Title:
Clothing Cover, with Napkin and Method of Use
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A single unit clothing cover and napkin made out of a perforatable and absorbent material that has an adhesive on the some of the edges of the clothing cover that allows for the arms of the clothing cover to attach to each other, or to the clothing of a user when is use. The clothing cover and napkin single unit can be made out of a perforated material that can be stored in tandem and connected with other clothing and napkin units on a roll, such as paper towel, or in packages for single use. The single unit clothing cover and napkin can be made out of a biodegradable and/or recyclable material.



Inventors:
Weaver, Marilyn Pearl (Missouri City, TX, US)
Application Number:
13/862100
Publication Date:
10/16/2014
Filing Date:
04/12/2013
Assignee:
WEAVER MARILYN PEARL
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A41D13/04; A41B13/10
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Primary Examiner:
KINSAUL, ANNA KATHRYN
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Marilyn Pearl Weaver (2211 Glenn Lakes Lane Missouri City TX 77459)
Claims:
What is claimed is the following:

1. A single unit removable napkin and clothing covet apparatus comprising: a single sheet of absorbent material; said absorbent material further comprising: a perforated section configured as a napkin; a perforated section configured as a clothing cover with arms and a body; an adhesive attached to said clothing cover arms for connecting the clothing cover to objects.

2. The apparatus of claim 1 further comprising; said clothing cover has secondary adhesive attached to the area adjacent to the perforation section is configured as a napkin.

3. The apparatus of claim 1 further comprising; said clothing cover has a folding crease distal to the area adjacent to the perforation section configured as a napkin; tertiary adhesive attached to the area adjacent to the crease and on the edge of the clothing cover; wherein the portion of the clothing cover below the folding crease distal to the area adjacent to the perforation section configured as a napkin is folded over and secured by the tertiary adhesive forming a pocket on the clothing cover.

4. The apparatus of claim 3 further comprising; Said portion of the clothing cover below the folding crease distal to the area adjacent to the perforation section configured a napkin has a perforation at the portion distal to the folding crease, but below the material used to form said pocket, which can be removed for use as a secondary napkin.

5. A plurality of linearly arranged single unit removable napkin and clothing cover apparatuses stored on a roll, where each of said single unit removable napkin and clothing clover apparatus is composed of a plurality of individual single unit removable napkin and clothing cover apparatuses; each of said single unit removable napkin and clothing cover apparatuses element comprising: a single sheet of absorbent material; said absorbent material further comprising: a perforated section configured as a napkin; a perforated section configured as a clothing cover with arms and a body; an adhesive attached to said clothing cover arms for connecting the clothing cover to objects.

6. The apparatus of claim 5 further comprising: said clothing cover has secondary adhesive attached to the area adjacent to the perforation section configured as a napkin.

7. The apparatus of claim 5 further comprising; said clothing cover has a folding crease distal to the area adjacent to the perforation section configured as a napkin; tertiary adhesive attached to the area adjacent to the crease and on the edge of the clothing cover; wherein the portion of the clothing cover below the folding crease distal to the area adjacent to the perforation section configured as a napkin is folded over and secured by the tertiary adhesive forming a pocket on the clothing cover.

8. The apparatus of claim 7 further comprising; said portion of the clothing cover below the folding crease distal to the area adjacent to the perforation section configured as a napkin has a perforation at the portion distal to the folding crease, but below the material used to form said pocket, which can be removed for use as a secondary napkin.

9. A method for using a single unit removable napkin and clothing cover apparatus comprising; obtaining a single sheet of absorbent material; said absorbent material further comprising: a perforated section configured as a napkin; a perforated section configured as a clothing cover with arms and a body; placing an adhesive attached to said clothing cover arms for connecting the clothing cover to objects; tearing along the perforation section configured as a napkin thereby releasing the napkin; placing the clothing cover on the object to be covered; and securing the clothing covet to the object with the adhesive.

