Title:
Clothing for hood ornament
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
Clothing for a hood ornament such as a dog hood ornament. The clothing may be dimensioned and configured to physically engage the hood ornament, and further, the hood ornament clothing may provide the hood ornament so dressed with specific personality. In addition, the clothing may be seasonal in nature, such as Christmas clothing, Halloween costumes and the like. The clothing for hood ornaments may further give to the dressed up hood ornament features or references to the owner of the hood ornament or vehicle, such as clothing indicating the personality or background of the owner.



Inventors:
Herman, Patricia A. (Westminster, CO, US)
Application Number:
11/450710
Publication Date:
03/01/2007
Filing Date:
06/09/2006
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A41B11/00
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Primary Examiner:
HYLINSKI, ALYSSA MARIE
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
EMERY L. TRACY (Erie, CO, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. An accessory for a first hood ornament, the accessory comprising: a first item of clothing having a first appearance, the first item of clothing being dimensioned to match the dimensions of such first hood ornament, and the first item of clothing being configured to match the shape of such first hood ornament.

2. The accessory of claim 1, further comprising: a second item of clothing having a second appearance, the second item of clothing being dimensioned to match the dimensions of such first hood ornament, the second item of clothing being configured to match the shape of such first hood ornament, and the appearance of the second item of clothing matching the appearance of the first item of clothing whereby the two items of clothing provide a suit of clothing for the hood ornament.

3. The accessory of claim 2, wherein the first and second items of clothing are secured together.

4. The accessory of claim 2, wherein the first item of clothing comprises a body covering and the second item of clothing comprises a pair of trouser legs.

5. The accessory of claim 2, wherein the second item of clothing comprises one member selected from the group consisting of: a chain, a belt, a cloak, a cape, a stud, a sequin, a rhinestone, a head covering, a collar, jewelry, a bead, a decorative button, a decorative bow, and combinations thereof.

6. The accessory of claim 2, further comprising: an insignia upon the accessory.

7. The accessory of claim 2, wherein the first and second item of clothing further comprise: a Santa Claus suit.

8. The accessory of claim 2, wherein the first and second item of clothing further comprise: a super hero suit.

9. The accessory of claim 2, wherein the first and second item of clothing further comprise: a feminine outfit.

10. The accessory of claim 3, wherein the first and second items of clothing are secured together by means of one member selected from the group consisting of: stitching, snaps, studs, hook-and-loop fabric, zippers, hook and eye, buttons, bows, nail heads, and combinations thereof.

11. An accessory for a dog shaped hood ornament for vehicles, the accessory comprising: a first item of clothing having a first appearance, the first item of clothing being dimensioned to match the dimensions of the body of such dog shaped first hood ornament, the first item of clothing being configured to match the shape of the body of such dog shaped first hood ornament, a second item of clothing having a second appearance, the second item of clothing being dimensioned to match the dimensions of the legs of such dog shaped hood ornament, the second item of clothing being configured to match the shape of the legs of such dog shaped hood ornament, and the appearance of the second item of clothing matching the appearance of the first item of clothing whereby the two items of clothing provide a suit of clothing for the dog shaped hood ornament.

Description:

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

The application is related to U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 60/712,472 filed Aug. 30, 2005 in the name of the same inventor, Patricia A. Herman, and entitled NOVELTY CLOTHING FOR VEHICLE HOOD ORNAMENT, and claims the priority and benefit of that earlier application.

COPYRIGHT NOTICE

A portion of the disclosure of this patent document contains material which is subject to copyright protection. The copyright owner has no objection to the facsimile reproduction by anyone of the patent document or the patent disclosure, as it appears in the Patent and Trademark Office patent file or records, but otherwise reserves all copyright rights whatsoever. 37 CFR 1.71(d).

The trademark MACK used herein is owned by Mack Truck Inc for MACK brand vehicles, accessories and ornaments.

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

This invention relates generally to vehicle hood ornaments, and specifically to clothing for vehicle hood ornaments.

STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY FUNDED RESEARCH

This invention was not made under contract with an agency of the US Government, nor by any agency of the US Government.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Hood ornaments on vehicles take a number of forms, some of which may be quite famous. Notably, some hood ornaments take the form of three dimensional metal figures rather than symbols or flat insignia. For example, the ROLLS ROYCE brand of automobiles may be sold with a figure called WINGED VICTORY, while MACK brand trucks and vehicles may be sold with the MACK bulldog. Such companies and figures may develop such a high degree of brand loyalty among consumers, drivers and the like that the figurines may end up being sold independently of the vehicle itself, incorporated into products such as paperweights, ash trays, or the like.

