Title:
Cap having an off center brim
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A sports cap having a front and a back with the brim or bill of the cap extending from one of the opposing sides or any degree, either left or right. The cap incorporates indicia positioned on the front section.



Inventors:
Miller, Hy (Great Neck, NY, US)
Application Number:
11/006023
Publication Date:
06/08/2006
Filing Date:
12/06/2004
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
2/183
International Classes:
A42B1/00; A42B1/22
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Primary Examiner:
MORAN, KATHERINE M
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Michael I. Kroll (Syosset, NY, US)
Claims:
1. A sports cap construction comprising a body portion for covering the head of the user; a logo impressed on a front of said body portion; adjustment means on a rear of said body portion for adjusting said body portion to fit various sizes of heads; a bill extending from a peripheral edge of said body portion; and said bill being positioned to any angle around said peripheral edge of said body.

2. 2-7. (canceled)

8. A sports cap construction as recited in claim 1, wherein said adjustment means comprises a cut-out in the periphery of said body portion having a first strap member with a plurality of apertures extending from one side of said cut-out and a second strap extending from the other side, said second strap having a post member on a distal end thereof extending perpendicularly away from said cap for insertion into one of said apertures for adjusting the circumference of said body portion to fit the head on which it is to be worn.

9. A sports cap construction as recited in claim 1, wherein said adjustment means is a strip of elastic incorporated within the periphery of said body portion thereby enabling said body portion to expand and contract accordingly to fit the head of the user.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

The present invention relates generally to head covering sports caps and, more specifically, to a unique fashion or sports cap having a front and a back with the brim or bill of said cap extending from one of the opposing sides or any degree, either left or right, said cap incorporating indicia positioned on said front section. An adjustable strap is provided.

2. Description of the Prior Art

There are other sports caps designed for a similar purpose. Typical of these is U.S. Pat. No. 1,232,992 issued to Stering on Jul. 10, 1917.

Another patent was issued to Leibson on Jul. 17, 1928 as U.S. Pat. No. 1,677,187. Yet another U.S. Pat. No. 4,023,212 was issued to Huffman on May 17, 1977 and still yet another was issued on Oct. 17, 1989 to Tapia as U.S. Pat. No. 4,873,726.

Another patent was issued to Linday on May 31, 1992 as U.S. Pat. No. 5,099,524. Yet another U.S. Pat. No. 5,437,062 was issued to Douglas on Aug. 1, 1995. Another was issued to Casale on Dec. 5, 1995 as U.S. Pat. No. 5,471,684 and still yet another was issued on Feb. 10, 1998 to Modley U.S. Pat. No. 5,715,534.

Another patent was issued to Sprouse on Feb. 16, 1999 as U.S. Pat. No. 5,870,772. Yet another U.S. Pat. No. 6,385,776 was issued to Linday on May 14, 2002. Another was issued to Niblock on Apr. 3, 1919 as UK. Patent No. 124,654 and still yet another was issued on Sep. 9, 1981 to Jommi as UK Patent No. 2 070 413.

U.S. Pat. No. 1,232,992

Inventor: Vincent Jakob Stering

Issued: Jul. 10, 1917

A cap the combination with the body of a transparent vizor, a resilient arcuate strip permanently attached to the interior of said cap body on the lower front edge thereof and a beaded strip suited to engage with said arcuate strip secured to said vizor, whereby it may be connected or disconnected from said cap body.

U.S. Pat. No. 1,677,187

Inventor: Shane Ethel Leibson

Issued: Jul. 17, 1928

A sun visor comprising a head encircling band, a plurality of members having their ends secured to said band at diametrically opposite points so that said bands will cross each other and limit downward movement of said head band, a visor secured to said band, a second band of less length than said first mentioned band, a visor secured to said second mentioned band, and fastening devices carried by said first mentioned band for detachably securing said band together whereby the visor carried by the second mentioned band can be secured in various positions on said first mentioned band.

U.S. Pat. No. 4,023,212

Inventor: Erline Huffman

Issued: May 17, 1977

An adjustable visored cap consisting of integral visor and forehead portions and an interchangeable crown portion provided with adjustable bands for adjustably securing the cap about the head of the wearer.

U.S. Pat. No. 4,873,726

Inventor: Ray Tapia

Issued: Oct. 17, 1989

An adjustable baseball type cap assemblage having a crown portion and various interchangeable visor portions. Insignia patches of various styles can be removably affixed to the selected visor and crown portions so that one cap assembly can be modified to identify with two or more athletic teams.

