apparatus of Claim 1 wherein the attachment device is a magnet wherein the magnet attracts the movable part of the clip.

14. The apparatus of Claim 1 wherein the attachment device is a ring wherein the ring encircles the movable part of the clip.

15. A method for holding a garment having a bottom and a neck opening using a strap with a clip at a first end of the strap, the method comprising:

attaching the clip to the neck opening;

raising the garment from the bottom of the garment to the neck opening of the garment to form a gathered portion of the garment; encircling the gathered portion with the strap; and

connecting a second end of the strap to the first end of the strap .

16. The method of Claim 15 further comprising:

attaching the strap to the garment.

17. The method of Claim 15 further comprising:

attaching a cover to the strap wherein the cover is positioned over the garment.

18. The method of Claim 15 further comprising:

holding an object with the strap wherein the strap passes through the object wherein the object is at least one of a pacifier, a key ring, a teething device, a toy, a card, a cloth, a bib and a cover .

19. A system for holding a garment having a bottom and a neck opening worn by a nursing woman, the system comprising:

a strap having a first end and a second end with a clip positioned at the first end wherein the clip attaches to the neck opening wherein the garment is raised from the bottom of the garment to the neck opening of the garment to form a gathered portion of the garment wherein the strap encircles the gathered portion wherein the second end of the strap connects to the first end of the strap; and a cover having an opening wherein the strap passes through the opening .

20. The system of Claim 19 further comprising:

a magnet on the cover wherein the magnet attracts the clip to hold the cover to the clip.

Description:
SPECIFICATION

Title

"CLOTHING CLIP APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR USING SAME" CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

This application claims the benefit of U.S. Provisional

Patent Application No. 61/911,778, filed December 4, 2013, the disclosure of which is incorporated herein by reference.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to a clothing clip apparatus and a method for using same. More specifically, the present invention relates to a clothing clip apparatus and a method for using same which may secure a garment in a position to allow a woman to nurse a child.

In general, while breast feeding a child, a woman may need to move her clothing to permit access for her child to her breast (s) . She may have to hold her shirt or blouse away from her breast (s) . A woman typically uses one of her hands to hold the shirt away from her breast. However, doing so may prevent the woman from securely holding and/or positioning the child for feeding. In some cases, a woman may contort her neck to use her head to retain her shirt in the necessary position which may make breast feeding uncomfortable. A woman may also attempt to hold her garment away from her child by using her teeth and/or mouth to hold the garment. Also, a woman may need assistance from another person in preparing for and/or performing the breast feeding and/or when a woman uses a breast pump.

Another common problem may occur when the top garment of the nursing woman may tend to fall back down, at least partially covering the breast that the child is attempting to access for feeding. The garment may thus interfere with access to the breast for the nursing child. This obstruction and/or interference may be annoying to the baby and/or the woman. The interference may render the child unable to properly feed in such an instance. The child may become frustrated to the point of not feeding properly and/or not feeding at all.

To combat the tendency of the top to slide down and/or obstruct the breast, the woman may have to manually hold her top and/or repeatedly re-position her top when the top may slide down. Moreover, the nursing woman may have to remove her top entirely. Such solutions are inconvenient, time-consuming and/or annoying for the woman and/or child.

A need, therefore, exists for a device and/or a method which may be used to quickly and/or conveniently hold a garment above the breast (s) of a woman during the nursing process of a child. Also, a need exists for a device and/or method which may be used to hold a garment above the breast (s) when a woman uses a breast pump. Further, a need exists for a device and/or a method which frees both hands of a woman during breast feeding so that she may more securely hold the child in the proper position for greater comfort and/or security for the woman and/or the nursing child.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to a clothing clip apparatus and a method for using same. More specifically, the present invention relates to a clothing clip apparatus and a method for using same which may secure a garment in a position to allow a woman to nurse a child.