10. The method of claim 9 further comprising; securing the clothing cover arms to object by maneuvering the clothing cover arms around the object; and activating the adhesive on. each arm so the arms are bound.

11. The method of claim 9 further comprising; applying secondary adhesive to the clothing cover at the area adjacent to the perforated section configured as a napkin; depressing said secondary adhesive onto the clothing to be covered when in operation thereby forming an additional barrier to the clothing to be covered.

Description:

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

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STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH

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BACKGROUND

In the related art, several clothing coverings are designed for temporary and disposable use are known. Some of these art pieces utilize rolls of paper fabric which have perforated bibs, some of them are in packages or fans, some of them reference the use of adhesives. None of the prior art shows the new and novel combination of the present invention which is to have both a clothing covering and a napkin in one perforatable unit.

A clothing cover/napkin unit that combines having a clothing cover and napkin in one self-contained package, such as a roll, or packaged napkins, would provide cost savings and benefits to a user by having both necessities in one easy to use item. The user can pull off a clothing cover/napkin unit from the roll or the package, remove the napkin aspect from the perforations on the single unit and have a clothing cover that will cover the user's clothing. The present invention is especially beneficial for use with babies, children, and for adults who want the protection of a clothing cover and napkin contained in one unit.

The present invention generally relates to improved clothing cover with a napkin. The clothing cover, can be generally shaped, or configured, such as a bib or coverall. The napkin is substantially located on the same material as the clothing cover and can be removed from the clothing cover/napkin unit when the unit is in whole form. It is envisioned that the clothing cover and the napkin can be made of substantially the same materials. It is envisioned that the present invention can be made of recycled and biodegradable materials.

SUMMARY

In various embodiments, the present invention describes a clothing cover and napkin unit that comes as one single sheet of flat, planar surface material.

In various embodiments of the present invention the clothing cover and napkin are comprised of the same material which provides the improved benefit that a user can have a clothing cover and napkin, or dry wipe, of the same disposable material and the user can remove the napkin from the clothing cover when the two are joined as a clothing cover/napkin unit.

In various embodiments, the present invention describes a clothing cover and napkin that are made out of a perforated material that can be stored in tandem and connected with other clothing and napkin units on a roll, such that one clothing cover and napkin unit can be removed from the roll for single use, thereby providing the user with a single, disposable clothing cover/napkin unit.

In various embodiments, the present invention describes a clothing cover and napkin are made out of a perforated material that is stored in a package, such that one clothing cover/napkin unit can be removed from the package for single use, thereby providing the user with a single, disposable clothing cover/napkin unit. Such storage packages can stem individual clothing cover and napkin units individually packaged or they can be stored together in bulk. In some embodiments of the present invention the clothing cover/napkin unit can be packaged with plastic spoon, knives, or forks, so that the clothing cover/napkin can become available for a picnic, food vending type of application, airplanes, restaurants, nursing facilities, and or military use.

In various embodiments, the present invention describes a clothing cover and napkin that are made out of a perforatable and absorbent material that has an adhesive on the some of the edges of the clothing cover that allows for the arms of the clothing cover to attach to each other, or to the clothing of a user when in use.

In various embodiments, the present invention describes a clothing cover and napkin are made out of a perforated material that has an adhesive on the edges of the clothing cover that allows for the arms of the clothing cover to attach to each other around a user, or directly to the users clothing when in use and the adhesive is substantially located on the rim between the napkin and the clothing cover forming a horseshoe, oval or other geometric shape.

In various embodiments, the present invention describes a clothing cover and napkin are made out of a perforated material that has an adhesive on the lower edges of the clothing cover that allows for the lower edge of the clothing cover to be folded up when in use thereby catching dry and/or liquid materials.

In various embodiments, the present invention describes a clothing cover and napkin in which multiple napkins can be formed from the single clothing cover/napkin unit. It is envisioned that in several embodiments of the present invention, the invention cars be composed of biodegradable or recycled materials.

