Imported: 21 Feb '17 | Published: 01 Mar '05
USPTO - Utility Patents
The invention is a belt loop cover. The belt loop cover is preferably attachable to and detachable from a belt loop and provides a decorative element for clothing. Various optional attachment systems attach the belt loop cover to the belt loop.
This application claims the benefit of the filing of U.S. Provisional Patent Application Ser. No. 60/343,099, entitled “Belt Loop Cover,” filed on Dec. 21, 2001, and the specification thereof is incorporated herein by reference.
1. Field of the Invention (Technical Field)
The present invention relates to belt loop covers.
2. Background Art
Decorative belts have been made in the prior art in order to dress up clothing items that have belt loops. However, the belt loop itself has generally not been the focus of any decoration.
The present invention provides an element that is positioned or disposed on a belt loop providing a decorative element for the belt loop. Preferably, the belt loop cover is attachable to and detachable from the belt loop.
The present invention is a belt loop cover comprising a front face disposable on a front of a belt loop and a back attachment disposable on a back of the belt loop. The belt loop cover may be flat, curved or other shape.
A design may be on the belt loop cover at the time of manufacture, or it may be a blank so that an artist or designer can add a design after manufacture.
The belt loop cover may comprise longitudinal rails on each side of the belt loop cover. The rails are attachable and detachable to the back of the belt loop.
Alternatively, the back attachment may comprise at least one bendable tab. These tabs are attachable and detachable to the back of the belt loop. There may be two tabs, one at a top of the belt loop cover and one at a bottom of the belt loop cover. Or, two tabs may be on each side of the belt loop cover. Such tabs may be in an opposing configuration and may be rectangular or triangular or other shapes. Alternatively, there may be four tabs, two at a top of the belt loop cover and two at a bottom of the belt loop cover.
In an alternative embodiment, the belt loop cover attachment comprises a tab and a catch, wherein the tab is bendable around the belt loop and positioned under a catch.
In yet another embodiment, the belt loop cover comprises three tabs, one tab at one end of the belt loop cover and two at another end of the belt loop cover.
In another embodiment, the back attachment comprises a penetrator and cover or cap attachment.
Rather than metal or other bendable semi-rigid material, the back attachment may comprise a hook and loop system.
The belt loop cover may be of any shape. The preferred shape is a rectangular shape closely approximating the shape of the belt loop.
It is an object and advantage of the present invention to provide a decorative element for belt loops that is easy to attach and detach.
Other objects, advantages and novel features, and further scope of applicability of the present invention will be set forth in part in the detailed description to follow, taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, and in part will become apparent to those skilled in the art upon examination of the following, or may be learned by practice of the invention. The objects and advantages of the invention may be realized and attained by means of the instrumentalities and combinations particularly pointed out in the appended claims.
The present invention comprises a belt loop cover. Several variations are described herein. The preferred belt loop cover is one piece and is preferably metallic or other material that can be easily attached to and detached from a belt loop. The preferred shape is substantially rectangular in form, but it may have any face or front shape. Various face shapes include circular, oval, rectangular, square and the like.
A curved or flat face accepts any graphic design format or indicia, e.g., engraving stamps, logos, overly. Inlay, filigree, and the like, depending upon the artistic or advertising expression of choice.
Although flat and curved faces are shown in the drawings, other shapes and textures may be utilized in accordance with the present invention, such as stepped shapes, wavy shapes, or other contours, bumps, and the like. The invention is not limited to the embodiments shown in the drawings.
The belt loop covers of the present invention are made of various materials, preferably metals or alloys (e.g. copper and gold) although silver and silver alloys are the metals of choice as they retain their beautiful luster, are long wearing and washable. The “covers” are preferably removable from the belt loop and designed as an accessory, providing easy transfer from one garment to another.
The preferred embodiment is intended as an embellishment on jeans or khaki belt loops as shown in FIG. 11, wherein belt loop cover 46, 46′ is disposed on belt loop 48, 48′. This particular belt loop cover design 46 has a stone 50 disposed therein. However, the belt loop covers of the present invention are adaptable to any size belt loops including loops on dress trousers, riding pants, slacks or skirts, coats, or any other clothing having a belt loop.
FIG. 1 shows the preferred belt loop cover 10 of the present invention, i.e., a one-piece configuration of two, parallel, vertical, in-turned flaps 12, 12′ running down the back of the belt loop cover 10. Rails 12, 12′ are sized to allow accommodation and containment of each individual belt loop in a simple sliding and locking motion.
The preferred dimensions of belt loop covers for jeans and khakis are approximately ½ inch in width and 1-¾ inch in length. Each back flap is preferably approximately ¼ inch and the space between the sides forms an opening for the belt loop to glide into. These dimensions can and will vary depending upon stylized versions of the belt loop and belt loop cover. Such an example is the specific size belt loops found on equestrian riding pants.
FIG. 2 shows a face 14 of belt loop cover 10. Face 14 may have any decoration or will accept an artist's choice of design expression.
FIG. 3 shows is a perspective view of the FIG. 1 embodiment showing rails 12, 12′ at the back of belt loop cover 10.
FIG. 4 shows an alternative embodiment 16 having a curved or art face.
FIGS. 5-10 show alternative methods of attachment of the belt loop cover as follows:
FIG. 5 shows a back view of an alternative belt loop cover 18 with four pressure sensitive tabs 20, 20′, 20″, 20′″, two at the top 20, 20′ and two at the bottom 20″, 20′″, facing one another. The belt loop cover 18 is attached to the belt loop by pressing tabs 20, 20′, 20″, 20′″ inward to secure and contain the belt loop.
FIG. 6 shows an alternative back view of a belt loop cover 22 with an opposing tab configuration, one tab 24 positioned at the top of the belt loop and one tab 26 positioned at the bottom of the belt loop.
FIG. 7 shows a back view of an alternative belt loop cover 26 with a single side wrapping extension attachment 28 that goes around and over the bell loop, locking over the belt loop, locking under a catch extension 30. This could be made of metal or other bendable materials, or even of a hook and loop material.
FIG. 8 shows an alternative back view of a belt loop cover 32 with two inward-turned flaps 34, 34′, triangular in shape, wrapping the belt loop and meeting at the back mid-point of the belt loop.
FIG. 9 shows a side view of an alternative belt loop cover 36 with a flat, but arcing or curved face. This embodiment has pin style, or screw type penetrators 38, 38′ with locking covers 40, 40′, to secure attachment to the belt loop.
FIG. 10 shows a back view of an alternative belt loop cover 42 with three malleable tabs 44, 44′, 44″, which folds around the belt loop, securing the belt loop cover in place.
The tabs may have different configurations or placements and there may be a different number of tabs. The invention is not limited to the particular tab systems shown in the drawings. The belt loop covers may be used solely as the decorative element for the clothing, or may be used in conjunction with a belt, as the belt can easily slip under the belt loops and belt loop covers. In a typical jeans or pants configuration, one could use three or five belt loop covers to cover every belt loop. Any number of belt loop covers may be utilized depending on the user's desire.
Although the invention has been described in detail with particular reference to these preferred embodiments, other embodiments can achieve the same results. Variations and modifications of the present invention will be obvious to those skilled in the art and it is intended to cover in the appended claims all such modifications and equivalents. The entire disclosures of all references, applications, patents, and publications cited above are hereby incorporated by reference.