U.S. Pat. No. 5,099,524

Inventor: Nancy L. Linday

Issued: Mar. 31, 1992

A segmented cap assembly that includes selectively detachable crown component, sweatband component and visor component. The sweatband component is formed having a forward part made of hook and loop tape hook portion-engaging material. The crown component selectively attaches to the sweatband component by engagement of hook and loop tape material fixedly attached to the inside portion of the crown component to the upper half of the hook and loop tape hook portion-engaging material. The visor component selectively attaches to the sweatband component by engagement of hook and loop tape material fixedly attached to the inside portion of the visor component to the lower half of the hook and loop tape hook portion-engaging material.

U.S. Pat. No. 5,437,062

Inventor: Bradley Douglas

Issued: Aug. 1, 1995

A baseball cap construction (10) including: a cap body member (20); at least one visor unit (12); and means (28) and (32) for selectively and releasably positioning the at least one visor unit (12) at a desired location around the periphery of the cap body member (20).

U.S. Pat. No. 5,471,684

Inventor: Rudy Casale

Issued: Dec. 5, 1995

A sports hat construction includes a head covering portion having a lower opening defining a periphery. A brim portion is provided detachably secured to the head covering portion. An elongate band or strip, in the form of a male connector, is attached to the lower periphery of the head covering portion, while a female mating connector is secured to the brim. The male and female connectors are configurated and dimensioned to detachably engage each other in slidable relationship so that the brim can be slidably moved along the longitudinal length of the periphery of the cap. Advantageously, the head covering portion is selectively removable to permit the brim to continue to serve as a sun visor when the head covering portion is removed.

U.S. Pat. No. 5,715,534

Inventor: Gwennette Q. Modley

Issued: Feb. 10, 1998

A unique fashion or sports hat or cap assemblage having a brim or bill/visor, distinctly designed with the capability to rotate the brim or bill/visor up to 360 degrees without detachment, and including interchangeable and multiple options for the crown, body and visor portions.

U.S. Pat. No. 5,870,772

Inventor: Charles Sprouse

Issued: Feb. 16, 1999

A sports cap is constructed from a plurality of pie-shaped pieces of fabric that are sewn together at a plurality of seams to form a crown or hat portion. The sports cap also includes a relatively stiff removable and rotatable visor so that the visor can be rotated from front to back or to either side while the crown remains stationary on the head of an individual. An elongated member which has a C-shaped cross section is stitched to a rear portion of the visor and is constructed and arranged to engage an elongated track member. The elongated track member has an I-shaped cross section which extends around the circumference of the crown at the base thereof and which is stitched to the base. The I-shaped cross section is constructed and arranged to fit within a channel which is defined by the C-shaped cross section of the elongated member so that the visor may be removed therefrom or rotated thereabout. A flexible tracking assembly for use with a sports cap or for other applications will also include a first elongated member with opposed edges and an intermediate portion which extends along a first article and a second I-shaped track member fixed there to. A third elongated plastic member is superposed on the first and second member and extends over the second member and together with the first or second member defines an opening along one side thereof. A C-shaped element which is connected to a second article is then disposed in sliding engagement with the track member.

U.S. Pat. No. 6,385,776

Inventor: Nancy Linday

Issued: May 14, 2002

The modular cap assembly of the present invention consists of a visor component and a crown component which may be worn separately or together. One or more of the crown panels may receive detachable insignias and detachable pockets. Other accessories may also be attached to the visor and the crown.

UK Patent Number GB124,654

Inventor: Aloysius Davies

Issued: Apr. 3, 1919

A detachable sweat-band for helmets and the like comprises a buckram or like band 1 having a series of halves of press-fasteners 3 mounted on pith or felt cushions around its periphery, the corresponding other halves of the fasteners being attached to the inside of the helmet. The detachable washable sweat-band 6 is folded longitudinally so as to form a receptacle to contain the band 1, holes being arranged in its outer part to allow the fasteners and pith pads to protrude, whereby an annular ventilating space 5 is provided. The inner fold of the sweat-band which is in contact with the head has a top hem 8 and a draw spring

While these apparel devices may be suitable for the purposes for which they were designed, they would not be as suitable for the purposes of the present invention, as hereinafter described.

SUMMARY OF THE PRESENT INVENTION

A primary object of the present invention is to provide a unique fashion or sports cap having a front and a back with the brim or bill of said cap extending from one of the opposing sides.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a cap having the bill projecting either left or right.

Yet another object of the present invention is to provide a cap having the cap incorporating indicia positioned on said front section.

Still yet another object of the present invention is to provide a cap having an adjustable strap.

Additional objects of the present invention will appear as the description proceeds.

The present invention overcomes the shortcomings of the prior art by providing a unique fashion or sports cap having a front and a back with the brim or bill of said cap extending from one of the opposing sides or any degree, either left or right, said cap incorporating indicia positioned on said front section. An adjustable strap is provided.