A clothing clip apparatus and a method for using same may secure a garment in a position to allow a woman to nurse a child. A strap having a clip at one end and a ring at an opposite end may be used to secure the garment. The clothing clip apparatus may be attached to a collar of the garment. The strap may be dropped inside the garment, and the user may grab the ring and lift the garment into a desired position for nursing the child. The ring may then be positioned over a top end of the clip to form a loop with the strap around the garment. The ring may hook onto the clip. The ring may also be magnetically attracted to the

-2- magnet and/or the clip. The magnetic attraction between the ring and the magnet or the ring and the clip may provide additional security for retaining the garment in the desired position. The method of securing the garment using the clothing clip apparatus may be performed by the woman alone, without assistance using only one hand. Thus, the woman may hold and/or position the child during the process of securing the garment for the nursing process .

To this end, an apparatus is provided having a strap defining a length from a first end to a second end and a clip located at the first end. The clip may have a fixed base and a movable part. The fixed base may be attached to the strap, and the movable part may be configured to move relative to the fixed base. An attachment device may be located at the second end and may connect to the movable part of the clip to form a loop with the strap.

In an embodiment, a magnet may be attached to the first end of the strap. The magnet may attract the attachment device.

In an embodiment, magnets may be positioned along the length of the strap between the first end and the second end. At least one of the magnets may attract the clip.

In an embodiment, a first magnet may be positioned at the first end of the strap and a second magnet may be positioned at the second end of the strap. The first magnet may attract the second magnet.

In an embodiment, a magnet may be attached to the clip and may attract the attachment device.

In an embodiment, the length of the strap is adjustable. In an embodiment, a fabric portion may be positioned along the length of the strap and may hold the attachment device to the strap.

In an embodiment, a tip may be positioned on the movable part of the clip. The tip may be constructed of a pliable material .

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In an embodiment, a metal disc may be attached to the strap. The metal disc may be magnetic.

In an embodiment, a pocket may be formed by stitching in the strap. The pocket may hold a magnet therein.

In an embodiment, a fastener on the strap may attach the strap to the garment.

In an embodiment, an adjustment slide may be positioned between the first end of the strap and the second end of the strap. The strap may pass through openings in the adjustment slide to adjust the length of the strap.

In an embodiment, the attachment device may be a magnet that may attract the movable part of the clip.

In an embodiment, the attachment device may be a ring that may encircle the movable part of the clip.

In another embodiment, a method for holding a garment having a bottom and a neck opening using a strap with a clip at a first end of the strap is provided. The clip may attach to the neck opening. The garment may be raised from the bottom of the garment to the neck opening of the garment to form a gathered portion of the garment. The gathered portion may be encircled with the strap. A second end of the strap may be connected to the first end of the strap.

In an embodiment, the strap may be attached to the garment.

In an embodiment, a cover may be attached to the strap, and the cover may be positioned over the garment.

In an embodiment, an object may be held with the strap. The strap may pass through the object. The object may be at least one of a pacifier, a key ring, a teething device, a toy, a card, a cloth, a bib and a cover.

In a further embodiment, a system for holding a garment having a bottom and a neck opening worn by a nursing woman is provided. The system may have a strap with a first end and a second end. A clip may be positioned at the first end and may attach to the neck opening. The garment may be raised from the

-4- bottom of the garment to the neck opening of the garment to form a gathered portion of the garment. The strap may encircle the gathered portion, and the second end of the strap may connect to the first end of the strap. A cover may have an opening, and the strap may pass through the opening.

In an embodiment, a magnet on the cover may attract the clip to hold the cover to the clip.

It is, therefore, an advantage of the present invention to provide a clothing clip apparatus and a method for using same to secure a garment in a position to allow a woman to nurse a child.

Another advantage of the present invention is to provide a clothing clip apparatus and a method for using same which may reduce an amount of time required for securing a garment in a position to allow a woman to nurse a child.

Yet another advantage of the present invention is to provide a clothing clip apparatus and a method for using same which may reduce an amount of effort required for securing a garment in a position to allow a woman to nurse a child.