Advantages of the present invention include an improved, easy to use, inexpensive, convenient, and disposable method of providing protection for users of all ages along with the added benefit of having a napkin all in the same commercial unit.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

For a more complete understanding of the present disclosure, and the advantages thereof, reference is now made to the following descriptions to be taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings describing specific embodiments of the disclosure, wherein:

FIG. 1 illustrates one embodiment of the present invention in an exploded view;

FIG. 2 illustrates one embodiment of the present invention in which the invention is in tandem and connected with another copy of itself in a roll;

FIG. 3 illustrates one embodiment of the present invention in a packaged embodiment; and

FIG. 4 illustrates one embodiment of the present invention in which two, or more napkins are contemplated.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

In the following description, certain details are set forth such as specific quantities, sizes, etc. so as to provide a thorough understanding of the present embodiments disclosed herein. However, it will be evident to those of ordinary skill in the art that the present disclosure may be practiced without such specific details. In many cases, details concerning such considerations and the like have been omitted inasmuch as such details are not necessary to obtain a complete understanding of the present disclosure and are within the skills of persons of ordinary skill in the relevant art.

Referring to the drawings in general, it will be understood that the illustrations are for the purpose of describing particular embodiments of the disclosure and are not intended to be limiting thereto. Drawings are not necessarily to scale.

While most of the terms used herein will be recognizable to those of ordinary skill in the art, it should be understood, however, that when not explicitly defined, terms should be interpreted as adopting a meaning presently accepted by those of ordinary skill in the art. In cases where the construction of a term would render it meaningless or essentially meaningless, the definition should be taken from Webster's Dictionary, 11th Edition, 2008. Definitions and/or interpretations should not be incorporated from other patent applications, patents, or publications, related or not, unless specifically stated in this specification or if the incorporation is necessary for maintaining validity. “Clothing cover/napkin” as defined herein shall include the present invention with the clothing cover and napkin not separated from each other, “Napkin” as defined herein includes any wiping, or cleaning device including traditional napkins and wipes. “Clothing cover” as defined herein includes bibs, mats, towels, and other drapings used to protect clothing. “Perforatable” as defined herein includes any material that is capable of being perforated such that a user can tear the material along a perforation. “Adhesive” as defined herein includes any material capable of adhering and securing objects to each other commonly known in the industry and can include, but are not limited to loop and book, ties, double sided tape, applied adhesive, or gel adhesives.

In general, the apparatus, systems and methods of the present disclosure are distinguished from and advantageous over other clothing covers, and enhancements, that are conventional in the art, because the systems and methods of the present disclosure use a new and novel clothing cover/napkin that embodies both a clothing cover, or bib, and napkin in one easy to use viable product.

FIG. 1 illustrates, one embodiment of the exploded view of the present, invention. As illustrated the clothing cover/napkin 1 is shown with the napkin 15 detached from the clothing cover 10. Clothing cover/napkin 1 is preferable a flexible, flat, planar surface material.

As illustrated, in FIG. 1, the perforation 30 is in substantially a horseshoe shape, but one of ordinary skill in the art can readily see that the perforation 30 can be one of any geometric patterns, including, but not limited to a horse shoe, oval, circle, rectangle, triangular, or any geometric shape.

It is also envisioned that the napkin 15 and the clothing cover 10 are made of the same materials thereby allowing for mass production of product. In another embodiment of the present invention, the clothing cover/napkin 1 can be made of a spill resistant material as is known in the art. In one embodiment of the present invention, clothing cover/napkin 1 is preferably composed of an absorbent material, such as conventional fabric, paper, plastic or other materials such as nonwoven or woven materials that can absorb and retain moisture thereby preventing the clothing, or material, under the clothing cover 10 from contacting matter that falls onto the clothing cover 10. It is envisioned that in several embodiments of the present invention, the materials are composed of “green” environmentally friendly materials and can be made of biodegradable or recycled materials, these materials can include, but are not limited to, biodegradable rice paper, biodegradable plastic resins, and biodegradable woven paper.

