Under Armour. has filed a patent for a fabric material with synthetic yarns of varying denier values and staple fibers longer than 1 inch. The claim includes an article of apparel with filaments having irregular cross-sections for improved performance and comfort. GlobalData’s report on Under Armour gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Under Armour, Footwear 3D Printing was a key innovation area identified from patents. Under Armour's grant share as of January 2024 was 78%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Fabric material with synthetic yarns having specific denier values

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Under Armour Inc

The patent application (Publication Number: US20240035204A1) describes an innovative article of apparel made from fabric with filaments having irregular cross-sections. These filaments feature bulbous end portions, exterior curved portions of varying lengths, and a continuous interior wall defining an interior opening. The fabric includes a mix of filaments with different denier values, with some filaments having the irregular cross-section. The fabric can be used to create a variety of apparel items, such as shirts, and may include a functional print layer with bioceramic material for added benefits.

Furthermore, the patent application extends to apparel made from fabric with yarns formed of staple fibers, where more than 50% of the fibers have a length greater than one inch. These staple fibers also have denier values ranging from 0.5 to 2.0, with some fibers featuring the irregular cross-section described earlier. The fabric can include a mix of fibers with different denier values, along with a functional print layer containing bioceramic material. This innovative fabric can be used to create various apparel items, including shirts, offering unique properties and potential benefits to the wearer.

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