Another advantage of the present invention is to provide a clothing clip apparatus and a method for using same which may allow a user to secure a garment in a position using only one hand .

An advantage of the present invention is to provide a clothing clip apparatus and a method for using same which is constructed of materials and/or components that do not harm the garment of a user.

A still further advantage of the present invention is to provide a clothing clip apparatus and a method for using same which is easy to operate by a single user while holding a child.

A further advantage of the present invention is to provide a clothing clip apparatus and a method for using same which is capable of securing garments of varying bulk, thickness and/or weight .

Moreover, an advantage of the present invention is to

-5- provide a clothing clip apparatus and a method for using same which is capable of securing more than one garment simultaneously .

A further advantage of the present invention is to provide a clothing clip apparatus and a method for using same which may be used without causing harm to the child while in use.

Another advantage of the present invention is to provide a clothing clip apparatus and a method for using same which may be used without the child being able to unlatch the apparatus.

Moreover, an advantage of the present invention is to provide a clothing clip apparatus and a method for using same which may be used without the child becoming entangled in the apparatus .

Another advantage of the present invention is to provide a clothing clip apparatus and a method for using same which is lightweight.

Yet another advantage of the present invention is to provide a clothing clip apparatus and a method for using same which may have an apparatus made of a resilient material.

A further advantage of the present invention is to provide a clothing clip apparatus which is easy to clean.

Another advantage of the present invention is to provide a clothing clip apparatus which is resistant to water, mold and mildew .

Still further, an advantage of the present invention is to provide a clothing clip apparatus and a method for using same which is adjustable in length.

Yet another advantage of the present invention is to provide a clothing clip apparatus and a method for using same which is inexpensive .

Another advantage of the present invention is to provide a clothing clip apparatus and a method for using same which can be attached to a nursing cover to provide privacy, shade, warmth and/or the like while the child is nursing. A further advantage of the present invention is to provide a clothing clip apparatus and a method for using same which may attach to a nursing cover to form a single unit.

Yet another advantage of the present invention is to provide a clothing clip apparatus and a method for using same which may be adapted to hold a swatch and/or substantial piece of fabric and/or similar material to provide privacy, shade, warmth, or similar while the child is nursing.

Still another advantage of the present invention is to provide a clothing clip apparatus and a method for using same which may be configured to hold a pacifier, a teething device, toys, a key ring, keys, building access cards, travel items, hand sanitizer, lip moisturizer, burp cloths, bibs, nursing covers and/or the like that the user may need at his or her disposal.

A further advantage of the present invention is to provide a clothing clip apparatus and a method for using same which attaches to a piece of clothing of the user.

Another advantage of the present invention is to provide a clothing clip apparatus and a method for using same which can be used to secure apparel for a child to prevent soiling the apparel during potty training.

Additional features and advantages of the present invention are described in, and will be apparent from, the detailed description of the presently preferred embodiments and from the drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 illustrates a front view of a clothing clip in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 2 illustrates a perspective view of a clothing clip in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 3 illustrates a clothing clip in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention as used in accordance

-7- with the method disclosed herein. FIG. 4 illustrates a front view of a clothing clip in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 5 illustrates a front view of a clothing clip in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 6 illustrates a front view of a clothing clip in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 7 illustrates a front view of a clothing clip in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 8 illustrates a front view of a clothing clip in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 9 illustrates a front view of a clothing clip in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 10 illustrates a front view of a clothing clip in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 11 illustrates a front view of a clothing clip in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 12 illustrates a clothing clip in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention as used in accordance with the method disclosed herein.

FIG. 13 illustrates a clothing clip in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention as used in accordance with the method disclosed herein.

FIG. 14 illustrates a clothing clip in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention as used in accordance with the method disclosed herein.

FIG. 15 illustrates a clothing clip in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention as used in accordance with the method disclosed herein.

