Title:
Comfort panel male underwear or shorts
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A male underwear includes a front portion, a rear portion, a waistband attached to the front and rear portions, a pair of leg openings, and a comfort panel. The comfort panel includes a top edge, a bottom edge, two side edges, and an opening for receiving male genitalia. The comfort panel is at least partially attached to the interior of the front portion of the underwear. The side edges of the comfort panel may be left unattached or at least partially attached to the front portion of the underwear from the bottom edge of the front portion continuing up toward the waistband of the front portion. The top edge of the comfort panel is at least partially attached along the bottom edge of the waistband of the front portion of the underwear. The bottom edge of the comfort panel may be left unattached or at least partially attached along the bottom edge of the front portion of the underwear. A standard fly portion may be added to the underwear if desired. The comfort panel can also include a partial waistband, which is at least partially attached to the waistband of the underwear. A comfort pouch, which is at least partially attached to the front portion of the underwear and to the comfort panel below the opening for receiving male genitalia, can also be added for additional support and comfort.



Inventors:
Chong, Su Han (Chantilly, VA, US)
Application Number:
10/881933
Publication Date:
01/05/2006
Filing Date:
06/30/2004
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A41B9/02
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Primary Examiner:
TOMPKINS, ALISSA JILL
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Pyong W. Yoon (Fairfax, VA, US)
Claims:
I claim:

1. A male undergarment for improving the comfort of the wearer, comprising: a front portion, comprising top, bottom and two side edges; a rear portion, comprising top, bottom and two side edges, wherein said two sides edges of said front portion is attached to said two sides edges of said rear portion; a waistband attached to said top edges of said front and rear portions; a pair of leg openings; and a comfort panel, comprising a top edge, a bottom edge, two side edges, and an opening for receiving male genitalia, wherein said comfort panel is at least partially attached to the interior of said front portion.

2. The undergarment of claim 1, wherein said side edges of said comfort panel are at least partially attached to said front portion along said pair of leg openings, and said side edges of said comfort panel may be left unattached or at least partially attached to said front portion continuing up toward said waistband, and said top edge of said comfort panel is at least partially attached to said waistband, and said bottom edge of said comfort panel may be left unattached or is at least partially attached along said bottom edge of said front portion.

3. The undergarment of claim 1, wherein said side edges of said comfort panel may be left unattached or at least partially attached to said front portion from said bottom edge of said front portion continuing up toward said waistband, and said top edge of said comfort panel is at least partially attached to said waistband, and said bottom edge of said comfort panel may be left unattached or is at least partially attached along said bottom edge of said front portion.

4. The undergarment of claim 1, wherein at least one of said waistband, said pair of leg openings, and said opening for receiving male genitalia, is at least partially elastic.

5. The undergarment of claim 1, wherein said front portion further comprises a fly portion.

6. The undergarment of claim 1, wherein at least one of said waistband, said pair of leg openings, and said opening for receiving male genitalia, is at least partially elastic, and wherein said front portion further comprises a fly portion.

7. The undergarment of claim 2, wherein at least one of said waistband, said pair of leg openings, and said opening for receiving male genitalia, is at least partially elastic.

8. The undergarment of claim 2, wherein said front portion further comprises a fly portion.

9. The undergarment of claim 2, wherein at least one of said waistband, said pair of leg openings, and said opening for receiving male genitalia, is at least partially elastic, and wherein said front portion further comprises a fly portion.

10. The undergarment of claim 3, wherein at least one of said waistband, said pair of leg openings, and said opening for receiving male genitalia, is at least partially elastic.

11. The undergarment of claim 3, wherein said front portion further comprises a fly portion.

12. The undergarment of claim 3, wherein at least one of said waistband, said pair of leg openings, and said opening for receiving male genitalia, is at least partially elastic, and wherein said front portion further comprises a fly portion.

13. A male undergarment for improving the comfort of the wearer, comprising: a front portion, comprising top, bottom and two side edges; a rear portion, comprising top, bottom and two side edges, wherein said two sides edges of said front portion is attached to said two sides edges of said rear portion; a waistband attached to said top edges of said front and rear portions; a pair of leg openings; a comfort panel, comprising a top edge, a bottom edge, two side edges, and an opening for receiving male genitalia, wherein said comfort panel is at least partially attached to the interior of said front portion; and a comfort pouch at least partially attached to said front portion and to said comfort panel below said opening for receiving male genitalia.