The applicant believes is not yet known to display such hood ornaments in clothing independent of the figure itself. That is, while hood ornaments may include clothing such as that of WINGED VICTORY or the studded dog collar of the MACK bulldog, the applicant believes that actually selling outfits dimensioned and configured to physically engage to the hood ornament so as to allow the hood ornament to be clothed are as yet unknown.

It would be advantageous to provide clothing for hood ornaments.

It would further be advantageous to provide clothing for hood ornaments dimensioned and configured to physically engage the hood ornament.

It would further be advantageous to provide clothing for hood ornaments which provides the hood ornaments with personality.

It would further be advantageous to provide clothing for hood ornaments which provides the hood ornaments with seasonal references.

It would further be advantageous to provide clothing for hood ornaments which provides the hood ornaments with references to the owner of the hood ornament or vehicle.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

General Summary

The present invention teaches clothing for a hood ornament such as a dog hood ornament. The clothing may be of a number of different types and materials such as but not limited to costumes, cotton, polyester, vinyl, vinyl coated polyester, Naugahyde brand material, truck tarp material, awning material, and other polymers.

The clothing may be dimensioned and configured to physically engage the hood ornament, for example, by having spans of material sized to go around the body and limbs of a hood ornament and by making use of snaps, hook-and-loop fastener material, hook and eye fasteners, buttons, stitching, bows, ribbons, zippers, nail heads, studs and so on.

The hood ornament clothing may provide the hood ornament so dressed with specific personality or may be seasonal in nature, such as Christmas clothing to dress the hood ornament as Santa Claus, Halloween costumes and the like, or to give to the dressed up hood ornament features or references to the owner of the hood ornament or vehicle, such as clothing indicating the personality or background of the owner, a hobby such as motorcycling, gender or the like.

Summary in Reference to Claims

It is therefore a first aspect, advantage, objective and embodiment of the invention to provide an accessory for a first hood ornament, the accessory comprising:

    • a first item of clothing having a first appearance, the first item of clothing being
    • dimensioned to match the dimensions of such first hood ornament, and
    • the first item of clothing being configured to match the shape of such first hood ornament.

It is therefore another aspect, advantage, objective and embodiment of the invention to provide an accessory further comprising:

    • a second item of clothing having a second appearance, the second item of clothing being dimensioned to match the dimensions of such first hood ornament,
    • the second item of clothing being configured to match the shape of such first hood ornament, and
    • the appearance of the second item of clothing matching the appearance of the first item of clothing whereby the two items of clothing provide a suit of clothing for the hood ornament.

It is therefore another aspect, advantage, objective and embodiment of the invention to provide an accessory wherein the first and second items of clothing are secured together.

It is therefore another aspect, advantage, objective and embodiment of the invention to provide an accessory wherein the first item of clothing comprises a body covering and the second item of clothing comprises a pair of trouser legs.

It is therefore another aspect, advantage, objective and embodiment of the invention to provide an accessory wherein the second item of clothing comprises one member selected from the group consisting of: a belt, a cloak, a cape, a stud, a sequin, a rhinestone, a head covering, a collar, and combinations thereof.

It is therefore another aspect, advantage, objective and embodiment of the invention to provide an accessory further comprising:

    • an insignia upon the accessory.

It is therefore another aspect, advantage, objective and embodiment of the invention to provide an accessory wherein the first and second item of clothing further comprise:

    • a Santa Claus suit.

It is therefore another aspect, advantage, objective and embodiment of the invention to provide an accessory wherein the first and second item of clothing further comprise:

    • a super hero suit.

It is therefore another aspect, advantage, objective and embodiment of the invention to provide an accessory wherein the first and second item of clothing further comprise:

    • a feminine outfit.

It is therefore another aspect, advantage, objective and embodiment of the invention to provide an accessory wherein the first and second items of clothing are secured together by means of one member selected from the group consisting of: stitching, snaps, studs, hook-and-loop fabric, zippers, hook and eye, buttons, bows, nail heads, and combinations thereof.

It is therefore yet another aspect, advantage, objective and embodiment of the invention to provide an accessory for a dog shaped hood ornament for vehicles, the accessory comprising:

    • a first item of clothing having a first appearance, the first item of clothing being dimensioned to match the dimensions of the body of such dog shaped first hood ornament,
    • the first item of clothing being configured to match the shape of the body of such dog shaped first hood ornament,
    • a second item of clothing having a second appearance, the second item of clothing being dimensioned to match the dimensions of the legs of such dog shaped hood ornament,
    • the second item of clothing being configured to match the shape of the legs of such dog shaped hood ornament, and
    • the appearance of the second item of clothing matching the appearance of the first item of clothing whereby the two items of clothing provide a suit of clothing for the dog shaped hood ornament.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a perspective oblique frontal view of a first embodiment of the invention.