FIG. 16 illustrates a clothing clip in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention as used in accordance

-8- with the method disclosed herein. FIG. 17 illustrates a clothing clip in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention as used in accordance with the method disclosed herein.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PRESENTLY PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

The present invention relates to a clothing clip apparatus

10 and a method for using same. More specifically, the present invention relates to the clothing clip apparatus 10 and a method for using same which may secure a garment 11, for example, a shirt, blouse, sweatshirt, sweater and/or the like, in a position to allow a woman to nurse a child.

Referring now to the drawings, wherein like numerals refer to like parts, FIG. 3 illustrates a woman 5 breast feeding a child 6 using an embodiment of the clothing clip apparatus 10. The clothing clip apparatus 10 may be used to secure the garment 11 in a position which exposes the breast to permit the child 6 to access the breast thereby allowing the woman 5 to nurse the child 6.

FIGS. 1, 2, 4-11 illustrate various embodiments of the clothing clip apparatus 10. The clothing clip apparatus 10 may be used to secure the garment 11 in a position to allow the woman 5 to nurse the child 6. The clothing clip apparatus 10 may also be used to hold other articles as desired.

In an embodiment shown in FIG. 1, the clothing clip apparatus 10 may have a generally rectangular strap 12 having a length and a width. Of course, the strap 12 may be configured in a variety of shapes to accommodate variations in use. The variations may be due to garment size, garment weight, user size and the like. Thus, the generally rectangular shape of the strap 12 may be fixed, adjustable, narrowed, broadened, lengthened and/or shortened depending on the woman and the garment being secured. The shape of the strap 12 may also be designed for the size of the woman and/or the garment 11 that may be worn by the woman . The strap 12 may be constructed from a number of materials, for example, a heavyweight flat polypropylene webbing, flat nylon webbing, a tubular polypropylene webbing, a tubular polyester webbing, a cotton fabric, an elastic material, rubber, plastic, leather, silicone, string, rope, cord, nylon and/or like material. The strap 12 may be constructed from a resilient material, an antimicrobial material and/or a waterproof or water-resistant material. Certain materials may provide better durability, care and/or maintenance. Also, a particular material for the strap 12 may be selected to improve the performance and/or comfort of the clothing clip apparatus 10 for the woman and the child.

As shown in the figures, the strap 12 may have a top end 14 and a bottom end 16. The bottom end 16 may be located opposite the top end 14. The strap 12 may also have a front side 18 and a back side 19. The back side 19 may be located in a position opposite to the front side 18. A clip 20 may be located in a position adjacent to the top end 14 of the strap 12. The clip 20 may be attached to the front side 18 of the strap 12. The clip 20 may be sewn, glued, grommeted or otherwise attached to the strap 12. The clip 20 may constructed from metal, plastic, wood and/or other material. The clip 20 may be constructed from a magnetic material, such as, steel, iron and/or the like.

In an embodiment, the clip 20 may be hinged and/or may have a spring (not shown) . For example, the clip 20 may have a fixed base 15 that may be attached to the strap 12. The clip 20 may have a movable part 17 that may be connected to the fixed base 15. The movable part 17 may pivot and/or may rotate with respect to the fixed base 15. The

The strap 12 may have a ring 22 located at the bottom end 16. The ring 22 may be sewn, glued or otherwise attached to the strap 12. The ring 22 may pivot relative to the strap 12. The ring 22 may also be circular, semi-circular, rectangular, triangular or any other shape. The ring 22 may be constructed of metal, plastic or other material The strap 12 may also have a fabric 23 attached to the strap 12. The fabric 23 may be a polyester or polypropylene ribbon, for example. The fabric 11 may be sewn, glued or otherwise attached to the strap 12. The fabric 23 may be attached to the front 18 and/or the back 19 of the strap 12. In an embodiment, the fabric 23 may be sewn onto the strap 12 to secure the clip 20 to the strap 12. The fabric 23 may also provide distinguishing, identifying and/or decorative features to the clothing clip apparatus 10. Moreover, the fabric 23 may have a tight weave with low water absorption and mildew resistance. The fabric 23 may be looped around the base of the ring 22 to secure the ring 22 to the strap 12. In particular, as shown in FIGS. 1, 2, 4, 5, 10 and