It is envisioned in some embodiments of the present invention that during the manufacture process of the clothing cover/napkin 1 that an additional material coat of material known in the art for repelling moistures could be applied to the top of the clothing covey/napkin 1, the napkin 15 or the clothing cover 10 individually. In some embodiments of the present invention, it is envisioned that the clothing cover/napkin 1 is comprised of a pliable plastic.

As shown in FIG. 1, in at least one embodiment of the present invention napkin 15 is preferably designed to detach from the main clothing cover/napkin 1 along perforation 30. Since perforation 30 can be of any substantive geometric shape, it is envisioned that the napkin 15 can be round, rectangular, oval, or any other geometric shape that coincides with the edge formed by the perforation 30. The perforation 30 is substantially of the type utilized In the industry to allow for the napkin 15 to be removed from the clothing cover/napkin 1 by use of a user pulling at the perforation 30 seams.

As shown in FIG. 1, there are two adhesives 20 located adjacent to the napkin 15 and on what becomes the arms 12 of the clothing cover 10, once the napkin 15 is removed. The adhesives 20 are preferably designed to adhere to each other or directly to clothing. The adhesives 20 are of those commonly known in the industry and can include, but are not limited to loop and hook, ties, double sided tape, applied adhesive, or gel adhesives. In some embodiments of the present invention, the adhesives 20 are permanently attached to the clothing cover 10. It is envisioned that in manufacture of the present invention the adhesives 20 can be located on the same planar face side of the clothing cover 10, or on opposite planar sides of the clothing cover 10.

As shown in FIG. 1, in some embodiments of the present invention, as an option, there is a folding ridge 55 located on the opposite end of the clothing cover/napkin 1 from the napkin 15. Located adjacent to the folding ridge are lower adhesives 60. The lower adhesives 60 are preferably designed to adhere to the clothing cover 10 when the clothing cover 10 is folded on the folding ridge 55. It is envisioned that in several embodiments of the present invention the folding ridge 55 can be scored. The lower adhesives 60 are of those commonly known in the industry and can include, but are not limited to loop and hook, ties, double sided tape, or gel adhesives. In some embodiments of the present invention, the adhesives 60 are permanently attached to the clothing cover 10 below the folding ridge 55.

As shown in FIG. 1, there is an optional perforation line 35 located on the clothing cover 10. The perforation line 35 forms the upper edge of the napkin 15 as well as the upper edge of the clothing cover 10 near the adhesives 20. It is envisioned that in some embodiments of the present invention, there is no perforation line 35, as in when the present inventive device is sold in individual clothing cover/napkin 1 units. It is envisioned that in such embodiments the clothing cover/napkin 1 would be sold as individual wrapped sheets that can be folded, such as sanitary pads, or the like, and individually wrapped.

As shown in FIG. 3, in one embodiment of the present invention, the clothing cover/napkin 1 can come in a roll 25. In this embodiment of the present invention, the roll 25, operates in a similar manner to that of the paper towel rolls known in the industry. As illustrated each clothing cover/napkin 1 is in tandem and attached to each adjacent clothing cover/napkin 1 by perforation line 35.

As shown in FIG. 2, in one embodiment of the present invention, as an option, there is adhesive 50, which is located adjacent, but below, to perforation line 30, on the clothing cover 10. The adhesive 50 is preferably designed to adhere to each other or directly to clothing. The adhesive 50 is of that commonly known in the industry and can include, but it not limited to loop and hook, ties, double sided tape, or gel adhesives. In some embodiments of the present invention, the adhesive 50 is permanently attached to the clothing cover 10. It is preferable that the adhesive 50 is manufactured to be located on the planar face of the clothing cover 10 that comes into direct contact with the clothing, when in use.