FIG. 2 is a perspective oblique side view of a second embodiment of the invention.

FIG. 3 is a perspective rear view of the first embodiment of the invention.

FIG. 4 is a perspective front view of a third embodiment of the invention.

FIG. 5 is a planform diagram of a fourth pattern embodiment of the device.

FIG. 6 is a planform diagram of a fifth pattern embodiment of the device.

FIG. 7 is a planform diagram of a sixth pattern embodiment of the device.

INDEX OF REFERENCE NUMERALS

  • Body portion 100
  • Insignia 102
  • Trouser legs 104
  • Cloak/cape 106
  • Stud 108
  • Belt 110
  • Hood ornament 112
  • Vehicle 113
  • First body part 200
  • Second body part 204
  • Hood ornament 212
  • First material 214
  • Second material 216
  • Third material 217
  • Hood ornament 312
  • Tail hole 318
  • Snap fastener 320
  • Hood ornament 412
  • Various studs 422
  • Pattern 502
  • Cut line, body 504
  • Fold line 506
  • Tail hole 508
  • First leg 510
  • Second leg 512
  • Collar 514
  • Pattern 602
  • Body 604
  • Snap fastener, top portion 606
  • Snap fastener, bottom portion 608
  • Stitch 610
  • Front leg 612
  • Rear leg 614
  • Collar 616
  • Belt 618
  • Body portion with legs 704
  • Collar 716
  • Belt 718
  • Cape 720
  • Pleats 722
  • Second collar 770
  • Snap 772

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

FIG. 1 is a perspective oblique frontal view of a first embodiment of the invention, hood ornament clothing for a bulldog hood ornament emblem of the MACK brand of vehicles.

For clarity, hood ornament 112 is shown with solid lines, and only a very partial view of a vehicle is shown (as a complete view of a vehicle would render the hood ornament hard to perceive).

Body portion 100 of the hood ornament clothing may partially or substantially cover the body of the hood ornament, and may have insignia 102. Part of, attached to, or separate from, the body portion 100, trouser legs 104 may cover the rear legs of the hood ornament. The front legs of the hood ornament clothing may be a part of the body portion 100 or may be separate from or attached thereto in a manner similar to the trouser legs 104 covering the rear legs.

Cloak/cape 106 and belt 110 may be attached to the body portion 100 or may be a part thereof. Stud 108 may be both for appearance and further may be used to secure various parts of the hood ornament clothing together.

In the embodiment of FIG. 1, the cloak/cape, belt and insignia may be red while the body and collar may be blue and the studs silver, however, in embodiments colors other than the exemplary colors may be used. The parts of the hood ornament clothing combine to form a superhero outfit.

The insignia chosen may be an insignia signifying allegiance to such things as sports teams, products, services, musical bands, organizations or the like. As shown in the embodiment of FIG. 1, the suit may be a one piece suit, while as shown in FIG. 2, the suit may be manufactured from several pieces which are then connected.

FIG. 2 is a perspective oblique side view of a second embodiment of the invention on hood ornament 212. First body part 200 of the hood ornament clothing and second body part 204 may be the major parts of the Santa Claus outfit depicted. First material 214 may be white and fluffy and second material 216 may be red, while third material 217 may be a shiny black material to simulate boots, thus providing appropriate coloration. Such a seasonal outfit may be worn and removed depending upon time of year.

FIG. 3 is a perspective rear view of the first embodiment of the invention. Hood ornament 312 is depicted wearing the hood ornament clothing of the invention with a tail hole 318 clearly visible. It may be seen that in addition to having sizes and dimensions which are proper for the hood ornament clothing to fit the hood ornament, the hood ornament clothing of the invention must also be configured in a shape which fits the shape of the hood ornament.

It may be seen that dressing and undressing the hood ornament may be easily accomplished by means of fasteners such as snap fastener 320. Other snap fasteners on the device may allow easy fastening of the front trouser legs to themselves so as to secure the legs of the clothing to the hood ornament legs. The back legs will function in a similar manner.

FIG. 4 is a perspective front view of a third embodiment of the invention. In this embodiment, the hood ornament clothing provides a appearance to the hood ornament 412, which may reflect the gender of the owner or driver of a vehicle, may represent some connection to an owner or driver or the like. In the case of the this embodiment of FIG. 4, the appearance of a coat or dress may be suggested by the cut of the clothing.