14. The undergarment of claim 13, wherein said side edges of said comfort panel are at least partially attached to said front portion along said pair of leg openings, and said side edges of said comfort panel may be left unattached or at least partially attached to said front portion continuing up toward said waistband, and said top edge of said comfort panel is at least partially attached to said waistband, and said bottom edge of said comfort panel may be left unattached or is at least partially attached along said bottom edge of said front portion.

15. The undergarment of claim 13, wherein said side edges of said comfort panel may be left unattached or at least partially attached to said front portion from said bottom edge of said front portion continuing up toward said waistband, and said top edge of said comfort panel is at least partially attached to said waistband, and said bottom edge of said comfort panel may be left unattached or is at least partially attached along said bottom edge of said front portion.

16. The undergarment of claim 13, wherein at least one of said waistband, said pair of leg openings, and said opening for receiving male genitalia, is at least partially elastic.

17. The undergarment of claim 13, wherein said front portion further comprises a fly portion.

18. The undergarment of claim 13, wherein at least one of said waistband, said pair of leg openings, and said opening for receiving male genitalia, is at least partially elastic, and wherein said front portion further comprises a fly portion.

19. The undergarment of claim 14, wherein at least one of said waistband, said pair of leg openings, and said opening for receiving male genitalia, is at least partially elastic.

20. The undergarment of claim 14, wherein said front portion further comprises a fly portion.

21. The undergarment of claim 14, wherein at least one of said waistband, said pair of leg openings, and said opening for receiving male genitalia, is at least partially elastic, and wherein said front portion further comprises a fly portion.

22. The undergarment of claim 15, wherein at least one of said waistband, said pair of leg openings, and said opening for receiving male genitalia, is at least partially elastic.

23. The undergarment of claim 15, wherein said front portion further comprises a fly portion.

24. The undergarment of claim 15, wherein at least one of said waistband, said pair of leg openings, and said opening for receiving male genitalia, is at least partially elastic, and wherein said front portion further comprises a fly portion.

25. A male undergarment for improving the comfort of the wearer, comprising: a front portion, comprising top, bottom and two side edges; a rear portion, comprising top, bottom and two side edges, wherein said two sides edges of said front portion is attached to said two sides edges of said rear portion; a waistband attached to said top edges of said front and rear portions; a pair of leg openings; and a comfort panel, comprising a partial waistband, a top edge attached to said partial waistband, a bottom edge, two side edges, and an opening for receiving male genitalia, wherein said comfort panel is at least partially attached to the interior of said front portion.

26. The undergarment of claim 25, wherein said side edges of said comfort panel are at least partially attached to said front portion along said pair of leg openings, and said side edges of said comfort panel may be left unattached or at least partially attached to said front portion continuing up toward said partial waistband of said comfort panel, and said partial waistband is at least partially attached to said waistband, and said bottom edge of said comfort panel may be left unattached or is at least partially attached along said bottom edge of said front portion.

27. The undergarment of claim 25, wherein said side edges of said comfort panel may be left unattached or at least partially attached to said front portion from said bottom edge of said front portion continuing up toward said partial waistband of said comfort panel, and said partial waistband is at least partially attached to said waistband, and said bottom edge of said comfort panel may be left unattached or is at least partially attached along said bottom edge of said front portion.

28. The undergarment of claim 25, wherein at least one of said waistband, said pair of leg openings, and said opening for receiving male genitalia, is at least partially elastic.

29. The undergarment of claim 25, wherein said front portion further comprises a fly portion.

30. The undergarment of claim 25, wherein at least one of said waistband, said pair of leg openings, and said opening for receiving male genitalia, is at least partially elastic, and wherein said front portion further comprises a fly portion.

31. The undergarment of claim 26, wherein at least one of said waistband, said pair of leg openings, and said opening for receiving male genitalia, is at least partially elastic.

32. The undergarment of claim 26, wherein said front portion further comprises a fly portion.

33. The undergarment of claim 26, wherein at least one of said waistband, said pair of leg openings, and said opening for receiving male genitalia, is at least partially elastic, and wherein said front portion further comprises a fly portion.

34. The undergarment of claim 27, wherein at least one of said waistband, said pair of leg openings, and said opening for receiving male genitalia, is at least partially elastic.