As shown in FIG. 3, in one embodiment of the present invention, the clothing cover/napkin 1 can be stored in a container 40. Container 40 is preferably designed to operate in a similar manner to that of a tissue box that is known in the art, which is by having the clothing cover/napkin 1 units linked physically by being folded together. It is also envisioned that the container 40 can be mounted on a wall or other flat surface. It is also envisioned that the container 40 can house an embodiment of the present invention in which the clothing cover/napkin 1 are stored on a roll 25.

As shown in FIG. 4, in one embodiment of the present invention, as an option, there is a second napkin 85 located below the adhesive 60. The second napkin 85 is substantially defined by the perforation 80 and the perforation 35. In order to use the second napkin 85 a user need just tear along the perforation 80 and perforation 35. Second napkin 85 is preferably composed of the same materials as napkin 15 and clothing cover 10. It should be noted that user does not have to tear off second napkin 85 and can leave second napkin 85 attached to extend the length of the clothing cover 10.

As shown in FIG. 4, in one embodiment of the present invention, as an option, napkin 15 can be of a smaller circular shape. Also illustrated is and alternate embodiment of adhesive 50 shaped or configured in a semicircular shape.

As shown in FIG. 1, one embodiment of the present inventive device operates in the following manner. A user can tear along perforation 30 on the clothing cover/napkin 1 thereby releasing the napkin 15 for use in any normal application of a napkin known in the art. The user can then take the clothing cover 10 and place it on the desired clothing to be covered. It is envisioned that the user place the arms of the clothing cover 10 (the area with the adhesive 20) around the portion of the body adjacent to the area to be covered, such as the users neck, so that the adhesive 20 can be attached together, or directly to the clothing to be covered thereby securing the clothing cover 10 to the user. When the user is done with the napkin 15 and the clothing cover 10, they can be discarded in the normal manner.

Optionally, in some embodiments of the present invention, the user can fold along the folding ridge 55 and use the adhesive 60 to make a pouch with the folder area of the clothing cover 10. This affords the user a catch area 70 that can catch materials so the materials don't fall on clothing not covered by the clothing cover 10.

As shown in FIG. 2, one embodiment of the present inventive device operates in the following manner. A user can unroll the desired amount of clothing cover/napkins 1 from the roll 25. The user will then tear along perforation line 35 thereby separating out individual clothing cover/napkin 1 units. A user can then tear along perforation 30 on the clothing cover/napkin 1 thereby releasing the napkin 15 for use in any application of a napkin known in the art. The user can then take the clothing cover 10 and place it on the desired clothing to be covered. It is envisioned that the user place the arms of the clothing cover 10 (the area with the adhesive 20) around the portion of the body adjacent to the area to be covered, such as the users neck, so that the adhesive 20 can be attached together or directly to the clothing to be covered.

In some embodiments of the present invention, there is an additional adhesive 50 which can also be applied by the user to form a removable seal with the clothing to be covered, thereby preventing materials from contacting the clothing to be covered. Generally, when, the user is done with the napkin 15, napkin 85 (per FIG. 4) and/or the clothing cover 10, they can be discarded in the normal manner.

As shown in FIG. 3, one embodiment of the present inventive device operates in the following manner. A user can pull individual clothing cover/napkin 1 units from a container 40. It is envisioned that the container 40 can be wall mounted or free standing. When the user is done with the napkin 15 and the clothing cover 10, they can be discarded in the normal manner. FIG. 3 demonstrates one embodiment of the invention in which adhesives 20 is on opposite planar surfaces to each other on clothing cover 10.

Although several preferred embodiments of the present invention have been described in detail herein, the invention is not limited hereto. It will be appreciated by those having ordinary skill in the art that various modifications can be made without materially departing from the novel and advantageous teachings of the invention. Accordingly, the embodiments disclosed herein are by way of example. If is to be understood that the scope of the invention is not to be limited thereby.