11, the ring 22 may be a D-ring 24, and the fabric 23 may be looped around a flat base 25 of the D-ring 24 to secure the ring 22 to the strap 12. The fabric 23 may be sewn to the strap 12 to encircle the flat base 25 of the D-ring 24. Thus, the fabric 23 may securely hold the D-ring 24 at the bottom end 16 of the strap

12. The D-ring 24 may pivot relative to the strap 12.

In embodiments of the clothing clip apparatus 10, a magnet 30 may be attached to the clothing clip apparatus 10. The magnet

30 may be located in different locations to aid in securing the garment 11 in a desired position using the clothing clip apparatus 10 for nursing the child. For example, in FIG. 2, the magnet 30 may be sewn into the strap 12 and/or the fabric 23 adjacent the top end 14 of the strap 12. In an embodiment, the fabric 23 may be sewn onto the strap 12 to secure the magnet 30.

In embodiments of the clothing clip apparatus 10, the clothing clip apparatus 10 may be attached to the garment 11 to aid in securing the garment 11 in a desired position for nursing the child. To this end, the clip 20 may be attached to a collar

31 of the garment 11 as shown in FIG. 1. In addition, the clip 20 may have a soft tip 32 on a bottom end 33 of the clip 20. The soft tip 32 may be a rubber guard or other suitable material. The

-11- soft tip 32 may contact the garment 11. The soft tip 32 may guard and/or prevent the clip 20 from creating any pulls in the garment 11. Thus, the clothing clip apparatus 10 may be used on garments 11 made of delicate fabrics, such as silk, for example, without damaging the garment 11.

Referring to FIGS. 1-3, the clip 20 may hold the top end 14 of the strap 12 at the collar 31 and the bottom end 16 of the strap 12 and the ring 22 of the clothing clip apparatus 10 may be dropped inside the garment 11. The woman may grab the ring 22 and lift the garment 11. The garment 11 may be lifted into a desired position for nursing the child. For example, the breast may be exposed to allow the woman and/or the child access for nursing. The ring 22 may then be positioned over a top end 34 of the clip 20 to form a loop with the strap 12 around the garment 11. The ring 22 may hook onto the clip 20. The ring 22 may also be magnetically attracted to the magnet 30. The magnetic attraction between the ring 22 and the magnet 30 may provide additional security for retaining the garment 11 in the desired position during nursing. In general, the magnet 30 may have a certain magnetic attractiveness value. The magnet 30 may have a magnetic strength to maintain the ring 22 over the clip 20 until removed by the woman. The method of securing the garment 11 using the clothing clip apparatus 10 may be performed by the woman without assistance. Further, the method of securing the garment 11 using the clothing clip apparatus 10 may be performed by the woman using only one hand. Thus, the woman may hold and/or may position the child during the process of securing the garment 11 for the nursing process.

Removing the clothing clip apparatus 10 may also be performed by the woman by herself and/or with only one hand. The ring 22 may be pulled from the magnet 30 to overcome the attractive force. The ring 22 may then be lifted over the top end 34 of the clip 20. The strap 12 may fall under the garment 11. The garment 11 may also fall. The woman may unclip the clip 20

-12- from the collar 31 of the garment 11 and remove the clothing clip apparatus 10. The garment 11 may then be repositioned on the woman as desired.

