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They Invented What? (No. 58)

Posted in General Commentary by Jake Ward on August 1, 2018

Anticipate This!™ | Patent and Trademark Law Blog

U.S. Pat. No. 5,713,081:  Pantyhose garment with spare leg portion.

  pantyhose

Background:

Millions of women risk embarrassment daily by having to wear pantyhose that have developed runs and other damage to the leg portions thereof to important business and social engagements. Although many women carry a spare pair of pantyhose in a briefcase, purse or car, the spare pantyhose often do not match the outfit being worn. It would be a benefit, therefore, to have a pair of pantyhose that included a spare leg portion that could be quickly and easily switched with the damaged leg portion. It would be a further benefit, if the spare leg portion could be discreetly stored under the wearer’s clothing when not needed. 

Claims: 

1. A pantyhose garment with spare leg portion comprising:

          a panty member having three absorbent crotch members, each absorbent crotch member having a pocket formed therein; and 

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