Under Armour has been granted a patent for a face mask design that includes a main body portion, two legs, and multiple slots and folds in the fabric. The slots are aligned and the legs extend through them, providing a secure fit. 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 September 2023 was 78%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Patent granted for a face mask with aligned slots and folds

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

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11766079B2) describes a unique design for a face mask. The face mask consists of a piece of fabric with a main body portion and two legs extending from either side. The fabric also features a first plurality of slots along one side and a second plurality of slots along the other side. The mask includes folds in the fabric, with at least one fold between each set of slots. The first leg is threaded through the first set of slots, and the second leg is threaded through the second set of slots.

The patent also includes additional features for the face mask. It can have a center fold through the main body portion and a tab inserted into a coupling slot between the two sides. The mask can also have a chin protrusion along the center fold and a central nose tip defined by the main body portion. The fabric can be laser cut or die cut, and it may include indicia along the folds. The mask can have notches at the ends of the legs to secure them in the slots.

The patent also describes a method of making the face mask. It involves cutting a sheet of fabric into the desired shape, forming slots along the sides, and folding the fabric to align the slots. The legs are then inserted through the slots, and the main body portion is placed over the wearer's face and tied.

Additionally, the patent includes a cut piece of fabric specifically designed for the face mask. It has a main body portion, two legs, and slots along the sides. The fabric also includes indicia along the folds and a center fold indicia.

Overall, this patent presents a unique design for a face mask that offers a secure fit and ease of use. The various features described in the patent aim to improve the comfort and effectiveness of the mask.

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