35. The undergarment of claim 27, wherein said front portion further comprises a fly portion.

36. The undergarment of claim 27, wherein at least one of said waistband, said pair of leg openings, and said opening for receiving male genitalia, is at least partially elastic, and wherein said front portion further comprises a fly portion.

37. A male undergarment for improving the comfort of the wearer, comprising: a front portion, comprising top, bottom and two side edges; a rear portion, comprising top, bottom and two side edges, wherein said two sides edges of said front portion is attached to said two sides edges of said rear portion; a waistband attached to said top edges of said front and rear portions; a pair of leg openings; a comfort panel, comprising a partial waistband, a top edge attached to said partial waistband, a bottom edge, two side edges, and an opening for receiving male genitalia, wherein said comfort panel is at least partially attached to the interior of said front portion; and a comfort pouch at least partially attached to said front portion and to said comfort panel below said opening for receiving male genitalia.

38. The undergarment of claim 37, wherein said side edges of said comfort panel are at least partially attached to said front portion along said pair of leg openings, and said side edges of said comfort panel may be left unattached or at least partially attached to said front portion continuing up toward said partial waistband of said comfort panel, and said partial waistband is at least partially attached to said waistband, and said bottom edge of said comfort panel may be left unattached or is at least partially attached along said bottom edge of said front portion.

39. The undergarment of claim 37, wherein said side edges of said comfort panel may be left unattached or at least partially attached to said front portion from said bottom edge of said front portion continuing up toward said partial waistband of said comfort panel, and said partial waistband is at least partially attached to said waistband, and said bottom edge of said comfort panel may be left unattached or is at least partially attached along said bottom edge of said front portion.

40. The undergarment of claim 37, wherein at least one of said waistband, said pair of leg openings, and said opening for receiving male genitalia, is at least partially elastic.

41. The undergarment of claim 37, wherein said front portion further comprises a fly portion.

42. The undergarment of claim 37, wherein at least one of said waistband, said pair of leg openings, and said opening for receiving male genitalia, is at least partially elastic, and wherein said front portion further comprises a fly portion.

43. The undergarment of claim 38, wherein at least one of said waistband, said pair of leg openings, and said opening for receiving male genitalia, is at least partially elastic.

44. The undergarment of claim 38, wherein said front portion further comprises a fly portion.

45. The undergarment of claim 38, wherein at least one of said waistband, said pair of leg openings, and said opening for receiving male genitalia, is at least partially elastic, and wherein said front portion further comprises a fly portion.

46. The undergarment of claim 39, wherein at least one of said waistband, said pair of leg openings, and said opening for receiving male genitalia, is at least partially elastic.

47. The undergarment of claim 39, wherein said front portion further comprises a fly portion.

48. The undergarment of claim 39, wherein at least one of said waistband, said pair of leg openings, and said opening for receiving male genitalia, is at least partially elastic, and wherein said front portion further comprises a fly portion.

49. A male shorts for improving the comfort of the wearer, comprising: a front portion, comprising top, bottom and two side edges; a rear portion, comprising top, bottom and two side edges, wherein said two sides edges of said front portion is attached to said two sides edges of said rear portion; a waistband attached to said top edges of said front and rear portions; a pair of leg openings; a liner panel at least partially attached to said waistband; and a comfort panel, said comfort panel comprising a top edge, a bottom edge, two side edges, and an opening for receiving male genitalia, wherein said comfort panel is at least partially attached to the interior of said liner panel.

50. The shorts of claim 49, wherein said liner panel comprises a front portion and a rear portion, each said portion comprising a top edge, a bottom edge, two leg opening edges, and two side edges, and wherein said side edges of said comfort panel are at least partially attached to said liner panel along said two leg opening edges, and said side edges of said comfort panel may be left unattached or at least partially attached to said liner panel continuing up toward said top edge of said liner panel, and said top edge of said comfort panel is at least partially attached along said top edge of said liner panel, and said bottom edge of said comfort panel may be left unattached or is at least partially attached along said bottom edge of said liner panel.

51. The shorts of claim 49, wherein said liner panel comprises a front portion and a rear portion, each said portion comprising a top edge, a bottom edge, two leg opening edges, and two side edges, and wherein said side edges of said comfort panel may be left unattached or at least partially attached to said liner panel from said bottom edge of said liner panel continuing up toward said top edge of said liner panel, and said top edge of said comfort panel is at least partially attached along said top edge of said liner panel, and said bottom edge of said comfort panel may be left unattached or is at least partially attached along said bottom edge of said liner panel.

