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Title:
Visor cap or hat having foldable bill
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A visor cap includes a rear piece for attaching to heads of users, and a visor portion for shielding sun shine. The visor portion includes an outer covering, and an inner flexible sheet member engaged in the outer covering and made of high density poly ethylene, to allow the visor portion to be folded to and retained in various contours. The outer covering is preferably made of cloth materials. The high density poly ethylene for making said flexible sheet member includes a melting point ranged between 110-140° C., and includes a density ranged between 0.950 and 0.97 g/cm3, and includes a consistency no less than 99.8%.


Inventors:
Liao, Sung Yie (Taichung, TW)
Application Number:
11/320311
Publication Date:
07/06/2006
Filing Date:
12/27/2005
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A42B1/00
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Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Charles, Esq. Baxley E. (90 JOHN STREET, THIRD FLOOR, NEW YORK, NY, 10038, US)
Claims:
I claim:

1. A visor cap comprising: a rear piece for attaching to heads of users, and a visor portion for shielding sun shine, and said visor portion including an outer covering made of cloth material, and an inner flexible sheet member engaged in said outer covering and made of high density poly ethylene, to allow said visor portion to be folded to and retained in various contours, said high density poly ethylene for making said flexible sheet member including a melting point ranged between 110-140° C., and including a density ranged between 0.950 and 0.97 g/cm3, and including a consistency no less than 99.8%.

Description:

The present invention is a continuation-in-part of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 10/998,375, filed 29 Nov. 2004, pending and to be abandoned.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

The present invention relates to a visor cap or a hat, and more particularly to a visor cap or a hat having a foldable bill portion or visor portion arranged for allowing the bill portion to be easily folded and retained in various kinds of shapes or configuration or contours even when the force is removed from the bill or visor portion.

2. Description of the Prior Art

Typical visor caps comprise a front piece or a bill or a visor portion for shielding sun shine, and a rear piece or one or more fastener straps or legs attached to the visor portion, for attaching the visor caps onto heads of users. Normally, the front piece or bill or visor portion of the visor cap is formed of flexible and bendable sheet material, such as paper, plastic or other semi-rigid or self supporting material, and the visor portion or bill of the typical visor caps may not be folded and retained in various kinds of shapes or configuration or contours.

For allowing the visor portion or bill to be folded and retained in various kinds of shapes or configuration or contours, one example of the typical visor caps has been disclosed and comprises a front piece or bill or visor portion having two or more bill sections that are hingedly attached or coupled together for allowing the bill sections to be folded relative to each other.

For example, U.S. Pat. No. 6,804,831 to Guerra discloses a typical visor cap comprising a visor bill having two or more bill portions made of plastic or synthetic materials such as polyethylene, polypropylene or numerous other polymeric materials, and the bill portions are hingedly attached or coupled together for allowing the bill portions to be folded relative to each other.

However, the synthetic materials include a nature having a sufficient memory to return to its first configuration after the force is removed from the bill portions, such that the bill portions will return to its first configuration when the force is removed, and thus may not be retained in the other different configuration, and such that the visor portion or the bill may not be folded and retained in various kinds of shapes or configuration or contours.

The present invention has arisen to mitigate and/or obviate the afore-described disadvantages of the conventional visor portions for the visor caps.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The primary objective of the present invention is to provide a visor cap or a hat including a foldable bill or visor portion arranged for allowing the bill to be easily folded and retained in various kinds of shapes or configuration or contours even when the force is removed from the bill or visor portions.

In accordance with one aspect of the invention, there is provided a visor cap comprising a rear piece for attaching to heads of users, and a visor portion for shielding sun shine. The visor portion includes an outer covering, and an inner flexible sheet member engaged in the outer covering and made of high density poly ethylene, to allow the visor portion to be folded to and retained in various contours. The outer covering is preferably made of cloth materials. The high density poly ethylene for making said flexible sheet member includes a melting point ranged between 110-140° C., and includes a density ranged between 0.950 and 0.97 g/cm3, and includes a consistency no less than 99.8%.

Further objectives and advantages of the present invention will become apparent from a careful reading of the detailed description provided hereinbelow, with appropriate reference to the accompanying drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a visor cap or a hat in accordance with the present invention;

FIG. 2 is a partial cross sectional view of the hat or visor cap; and

FIGS. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 are perspective views similar to FIG. 1, illustrating the other arrangements of the visor cap or the hat.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

Referring to the drawings, and initially to FIGS. 1 and 2, a visor cap or hat 2 in accordance with the present invention comprises a rear or hat piece 20 (FIGS. 1 and 3-8) or one or more fastener straps or legs 20 (FIG. 9) for attaching the visor cap 2 onto heads of users, and a front piece or bill or visor portion 21 attached to the rear piece 20 for shielding sun shine.

The visor portion 21 of the visor cap 2 includes an outer covering 22 made of such as woven or non-woven cloth materials, and includes an insert or an inner flexible sheet member 23 engaged in the outer covering 22. For example, the flexible sheet member 23 is preferably made of high density poly ethylene (HDPE) that is flexible and may be folded to and retained in various kinds of shapes or configuration or contours, as shown in FIGS. 3-9, even when the force is removed from the bill or visor portion.

The high density poly ethylene (HDPE) material for making or forming the flexible sheet member 23 that may be folded to and retained in various kinds of shapes or configuration or contours is neutral and is stable under the room temperature and will not be resolved in water, and includes a melting point ranged between 110-140° C., and includes a density ranged between 0.950 and 0.97 g/cm3, and includes a consistency greater than or equal to or no less than 99.8%.

The high density poly ethylene (HDPE) material is selected from or formed by particles having a diameter of about ⅛ inch, and the particles having the melting point ranged between 110-140° C., and having the density ranged between 0.950 and 0.97 g/cm3, and having the consistency no less than 99.8% will be heated and melted to form and to make the flexible sheet member 23 that may be folded to and retained in various kinds of shapes or configuration or contours even when the force is removed from the bill or visor portion.

The prior hats or visor caps do not have a visor portion or a bill that is made of other high density poly materials and that may be folded to and retained in various kinds of shapes or configuration or contours, according to the users' requirement or interest after the force is removed from the bill or visor portion.

Accordingly, the visor cap in accordance with the present invention includes a foldable bill having a flexible sheet member provided therein, and arranged for allowing the bill to be easily folded and retained in various kinds of shapes or configuration or contours even the force is removed from the bill portion or visor portion.

Although this invention has been described with a certain degree of particularity, it is to be understood that the present disclosure has been made by way of example only and that numerous changes in the detailed construction and the combination and arrangement of parts may be resorted to without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention as hereinafter claimed.





 
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