In an embodiment, the strap 12 may be rigid to ensure the clip 20 remains upright during use and/or to prevent the clip 20 from being pulled forward by the ring 22. The ring 22 may be separated from the clip 20. Rigidity in the strap 12 may also be easier to locate under the garment 11. In various embodiments, different materials may provide specific advantages. For example, tubular polypropylene may advantageously permit enclosing the magnet 30. Flat polypropylene webbing may provide a more structured material for the strap 12. Flat polypropylene webbing may provide UV protection so that the color of the strap 12 of the clothing slip apparatus 10 may not fade. Flat polypropylene webbing may also not absorb water. Thus, flat polypropylene webbing may thereby provide resistance to mildew and/or to rot. Such advantages may be desirable for the clothing clip apparatus 10 that may be used in conjunction with nursing a child. In addition, the nature of the flat polypropylene webbing material may enable a tight stitch to be sewn for creating a fabric pocket 35 as shown in FIGS. 4, 10 and 11 to enclose the magnet 30. The fabric 23 may also be used to make the pocket 35 to enclose the magnet 30. Also, the flat polypropylene webbing may provide a good feel, comfort and/or a finished look to the clothing clip apparatus 10.

In an embodiment, the clothing clip apparatus 10 may be adjustable in length as shown in FIG. 4. The strap 12 may have an adjustment slide 36 that may be may be positioned between the top end 14 and the bottom end 16 of the strap 12 to set a desired length for the strap 12. The adjustment slide 36 may operate as known in the art. The woman may adjust the length of the strap 12 to secure the garment 11. For example, the length of the strap 12 may be lengthened to accommodate a larger garment 11, such as a sweatshirt or sweater, for example. The length of the strap 12

-13- may be shortened to secure a thinner, lighter weight garment, such as a silk blouse or tank top, for example. Thus, the clothing clip apparatus 10 may be adjusted seasonally as the wardrobe of the woman may change. However, the clothing clip apparatus 10 may perform with any type of garment 11 and may not necessarily be adjustable for proper operation.

Referring now to FIG. 5, the clothing clip apparatus 10 may have an auxiliary magnet 40. The auxiliary magnet 40 may be sewn into the strap 12 and/or the fabric 23 adjacent the bottom end 16 of the strap 12. When the clothing clip apparatus 10 may be used to secure the garment 11, the auxiliary magnet 40 may magnetically engage the clip 20. The magnetic attraction between the ring 24 and the magnet 30 may be coupled with the magnetic attraction between the auxiliary magnet 40 and the clip 20 to provide further security for retaining the garment 11 in the desired position during nursing.

Referring now to FIG. 6, the clothing clip apparatus 10 may have the magnet 30 located at a position below the clip 20. The magnet 30 may be sewn into the strap 12 and/or the fabric 23. The clothing clip apparatus 10 may have a metal disc 44 that may be connected to the bottom end 16 of the strap 16. The metal disc may be magnetic. The metal disc 44 may be sewn into the strap 12 and/or the fabric 23 adjacent the bottom end 16 of the strap 12. When the clothing clip apparatus 10 may be used to secure the garment 11, the metal disc 44 may magnetically engage the magnet 30. The magnetic attraction between the metal disc 44 and the magnet 30 may securely retain the garment 11 in the desired position during nursing. The metal disc 44 may also be magnetic. In such a case, the magnetic metal disc 44 may engage the magnet 30 and/or the clip 20 to secure the garment 11 during nursing.

Referring now to FIG. 7, the clothing clip apparatus 10 may have the magnet 30 located on the clip 20. The magnet 30 may attached to the clip 20 by an adhesive or other suitable means. The clothing clip apparatus 10 may have metal discs 44 that may

-14- be connected to the front side 18 of the strap 16. The metal discs 44 may be magnetic. The metal discs 44 may be sewn into the strap 12 and/or the fabric 23. When the clothing clip apparatus 10 may be used to secure the garment 11, one of the metal discs 44 may magnetically engage the magnet 30. The magnetic attraction between the metal disc 44 and the magnet 30 may securely retain the garment 11 in the desired position during nursing. The metal disc 44 may also be magnetic. In such a case, the magnetic metal disc 44 may engage the magnet 30 and/or the clip 20 to secure the garment 11 during nursing. The strap 12 may encircle the garment 11 during use as shown in FIG. 3. In the embodiment of FIG. 7, in particular, the loop formed around the garment 11 by the strap 12 may be made tighter by using the metal disc 44 closer to the top end 14 of the strap 12.