52. The undergarment of claim 49, wherein at least one of said waistband, said pair of leg openings, said opening for receiving male genitalia, and said two leg opening edges, is at least partially elastic.

53. The undergarment of claim 50, wherein at least one of said waistband, said pair of leg openings, said opening for receiving male genitalia, and said two leg opening edges, is at least partially elastic.

54. The undergarment of claim 51, wherein at least one of said waistband, said pair of leg openings, said opening for receiving male genitalia, and said two leg opening edges, is at least partially elastic.

55. A male shorts for improving the comfort of the wearer, comprising: a front portion, comprising top, bottom and two side edges; a rear portion, comprising top, bottom and two side edges, wherein said two sides edges of said front portion is attached to said two sides edges of said rear portion; a waistband attached to said top edges of said front and rear portions; a pair of leg openings; a liner panel at least partially attached to said waistband; and a comfort panel, said comfort panel comprising a top edge, a bottom edge, two side edges, and an opening for receiving male genitalia, wherein said comfort panel is at least partially attached to the interior of said liner panel. a comfort pouch at least partially attached to said front portion and to said comfort panel below said opening for receiving male genitalia.

56. The shorts of claim 55, wherein said liner panel comprises a front portion and a rear portion, each said portion comprising a top edge, a bottom edge, two leg opening edges, and two side edges, and wherein said side edges of said comfort panel are at least partially attached to said liner panel along said two leg opening edges, and said side edges of said comfort panel may be left unattached or at least partially attached to said liner panel continuing up toward said top edge of said liner panel, and said top edge of said comfort panel is at least partially attached along said top edge of said liner panel, and said bottom edge of said comfort panel may be left unattached or is at least partially attached along said bottom edge of said liner panel.

57. The shorts of claim 55, wherein said liner panel comprises a front portion and a rear portion, each said portion comprising a top edge, a bottom edge, two leg opening edges, and two side edges, and wherein said side edges of said comfort panel may be left unattached or at least partially attached to said liner panel from said bottom edge of said liner panel continuing up toward said top edge of said liner panel, and said top edge of said comfort panel is at least partially attached along said top edge of said liner panel, and said bottom edge of said comfort panel may be left unattached or is at least partially attached along said bottom edge of said liner panel.

58. The undergarment of claim 55, wherein at least one of said waistband, said pair of leg openings, said opening for receiving male genitalia, and said two leg opening edges, is at least partially elastic.

59. The undergarment of claim 56, wherein at least one of said waistband, said pair of leg openings, said opening for receiving male genitalia, and said two leg opening edges, is at least partially elastic.

60. The undergarment of claim 57, wherein at least one of said waistband, said pair of leg openings, said opening for receiving male genitalia, and said two leg opening edges, is at least partially elastic.

61. A male shorts for improving the comfort of the wearer, comprising: a front portion, comprising top, bottom and two side edges; a rear portion, comprising top, bottom and two side edges, wherein said two sides edges of said front portion is attached to said two sides edges of said rear portion; a waistband attached to said top edges of said front and rear portions; a pair of leg openings; a liner panel at least partially attached to said waistband; and a comfort panel, comprising a partial waistband, a top edge attached to said partial waistband, a bottom edge, two side edges, and an opening for receiving male genitalia, wherein said comfort panel is at least partially attached to the interior of said front portion.

62. The shorts of claim 61, wherein said liner panel comprises a front portion and a rear portion, each said portion comprising a top edge, a bottom edge, two leg opening edges, and two side edges, and wherein said side edges of said comfort panel are at least partially attached to said liner panel along said two leg opening edges, and said side edges of said comfort panel may be left unattached or at least partially attached to said liner panel continuing up toward said partial waistband of said comfort panel, and said partial waistband is at least partially attached to said waistband, and said bottom edge of said comfort panel may be left unattached or is at least partially attached along said bottom edge of said liner panel.

63. The shorts of claim 61, wherein said liner panel comprises a front portion and a rear portion, each said portion comprising a top edge, a bottom edge, two leg opening edges, and two side edges, and wherein said side edges of said comfort panel may be left unattached or at least partially attached to said liner panel from said bottom edge of said liner panel continuing up toward said partial waistband of said comfort panel, and said partial waistband is at least partially attached to said waistband, and said bottom edge of said comfort panel may be left unattached or is at least partially attached along said bottom edge of said liner panel.