The foregoing and other objects and advantages will appear from the description to follow. In the description reference is made to the accompanying drawing, which forms a part hereof, and in which is shown by way of illustration specific embodiments in which the invention may be practiced. These embodiments will be described in sufficient detail to enable those skilled in the art to practice the invention, and it is to be understood that other embodiments may be utilized and that structural changes may be made without departing from the scope of the invention. In the accompanying drawing, like reference characters designate the same or similar parts throughout the several views.

The following detailed description is, therefore, not to be taken in a limiting sense, and the scope of the present invention is best defined by the appended claims.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING FIGURES

In order that the invention may be more fully understood, it will now be described, by way of example, with reference to the accompanying drawing in which:

FIG. 1 is an illustrative view of the present invention;

FIG. 2 is a frontal view of the present invention having the brim located on the left side of the cap;

FIG. 3 is a frontal view of the present invention having the brim located on the right side of the cap;

FIG. 4 is a top view of the present invention having the brim located on the right or left side of the cap;

FIG. 5 is a top view of the present invention having the brim located on the rear side of the cap;

FIG. 6 is a chart of the present invention;

FIG. 7 is a rear view of the present invention with adjustment strap;

FIG. 8 is a rear view of the present invention with an elastic strap;

FIG. 9 is a rear view of the present invention on a fitted cap; and

FIG. 10 is a pictorial of the present invention.

DESCRIPTION OF THE REFERENCED NUMERALS

Turning now descriptively to the drawings, in which similar reference characters denote similar elements throughout the several views, the figures illustrate the Cap with Offset Bill of the present invention. With regard to the reference numerals used, the following numbering is used throughout the various drawing figures.

    • 10 Cap with Offset Brim
    • 12 cap body
    • 14 brim
    • 16 front of 12
    • 18 peripheral edge of 12
    • 20 logo
    • 22 indicia
    • 23 adjustment means
    • 24 first strap of 23
    • 26 second strap of 23
    • 28 apertures of 24
    • 30 post of 26
    • 32 elastic strip of 23
    • 34 user

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

The following discussion describes in detail one embodiment of the invention (and several variations of that embodiment). This discussion should not be construed, however, as limiting the invention to those particular embodiments, practitioners skilled in the art will recognize numerous other embodiments as well. For definition of the complete scope of the invention, the reader is directed to appended claims.

FIG. 1 is an illustrative view of the present invention 10 in use. The present invention 10 is a unique fashion or sports cap comprising a body 12 with a front 16 and a back with the brim 14 or bill extending at an angle from the cap body 12 other than towards the front 16. The present invention 10 is shown incorporating a logo 20 positioned on said front 16.

FIG. 2 is a frontal view of the present invention 10 having the brim 14 located on the left side of the cap body 12. Shown is the present invention 10 with the brim 14 extending from one of the opposing sides. The front 16 of the cap body 12 has a logo 20 positioned thereon.

FIG. 3 is a frontal view of the present invention 10 having the brim 14 located on the right side of the cap body 12.

FIG. 4 is a top view of the present invention 10 having the brim 14 located at various angles on the cap body 12. The brim 14 can be positioned at any angle.

FIG. 5 is a top view of the present invention 10 having the brim 14 located on the rear side of the cap body 14.

FIG. 6 is a chart of the present invention 10. The brim 14 may be positioned on the right side, the left side, the rear or at any angle along the peripheral edge 18 of the cap body 12.

FIG. 7 is a rear view of the present invention 10. Shown is the present invention with an adjustment means 23 comprising a first strap 24 with a plurality of apertures 28 and a second strap 26 having a post member 30 for insertion into the appropriate aperture 28 to size the cap to the user's head.

FIG. 8 is a rear view of the present invention 10 wherein the adjustment means 23 is an elastic strap 32 integral with the peripheral edge 18 of the cap body 12 thus allowing it to expand and contract accordingly to conform to the size of the user's head.

FIG. 9 is a rear view of the present invention 10 adapted to a fitted cap wherein each cap comes in a plurality of sizes.

FIG. 10 is a pictorial of the present invention 10. Shown is the present invention 10, a unique fashion or sports cap having a front and a back with the brim 14 or bill of said cap extending from one of the opposing sides, said cap incorporating a logo 20 positioned on said front 16.

It will be understood that each of the elements described above, or two or more together may also find a useful application in other types of methods differing from the type described above.

While certain novel features of this invention have been shown and described and are pointed out in the annexed claims, it is not intended to be limited to the details above, since it will be understood that various omissions, modifications, substitutions and changes in the forms and details of the device illustrated and in its operation can be made by those skilled in the art without departing in any way from the spirit of the present invention.

Without further analysis, the foregoing will so fully reveal the gist of the present invention that others can, by applying current knowledge, readily adapt it for various applications without omitting features that, from the standpoint of prior art, fairly constitute essential characteristics of the generic or specific aspects of this invention.