Referring now to FIG. 8, the clothing clip apparatus 10 may have the magnet 30 located on the clip 20. The magnet 30 may be attached to the clip 20 by an adhesive or other suitable means. The clothing clip apparatus 10 may have auxiliary magnets 40 connected to the front side 18 of the strap 16. The auxiliary magnets 40 may be sewn into the strap 12 and/or the fabric 23. When the clothing clip apparatus 10 may be used to secure the garment 11, one of the auxiliary magnets 40 may magnetically engage the magnet 30. The magnetic attraction between the auxiliary magnets 40 and the magnet 30 may securely retain the garment 11 in the desired position during nursing. The auxiliary magnets 40 may engage the magnet 30 and/or the clip 20 to secure the garment 11 during nursing. In the embodiment shown in FIG. 8, the strap 12 may encircle the garment 11 during use. In particular, the loop formed around the garment 11 by the strap 12 may be made tighter by using the auxiliary magnets 40 closer to the top end 14 of the strap 12.

Referring now to FIG. 9, the clothing clip apparatus 10 may have the magnet 30 located on the clip 20. The magnet 30 may attached to the clip 20 by an adhesive or other suitable means.

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The clothing clip apparatus 10 may have the auxiliary magnet connected to the front side 18 of the strap 16 adjacent the bottom end 16 of the strap 12. The auxiliary magnet 40 may be sewn into the strap 12 and/or the fabric 23. In the embodiment shown in FIG. 9, the material of the strap 12 may be elastic.

When the clothing clip apparatus 10 may be used to secure the garment 11, one of the auxiliary magnets 40 may magnetically engage the magnet 30. The magnetic attraction between the auxiliary magnet 40 and the magnet 30 may securely retain the garment 11 in the desired position during nursing. The auxiliary magnets 40 may engage the magnet 30 and/or the clip 20 to secure the garment 11 during nursing. In the embodiment shown in FIG. 9, the strap 12 may encircle the garment 11 during use. In particular, the loop formed around the garment 11 by the strap 12 may be made tighter by the elastic feature of the strap 12.

Referring now to FIG. 10, the clothing clip apparatus 10 may have the magnet 30 located below the clip 20. The magnet 30 may be in the fabric pocket 35. The clothing clip apparatus 10 may also have the auxiliary magnet 40 located above the ring 22. The auxiliary magnet 40 may be sewn into the strap 12 and/or the fabric 23 adjacent the bottom end 16 of the strap 12. The auxiliary magnet 40 may be in the fabric pocket 35. When the clothing clip apparatus 10 may be used to secure the garment 11, the auxiliary magnet 40 may magnetically engage the magnet 30. The magnetic attraction between the magnet 30 and the auxiliary magnet 40 may provide further security for retaining the garment 11 in the desired position during nursing.

Referring now to FIG. 11, the magnet 30 may be sewn into the strap 12 and/or the fabric 23 adjacent to the bottom end 16 of the strap 12. The magnet 30 may be in the fabric pocket 35. When the clothing clip apparatus 10 may be used to secure the garment 11, the magnet 30 may magnetically engage the clip 20. The close proximity of the magnet 30 to the ring 22 may magnetize the ring 22. Thus, the ring 22 may be magnetically held to the clip 20 in

-16- addition to being looped over the clip 20 for securing the garment 11. Thus, the magnetic attraction between the magnet 30 and the clip 20 may provide further security for retaining the garment 11 in the desired position during nursing.

Accordingly, the clothing clip apparatus 10 may be worn by a user to secure the garment 11 worn by the user. Preferably, the woman may wear the clothing clip apparatus 10 while nursing. However, the invention should not be limited to securing the garment 11 during nursing, the clothing clip apparatus 10 may also be used to encircle and/or hold a sleeve of the user as desired, for example. Of course, other uses may be possible using the invention and are considered to be within the scope of the invention .