Various styles of studs 422 may be employed, thus allowing additional styles of clothing and projecting different personalities. The clothing of the embodiment may be pink or another color of choice.

FIG. 5 is a planform diagram of a fourth pattern embodiment of the device. Pattern 502 may be printed onto a sheet of paper or the like, or may be embodied in another form. The pattern may also be used as a planform view of the individual pieces of cloth which make up the hood ornament clothing of the invention. Cut line for the first body portion 504 may indicate the location of a line for cutting the material to make the device, while fold line 506 indicates a location at which it might be folded into the proper size and shape (dimension and configuration) to fit the hood ornament. Tail hole 508 may be cut out to allow the tail of the hood ornament to project therethrough. First leg 510 and second leg 512 and collar 514 may be separate pieces of cloth which are cut individually and attached to the first body portion. (For clarity, only one leg of each size is shown, however in the case of a four legged hood ornament such as a bulldog, two of each size would be required.)

The pattern of FIG. 5 may be used to make the embodiment of the invention in which the device is any of the suits show or discussed: a Santa suit, a super hero suit and so on.

The dimensions to fit the MACK brand bulldog trademark with this outfit are as follows:

TABLE I
Belt width pre-fold1.5″
Belt width folded0.5″
Belt length6.5″
Body front width6.625″
Max width7.875″
Width under arm4.5″
Tail cut out, width0.375″
Tail cut out, height0.25″
Rear leg width3.5″
Rear leg height2″
Front leg width3.125″
Front leg height1.25″
Waist3.25″

A ¼″ inch hem may be made all the way around the perimeter of the body portion, back leg, and front leg, which reduces these dimensions in the final form.

FIG. 6 is a planform diagram of fifth pattern embodiment of the device during construction: this represents the embodiment of FIG. 5 with some connections made and various parts already sewn. Pattern 602 has parts which make body 604, front leg 612, rear leg 614, collar 616, and belt 618.

Snap fastener, top portion 606 and snap fastener, bottom portion 608 may cooperate to physically engage together and hold pants legs and similar items closed, while stitch 610 may be used for more permanent attachment of parts together.

FIG. 7 is a planform diagram of a sixth pattern embodiment of the device. This preferred embodiment and best mode now contemplated is a single piece pattern which testing has revealed to be superior to previous patterns. Every embodiment shown in FIGS. 1 through 4 may be made using this pattern, with the significant change between the outfits being the accessories, materials, colors and the like. Thus, this embodiment is not a sequential change from either FIG. 5 or FIG. 6, rather, this embodiment may be used in place of earlier patterns to produce a similar superhero outfit. It may be seen that different patterns may produce similar or identical outfits.

In the case of this pattern, the body portion may have the leg portions cut therewith, forming a body portion with legs 704, then portions of the front legs of the device may then be cut from the larger body portion. Pattern portions for a superhero cape 720, belt 718, and collar 716 may also be seen. In addition, a second collar 770 may be provided with the outfit or as alternative sub-embodiment of the main embodiment.

Pleats 722 may be used to provide a more pleasing appearance of a cape, to provide better fit and so on.

This embodiment may conveniently be placed on the hood ornament and removed using snap fasteners 772 as shown, or using other types of easily removable fasteners such as buttons or similar items previously listed.

The dimensions to fit the MACK brand bulldog trademark with this outfit are as follows:

TABLE II
Cape width4″
Cape height2.5″
Belt width pre-fold1″
Belt length6″
Collar “inner” length5.5″
Collar “outer length6.125″
Collar width pre-fold1″
Body front width5.875″
Max width8″
Widths under arm3.5″-3.5625″-4″
Tail cut out, square0.3125″
Rear leg portion max width6.25″
Rear leg portion height1.25″
Waist3.125″
Leg gap width, top0.9375″
Leg gap height, total1.125″
Leg gap diagonal length0.375″
Leg gap height, lower run0.875″

The clothing of the invention may be military or police uniforms, motorcyclist/biker outfits, or other suits of clothing.

In other embodiments additional accessories to the hood ornament clothing accessory itself may be used: chains, trademarks, jewelry, rhinestones, sequins, beads, decorative buttons, decorative bows, decorative snaps, and decorative studs, and combinations thereof, and so on.

The disclosure is provided to allow practice of the invention by those skilled in the art without undue experimentation, including the best mode presently contemplated and the presently preferred embodiment. Nothing in this disclosure is to be taken to limit the scope of the invention, which is susceptible to numerous alterations, equivalents and substitutions without departing from the scope and spirit of the invention. The scope of the invention is to be understood from the appended claims.