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They Invented What? (No. 164)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on March 24, 2010

U.S. Pat. No. 5,743,272: Male nipple abrasion protector.


What is claimed is:

1. An inexpensive nipple protector for use on a human body to minimize abrasion on the nipple surface including: a base portion sized to contact and cover a portion of the area surrounding the nipple to be protected, the base portion having an aperture formed therein the aperture allowing the nipple to protrude there through without irritation, a cover attached to the base portion that is disposed over and encloses the aperture forming a cavity and an adhesive layer disposed on the side of the base member opposite the cover and being suitable for attaching and holding the nipple protector in place during exercise when exposed to normal body secretions caused during exercise.

2. A nipple protector of claim 1 wherein the device’s basic structure is a thick disk with said aperture for the nipple to enter the cavity and a cover to protect the nipple tip.

3. A nipple protector of claim 1 wherein the device’s basic structure is thick enough to exceed the length of the nipple and no cover or enclosure is required on the nipples’ end.

4. A nipple protector of claim 1 of various sizes and shapes.

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  1. translator said, on April 6, 2010 at 7:30 am

    I’m just curious why U.S. patent examiners grant patents to poorly described inventions like this (bad English):,673,931&OS=7,673,931&RS=7,673,931
    Readability does not affect patentability?

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