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Title:
GARMENT FOR THE PRACTICE OF SPORTS ACTIVITIES
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2020/110017
Kind Code:
A4
Abstract:
The present invention concerns a garment (1) to be worn next to at least part of the foot and the leg of a user, comprising a leg portion (5), a foot portion (6) and a possible toe portion (7). The garment further comprises at least one supporting strip (9), combined with a back part (8) thereof, extending in a longitudinal direction (L), next to at least part of the leg portion (5) and part of the foot portion (6), in order to be next to at least a lower part of the leg, of the heel and of part of the sole of the foot of the user, when the garment is worn. The garment is devoid of any molded pocket for accommodating the heel of the user and is less extensible, at each supporting strip, with respect to the remaining parts thereof.

Inventors:
COFFINARDI MARCO (IT)
DELPANNO PIERO (IT)
COFFINARDI ALESSANDRO (IT)
Application Number:
PCT/IB2019/060212
Publication Date:
August 13, 2020
Filing Date:
November 27, 2019
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
COFFINARDI & DELPANNO IND SRL (IT)
International Classes:
A41B11/00; A41B11/02
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
KARAGHIOSOFF, Giorgio A. (IT)
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Claims:
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AMENDED CLAIMS

received by the International Bureau on 24 June 2020 (24.06.2020)

1. A garment (1) to be worn on at least part of the foot and of a leg of a user, comprising a substantially tubular body (2) having a first and a second end (3, 4) and comprising a leg portion (5), a foot portion (6) and optionally a tip portion (7), wherein said garment comprises at least a strip of material (9) associated with an external surface of said tubular body, at least in a rear central part (8) part of the garment itself, and extending in a longitudinal direction (L) between said first and second ends, at the level of at least part of said leg portion (5) and part of said foot portion (6), resulting at least in correspondence with a lower part of the leg, a central part of the heel and part of the sole of the user's foot, when the garment is worn, said garment being characterized in that, in correspondence with said surface, it has at least one support strip or more support strips which extend substantially parallel to each other in said longitudinal direction (L), each of said at least one support strip being made of a plastic material optionally of a memory silicone, the said strip or the said strips being devoid of any fastening element to the body of the garment and being applied by molding, gluing, hot application or screen printing and each of said at least one support strip being less extensible than the remaining part of the garment itself, and each of said strips emerging from the surface of the garment by a size of at least 50 micrometers and said at least one strip or the set of said support strips have an overall width of between 1 and 8cm, preferably from 2 to 6cm and being characterized in that said body is devoid of any shaped pocket in the shape of a heel at the portion and garment to be worn on the user's heel.

2. Garment according to claim 1, wherein the at least one support strip at at least part of said leg portion (6) of the garment has a first longitudinal portion (10') which extends in said longitudinal direction and at least one bifurcation (10"), following the shape of the user's calf.

3. Garment according to claims 1 or 2, in which the garment is free of threads cut at least at each support strip.

4. Garment according to one of the preceding claims, wherein said at least one support strip is in a material selected from the group comprising silicone, plastic materials, 2

polyurethane, PVC, or it is a fabric, the garment being able to be in an elasticized fabric.

5. Garment according to one of the preceding claims, wherein said at least one supporting strip has a plurality of holes (12), and has preferably micro holes for being breathable.

6. Garment according to one of the preceding claims, wherein, next to at least part of the sock portion to be worn on the sole of the foot, one or more non-slip elements (11 ), preferably in the form of one or more transversal strips extending in a direction substantially orthogonal to said longitudinal direction (L), are provided, said one or more non-slip elements being applied on the outer surface of the sock and being able to be made of the same material of said at least one supporting strip (9).

7. A method for manufacturing a garment according to one of the preceding claims, on a circular knitwear or hosiery machine provided with a cylinder that can be selectively and rotatably activated to carry out a series of full or partial rotations in continuous motion or in reciprocating motion, wherein said method provides the steps of

- manufacturing a substantially tubular body (2) having a first and a second end (3, 4) and comprising a leg portion (5), a foot portion (6) and a possible toe portion (7);

- combining at least one supporting strip (9), extending in a longitudinal direction (L) between said first and second ends, next to at least one back part (8) of the tubular body, with an outer surface of said tubular body of the garment by molding, gluing, applying, applying with heat, screen printing or sewing, wherein no reciprocating motion step is provided for manufacturing a heel portion.

8. Method according to claim 9, wherein the garment is fully manufactured in continuous motion, except for the manufacturing of a possible toe portion, which can be manufactured in reciprocating motion.