64. The undergarment of claim 61, wherein at least one of said waistband, said pair of leg openings, said opening for receiving male genitalia, and said two leg opening edges, is at least partially elastic.

65. The undergarment of claim 62, wherein at least one of said waistband, said pair of leg openings, said opening for receiving male genitalia, and said two leg opening edges, is at least partially elastic.

66. The undergarment of claim 63, wherein at least one of said waistband, said pair of leg openings, said opening for receiving male genitalia, and said two leg opening edges, is at least partially elastic.

67. A male shorts for improving the comfort of the wearer, comprising: a front portion, comprising top, bottom and two side edges; a rear portion, comprising top, bottom and two side edges, wherein said two sides edges of said front portion is attached to said two sides edges of said rear portion; a waistband attached to said top edges of said front and rear portions; a pair of leg openings; a liner panel at least partially attached to said waistband; and a comfort panel, comprising a partial waistband, a top edge attached to said partial waistband, a bottom edge, two side edges, and an opening for receiving male genitalia, wherein said comfort panel is at least partially attached to the interior of said front portion. a comfort pouch at least partially attached to said front portion and to said comfort panel below said opening for receiving male genitalia.

68. The shorts of claim 67, wherein said liner panel comprises a front portion and a rear portion, each said portion comprising a top edge, a bottom edge, two leg opening edges, and two side edges, and wherein said side edges of said comfort panel are at least partially attached to said liner panel along said two leg opening edges, and said side edges of said comfort panel may be left unattached or at least partially attached to said liner panel continuing up toward said partial waistband of said comfort panel, and said partial waistband is at least partially attached to said waistband, and said bottom edge of said comfort panel may be left unattached or is at least partially attached along said bottom edge of said liner panel.

69. The shorts of claim 67, wherein said liner panel comprises a front portion and a rear portion, each said portion comprising a top edge, a bottom edge, two leg opening edges, and two side edges, and wherein said side edges of said comfort panel may be left unattached or at least partially attached to said liner panel from said bottom edge of said liner panel continuing up toward said partial waistband of said comfort panel, and said partial waistband is at least partially attached to said waistband, and said bottom edge of said comfort panel may be left unattached or is at least partially attached along said bottom edge of said liner panel.

70. The undergarment of claim 67, wherein at least one of said waistband, said pair of leg openings, said opening for receiving male genitalia, and said two leg opening edges, is at least partially elastic.

71. The undergarment of claim 68, wherein at least one of said waistband, said pair of leg openings, said opening for receiving male genitalia, and said two leg opening edges, is at least partially elastic.

72. The undergarment of claim 69, wherein at least one of said waistband, said pair of leg openings, said opening for receiving male genitalia, and said two leg opening edges, is at least partially elastic.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

This invention relates generally to wearing apparel. More particularly, it relates to men's or boys'undergarment and sport shorts or pants, which prolongs the comfort of the wearer with a simple yet effective comfort panel attached to the front part of the undergarment or shorts.

More recently, some prior art undergarments have attempted to solve the discomfort problem concerning proper air circulation to the genitals of the wearer. For example, U.S. Pat. No. 4,955,088 discloses an improvement in the form of a rectangular section of fabric pouch attached at the leg portions and near the crotch portion, which is like a shelf or ledge since it is not large enough to completely encircle the male genitalia. Although this improved underwear structure provides more comfort compared to conventional male underwear, it does not provide adequate support of the male genitalia as it is designed to not encircle the male genitalia.

U.S. Pat. No. 4,759,355 discloses a male undergarment formed of two basic elements. The first element is a tubular body portion and the second element is a genital-covering panel, which is attached to the outer front section of the underwear. Although the underwear of this invention addresses the problem of perspiration control, it does not provide adequate support of the male genitalia because the genital-covering panel allows too much freedom of movement of the genitalia.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