Further, the clothing clip apparatus 10 may be worn by a user to hold a cover 50 that may be worn by the woman as shown in FIG. 12. Preferably, the woman may wear the clothing clip apparatus 10 while nursing. The cover 50 may provide privacy, shade, warmth and/or the like while the child is nursing. For example, the cover 50 may be constructed from a fabric and/or material that may fit over the front of the woman while nursing. The cover 50 may extend from the clothing clip apparatus 10 that may be located near the neck area over the torso of the woman. The cover 50 may be arranged to cover the nursing child to provide warmth to the child and/or the woman. The cover 50 may also provide privacy before, during and after the nursing process.

In an embodiment, the cover 50 may have a magnet 52 that may be affixed to the cover 50. For example, the magnet 52 may be stitched and/or sewn to the cover 50. As shown in FIG. 13, the magnet 52 on the cover 50 may be attached to the clothing clip apparatus 10 by magnetic attraction to the clip 20. The magnet 52 may also be attracted to the magnet 30 on the clothing clip apparatus 10. As shown in FIG. 13, the magnet 52 may hold the cover 50 to the clothing clip apparatus 10 in use.

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In an embodiment, the cover 50 may have a ring 54 that may be used to affix the cover 50 to the clothing clip apparatus 10. For example, the ring 54 may be stitched and/or sewn to the cover 50. As shown in FIG. 14, the ring 54 on the cover 50 may be attached to the clothing clip apparatus 10 by looping the ring 54 over the clip 20 of the clothing clip apparatus 10. The ring 54 may also be connected to the clothing clip apparatus 10 by inserting the strap 12 of the clothing clip apparatus 10 through the ring 54. The strap 12 may hold the cover 50 to the clothing clip apparatus 10. The ring 22 of the clothing clip apparatus 10 may then be positioned over the top end 34 of the clip 20 to form a loop with the strap 12 around the garment 11. The ring 22 of the clothing clip apparatus 10 may hook onto the clip 20. As shown in FIG. 14, the ring 54 may hold the cover 50 to the clothing clip apparatus 10 in use. The cover 50 and the clothing clip apparatus 10 may be attached to each other to form a single unit. The cover 50 may be removed from the clothing clip apparatus 10 by the woman at the conclusion of the nursing process and/or as desired.

As shown in FIGS. 15 and 16, the clothing clip apparatus 10 may be configured to hold an item, such as, keys 56 as shown in FIG. 15 and/or a pacifier 58 as shown in FIG. 16. A teething device, toys, building access cards, travel items, hand sanitizer, lip moisturizer, burp cloths, bibs, nursing covers and/or the like, for example, may also be held by the clothing clip apparatus 10. The clothing clip apparatus 10 may hold such an item until required by the user. As shown in FIG. 15, the keys 56 may be attached to the ring 22 of the clothing clip apparatus 10. As shown in FIG. 16, the pacifier 58 may be attached to the clothing clip apparatus 10 by inserting the strap 12 through a ring 59 on the pacifier 58. The ring 22 of the clothing clip apparatus 10 may then be positioned over the top end 34 of the clip 20 to form a loop with the strap 12 around the garment 11. The ring 22 of the clothing clip apparatus 10 may hook onto the

-18- clip 20. The strap 12 may hold the pacifier 58. In an embodiment, the clothing clip apparatus 10 may be attached to a piece of clothing of the user, such as the garment 11 and/or the cover 50 as shown in FIG. 17. The clothing clip apparatus 10 may attach to the garment 11 using a hook and loop fastener, for example. Moreover, the clip 20 of the clothing clip apparatus 10 may attach to the garment to hold the clothing clip apparatus 10 to the garment 11. The clothing clip apparatus 10 may be attached to the garment until the user may require the clothing clip apparatus 10.

Moreover, the present invention is not limited to the specific arrangement of the components illustrated in the figures. It should be understood that various changes and modifications to the presently preferred embodiments described herein will be apparent to those having ordinary skill in the art. Such changes and modifications may be made without departing from the spirit and scope of the present invention and without diminishing its attendant advantages. It is, therefore, intended that such changes and modifications be covered by the appended claims .