PATENT OF THE WEEK – EASY OPENING PANTS
The Easy Opening Pants was invented Gloria Blaire (Winston-Salem, NC) on the 12th of November, 2002, bearing patent number US6477716B2.
The present invention is directed to a type of pants which allows the wearer of heavy equipment or objects easy, quick, and safe access for restroom purposes. For persons in law enforcement, the military, security, construction, and the like, removal of heavy gear attached to the pants is not only inconvenient but poses safety issues, especially for females. When removed, the gear is often laid somewhere inside the restroom stall. In the alternative, the gear remains attached to the belt resulting in the pants and gear on the restroom floor. In either case, the gear can be easily taken by others. The present invention overcomes the disadvantages of existing uniform type pants by providing a pair of pants comprising: (a) a waistband; (b) two leg members extending from the waistband; (c) a fastener member positioned along the inseam of the leg members; and (d) a protective shield positioned beneath the fastener member.