This invention relates to men's or boys'undergarment and shorts, which prolongs the comfort of the wearer with a simple yet effective comfort panel attached to the front part of the undergarment, shorts or pants. In one embodiment, a male underwear includes a front portion, a rear portion, a waistband attached to the front and rear portions, a pair of leg openings, and a comfort panel. The comfort panel includes a top edge, a bottom edge, two side edges, and an opening for receiving male genitalia. The comfort panel is at least partially attached to the interior of the front portion of the underwear. The side edges of the comfort panel may be left unattached or at least partially attached to the front portion of the underwear from the bottom edge of the front portion continuing up toward the waistband of the front portion. The top edge of the comfort panel is at least partially attached along the bottom edge of the waistband of the front portion of the underwear. The bottom edge of the comfort panel may be left unattached or at least partially attached along the bottom edge of the front portion of the underwear. A standard fly portion may be added to the underwear if desired. The comfort panel can also include a partial waistband, which is at least partially attached to the waistband of the underwear. A comfort pouch, which is at least partially attached to the front portion of the underwear and to the comfort panel below the opening for receiving male genitalia, can also be added for additional support and comfort.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

There are shown in the drawings certain exemplary embodiments of the invention as presently preferred. It should be understood that the invention is not limited to the embodiments disclosed as examples, and is capable of variations within the scope of the appended claims. In the drawings,

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of an exemplary male underwear;

FIG. 2 is a partial cutaway view of the interior of the underwear of FIG. 1;

FIG. 3 is a partial cutaway view of the interior of another embodiment of the underwear of FIG. 1;

FIG. 4 is a partial cutaway view of the interior of a boxer-type embodiment of the underwear of FIG. 3;

FIG. 5 is a partial cutaway side view showing the comfort pouch; and

FIG. 6 is a front view of the interior of an exemplary male shorts.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

FIG. 1 shows an exemplary brief-type male underwear 100. It is well known that bikini and boxer style underwear are also popular where generally bikini style male underwear has a lower waistline and no fly opening and the boxer type typically has a looser fit and tubular extensions for the leg openings. Male underwear which includes all of the elements of the invention, greatly prolongs the comfort of the wearer with a simple yet effective comfort panel attached to the front part of the underwear.

As shown in FIGS. 1 and 2, one embodiment of the invention of the brief-type includes a front portion 110, a rear portion 120, a waistband 130 attached to the front 110 and rear 120 portions, a pair of leg openings 140, and a comfort panel 150. The comfort panel 150 includes a top edge 152, a bottom edge 154, two side edges 156, and an opening 160 for receiving male genitalia. The comfort panel 150 is at least partially attached to the interior 115 of the front portion 110 of the underwear 100. The side edges 156 of the comfort panel 150 are at least partially attached along the leg openings 140 and may be left unattached or at least partially attached continuing up toward the waistband 130 of the front portion 110 of the underwear 100. The top edge 152 of the comfort panel 150 is at least partially attached along the bottom edge 132 of the waistband 130 of the front portion 110 of the underwear 100. The bottom edge 154 of the comfort panel 150 may be left unattached or at least partially attached along the bottom edge 114 of the front portion 110 of the underwear 100.

Similarly, in another embodiment, shown in FIG. 3, the underwear 100 includes a front portion 110, a rear portion 120 (shown in FIG. 1), a waistband 130 attached to the front 110 and rear 120 portions, a pair of leg openings 140, and a comfort panel 150. However, in this embodiment, the comfort panel 150 also includes a partial waistband 135 in addition to a top edge 152 which is attached to the partial waistband 135, a bottom edge 154, two side edges 156, and an opening 160 for receiving male genitalia. This comfort panel 150 is also at least partially attached to the interior 115 of the front portion 110 of the underwear 100. As shown in FIG. 3, the side edges 156 of the comfort panel 150 are at least partially attached along the leg openings 140 and may be left unattached or at least partially attached continuing up toward the partial waistband 135 of the comfort panel 150. The partial waistband 135 of the comfort panel 150 is at least partially attached to the waistband 130 of the front portion 110 of the underwear 100. The bottom edge 154 of the comfort panel 150 may be left unattached or at least partially attached along the bottom edge 114 of the front portion 110 of the underwear 100.

A boxer-type embodiment of the invention with a partial waistband 135 is shown in FIG. 4. In this embodiment, the comfort panel 150 also includes a partial waistband 135 in addition to a top edge 152 which is attached to the partial waistband 135, a bottom edge 154, two side edges 156, and an opening 160 for receiving male genitalia. This comfort panel 150 is also at least partially attached to the interior 115 of the front portion 110 of the underwear 100. As shown in FIG. 4, the side edges 156 of the comfort panel 150 may be left unattached or at least partially attached to the front portion 110 of the underwear 100, continuing up toward the partial waistband 135 of the comfort panel 150. The partial waistband 135 of the comfort panel 150 is at least partially attached to the waistband 130 of the front portion 110 of the underwear 100. The bottom edge 154 of the comfort panel 150 may be left unattached or at least partially attached along the bottom edge 114 of the front portion 110 of the underwear 100.

FIG. 5 shows one embodiment of a comfort pouch 180. The comfort pouch 180 is at least partially attached to the interior of the front portion 110 and the comfort panel 150, below the opening for receiving male genitalia (not shown). The comfort pouch 180 can be attached to brief-type, shown in FIGS. 1 and 2, bikini-type (not shown), or boxer-type underwear, shown in FIG. 4, with or without a partial waistband 135 (shown in FIGS. 3 and 4). The addition of the comfort pouch 180 provides additional support and comfort to the wearer. Obviously, various sizes and shapes of the pouch can be added to the underwear based on the preference of the wearer. It is preferred however, that a comfort pouch 180, which provides the maximum comfort and support be added to the underwear.

In yet another embodiment, shown in FIG. 6, male shorts 200 includes a front portion 210, a rear portion (not shown), a waistband 230, where the waistband is attached to the front 210 and rear 220 portions, a pair of leg openings 240, a liner panel 270, and a comfort panel 250. The liner panel 270, includes a front portion 275 and a rear portion (not shown), each portion including a top edge 272, a bottom edge 274, two leg opening edges 276, and two side edges 278. The comfort panel 250 includes a top edge 252, a bottom edge 254, two side edges 256, and an opening 260 for receiving male genitalia, where the comfort panel 250 is at least partially attached to the interior 275 of the liner panel 270. The side edges 256 of the comfort panel 250 may be left unattached or at least partially attached to the liner panel 270 from the bottom edge 274 of the liner panel 270 continuing up toward the top edge 272 of the liner panel 270. The top edge 252 of the comfort panel 250 is at least partially attached along the top edge 272 of the liner panel 270. The bottom edge 254 of the comfort panel 250 may be left unattached or at least partially attached along the bottom edge 274 of the liner panel 270.

The comfort and support of male sports shorts such as jogging shorts, swim shorts and bike shorts would be greatly improved by attaching a comfort panel. The embodiment shown in FIG. 6 closely resembles boxer-type underwear. It is readily appreciated that a comfort panel can be added to a pair of shorts which resembles a bikini-type or brief-type underwear (such as jogging shorts, swim shorts and bike shorts, etc.) shown in FIGS. 1, 2 and 3. In bikini-type or brief-type shorts, the side edges of the comfort panel are at least partially attached to the liner panel along the two leg opening edges and the side edges of the comfort panel may be left unattached or at least partially attached to the liner panel continuing up toward the top edge of the liner panel. When a partial waistband is added, the side edges of the comfort panel may be left unattached or at least partially attached to the liner panel continuing up toward the partial waistband of the comfort panel, where the partial waistband is at least partially attached to the waistband.

A comfort pouch, shown in FIG. 5 can be added to male shorts. Again, comfort and support of male sports shorts such as jogging shorts, swim shorts and bike shorts would be greatly improved by attaching a comfort pouch. The comfort pouch is at least partially attached to the interior of the liner panel (instead of the front portion) and the comfort panel, below the opening for receiving male genitalia. The comfort pouch can be attached to brief-type, bikini-type, or boxer-type shorts, with or without a partial waistband. The addition of the comfort pouch 180 provides additional support and comfort to the wearer. Obviously, various sizes and shapes of the pouch can be added to the shorts based on the preference of the wearer. It is preferred however, that a comfort pouch 180, which provides the maximum comfort and support be added to the shorts.

A standard fly portion 147, shown in FIG. 1 may be added to the underwear if desired. Of course, any of the waistband, the leg openings of the underwear and the liner panel, and the opening for receiving male genitalia, can be at least partially elastic.

The invention having been disclosed in connection with the foregoing variations and examples, additional variations will now be apparent to persons skilled in the art. The invention is not intended to be limited to the variations specifically mentioned, and accordingly reference should be made to the appended claims rather than the foregoing discussion of preferred examples, to assess the scope of the invention in which exclusive rights are claimed.